The Intentional Relationship Model Clearinghouse provides educators, practitioners, researchers and students with information and resources related to the Intentional Relationship Model (IRM). The IRM defines how a client and therapist each contribute to the unique interpersonal dynamic that becomes the therapeutic relationship.

Announcing IRM Unconferenced: The Next Stage! Click below for information about this conference scheduled for October 3 virtually, and for information about the call for papers (deadline August 1) and FREE registration.

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Goals of the Intentional Relationship Model

EXPLAIN how to deliberately use aspects of therapeutic self in OT and how the client-therapist relationship can promote or inhibit the client’s involvement in occupations.

DESCRIBE the interpersonal reasoning needed to successfully cope with dilemmas and challenges that arise in the client-therapist relationship.

DEMONSTRATE the optimal way to develop the client-therapist relationship that embodies the foundations, values and ethics of intervention in OT.


The Intentional Relationship: Occupational Therapy and Use of Self, the groundbreaking book that addresses a critical aspect of the occupational therapy practice—the art and science of building effective therapeutic relationships with clients, is available for purchase.

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