2nd Edition

Recovery Through Activity Increasing Participation in Everyday Life

Edited By Sue Parkinson Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    254 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    The Recovery Through Activity handbook offers an occupation-centred treatment programme and intervention, rooted in occupational therapy, and underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation. This valuable resource contains comprehensive evidence regarding the value of 12 categories of activity, along with a wealth of resources to support their implementation.

    Fully revised to reflect current practice, and with a range of fresh resources, this book:

    • Will help practitioners support participants in recognising the long-term benefits of occupational participation while exploring a range of activities
    • Offers comprehensive evidence regarding the value of activity along with a wealth of resources to support implementation of an occupation-based intervention
    • Includes worksheets that are available for download online to support easy use, as well as links to purpose-made mini videos introducing prospective participants to the 12 topics
    • Provides examples of how groupwork can be adapted, as well as suggestions for how assessments can be used to build competence in 1:1 work
    • Divides session ideas into quick questions, discussion topics, and options for exploration and reflection
    • Presents new session ideas as well as helpful signposts to further developments in the companion handbook, Discovery Through Activity

    Showcasing new and diverse voices of those using the programme, Recovery Through Activity, 2nd edition, is an invaluable resource for occupational therapists, occupational therapy students and educators, and occupation-focused mental health services.





    Part 1

    • Introducing Recovery Through Activity

    • Promoting the value of activity

    • Programme design: applying the Model of Human Occupation

    • Exploration through groupwork

    • Competence-building through one-to-one work

    • Evaluating the use of Recovery Through Activity

    Part 2

    • Leisure activities

    • Creative activities

    • Technological activities

    • Physical activities

    • Outdoor activities

    • Faith activities

    • Self-care activities  

    • Domestic activities

    • Caring activities

    • Vocational activities

    • Social activities

    • Community activities


    Activity and occupation – Key messages

    Group profile

    Activity checklist

    Group flyer



    Sue Parkinson is known in the Occupational Therapy profession for her contributions to the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO), most notably an assessment, the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST), and the textbook, A Guide to the Formulation of Plans and Goals in Occupational Therapy. The Recovery Through Activity programme was informed by her experiences as a Practice Development Adviser, supporting occupational therapists in mental health settings to consolidate their occupation-centred practice.

    "As co-chair of a Recovery Through Activity community of practice, I am regularly touched and inspired to hear about the increased happiness, purpose, and vision witnessed by my colleagues. Recovery Through Activity works its magic for clinicians and participants!" - Sarah Helen Keith-Roach, Expert by Experience, Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust.  

    "Finding Recovery Through Activity was ‘a lightbulb moment’. It represents everything that occupational therapists do well and enables us to provide greater parity across mental health and learning disability services. The handbook is a must-read for all occupation-centred providers." - Amy Mitchell, Divisional Head Occupational Therapist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

    "Recovery Through Activity is a beautifully crafted, theory-driven, practical resource for everyone who values occupation-centred practice. It gets to the heart of the relationship between occupational participation and recovery and is a delightfully accessible read. I recommend it to students, practitioners, researchers, and academics." - Sarah Bodell, Senior Lecturer, University of Salford.

    "I enjoy using Recovery Through Activity to plan and modify structured occupational therapy interventions. I like to think of it as providing the spine for my wild ideas, resulting in successful interventions, tailored to the needs of the individual." - Manohar Kainth, Assistant Practitioner, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust