Psychiatric Vocational Services: Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy is an instrumental part of a client’s recovery at The Institute of Living.

The Occupational Therapy Staff is comprised of Occupational Therapists as well as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. At present, Occupational Therapy services are provided on the adult and geriatric inpatient units, Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, Grace Webb Schools, Memory Disorders Clinic, and in the TODD residential program.

The Institute of Living continues to be recognized as an outstanding site for Occupational Therapy Fieldwork I and II students. Fieldwork placements are unique, as they offer many new and innovative opportunities to promote Occupational Therapy within the large continuum of care. Contracts are maintained with several colleges and universities.

The Occupational Therapy staff members meet regularly for departmental meetings, and they work collaboratively on several projects to promote the profession. Several new and exciting continuing education events are held at the IOL for Occupational Therapists.

  • Tina Champagne recently hosted a conference on Sensory Modalities. The conference was inspiring and well attended. Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with other disciplines to incorporate “sensory diets” into clients’ treatment plans.
  • Margo Holm also spoke at a two-day conference on the Performance Assessment of Self Care Skills.
  • In addition, the IOL hosted an Occupational Therapy Mental Health Roundtable Event.

We look forward to continuing the tradition of hosting exciting educational events, and promoting unique and evidenced-based care for the individuals we serve.

Occupational Therapists perform functional assessments, and they are an integral part in the determination of a clients’ cognitive status. OT’s are an asset in discharge planning, and assist clinical teams in determining necessary level of care requirements for safe community living.

Assessments that are currently utilized include:

  • the Allen Cognitive Level Screen
  • the Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills
  • the Performance Assessment of Self Care Skills

Treatment is provided in both group and individualized sessions to clients with a variety of diagnoses. Groups include, but are not limited to, Fall Prevention, Sensory Stimulation, Restorative Dining, Cognitive Tasks, and Daily Living Skills.

Psychiatric Vocational Services