Three noted researchers, instructors, and clinicians bring you a classroom tested, evidence-based, client-centered approach to working with groups: The Functional Group Model, an authoritative, well documented conceptual theory. Drawing on the most current research in the field, they have constructed a step-by-step process that prepares OTs and other professionals to meet the many challenges of designing, leading, and concluding functional groups.This title uses three case studies to represent the different types of groups that therapists may encounter in their professional careers - open group, closed group, and community-based group. It guides the reader through initiating, planning, developing, and terminating a group as well as documenting individual progress. It emphasizes diverse, multi-cultural, populations and community-based groups, as well as at-risk and natural populations. It features a wealth of pedagological tools, including a glossary forms to be used in practice individual learning activities such as reflective and case study questions, and learning checkpoints such as "Describe how to..."and "List 4 ways...". It includes terminology and concepts that reflect the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, adopted in May 2002 by the American Occupational Therapy Association Representative Assembly.