Mental health is a component of all occupational therapy interventions,. Occupational therapy practitioners provide mental health treatment and prevention services for children, youth, the aging, and those with severe and persistent mental illness, with a focus on function and independence.
Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.
The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of mental health conditions.
Occupational Therapy in Polytrauma
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Mental Health
Returning to Work With Cognitive Impairments
Dementia and the Role of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep - pdf, 603 kb
Mental Health in Children and Youth: The Benefit and Role of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb
Occupational Therapy's Role in Mental Health Recovery
Occupational Therapy's Role with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - pdf, 493 kb
Occupational Therapy's Role in Restraint Reduction or Elimination - pdf, 620 kb
Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration–Based Approach With Adult Populations - pdf, 583 kb
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Oncology - pdf, 573 kb
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Disaster Relief
Occupational Therapy and Depression: Reconstructing Lives
Recovery With Purpose: Occupational Therapy and Drug and Alcohol Abuse