I was an occupational therapist before becoming a lawyer, so I have a lot of experience with this.
Behaviour Activation and PGAP are usually done by an occupational therapist outside of a “Gym” setting. They are focused on people who have disability related to mental or psychological issues. But can be pain or fatigue as well. The goal is getting you to slowly increase your activity over time though goal directed activities that you enjoy. The idea is that there is a vicious cycle – the less you do activity wise – the less you will want to do. The more you do, the more you will want to do. So, the will design programs to ease you back into being more active.
Work hardening is seen when there is a physical limitation and part of the problem is deconditioning. So the “hardening” part means you are attending a physical rehabilitation “gym” setting and they are building up your physical fitness, conditioning and tolerances.
Vocational Rehabilitation is more of a general term that covers a range of assessments and interventions aimed at returning a person to work. So, behavior activation, work hardening, etc would fall under it. It can include other things like transferrable skills assessments or identifying gaps in education and training, etc
This is a very basic explanation, but I hope this helps.
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