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Occupational Therapy Program Development: An Overview of the Process and Structure

Anne MacRae, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA

December 5, 2016

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Can you give some examples of programs that could be developed in a skilled nursing facility? Also, what kind of assessments are in your toolbox?

Answer

I think any communication based or daily living skills group are good in this setting. There have been some very effective gardening programs. You can be address physical issues in a gardening group, but you can also look at motivation, affect, inclusion, and socialization at the same time.

I use the KAWA Model and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure or COPM. Those are probably my two favorite. When needed, I will go more on a component base. I have used the Sensory Profile, or various executive function cognitive tests in mental health settings.


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Anne MacRae, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA

Dr. MacRae is a professor emerita from San Jose State University in California. She supervised the campus-based psychosocial occupational therapy clinic for 20 years, and co-authored the premier occupational text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice, with Dr. Cara. Dr. MacRae also recently worked for Trinity County Behavioral Health Service and Wellness Centers as an occupational therapist and consultant. She is currently a consultant for the California Institute of Behavioral Health Services (CIBHS). Dr. MacRae is a recipient of multiple Fulbright Fellowships and engages in international consultation about occupational therapy and mental health care. She helped develop the University of Malta’s Occupational Therapy degree program, and worked with Malta’s Ministry of Health to improve services for people with mental illness.


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