POTAC Spring Friday Forum – OT and IMR

Date & Time
April 10, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


POTAC San Francisco General Hospital present

OT AND IMR – The Illness Management & Recovery Model of Care

with Gretchen Prohofsky, MOT, OTR/L and Lyn Peterson, OTR/L

Friday, April 10, 2015

Registration 8:30 AM
Presentation 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Rm. 7E12
San Francisco, CA 94110

Program Description

Illness Management & Recovery is a standardized intervention that teaches illness self-management strategies to persons with severe mental illness. Empirically based strategies include providing psychoeducation to improve understanding about mental illness and treatment; using cognitive-behavioral approaches to improve medication adherence; providing training in the prevention of psychiatric relapses; using social skills training to strengthen social support and buffer stress; and teaching coping skills to reduce the severity and distress of persistent symptoms. This treatment model, recommended by SAMHSA as evidence-based and consistent with the recovery model, clearly identifies occupational therapists as best practitioners. The California State Mental HealthServices Division is training county service providers throughout the state in the use of this model. The presentation will include an overview of the IMR Model in OT practice using examples of OT interventions on an inpatient mental health service at an urban county hospital.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the goals and objectives of Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) programs
  • Identify strengths of occupational therapy contributions to IMR programming
  • Identify evidence-based strategies and interventions incorporating IMR principles in patient-centered, Recovery-based treatment in varying clinical settings
  • Advocate for occupational therapists’ roles in IMR programs


Gretchen Prohofsky, MOT, OTR/L, is Manager of Allied Health, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN. She organized the initial implementation plan for IMR in their hospital setting in 2005, and has since participated in enhanced multi-disciplinary trainings for further development of IMR in inpatient settings. She has worked at Regions Hospital for 22 years. Gretchen completed her Master’s degree in 2011,developing a program on incorporating sensory-based interventions in the mental health setting to decrease the use of seclusion and restraint. Gretchen has presented workshops on Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management and Recovery, as well as the implementation of sensory-based interventions within mental health.

Lyn Peterson, OTR/LLead OT, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN has long experience in developing and delivering IMR services in inpatient mental health settings. She has worked at Regions Hospital for 21 years, providing OT services to the inpatient mental health clients. She has been utilizing the IMRmodel of care since 2005, and has been an integral part of the further enhancement of IMR since 2009. Lyn also provides motivational interviewing coaching circles to multi-disciplinary staff.

Pay at the door: $80 for POTAC & OTAC members; $110 for nonmembers; students $20. Checks or cash only, no credit cards.

Breakfast and afternoon snacks included. Bring a bag lunch or pick up lunch at the hospital or one of the Mission District restaurants.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 6 contact hours.

A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.


To reserve a space, please contact Annette Pinto at gro.hpdfsnull@otnip.ettennA or (415) 206-4945 by Wed, 4/8/2015 – walk-ins are usually okay, but admission cannot be guaranteed without preregistration.

For campus map, transportation and parking: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/oservices/medSvs/SFGH/SFGHPatientVisitor.asp

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