POTAC Fall Forum – The Role of OT on a Psychiatric Emergency Services Unit

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Date & Time
October 17, 2015
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

John George Psychiatric Hospital


POTAC & John George Psychiatric Hospital present

The Role of OT on a Psychiatric Emergency Services Unit

with Terri Daugherty, OTR/L and Elisse Sliwinski Azofeifa, MS, OTR/L

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Registration 8:30 AM
Presentation 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

John George Psychiatric Hospital
2060 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro, CA 94578

Program Description

70% of patients admitted to John George Psychiatric Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) return to the community within 24 hours. The OT Department sought a role for an Occupational Therapist in PES to assist the clinical team in appropriate placement of patients. Using functional assessments and brief treatment, including wellness tools, the OT Department justified and placed a full-time OT in the Emergency Room with extraordinary results. They are now successfully providing evidence-based results of their results in an outcome study designed and implemented on the unit.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Alameda Model and its impact on the treatment programming at John George Psychiatric Hospital (JGPH).
  • Understand the value of OT in PES at JGPH.
  • Follow the process JGPH went through in implementing its program.
  • Identify how current data may effect the future state of the program.

OT staff will provide a tour of the JGPH facility.

Presenter Bios

Terri Daugherty, OTR/L, is Manager of Occupational Therapy/Activity Therapy at John George Psychiatric Hospital and the AT Department at Fairmont Hospital Skilled Nursing, Alameda County Medical Center. A SJSU graduate, she is a seasoned therapist and engaged manager. Under her management of the OT/AT Department, and their goal of patient centered care, JGPH is nationally ranked in the top 10% for patient satisfaction. Within the past year, the Occupational Therapy Dept. was recognized by the Alameda County Network of Mental Health Client’s Reach Out, a client-run hospital visitation program.

Elisse Azofeifa, MS, OTR/L, OT II, is a graduate of Boston University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. After working on an acute inpatient unit at John George Psychiatric Hospital, her role expanded to developing and delivering an OT program for JGPH’s PES. Elisse is a member of Alameda County South NAMI and is on the steering committee for NAMI Walks Bay Area. She is dedicated to providing compassionate, patient centered care while promoting health and wellness for individuals with mental illness.


Pay at the door: $25 for POTAC & OTAC members; $40 for non-members; students $10. Checks or cash only, no credit cards. A light breakfast is included.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 3 contact hours. A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.


To reserve a space contact Terri Daugherty at tdaugherty@alamedahealthsystem.org or (510) 346-1330 by Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Admission cannot be guaranteed without preregistration.


For campus map, transportation and parking (free parking on Saturdays; BART shuttle does NOT run on Saturdays): http://www.johngeorgeahs.org/family-community-information/directions-and-transportation

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