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The Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM) is a professional reasoning model that helps occupational therapists practice in a more client-centered, occupation-based, and occupation-focused manner.

The OTIPM is ideal for occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and researchers who want to gain an understanding of how to implement best possible occupation-based and occupation-focused services and who want to be inspired to make changes to their current occupational therapy practice.

The OTIPM is based on Anne G. Fisher’s American Occupational Therapy Association’s Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship.

The OTIPM rescued me from an ‘OT-depression’! Half of my clients did not need OT, they needed physiotherapy. After I learned the OTIPM, I made sure the OT referrals were appropriate and took more time for the ‘interviewing–observing–goal-setting–process,’ and I focused more on education and compensation. Nothing totally new, but still it changed something. I gained more OT self-esteem and joy in my work.

We changed our documentation system. And we ‘threw out’ the old tests, and now we focus on ‘performance of prioritized activities.’ Even one of the most ‘body-function-working OT colleagues’ are enthusiastically reporting that they are reaching goals more easily and faster!
Katharina, 2015

Benefits of Implementing the OTIPM

Occupational therapists who have implemented the OTIPM are now: