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Occupational Therapy & Re-Entry Services Post Incarceration:   Perspectives, & Considerations for Practice & Fieldwork
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: Events

*This event will be held live via Zoom.*

Timed Agenda
5:30 - 6:00  Presentation & Introduction of Panel 
6:00 - 6:45  Panel 
6:45 - 7:00  Question & Answer

Event Description
This course will include an overview of the problem (statistics regarding incarceration, history & details regarding prevalence of people with mental health and dual diagnosis who are incarcerated);  Trends regarding increased acknowledgement of social justice issues & the connection of social determinants of health and the school to prison pipeline (nationally).  Breakdown of data relevant to Minnesota.  Programs and trends in MN & select other states.  Opportunities to provide service (at academic, government, private practice levels) as occupational therapists.

Speaker Biographies
Nicole (Onori) Hansen, Dr.OT, MS, MOT, OTR/L-  Dr. Hansen’s educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College, Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University, an M.S. in Counselor Education Winona State University and post-professional Dr.OT student from Nova Southeastern University.  She holds certifications as a Wellcoaches Health and Wellness Coach, Global Career Development Facilitator, Certified Career Services Professional, and LifeKeys Facilitator.  She began her OT career at Mayo Clinic (acute care) and currently focuses on the mental health and psychosocial aspects of practice, as well as community-based practice.  She is a frequent adjunct faculty member with the OT Program at University of Minnesota and a Fellow with The Patient Revolution in Rochester, MN.    (Panel Moderator)

Joni Watling, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, QMHP-A -  Dr. Watling’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota and Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. From 2013 - 2018 she worked in Acute Care Behavioral Health at University of Minnesota Medical Center / Fairview in an adult inpatient psychiatric setting.   In 2018, her husband was transferred to Richmond, VA and she has since continued her relationship in an adjunct teaching specialist/instructional support capacity for the UMN Occupational Therapy Program (hybrid) and at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She was one of the instrumental people involved in advocating for OT’s in the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve status as Qualified Mental Health Professionals in 2019, and has served in a supervisory capacity for OT Level 1 fieldwork education in community settings (adolescent residential treatment, adult community clubhouse, telehealth, community re-entry). She is dually licensed and a member of both the Virginia and Minnesota Occupational Therapy Associations. The neighborhood where she lives (North Highland Park, Richmond, VA) is flanked by numerous nonprofits committed to aiding re-entry efforts and halting the school to prison pipeline.  

Elle Russell, OTR/L, MSOT, CEIM, CLBEC- Elle’s educational background includes a Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University and Certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University. She is the owner of Occupational Transitions, LLC, a mobile Occupational Therapy Concierge Clinic providing Perinatal Mental Health, Early Intervention, and lactation and breastfeeding support services. Elle is a board certified and licensed Occupational Therapist in Virginia, a certified Postnatal Yoga Instructor, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and Certified Lactation and Breastfeeding Counselor through the B.L.A.C.K. Course. Elle has experience in working with families of children from ages birth to 18 years who have been clinically diagnosed with a childhood developmental disorder and understands the impact that this can have on the mental health and wellbeing of the mother-infant dyad. Elle has recently partnered with the REAL Life Expectant Mom Program, a community reintegration program in Richmond, VA for women who are also in the legal system and will soon be transitioning into the role of motherhood. Through this partnership, Elle is able to provide occupation-based, Supportive Perinatal Mental Health Therapy Services to include an 8-week skills development group for the mother to be and an up to 6 months follow-up developmental screenings for the infant during the postpartum period. As a postpartum anxiety survivor, Elle is passionate about partnering with families and strongly believes that “if we are to holistically support the mother to and through the postpartum period, we must begin to think of the mother as an occupational being and not just a cluster of symptoms”.  A held belief that was the driving theme during her supervisory role as a Clinical Instructor for Level 1 fieldwork students this past spring as well as during the development of the “Serving Up Motherhood”: 90-Day Perinatal Mental Health & Wellness Journal. As a community-based perinatal mental health provider, Elle is committed to providing quality holistic, evidenced-based and skilled intervention services to those whom are often underserved and is looking forward to attending an upcoming Postpartum Support International (PSI) training in order to sit for PSI Certification in Perinatal Mental Health Exam next spring.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  • Distinguish opportunities for Occupational Therapists to serve clients engaged in community re-entryUnderstand the challenges experienced by people who have been incarcerated & who are re-entering community life. 
  • Distinguish sources of funding, policies, and reimbursement relevant to this area of practice.
  • Review potential strategic alliances in one’s own community based on case studies provided by panel participants. 

Target Audience: OT, OTA, Students

Level of Content:  Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

AOTA Practice Area: Mental Health

CEUs: 1.5

Fees: $5/MOTA Members, $30/ non-members


Contact: [email protected]