Implementation of occupational therapy services for an adolescent residence program
Community-based programs focusing on adolescents who are diagnosed with a mental illness have been given little attention in the occupational therapy literature. This article describes a level-two student occupational therapy program that was successfully implemented at an adolescent residence in New Jersey. Six adolescents were evaluated using The Children's Self Assessment of Occupational Functioning (CSAOF), based on the Model of Human Occupation. Through this evaluation process, many of the adolescents identified similar treatment priorities: (a) family reintegration, (b) wellness and healthy living, (c) development of independent and effective decision making, and (d) increasing feelings of self-worth. The OT students assisted the adolescents in setting goals and identifying strategies to achieve them. Two case studies are presented to further illustrate how family collaboration, cultural considerations and community awareness are emphasized during the treatment process. Administrators of the residence are now investigating ways to incorporate continued OT services within their treatment milieu. © 2005 by The Haworth Press. Inc. All rights reserved.
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
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Knis-Matthews, Laurie; Richard, Lynne; Marquez, Leiden; and Mevawala, Nili, "Implementation of occupational therapy services for an adolescent residence program" (2005). Kean Publications. 2620.