#OTalk – 26th March 2019 The Intentional Relationship Model.

This weeks chat will be all about the The Intentional Relationship Model and host by Carolina Cordero @Colourful_OT

The Intentional Relationship Model (Taylor, 2008) outlines the process by which occupational therapists build therapeutic relationships with the people we work with. It looks at therapist-client interactions in terms of factors including the client’s interpersonal characteristics (of which there are 12 types) and the “inevitable interpersonal events” that can occur during the therapy process (of which there are 11). The model also describes six “modes” in which occupational therapists relate to and engage with their clients:

  • Advocating
  • Collaborating
  • Empathizing
  • Encouraging
  • Instructing
  • Problem-solving

The Intentional Relationship Model, as its name suggests, emphasises the need for therapeutic use of self to be something that occupational therapists engage in deliberately, giving careful consideration to which mode we use with which client and in response to which situation. This presents an interesting viewpoint on therapeutic use of self, which can often be nebulous and difficult to define, as a skill that can be broken down into a deliberate process of interpersonal reasoning. However, is it overly reductionist to view the therapeutic relationship in this way? Are there interpersonal characteristics, interpersonal events and therapeutic modes outside of those defined by the model? All questions worth asking in tonight’s #OTalk!

Tonight’s questions are:

1. Have you come across the Intentional Relationship Model (IRM) before? If not, what is your first impression of it?

2. What is your own preferred therapeutic mode? (questionnaire available here: https://irm.ahslabs.uic.edu/assessments/)

3. Do you feel that the IRM accurately describes therapeutic use of self in OT?

4. Do you think the IRM could be a good tool for teaching interpersonal skills to OT students?

Taylor, R. R. (2008). The intentional relationship: Occupational therapy and use of self. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Post Chat

Host: Carolina Cordero @Colourful_OT

OTalk Support: @kirstieot

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript March 26th 2019

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