The Tree Theme Method® (TTM) - an occupational therapy intervention applied in outpatient psychiatric care
1) Kronoberg County Council, Sweden 2) Lund University, Sweden
Introduction: The TTM, based on
creative activities and occupational storytelling, implies that the clients
paint trees representing certain periods in their lives. The paintings are used
for the clients to tell their life stories focusing on everyday occupations and
shaping plans for their future.
Aim: To evaluate the TTM as an occupational therapy intervention.
Metods: Quantitative/qualitative methods; a pretest - posttest study (questionnaires in connection with a TTM intervention), and interviews with clients (individual) and occupational therapists (focus groups) regarding their experiences from the TTM.
Results: The pretest - posttest indicated positive changes regarding occupational performance, health, and therapeutic alliance. The findings from the interviews showed that the TTM helped the
clients to cope with everyday life and the occupational therapists perceived the TTM as helpful for initiating turning points.
Conclusion: The TTM appeared to function well as an intervention, from which clients could
identify possible changes in everyday life.
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