OT Practice in Mental Health
How Psychological and Cognitive Symptoms of an Eating Disorder Impact Individual RolesThe purpose of this study is to understand how psychological and cognitive symptoms of an eating disorder impact individuals throughout their recovery process. This researcher hopes to understand how these symptoms impact participation in daily roles beyond remission of physical and behavioral symptoms. The information gained from this study may help clinicians and occupational therapy practitioners enhance treatment throughout all stages of recovery from an eating disorder.
How is Trauma-Informed-Care Being Used By Occupational Therapy Professionals In Mental Health Settings?This qualitative and quantitative study was compiled from occupational therapists from across the country to identify their current practices of trauma-informed care. The results of this research showed that although trauma-informed care is present in the treatment of individuals with PTSD by occupational therapy professionals further research is still needed.
The Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® on Reducing Trauma Symptoms in Individuals with Substance Use DisorderSubstance use disorder has a major functional impact on an individual’s well-being. Addiction becomes a major role, and everyday routines focus on seeking and using drugs. Substance use disorder has been seen to have a relationship with trauma. Trauma and substance use disorder overlap because commonly trauma survivors seek out psychoactive substances as a way to self-medicate due to traumatic distress and those who heavily use substances are more easily victimized. Both of these conditions have a functional impact on an individual’s life skills. The goal of occupational therapy practitioners is to help clients identify and implement healthy habits, rituals, and routines to support a wellness lifestyle by addressing barriers and building on existing abilities. Yoga has been accepted by the occupational therapy profession as an evidence-based treatment modality that can be included in the therapeutic process as a preparatory or purposeful activity. Sensory strategies have been part of occupational therapy for decades. By incorporating sensory strategies in interventions occupational therapy practitioners have been able to help individuals with trauma manage self-regulation difficulties, which can interfere with participation in daily activities and meaningful roles and routines. The focus of this research is to identify if utilizing Sensory Enhanced Yoga can be an effective coping strategy for reducing trauma symptoms and improving self-perceived competency in roles and routine of those in recovery from substance use disorder.
Social Engagement in the Adult Day Service SettingThis is a survey-based, exploratory research study that aims to identify the quality, frequency, and types of social participation opportunities offered to individuals with developmental disabilities, severe mobility deficits, and with minimal cognitive impairment in the adult day service (ADS) setting. It also aims to further explore the presence and roles of occupational therapy (OT) practitioners in the ADS setting.