Panel discussion

Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

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Live Webinar: Panel Discussion

Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
7 pm (CDT) | 8PM (EDT)
1.0 Contact Hour, 0.10 CEUs

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

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According to the findings in the 2023 Stress in America™ survey, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to prolonged stress that has significantly impacted well-being and a notable rise in reported mental health conditions and chronic illnesses. 
In 2023 45% of  individuals age 35 to 44 reported a mental illness compared to 31% in 2019. Adults age 18 to 34 report the highest prevalence of mental illnesses, with 50% reporting such conditions in 2023.

Occupational therapy is distinctly qualified to address mental health in all settings, however many OT practitioner do not feel confident in their skills.

This is your chance to ask Steve and Katy your questions about mental health in occupational therapy. They want to share their thoughts and what has been helpful for them (or even maybe what didn't work so well so you can avoid it!).

This discussion is for any occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant or student who is interested in, just started practicing in or has been practicing in mental health.  

This event will be a discussion and we will be taking questions,  but you can also leave them here now!: 

Aspire OT's mission is to empower OTs, OTAs and students to become passionate practitioners.  Building a community and supporting each other is a critical component of professional development as well as advancing the profession of occupational therapy. We hope you will join us as we learn together and support one another.

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students
This occupational therapy continuing education course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), live discussion, discussion board, and guided note taking.
Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Steve Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS​
Katy Schmidt, OTD, OTR/L

Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L
Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L
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At the completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course:
  • Participants will discuss 2 specific evidence-informed strategies for addressing mental health in OT practice.
  • Participants will list 2 evidence-informed resources to guide occupational therapy mental health interventions.
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What OTs and OTAs are saying about these courses

"Thanks for another fantastic class!!! I wish I physically worked with both of you! You have reignited my passion for OT services!!!"

OTA Course Participant for OT's Role in Treating Chronic Pain

"Presenter was engaging, gave practical, easily applicable techniques for immediate use in therapy"

OT Course Participant for Motivational Interviewing for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

"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."

OT Course Participant for OT & Mental Health: Applying the Practice Framework From the Lived Experience
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Stephen Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS
Aspire OT Instructor

Courses: Occupational Therapy & Mental Health: Applying the Practice Framework from the Lived Experience

Occupational Therapy Mental Health Strategies for Adult Physical Dysfunction Settings

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.
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Katy Schmidt, OTD, OTR/L,
Aspire OT Instructor

Course: Motivational Interviewing for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Katy Schmidt (OTD, OTR/L) is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Born and raised in Nashville, Katy is an alumna of Belmont University, where she has earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Psychological Science, and Bachelor of Music. She is also an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Mental Health Occupational Therapy Fellowship. Katy has clinical experience serving children and adults in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient psychiatric clinics, school systems, criminal justice systems, and community-based programs. She is especially passionate about serving individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic pain as a clinician, researcher, and advocate. In her free time, Katy enjoys playing the clarinet in local orchestras, playing board games, and hiking. 


Financial: Katy is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. 

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

Course Outline

0-5 minutes

6-26 minutes 

26-30 minutes

31-35 minutes

36-55 minutes

56-60 minutes

Welcome, Introduction, and Learning Objectives

Discuss evidence-informed OT interventions for mental health. 

Things to avoid in Practice 

Discuss evidence-informed resources to guide OT mental health practice.

Questions and Answer

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
  • Attend webinar in its entirety
  • Complete Attestation of Attendance
  • 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.  
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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 09112
This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.10 CEUs (Introductory level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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