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Occupational therapists are qualified mental health providers, however, inadequate numbers of practitioners work in the community to treat individuals with mental health conditions. A program to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy in community-based mental health was created to increase capacity for occupational therapy practitioners in this setting. A two-hour virtual workshop was implemented to educate participants on occupational therapy's role, the barriers that limit occupational therapy inclusion, and methods to increase occupational therapy inclusion. Results indicate the virtual workshop was effective at increasing an individuals knowledge on the roles, limitations, and opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners in community mental health settings. Future recommendations include providing additional workshops to improve advocacy efforts through increased attendance.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Mental Health Services, Community Health Services, Occupational Therapy


Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences April 12-14, 2022

Program to Increase Occupational Therapy Inclusion in Community Mental Health Practice