Edited by Marian Kavanagh Scheinholtz, MS, OT/L
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Occupational therapy began as a mental health profession but over time has lost its recognition as a leading profession contributing to the recovery of people with mental illness. Assuming positions of leadership and influence in policy-making, clinical services, and education is vital to the sustainability of occupational therapy practice in mental health.
The first AOTA continuing education course on advanced occupational therapy practice in mental health, AOTA is proud to announce the publication of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health SPCC. This comprehensive new Self-Paced Clinical Course provides an understanding of recent advances and trends in mental health practice. Specifically addressing the implications of the President's New Freedom Commission Report (2003) and the Recovery Model as a framework for occupational therapy practice in mental health, you will learn about current theories, standards of practice, literature, and research as they apply to occupational therapy.
AOTA Board Certification in Mental Health (BCMH) is a major achievement for occupational therapists in the field of mental health. This advanced-level SPCC course supports those efforts by offering a broad range of topics determined by the competencies required to become BCMH certified. Click here to learn more.
Section 1: Occupation and Mental Health
- Chapter 1—Foundation for Occupational Therapy Practice in Advanced Mental Health Occupational Therapy
- Chapter 2—Defining Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: Vision and Identity
- Chapter 3—Occupation-Focused Community Health and Wellness Programs
- Chapter 4—Evidence-Based Practice: Conducting and Understanding Evidence-Based Reviews
Section 2: Occupational Engagement and Psychiatric Conditions
- Chapter 5—Occupational Engagement of Children and Youth With Mental Illness
- Chapter 6—Occupational Engagement of Adults With Mental Illness
- Chapter 7—Occupational Engagement of Older Adults With Mental Illness
- Chapter 8—Evaluation in Mental Health Occupational Therapy Advanced Practice
- Chapter 9—Occupational Therapy Intervention for Children and Youth With Mental Illness
- Chapter 10—Occupational Therapy Intervention for Adults With Mental Illness
- Chapter 11—Occupational Therapy Interventions for Older Adults With Mental Illness
- Chapter 12—Occupational Therapy in High-Risk and Special Situations
- Chapter 13—Therapeutic Relationships in Difficult Contexts: Involuntary Commitment, Forensic Settings, and Violence
Section 3: Consumer-Centered Practice
- Chapter 14—Trauma, Mental Health Care, and Occupational Therapy Practice
- Chapter 15—Lived Experience: Recovery and Wellness Concepts for Systems Transformation
- Chapter 16—Client-Centered Principles and Systems
Section 4: Mental Health Systems and Team Participation
- Chapter 17—Mental Health Policy and Regulation
- Chapter 18—Collaborative Work With Teams and Policymakers
- Chapter 19—Community Resources and Care Management
Section 5: Advocacy
- Chapter 20—Advocacy for Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Issues
- Chapter 21—Leadership in Occupational Therapy and Mental Health
At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to
- Understand the implications of the 2003 President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health report concerning the transformation of the U.S. mental health system for occupational therapy mental health practice.
- Understand how the Recovery Model promotes the participation of consumers diagnosed with mental illness and how it stands as a framework for occupational therapy practice in mental health, including implications for evaluation and intervention across the life span and settings.
- Apply principles of mental health transformation and the Recovery Model to the individual learner's occupational therapy practice.
- Understand current trends in mental health—such as trauma informed care, consumer directed care, and the use of evidence based practices—and recognize their application to occupational therapy.
- Identify advanced roles for occupational therapists, including advocacy, leadership, private practice, and consultant, and understand ways in which individual learners may evolve their skills and knowledge to assume these roles.
Non-Degree Credit from Colorado State University
The Advanced Mental Health Practice for Occupational Therapy SPCC has been approved to receive 1 non-degree graduate credit from Colorado State University (CSU). To receive credit, you must register directly with CSU when submitting the exam to AOTA for scoring. Information regarding cost and application to CSU will be included with your materials.
Marian Kavanagh Scheinholtz, MS, OT/L, is public health advisor in the Community Support Programs Branch of the Division of Service and Systems Improvement of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this capacity, she administers the Older Adult Mental Health grant program, the development of a Supported Education Toolkit, and the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive grant for the state of Missouri.
Before joining SAMHSA, Scheinholtz was mental health program manager for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for 12 years. While at AOTA, Scheinholtz initiated and managed national occupational therapy mental health programs and represented the AOTA to accrediting agencies, including the Joint Commission (JCAHO), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. In addition, she supported the AOTA international program and issues and the multicultural and diversity program, and she led efforts to develop evidence-based practice guidelines on occupational therapy interventions for autism and serious mental illness.
Scheinholtz's clinical practice preceded her AOTA tenure; it included directing two psychosocial rehabilitation community-based programs for people with serious mental illness and serving as occupational therapist for the National Institute of Mental Health research program for people with schizophrenia.
Scheinholtz is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia occupational therapy program and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an advocate for consumers of mental health services and has written and presented on consumers as providers in national and international forums.