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The purpose of this project was to implement a program for formerly incarcerated women to provide employment preparation and mental health resources to address recidivism. An occupational therapy lens was used to develop and execute this program. One on one Zoom sessions were held for participants to work on resumes and mock interviews for employment preparation. Participants were also provided with a resource guide for future reference. A mixed methods approach was utilized to analyze the data from the pre and post program surveys administered to the participants. Based on the results, the participants found the program to be beneficial and increased their confidence for future interviews. By utilizing an occupational therapy lens to develop reentry programs, formerly incarcerated women are able to work toward bettering themselves and their circumstances to avoid returning back to jail or prison.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
work, prison, jails, mental health, women
Occupational Therapy | Social Justice
Johnson, C., Watford, M., & Riedmueller, S. (2023, August 2). Employment and Mental Matters Amongst Formerly Incarcerated Women. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonessummer2023/37