The Importance Of Occupational Identity In The MOHO

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The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) is a theoretical framework used by occupational therapists to help guide practice (Cotton, 2012). Moreover, the MOHO’s framework helps form a picture of the client by utilizing 4 concepts’ that include the clients’ motivation for occupation, the routine patterning of their occupations, the nature of their skilled performance, and the influence of the environment on their occupation (Forsyth et al., 2009). These 4 concepts’ influence the formation of an occupational Identity which is a key construct within the MOHO (Forsyth et al., 2009). Furthermore, an occupational identity is the cumulative sense of the clients’ identity based on the occupations they engage in, their personal experiences and who they want to become as an occupational being (Forsyth et al., 2009). The formation of clients’ occupational identity is based on a sustained pattern of occupational engagement, which is called occupational competence (Forsyth et al., 2009; Walder & Molineux, 2017a). Occupational identity as developed in the MOHO is based on who someone is as an occupational being and therefore is extremely useful to inform the direction of a client-centered approach to occupational therapy (Lee, Taylor, Kielhofner, & Fisher, 2008). Collaboration on therapeutic procedure between the client and the occupational therapist is known as client-centered practice, which is the utilization of clients’ values, goals and experiences to drive therapeutic intervention
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