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The Intentional Relationship: Occupational Therapy and Use of Self



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This groundbreaking new book addresses a critical aspect of the occupational therapy practice the art and science of building effective, fulfilling relationships with clients.A distinguished clinician and educator, Renee Taylor, PhD, uses a new conceptual practice model, the Intentional Relationship Model, to define how the client and the therapist each contribute to the unique interpersonal dynamic that becomes the therapeutic relationship. She emphasizes how therapists must act deliberately, thoughtfully, and with vigilant anticipation of the challenges and breakthroughs that have the potential to influence the course of the relationship. Actual case examples from 12 exceptional clinicians from around the world illustrate how this model is used to address many of the challenging interpersonal situations that commonly occur in therapy. And, guided exercises and assignments help readers master the skills they need and apply them to a wide range of clinical situations and presenting problems. Right on target. Innovative, nothing comes near it in occupational therapy. A sophisticated meld of occupational therapy and psychology. It is very innovative for occupational therapy and other fields. I am thoroughly impressed. I have found no occupational therapy book more interesting to me than this one. I always have to go outside of the field to find such rich and interesting material. Sharan Schwartzberg, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

Author Biography

Renee R. Taylor is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Table of Contents

Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice
The Changing Landscape of Therapeutic Use of Self in Occupational Therapy: Historical Overviewp. 3
What Defines a Good Therapist?p. 19
A Model of the Intentional Relationshipp. 45
Knowing Ourselves as Therapists: Introducing the Therapeutic Modesp. 67
Knowing Our Clients: Understanding Interpersonal Characteristicsp. 99
Challenges to Client-Therapist Relationships: Inevitable Interpersonal Events of Therapyp. 117
Navigating the Challenges: Therapeutic Responding and Interpersonal Reasoningp. 135
Building an Interpersonal Skill Base
Therapeutic Communicationp. 157
Establishing Relationshipsp. 177
Interviewing Skills and Strategic Questioningp. 195
Understanding Families, Social Systems, and Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapyp. 209
Understanding and Managing Difficult Behaviorp. 231
Resolving Empathic Breaks and Conflictsp. 253
Professional Behavior, Values, and Ethicsp. 261
Working Effectively with Supervisors, Employers, and Other Professionalsp. 281
On Becoming a Better Therapist: Self-Care and Developing Your Therapeutic Use of Selfp. 297
Glossaryp. 311
Indexp. 315
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