The Kawa Model: Therapists’ Experiences in Mental Health Practice (Paxson et. al., 2012)
This pilot study sought to gather information related to the experience of occupational therapists, using the Kawa Model of practice in a mental health setting. Two therapists utilized the model with one client, each over a six-week period. Through qualitative inquiry, the participants (therapists) revealed that, although initially apprehensive about using a new model, they found that the Kawa Model increased client/therapist interaction and energy levels and challenged them to push the boundaries of therapeutic practice. This research suggests that exploration of new models of practice may be beneficial in terms of facilitating successful partnerships and outcomes with clients in mental health settings.
Authors: Donald Paxson, Kristin Winston, Thomas Tobeya, Sarah Johnston & Michael Iwama.
Published in: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Volume 28, Issue 4, 2012.