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Mental Health SIG - What was Old is New Again: Your Role as an OT in Primary Care - January 2018
Professional Rehabilitation Consultants
1246 University Avenue West, Suite 100
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CST
Category: SIGS


  1. Defining Primary Care – its increased importance in healthcare
  2. OT’s relationship in Primary Care – historically and currently
  3. OT’s strengths and contributions to primary care
  4. Primary care examples with emphasis on mental health
  5. Ways for OT to promote and participate in Primary Care
Course Description: 

This presentation focuses on primary care and occupational therapy by defining primary care, reviewing OT in primary care literature, and exploring ways which individual therapists can get involved in primary care practice.  While primary care may appear like a new concept, it is foundational to occupational therapy and its historical scope of practice.  A brief review of the concepts of prevention, lifestyle management, and healthy lifestyles in chronic conditions will be presented to show that OT has a rich background and skills to contribute to population health in primary care. The session will also look at how these concepts and principles are being used in practice today through current research and examples of therapists working in the field (Muir, 2012).  Emphasis will be placed on mental health OT examples.  The final section of the presentation will address ways to promote OT involvement in primary care, including how OTs could get involved. Resources and ways to promote primary care will be discussed including current trends in reimbursement for OT primary care practice.  Small group techniques and case studies will be used to allow the audience to share experiences and discuss concerns and ideas about how they can get involved in primary care.

Relevance to OT
Occupational therapists have strong skills that make them effective team players for healthcare needs.  However, with the emphasis on the traditional medical model and the hospital settings many therapists are out of practice talking about these broader, inclusive aspects of OT.  This presentation is designed to get the audience thinking about the broader perspectives of primary care and start to develop skills to allow individual therapists participate in this opportunity to expand OT services.


Speaker Bio:
John D. Fleming, EdD, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the OSOT department at St. Catherine University.  He has taught management and leadership, mental health, foundations of occupational therapy, and occupational therapy history and philosophy.  He also serves as the Level I Fieldwork Coordinator for the MAOT program.  He has extensive experience and interest in research design and ethics through his work on the University Institutional Review Board.  He also works clinically in the Fairview Health System.  Practice interests include interprofessional practice and education, geriatrics, dementia, OT history, and leadership.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define the term primary care and AOTA’s vision for primary care
2. Describe past and current examples of OT in primary care
3. Develop ways in which the audience can contribute to OT in primary care for mental health practice
Target Audience:
Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Occupational Therapy Students, especially those who work in or have an interest in the area of mental health.


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

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