Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Enabling Occupation Publications

Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-being & Justice through Occupation
Enabling Occupation: An Occupational Therapy Perspective
Enabling Occupation: A Learner-Centred Workbook
Spirituality in Enabling Occupation: A Learner-Centred Workbook
Enabling II and CMOP & OPPM Figures cd


Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-being & Justice through Occupation

ISBN: 978-1-895437-89-8   
Pages: 428  (2013)

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)  has a long history of working with members to generate visions and develop guidelines for the present and future practice of occupational therapy in Canada. 

  • In the 1980s the CAOT produced the first set of guidelines, focused on client-centred practice.
  • These were followed by the 1990s guidelines which saw the evolution of  client-centred practice into enabling occupation.
  • Enabling Occupation II (2007) involved more than 60 CAOT members who defined occupational therapy theory and practice in the 21st century.
  • Enabling Occupation II (2007) offered visual tools to capture key content in the first three Sections:
      •  Section I: Canadian Model of Occupational Performance & Engagement
         (CMOP-E),
      •  Section II:  Canadian Model for Client-Centred Enablement (CMCE),
      •  Section III; Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF).
  • These newest guidelines, Enabling Occupation II (2013), augment the visual tools of Enabling Occupation II (2007) by adding the Leadership in Enabling Occupation (LEO) model. LEO is a visual representation of the shifts in Canadian health and social policy, the increasing emphasis on evidence and accountability, and the occupational therapy's emerging language and occupation-based models of health, well-being, and justice.

Enabling Occupation II (2013) will …

  • Extend readers’ understanding of the concepts of occupation and enablement that continue to evolve from the 1980s to today.
  • Profile occupation as the core domain and enablement as the core competency of occupational therapy.
  • Profile generic practice models and frameworks that can guide occupation- based enablement with population, organization, community, group, family and individual clients.
  • Profile occupation-based enablement supported by evidence, scholarship, accountability, funding, and workforce planning in multiple funding systems, diverse cultural contexts, and inter-professional collaboration with public and professional partners.
  • Honour and affirm Canada’s 30 years of occupational therapy leadership in creating generic guidelines for the vast array of practices that represent the broad scope of occupational therapy.

CAOT continues to support the development of guidelines for enabling occupation to benefit Canadians and societies around the world, and will invest proceeds from this publication in support of research for subsequent publications related to enabling occupation.

Table of Contents

Purchase English | French |Enabling Occupation I and II Kit from the CAOT online store


Enabling Occupation: An Occupational Therapy Perspective


Written and researched for CAOT by ten leading occupational therapists and edited by Elizabeth Townsend, Enabling Occupation is considered a landmark document that will lead the profession into the 21st century.  

This book is strongly consumer oriented in advocating client-centred practice with individual, group, agency, organization and government clients and also outlines societal trends influencing occupational therapy.

ISBN: 1-895437-21-0 | 210 pages 
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (2002)

Click here to see the Table of Contents

Purchase English | French from the CAOT online store


Enabling Occupation: A Learner-Centred Workbook

A companion workbook is available for Enabling Occupation to help incorporate this new book into everyday practice. Use the workbook as a self-study, in groups with other occupational therapists or with clients. Twelve exercises guide learners through 6 modules that address questions about enabling occupation and client-centred practice in occupational therapy.

ISBN: 1-895437-27-X | 44 pages
Elizabeth Townsend • W. Alan Wright (1998)

Click here to see the Table of Contents

Purchase English | French from the CAOT online store


Spirituality in Enabling Occupation: A Learner-Centred Workbook


Readers will be able to reflect on the interplay between their own spiritual beliefs and their practices, describe collaborative approaches for attending to spirituality with individuals and groups, and examine how spirituality is embedded in the organization of their practice. Interwoven throughout the workbook are exercises, discussions and the presentation of ideas about spirituality in enabling occupation.

ISBN: 1-895437-34-2 | 66 pages 
Elizabeth Townsend • Denise De Laat • Mary Egan • Rachel Thibeault • W. Alan Wright (1999)

Click here to see the Table of Contents

Purchase English ebook from the CAOT online store


A wide selection of products, great offers and more. THE CAOT STORE