POTAC statement on US Capital Riots

The attack on the United States Capitol has no place in our country or in mental health occupational therapy. The events that took place caused physical and mental/emotional harm both to those who were present and those watching. POTAC upholds the values for trauma informed care, and acknowledges that attacks on our democracy and acts of white supremacy can traumatize or re-traumatize others, especially our BIPOC community. The AOTA Code of Ethics (2020) states that occupational therapy practitioners shall “not engage in actions that are uncivil, intimidating, or bullying or that contribute to violence (p. 26).”

The Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Action Coalition (POTAC) recognizes that oppression of rights, representation and systemic discrimination exist, and that change begins with each of us. Anti-racism, anti-oppression starts with an awareness of thoughts, language, and actions. These actions include actions that are uncivil. Such awareness should lead to the necessary, but difficult discussions and actions in order to positively change the mental health community and the profession of occupational therapy.

POTAC remains committed to be actively involved working to end racism and to provide social and occupational justice for all marginalized groups. Attacking democracy attacks our occupations as citizens and negatively impacts our rights to engage freely in our occupations without fear or threats of violence.

Please see OTAC’s Statement on January 6, 2021 Rioting at the
United States Capitol

Online Webinar: 2nd Annual OT in Mental Health Symposium

OTAC/POTAC Collaboration

Re-Designed ‘Shelter-In-Place’ LIVE Zoom Webinar

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:00am – 12:00pm
Webinar – Access Information Provided Once Registered
Space is limited

Register online: https://www.otaconline.org/education/ot-mental-health-symposium

Please note that parts of this webinar will be recorded and available for purchase within 7 business days of the recording.

$39 for OTAC/POTAC Members
$59 for non-OTAC Members
$19 for Student


  • 9:00am – 9:05am â€“ Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:05am – 10:05am â€“ Lived Experience – Amanda Lipp, Filmmaker | Social Entrepreneur | Speaker
  • 10:05am – 10:10am â€“ Break
  • 10:10am – 10:50am â€“ Exploring Voice-Hearers’ Experience of Romantic and Sexual Relationships – Emilio Villavicencio, OTS, and Kristen Gottheil, OTS
  • 10:50am – 11:00am â€“ Break
  • 11:00am – 11:55am â€“ Introduction to Culturally Responsive Care – Beth Ching, OTD, M.Ed, OTR/L
  • 11:55am – 12:00pm – Closing

Contact: Karen McCarthy, ude.nacinimodnull@yhtraccm.nerak

Fall Forum: OT’s Role in Treating the Homeless

POTAC & Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital present

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Persons with Experiences of Homelessness


Alexandra Zuck, OTD, OTR/L

Phillip Lee, OTR/L

Stephanie Moon, OTD, OTR/L

Deborah Pitts, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, CPRP, FAOTA


Saturday, November 16, 2019


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


Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

1001 Potrero Avenue (between 22nd & 23rd Streets)
Building 5, 7th Floor, Rooms 7M30 A & B
San Francisco, CA 94110

Program Description

Citing the HUD Annual Report on Homelessness, the presenters will frame the nature of homelessness and its various health risks, with attention to the policies as described in the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. The presenters will define their practices by describing the role of OT within homeless healthcare in L.A., including their specific practice context (i.e., primary care, recuperative care and permanent supportive housing) and population, as well as approaches to interventions targeting the population’s occupational needs. They will present a case examples and/or engage participants in a hands-on case application activity.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define elements of homeless healthcare and ‘housing for health’ in Skid Row, Los Angeles and greater Los Angeles as approaches to reducing homelessness.
  2. Differentiate homeless healthcare and ‘housing for health’ from other approaches to reducing homelessness and managing health.
  3. Explore and reflect on the role, takeaways, and challenges for occupational therapists in the three different practice contexts: primary care, permanent supportive housing, and recuperative care.


Alexandra Zuck, OTD, OTR/L completed her OTD residency at JWCH Institute’s Center for Community Health, a designated healthcare for the homeless clinic and health center located in Skid Row, Los Angeles.

Phillip D.H. Lee, OTR/L leads the OT program at the Skid Row Housing Trust, which provides permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless. He is currently enrolled in USC’s Advanced Practice Clinical Doctorate (OTD) in their O.T. curriculum.

Stephanie Moon, OTD, OTR/L is the Director of Behavioral Health and Case Management at MLK Jr. Recuperative Care Center. She has experience working within the continuum of homelessness services in Skid Row, LA and Los Angeles.

Deborah Pitts, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA currently serves as Associate Professor with the University of Southern California’s Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She also currently serves on the California Behavioral Health Planning Council and the California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee.


Light breakfast included, but no-host lunch – Brown bag or eat in the hospital cafeteria


To reserve a space, email Annette Pinto at gro.hpdfsnull@otnip.ettenna or text Annette at (415) 516-6360 by Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Admission cannot be guaranteed without pre-registration.

Pay at the door: $75 for POTAC & OTAC members; $95 for non-members; students $15.

Checks or cash only, no credit cards. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 6 contact hours. A percentage of all proceeds goes to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.


For directions, campus map, public transit, and parking information, click here.

Parking in the 23rd St. Parking Garage: enter from 24th Street

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