Course Outline

OCC321 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Course Coordinator:Anita Hamilton ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Session 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


As an occupational therapist, you will be required to consider health and well-being holistically and take into account how mental health contributes to occupational engagement. Drawing on occupational science and occupational therapy theories, you will demonstrate an understanding of how mental health can positively and negatively impact occupational performance. This course will provide you with opportunities to research and apply basic intervention strategies that enhance mental health. You will develop an awareness of the impact of mental health on health and well-being for individuals and communities.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-workshop learning activities 2hrs Week 1 7 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus interactive workshop (not recorded) 3hrs Week 1 7 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On-campus interactive workshop (not recorded) 3hrs Week 1 7 times

Course Topics


  1. History and context of mental health practice
  2. Mental health conditions
  3. Mental health practice settings
  4. Approaches to practice
  5. Occupational therapy interventions for mental health

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1 Identify the determinants of mental health. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.10
2 Research and describe the role of occupational therapy in working with clients with mental health issues. Creative and critical thinker
1, 1.1, 1.5, 1.14, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 4, 4.1
3 Know how to create an evidence-based occupational therapy intervention to support the mental health of individuals. Creative and critical thinker
1, 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.9, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4, 4.2, 4.4, 4.10

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1 Professionalism
1.1 Complies with the OTBA standards, guidelines and code of conduct
1.3 Maintains professional boundaries in all client and professional relationships
1.5 Practices in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner, with particular respect to culturally diverse client groups.
1.9 Identifies and manages the influence of her/his values and culture on practice.
1.14 Recognises and manages her/his own physical and mental health for safe, professional practice.
2 Knowledge and learning
2.1 Applies current and evidence informed knowledge of occupational therapy and other appropriate and relevant theory in practice.
2.2 Applies theory and frameworks of occupation to professional practice and decision-making.
2.3 Identifies and applies best available evidence in professional practice and decision-making.
2.5 Maintains current knowledge for cultural responsiveness to all groups in the practice setting.
2.10 Maintains digital literacy for practice.
3 Occupational therapy process and practice
3.1 Addresses occupational performance and participation of clients, identifying the enablers and barriers to engagement.
3.2 Performs appropriate information gathering and assessment while identifying a client’s status and functioning, strengths, occupational performance and goals.
3.4 Develops a plan with the client and relevant others to meet identified occupational therapy goals.
4 Communication
4.1 Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively.
4.2 Adapts written, verbal and non-verbal communication appropriate to the client and practice context.
4.4 Uses culturally responsive, safe and relevant communication tools and strategies.
4.10 Seeks and responds to feedback, modifying communication and/or practice accordingly.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


OCC201 and OCC212 and OCC222 and OCC232 and enrolled in Program SC440


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

We will have regular quizzes during the scheduled teaching sessions. The questions in the quizzes will give you early feedback and help you to keep on track with your learning. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 50%
Five x 30-minute quizzes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2a Written Piece Group 35%
2500 words
Week 3 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class
All 2b Practical / Laboratory Skills Group 15%
45 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
These quizzes require you to recall and apply information relating to all course learning outcomes.
Product: Quiz/zes
Online quiz - Knowledge recall and case-study based questions. A Blueprint will be made available in the Learning Management System. Each quiz will deliver questions randomly from a pool of questions. Quizzes will be held on Fridays of weeks 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will be assessed on the causes, presentation, and problems associated with common medical and mental health issues
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2a:Intervention Plan
To work with a partner to research and design an occupational therapy intervention or education session on a mental health topic.
Product: Written Piece
With your partner, you will confirm a topic from a list provided by the course coordinator in week 1 of session 1. Together you will research and design an occupational therapy intervention or education session using a template provided in the LMS.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of the OT process
1 2
Relevance of data sources and evidence
Analysis of evidence with reference to client’s context
2 3
Critical identification of specific problems and solutions
Practicality of planned intervention
Quality of written communication
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2b:Group work facilitation and participation
To demonstrate the ability to lead the delivery of an occupational therapy intervention or education session on a mental health topic with a student partner.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
You will work in pairs to design and deliver an occupational therapy intervention or education session on a mental health topic. You will select a topic from a list provided by the course coordinator. You will deliver your session in weeks 4, 5 or 6 of session 1. Select a delivery date via the LMS in week 2 of session 1.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of groupwork process
Practicality of groupwork intervention
2 3
Quality of verbal and non-verbal communication
2 3
Time management

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Brown, Stoffel, & Munoz 2019 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation 2nd ed F A DAVIS
Recommended Bannigan, Bryant, & Fieldhouse 2014 Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health 5th ed Churchill Livingstone
Recommended Atchison & Dirette 2016 Conditions in Occupational Therapy 4th ed LWW

Specific requirements

Learning materials will be available via the Learning Management System and PebblePad.  Course-related discussion will occur in online and face-to-face classes and in the Learning Management System discussion board.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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