Our experienced Mental Health Occupational Therapists have been formally trained in a variety of assessment methods and therapeutic approaches. We help our clients maintain employment and prepare for return to school or work. Our proven processes are built on timely communication with our referrers, collaboration with the client's healthcare team, building rapport with clients and their employers, to improve our client's overall functioning and well-being.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS
Clients are assessed in our fully accessible clinic or in their homes, to identify psychosocial barriers to functional independence in activities related to self-care, home management, and community management. The client's strengths and limitations are outlined for Insurers and Lawyers who are interested in understanding their client's psychosocial issues that may present as barriers to successful return to learn or work experiences with recommendations for direct therapeutic intervention and vocational rehabilitation planning.
PROGRESSIVE GOAL ATTAINMENT PROGRAM
Used as a structured treatment program for reducing disability associated with chronic health conditions, including mental health diagnoses. P-GAP BROCHURE
STAY AT WORK / RETURN TO WORK
Direct therapeutic intervention is provided to our clients, using the following therapeutic approaches to develop return to learn or work readiness skills and to improve symptom management, coping skills, activity tolerance, and improve well-being in preparation for successful stay at work or return to work experiences.
Used to increase an individual’s activity level with the purpose of improving mood and to develop work readiness routines.
Used as an effective way of talking with individuals about change and to assist them to see returning to work as important for their health and overall well-being
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
Used to teach individuals to challenge their negative thoughts and postpone worries, with the goal of changing thoughts to positively affect their behaviour.
Goal Management Training:
This is an interactive evidence-based program designed to improve the organization of goals and the ability to achieve them, for people experiencing executive function impairment. It is one of the few cognitive rehabilitation programs with researched evidence that shows it improves function.
Relaxation and Mindfulness:
Used to teach clients to practice relaxation and mindfulness to help them face anxiety-provoking situations.
Trauma Response and Exposure Therapy:
Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This approach is used to regulate and reduce the impact of post-traumatic stress.
RETURN TO WORK COORDINATION
Our Occupational Therapists assist our clients in returning safely and timely back to work by proposing thoughtful return to work and graduated return to work plans, which identify the roles and responsibilities of all parties, outline targeted start and end dates, and measure effectiveness employee accommodations. We liase with the employee and employer throughout the return to work process to monitor progress and adjust the plan as required. Our proven processes are built on open communication, collaboration and a guiding person-environment-occupation model of practice.
WHEN TO MAKE A REFERRAL
- When an individual is “stuck” and has stopped making progress in their rehabilitation.
- When you want to know what support services may be required to facilitate improved function and independence.
- When symptoms interfere with meaningful activity engagement.
- When return to work is a goal and the individual requires support or skill development to prepare and transition back to work.