OT and Mental Health | Applying the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework From a Lived Experience

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OT in Mental Health: Applying the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework From a Lived Experience

Self Paced Course
1.5 Contact Hour, 0.15 CEUs

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

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The need for mental health services continues to increase and can impact occupational engagement and performance.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are perfectly trained to address this need.  We know that mental health treatment is more than just working toward symptom management.  It requires psychological flexibility, clarity of values and a supportive lifestyle. 

In this presentation, Stephen Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS will present tools that can be used within the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 4th Edition (OTPF 4) while incorporating the perspective of his lived experience.  

This occupational therapy continuing education course will provide practical strategies and interventions that can be applied to mental health needs no matter the practice setting.

This course is targeted at occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapists.

This course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning.

Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Stephen Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS
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At the completion of this occupational therapy CE course, participants will be able to:
  • Define cognitive flexibility.
  • Identify 3 tools of cognitive flexibility to support a client with mental health needs.
More than just an online course

This course not only provides you with information that will grow your OT skills, but it also includes

Discussion Boards

Interact with other learners as well as the instructor through the convenience of discussion boards. 

Straight to Work Handouts 

Download or print helpful tools so when you are at work the information is at your fingertips.  

Reference Lists, Resources and Slide Handouts

Your learning does not have to end with the course, continue to grow your knowledge with additional references and resources.

Online Access to Your Certificate

If you misplace your certificate, no worries!  You can always come back to your profile and download the certificate again.

What People Are Saying

 I found this course to be very good, informational and keeping my attention through out the presentation. 
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It was fascinating! I loved it! Very understandable and relatable. I feel like I can apply it in areas to most of my caseload even if the focus of care is not mental health related. 
I liked the honesty of the presenter and the self-management treatment ideas for clients
Instructor bio
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Stephen Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS
Aspire OT Instructor
Stephen Nawotniak OTR/L has a Self-Designed Masters from Buffalo State College, a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Utica College, and is a New York State Certified Peer Specialist. Starting in August, 2000 Steve set out on an 8-month, non-motorized Trek of service where he hiked, biked, sailed and canoed from Buffalo, NY to Key West, FL. He gave presentations to over 1000 youth on the values of volunteerism and education and completed over 230 hours of community service along the way.

Two years later, in August 2002, Steve was hospitalized for a week with a major depressive episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. From that point forward, Steve has spent his life learning how to live with his condition on the journey from hospitalized patient to licensed healthcare professional. Steve has spoken internationally on occupational therapy and mental health. He has also published the books "Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder" and "Bipolar Life Hacks: Keys to Loving Life with a Bipolar Disorder" to share the skills and tools he uses daily to live, what he calls, a desired quality of life. Steve lives and works in Buffalo, NY.

Financial:  Stephen is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. He also is the owner of Compass Recovery Coaching. 

Non Financial:  Stephen does not have any non-financial disclosures.

Course Outline

0-5 minutes

6-19 minutes 

20-35 minutes

36-50 minutes

50-60 minutes

Welcome, Introduction, and Learning Objectives

Cognitive Flexibility

Values Clarification

Lifestyle Development

Review and Questions
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • View all videos for the full duration
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
cancellation policy
Live Courses and Webinars
Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
On-Demand Web Courses 
Online continuing education courses will remain available to learners for 1 year. No refunds will be available for web courses that have been attended or viewed for greater than 30 minutes. In the event of a refund, the learner will be unenrolled in the course immediately upon issuance of a refund. No refunds will be issued for any course in which a certificate has been issued.  
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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 04199
This Blended/Hybrid course is offered at 0.15 CEUs (Beginner level, OT Service Delivery area)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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Course Author

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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered by Aspire OT.