Mental Health Advocacy in Occupational Therapy

The importance and impact of advocacy in a clubhouse setting for mental health
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (8 ratings)
448 students
30min of on-demand video
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Identify and define purpose of Clubhouse Model for mental health
Analyze and understand the unique role occupational therapy has within mental health
Identify and verbalize evidenced based research and education related to Photovoice
Learn about the impact of Photovoice in a diverse community


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This course is intended to educate individuals about the impact and importance of advocacy effects in the unique role of occupational therapy in mental health settings. The role of occupational therapy in mental health is unique and must be researched further in order to influence stakeholders such as community-based programming and policy makers. Mental health matters and individuals deserve the same rights and access to supports when compared to individuals with physical health conditions.

The course content includes educational materials provided to the members and staff of the Friendship House about the use and importance of Photovoice as a communication modality to achieve patient-driven goals and promote positive social change. Educational material related to the use of Photovoice in mental health and occupational therapy are provided in the resources section of the presentation. Additionally, a detailed list of advocacy events in located in the resources section. This course aims to aid individuals in their learning of current evidence-based research for the role of mental health in occupational therapy and analyze the clubhouse model of mental health. It is vital to stay up to date on the dynamic nature of healthcare and healthcare policy. Build knowledge in current advocacy efforts occurring in Hawaii and around the world.

Who this course is for:

  • Current Occupational Therapists
  • Current Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Current OT/OTA Students
  • Healthcare professionals other disciplines including: PT, SLP, Social Workers, and Psychologists


Instructor at Udemy
Lauren Lerner
  • 4.9 Instructor Rating
  • 8 Reviews
  • 448 Students
  • 1 Course

I am an occupational therapy doctoral student at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. I am passionate about mental health, health and wellbeing, diversity/equity/inclusion, and advocacy within the occupational therapy lens. My project focuses on occupational therapy's role in mental health advocacy in a diverse population at the Friendship House in Kapa'a, Hawaii. Photovoice and other advocacy events are highlighted in this course.

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