OT 4790: OT in Mental Health

Course description

This course explores current occupational therapy practice in evaluation and treatment in mental health. Students will learn frames of reference and practice models, using them to guide evaluation and intervention choices in a variety of practice settings.

Relationship to curriculum design

This course utilizes the full learning process of discover, integrate, apply, and reflect as espoused in the curriculum design. The competencies addressed and measured in this course include: screen, evaluate and refer as follows, The competent occupational therapy graduate selects and uses relevant screening and assessment methods, obtains sufficient and necessary information from relevant sources, interprets evaluation results, and refers to specialists (both internal and external to the profession) for consultation and intervention.

Learning outcomes

1)      Compare and contrast models of practice and frames of reference that are used in occupational therapy in a mental health setting. ACOTE standard:  B.3.2    

2)      Use theories, models of practice, and frames of reference to guide and inform evaluation and intervention. ACOTE standard:  B.3.3

3)      Apply theoretical constructs to evaluation and intervention with various types of clients and practice contexts to analyze and effect meaningful occupation outcomes. ACOTE standard:  B.3.5

4)      Use standardized and non-standardized screening and assessment tools to determine the need for occupational therapy intervention. ACOTE standard:  B.4.1

5)      Select appropriate assessment tools based on client needs, contextual factors, and psychometric properties of tests. These must be culturally relevant, based on available evidence, and incorporate use of occupation in the assessment process. ACOTE standard:  B.4.2

6)      Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and practical considerations that affect the health and wellness needs of those who are experiencing or are at risk for social injustice, occupational deprivation, and disparity in the receipt of services. ACOTE standard:  B.1.5