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Occupational Therapy and School Mental Health Services: Providing Services as SISP’s under ESSA
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OT practitioners will gain a foundational knowledge of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the potential roles for OTs as Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) in supporting educators to meet the social emotional needs of all students. This will include resources and evidence related to current mental health initiatives of school OTs; thereby offer practitioners a “starting point" to initiate mental health service delivery in their school setting(s).

8/23/2018
When: Thursday, August 23, 2018
12:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Laura Kocum
608-819-2327


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Occupational therapy practitioners interested in engaging in school mental health initiatives will gain a foundational knowledge of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the potential roles for occupational therapists as Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) in supporting educators to meet the social emotional needs of all students. The content will include resources and evidence related to current mental health initiatives of school occupational therapists; thereby offer practitioners a “starting point” to initiate mental health service delivery in their school setting(s).

 

Objectives:

 

1.     Participants will be able to leverage ESSA to propose a distinct role for occupational therapists in school-wide mental health initiatives.

 

2.     Participants will be able to conceptualize a role for occupational therapists under each of the six aspects of ESSA that AOTA has identified as being relevant to the knowledge and skills of occupational therapists.

 

3.     Participants will be able to create a plan to initiate the participation of occupational therapists in a school mental health initiative.

Cynthia Clough, Ph.D., OT/L.  

 

Cindy has served as a consultant and educator to hundreds of school occupational therapy practitioners, school leaders, and educators on topics of inclusive special education, educational equity, school discipline, and organizational leadership. As an occupational therapist, Cindy advocates the distinct value of occupational therapy in school practice settings and supports practitioners in expanding the role of occupational therapists in supporting positive mental health outcomes for children and youth.  

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