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. Articulate the influence of social conditions and current health care practices on the ability of humans to choose and engage in occupations. ACOTE standard: B.1.8
  2. 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     
  3. Discuss how theories, models of practice, and frames of reference are used in occupational therapy evaluation and intervention. ACOTE standard: B.3.3
  4. Apply theoretical constructs to evaluation and intervention with various types of clients and practice contexts to analyze and effect meaningful occupation. ACOTE standard: B.3.5
  5. Use standardized and non-standardized screening and assessment tools to determine the need for occupational therapy intervention. ACOTE standard: B.4.1
  6. Select appropriate assessment tools based on client needs, contextual factors, and psychometric properties of tests. ACOTE standard: B.4.2
  7. Describe the role of the occupational therapist in care coordination, case management, and transition services in traditional and emerging practice environments. (B. 5.7).