The CORE Approach for Inclusive OT

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The CORE Approach for Inclusive OT with Brock Cook

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How we understand our role as occupational therapy practitioners makes a huge difference in how we show up for our clients. 

But, unfortunately, some theories of OT practice fail to aid us in practical clinical reasoning that focuses on occupation. 

Luckily, the theories of OT practice that are emerging are getting closer to capturing the care we aspire to deliver—and provide more useful frameworks to guide our clinical reasoning. 

Today we will dive into the CORE Approach. The approach is a mechanism for OTs to understand their practice from an inclusive, occupation-centric lens. It encourages OTs to ask reflexive questions related to the “core” areas of OT: capabilities, opportunities, resources and environments. 

After reviewing an article on the CORE Approach, I am excited to explore this approach more fully, with Brock Cook—an OT from Australia, where this approach was born! Brock is a lecturer at James Cook University will help us understand how the approach can make a tangible difference in your OT practice.

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Primary Journal Article Explored

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Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify the four pillars of the CORE Approach. 
  • You will be able to recognize questions from the CORE framework that can be used to guide your clinical reasoning. 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

  • Why is a new occupation-centered, inclusive framework needed?
  • What is the CORE Approach?
  • What was the purpose of this study?
  • What were the authors’ methods?
  • What were the 3 narratives?
  • Conclusions and discussion
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with guest Brock Cook) (50 minutes)

  • Can you tell us the story of how you found OT?
  • How did you learn about the CORE Approach?
  • Why do you think another occupation-centered approach is needed?
  • What were your general impressions of the article?
  • How have you found the CORE approach to be helpful in clinical practice?
  • I love the theory behind “capabilities” but I don’t know if this word translates to the average OT or client. What do you think?
  • Do you think we should be discussing questions from the 4 pillars with clients, or using them primarily for therapist self-reflection?
  • How do you think occupation-centered practice and social inclusion go hand in hand? 
  • How would you like to see the CORE Approach evolve in the future?
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Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about the CORE Approach for Inclusive OT. The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Brock Cook, also has no financial stake in the CORE Approach. 


Brock Cook, OT

Brock Cook, OT:

Brock has been an Occupational Therapist for 10+ years. He has experience working in acute mental health inpatient and with community mental health rehabilitation services. He has extensive experience delivering education on mental health using innovative approaches including podcasts and webinars.

He currently works as an Associate Lecturer for James Cook University in Townsville and is the host of the Occupied Podcast. Read full bio.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L:

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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The CORE Approach for Inclusive OT • OT Potential

Today we’ll be covering “The CORE Approach for Inclusive OT.” We’ll look at new research and discuss it with Brock Cook, OT.

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Course Mode: Online

Start Date: 2022-05-02

Duration: 01:00:00

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