The Kawa River Model: Applying Theory to Develop Interventions for Combat and Operational Stress Control (Gregg et. al., 2015)
This article proposes the implementation of the occupational therapy Kawa (Japanese for river) model to promote “culturally relevant” client-centered care for combat and operational stress control services provided in the military context. Currently, the occupational therapy literature lacks a culturally sensitive approach to address the military service members’ experiences with combat and operational stress. A review of the Kawa model features are provided within a case study for a military service member affected by combat and operational stress. This theoretical article offers a pragmatic method for infusing occupational therapy theory to address the cultural aspects of military service members in recovery.
Authors: Brian T. Gregg, Dana M. Howell, Charles D. Quick & Michael K. Iwama
Published in: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Volume 31, Issue 4, 2015. Pages 366-384.