Occupational Therapy and Life Course Development -A Work Book for Professional Practice
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Occupational Therapy and Life Course Development is an invaluable work book for professional practice. It provides a tool to help both students and qualified professionals develop and enhance a framework for their practice that supports all individuals and settings in a holistic and inclusive way.

Much of the book is organised as a work book based around a single case study.  It includes theory related to life span development and managing change, and also exercises for readers to complete in order to apply the theory to practice.

Chapters span such key topics as the client in context; life events; transition and loss; the management of stress; and planful decision making.

The book emphasises how issues of life course development are as relevant to health and social care professionals as they are to their clients.  A number of exercises invite readers to reflect on their own life course, and there chapters both on becoming and belonging as an occupational therapist, and on developing professional practice.


Ruth Wright is at the Occupational Therapy Department, St Martin's College, Lancaster.

Leonie Sugarman is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and is Senior Lecturer in?the Department of Applied Social Sciences, St Martin's College, Lancaster.


Learning Tasks.





Chapter 0: Read Me: It All Starts Here.

Chapter 1: The Life Course as an Organizing Framework.

Chapter 2: The Client in Context.

Chapter 3: Life Events.

Chapter 4: Transition and Loss.

Chapter 5: Stress and its Management.

Chapter 6: Planful Decision Making.

Chapter 7: Telling tales.

Chapter 8: Becoming and belonging as an occupational therapist.

Chapter 9: Developing professional practice.

Reflective practice.


The therapeutic use of self.

The therapeutic self.

Key Terms and Concepts.



"I would recommend this book to occupational therapists at any stage of their career and life course. It applies a constructive framework that affirms beliefs and philosophy which have been long held and applied in occupational therapy practice and brings something new to our practice and professional development." (British Journal of Occupational Thearpy, 1 November 2011)

"All health and social care professionals with a client-centred focus will be able to draw valuable perspectives from this book.“(International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation , October 2009)