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Veterans may face difficulty transitioning back into a civilian lifestyle. Their difficulties may be attributed to PTSD, TBI, sexual trauma, anxiety, depression, unemployment, and more. Due to these obstacles, veterans may commit crimes that place them in the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). It was noted in October of 2018 that there were possible gaps in service for our veterans. The purpose of this project was to create an occupational therapy-based curriculum that will reduce the recidivism rate in St. Johns County VTC. The OT-based manual is intended to replace negative habits, roles, and routines with positive ones in order to increase quality of life, health, and well-being of the veterans. This program is theory-driven and evidence-derived. The needs of the veterans were identified through the utilization of the AOTA Occupational Profile Template and therapeutic interviewing. Evaluation and intervention of the veterans regarding roles, habits, routines that support or detract from recovery, life skills, cognitive, sensory, and motor factors have been included as well.

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2020

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Veterans, Stress-Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Habits, Curriculum


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Spring 2020 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 23, 2020.


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Occupational Therapy in Veterans Treatment Court