Using the ophi-ii to support people with mental illness in their recovery

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Occupational therapists working in mental health settings are increasingly interested in ensuring that their practice supports people living with mental illness in their recovery. Recovery-oriented practice values the lived experience of individuals. Occupational therapists who seek to understand clients' lived experience require means to access their personal stories and aspirations. This article illustrates how such narrative data gathered through the Occupational Performance History Interview (OPHI-II) can be used to understand and support clients on their recovery journeys. The Model of Human Occupation is used to analyze and understand themes in the client's narrative. Reflections of the client and occupational therapist who completed the interview demonstrate how appreciating the subjective experience and volitional thoughts and feelings of a client can facilitate recovery-oriented practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-150
Number of pages13
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Narrative
  • Occupational performance history interview
  • Occupational therapy assessment
  • Recovery

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