Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Occup Ther Ment Health
ISSN (printed): 0164-212X. ISSN (electronic): 1541-3101.
An essential journal for all OTs in mental health fields, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health provides professionals with a forum in which to discuss today's challenges--identifying the philosophical and conceptual foundations of the practice; sharing innovative evaluation and treatment techniques; learning about and assimilating new methodologies developing in related professions; and communicating information about new practice settings and special problem areas particular to psychiatric occupational therapy. The journal serves as a valuable tool for helping therapists deal effectively with the challenges in the field. It emphasizes articles and reports which are directly relevant to practice. It also deals with theoretical and philosophical issues which provide the foundation for treatment approaches. Articles specifically focus on: description and application of various frames of reference to support therapeutic practice; studies dealing with measurable outcomes in the areas of social competence, activities of daily living, pre-vocational training, and task performance; use of new evaluation and treatment techniques with reference to group process and activity modalities; description of creative programming and experiences in working with difficult patients and special diagnoses such as borderline patients and those with anorexia nervosa; interviews with prominent leaders in mental health OT and related disciplines; effective approaches to new issues in mental health practice, such as AIDS; changes in the delivery of mental health services and their relevance to OT; important issues in the education of mental health OTs; clinical and administrative relationships between occupational therapists and activity therapists. The timely material featured in the journal is especially useful to occupational therapists in mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, mental health programs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools and guidance centers, human service agencies, and transitional living programs.
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