POTAC Spring Workshop 2010

POTAC and the Occupational Therapy Treatment Program (OTTP) present

The Role of the Occupational Therapist on an interdisciplinary Psychiatric Rehabilitation Team

presented by Karen Leigh, MS, OTR/L, CPRP

Friday, May 14, 2010
1:00 – 4:30 PM


425 Divisadero Street (between Oak & Fell Streets), Suite 300, San Francisco, 94117. (Free parking in OTTP lot.)


Mental health services have become increasingly rehabilitation and recovery oriented in the last several years. These changes can be seen in the way services are being provided in both private and public sectors. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about most recent core principles of psychiatric rehabilitation as promulgated by both the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The underlying relationship to theoretical models in occupational therapy will be highlighted through the use of extensive case examples and real-world scenarios from interdisciplinary situations.

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the core principles of psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Identify two OT theoretical models that are compatible with psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Articulate the unique contribution of the OT on an interdisciplinary psychiatric rehabilitation team


Karen Leigh, MS, OTR/L, CPRP, is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy program at SJSU and is currently employed as the OT in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She works in an offsite clinic in downtown San Francisco where she is currently developing recovery oriented community based programming to meet the needs of veterans who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. Karen is part of an interdisciplinary team that provides services in a catchment area stretching from San Bruno to the Oregon border. She has presented nationally at the annual United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) conference on the use of sensory approaches in a psych rehab setting and locally to OT’s who are re-entering the mental health OT workforce.


Certificate of Attendance provided to qualify for 3 hours of PDUs

POTAC & OTAC members $25;
Non-members $40;
Students $5

Please register by May 12, 2010: E-mail gro.fs-pttonull@enived.neelloc or call OTTP at 415.551.0975. You may pay at the door.

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