Spring Friday Forum – June 19, 2009

Spring Friday Forum

OT Practice Framework:

Domain and Process, 2nd Ed. – Changes and Use in Clinical Practice
with Elizabeth Cara, Ph.D., OTR/L

June 19, 2009
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

San Francisco General Hospital
Room 7E2
1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA [get directions]

Shortly after the OT Practice Framework: Domain and Process was first published in 2002, POTAC sponsored Drs. Liz Cara and Anne MacRae in a successful workshop training therapists in its use.

By now, clinicians are thoroughly conversant with the Framework and its concepts, including emphasis on client-centered practice, the theme of engagement in occupation to support participation [in various life contexts]”, occupation conceptualized as having a more central and significant meaning to the individual, and the spiritual and virtual contexts that influence performance. They noted at the time that the Practice Framework was a work in progress which would be modified based on input from practitioners.

The November/December 2008 issue of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) published the first revision of the OT Practice Framework.(1) On Friday, June 19, 2009 at San Francisco General Hospital (Room 7E2, 1:00–4:00 pm) Dr. Cara will return to elucidate the changes, both concrete and conceptual.

The workshop will be illustrated with slides and include a case study and interactive exercise where participants will devise an intervention plan based on the new framework. In addition, participants are asked to bring their own cases and together the group will compare intervention plans and translate them into a plan using the revised framework. There will be time for questions and comments.

At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the changes in the revised framework;
  2. Understand the reasoning underlying the changes;
  3. Compare and contrast a clinical case with both editions; 
  4. Form an intervention plan following the new framework; and 
  5. Use the revised framework in their clinical practice.

Participants are asked to bring in their own copies of the OT Practice Framework 2nd Ed, which are available on the AOTA website: http://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Official/Guidelines/41089.aspx

Dr. Liz Cara, PhD, OTR/L is a professor of occupational therapy at San José State University. For nineteen years she has taught a variety of classes and fieldworks to undergraduates and graduates. She is the lead author of Cara and MacRae’s widely utilized Psychosocial Occupational Therapy in Clinical Practice,(2,3) and has authored papers on diverse topics including teaching, fieldwork, bringing clients into the classroom, the primatologist and occupational therapist Dian Fossey, and psychobiography. Prior to teaching she worked in various psychosocial settings and developed occupational therapy programs.


$25 POTAC Members; $40 Nonmembers; $5 students — You may pay at the door.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 3 contact hours.


Reserve a space before June 17, 2009 with Joyce Chen gro.hpdfsnull@nehC.ecyoJ.


The flyer for the program may be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Flyer – POTAC Friday Forum – Spring 2009


American Occupational Therapy Association. 2008. Occupational Therapy practice framework: Domain and Process (2nd ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 625-683.
Cara, E. & MacRae, A. (1998). Psychosocial occupational therapy: A clinical practice. San Francisco: Delmar Publishers.
Cara, E. & MacRae, A. (2005). Psychosocial occupational therapy: A clinical practice (2nd ed.). Clifton Park, New York: Thomson Delmar Learning.