Presented By: Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Occupational therapy has a rich history of promoting mental health in all areas of practice through the use of meaningful and enjoyable occupations. Based on AOTA’s Distinct Value initiative, this presentation focuses on occupational therapy’s distinct value in mental health promotion, prevention, and intensive interventions in all practice settings across the lifespan. The aim is to assist all OT practitioners be able to apply a public health approach to mental health in everyday practice and articulate our distinct value. Innovative examples from diverse practice areas (e.g. schools, adult rehabilitation, acute care, burn rehabilitation, hand therapy) will be shared. PTs will gain an understanding of OT's knowledge related to mental health and identify ways to embed mental health promotion strategies within their interventions.
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University where she has taught for the past 33 years. She is also director of the Graduate Certificate Program in School-Based Practice. Throughout her career, she has specialized in occupational therapy practice with children and youth in home, school and community-based settings. She is the editor of a book entitled Mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention with children and youth: A guiding framework for occupational therapy (2011) and the 2013 AOTA Practice Guideline on the same topic. Currently, she is the project director of “Every Moment Counts: Promoting Children’s Mental Health Throughout the Day”. This mental health promotion initiative focuses on building capacity of occupational therapists and school personnel in applying a public health approach to mental health. Additionally, model programs designed to promote participation and enjoyment during lunch, recess and after-school have been developed, implemented and evaluated throughout Ohio. Sue is co-author of the 2016 AOTA Distinct Value of OT in Mental Health document.
No registration fee.
AHB 1117 / LC 115