Drake Occupational Therapy Mental Health Capstone Experience

Understanding Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: Designing Sensory Rooms for Holistic Care
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230 students
37min of on-demand video
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Rationalize importance of advocacy of occupational therapy in mental health and sensory intervention
Define occupational therapy’s role in sensory processing and how that affects daily occupational engagement
Be able to identify and define different sensory systems
Determine appropriate situations for sensory room use


  • General knowledge in occupational therapy and mental health services.


Occupational therapy plays a pivotal role in supporting individuals with mental health conditions to lead fulfilling lives. In this course, students will explore the principles, techniques, and applications of occupational therapy within the context of mental health, with a specific focus on the creation and utilization of sensory rooms in partial hospitalization programs. Through  lectures, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of how occupational therapy interventions can address the unique needs of individuals with mental health challenges.

A central component of this course is the exploration of sensory rooms as therapeutic environments within partial hospitalization programs. Students will learn how to design and implement,  sensory rooms tailored to meet the sensory preferences and therapeutic goals of clients. Topics covered will include sensory room equipment selection, safety considerations and therapeutic activities. Additionally, students will explore the interdisciplinary nature of mental health care, learning how to effectively collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide holistic care to clients.

By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to utilize sensory rooms as valuable tools in occupational therapy practice within partial hospitalization programs. They will be prepared to contribute meaningfully to the mental health field, promoting wellness and recovery through client-centered, occupation-based interventions.

Who this course is for:

  • Those interested in occupational therapy and mental health


Instructor at UDEMY
Haily McClanahan
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A introductory doctoral occupational therapist that has experience working in sensory intervention in an outpatient pediatric setting as well as the creation of a sensory room in a partial hospitalization program. With experience in inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient pediatrics, and mental health, this therapist has a well rounded education on the importance of occupations in multiple settings.

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