LeiTAR - Occupational therapy through participant-centred support in regions with economic transformations
The project tests a participant-centred, localised occupational therapy. Conventional offers are currently unsuitable for reaching persons that have no means of transportation, have care responsibilities towards others, or are unable or unwilling to stay outside their home for a period of time. Such persons would normally have access to only a limited range of occupational therapies.
The project employs peers – former participants of occupational therapies – to deliver individual modules alongside professional therapists to the participants. The majority of those modules will also take place near the homes of potential participants. Both - peers and locally provided sessions – are intended to better include a participant’s lifeworld into occupational therapy and reflect their personal needs.
The project’s goals are:
- To strengthen participants’ occupational competencies by identifying formal and non-formal skills
- To strengthen their ability for self-help by participating in local support networks and developing “tool boxes” to deal with critical future events
- To deliver elements of occupational therapy locally, to support local networks of civil society, and to make use of local labour markets by repurposing vacant offices, establishing advisory committees, and cooperating with small local employers or employment agencies.
The estimated number of participants is 288 persons, who will be recruited in the two regions of Brunswick (comprising also towns like Gifhorn, Helmstedt, Peine, Salzgitter, Wolfenbüttel, Wolfsburg) and Uelzen (comprising also towns like Celle, Dannenberg, Lüchow, Lüneburg). Project partners are INN-tegrativ gGmbH
to deliver the practical parts of the project and the Section of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Diagnosis at the TU Braunschweig to provide a scientific evaluation of the project’s outcomes.