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Mental Health SIG - Using a Calendar to Initiate Activities of Daily Living - November 2017
Professional Rehabilitation Consultants
1246 University Avenue West, Suite 100
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CST
Category: SIGS


5:00 - 5:15    Introduction to topic
5:15 - 6:15    Presentation
6:15 - 6:30    Closing remarks/Q&A
Course Description: This presentation will focus on how a calendar can be used as a therapeutic tool to engage individuals living with mental illness in ADL’s and IADL’s. Participants will learn how to use a calendar to promote structure, and motivation to facilitate a greater level of awareness into daily activity engagement.


Speaker Bio: Merri L. Vitse graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Austin, Community College. She completed a Bachelor Degree in Rehabilitation Science at Concordia University. She has practiced in occupational therapy for over twenty years working the areas of; in-patient rehabilitation, acute care, cognitive rehabilitation, the chronic pain program, the hand practice and the psychiatric setting. As a practitioner she has advocated for the role of the OTA along with forming strong OT/OTA partnerships. She has participated in research activities and has served as a preceptor for Level I and Level II OT and OTA students. She has served as the OTA Representative and President of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association, and served as an OTA representative on the Minnesota Department of Health Occupational Therapy Advisory Council.In 2016 she was installed as a founding member of the Leaders & Legacies Society through the Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Course Objectives: 

  • Attendees will be able to identify cognitive limitations of planning, initiating and follow though in mental health population.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the breakdown of Balance of Life Activities.
  • Attendees will be able to develop strategies to promote consistent calendar use and support therapeutic goals.

Target Audience: OTR, OTA, OTS with interest in mental health OT.

Course Level:  Introductory

Event Location: Professional Rehabilitation Consultants, Menlo Park Building, 1246 University Avenue W. Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55104

Continuing Education Credits:  1.5 CEU

This course fulfills the AOTA Classification Code for Continuing Education Activities: Category 1 Domain of OT


This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Contact: Jackie Wagner - email: [email protected]; phone - 651-603-8774