Occupational therapists (OTs) who work in mental health may be found on inpatient psychiatric units or in outpatient psychosocial programs. They serve their clients by assisting them toward self-empowerment, education to make self-improvements and personal responsibility. They're trained to use specialized evaluations to assess a client's baseline functioning or any changes that may have occurred due to his or her illnesses or maladaptive behaviors.
Acute psychiatry and outpatient community psychiatry programs offer innovative occupational therapy programs to meet the needs of diverse populations with mental health and sensory processing needs that cover the spectrum of the life cycle from the very young to the elderly.
What We Have to Offer
By leading groups or individual treatments, OTs teach clients to express their feelings and emotions, improve relationships with others, and cultivate socially appropriate behaviors, attitudes and coping skills to improve personal and social functioning.
Group and individual treatments can include education, skill building and a knowledge base in some of the following areas:
- Stress management
- Discharge planning
- Goal setting
- Current events
- Social skills
- Leisure interest development
- Nutrition and safety
- Life skills
- Substance abuse/dependence education
- Money management
- Decision making/choice
- Problem solving
- Anger management
- Self esteem building
- Worry management
- Attitude development
- Time management
- Sensory awareness
- Sleep management
- Women's issues/men's issues
- Grief issues
- Orientation and task skills
About Our Therapists
Our occupational therapists are all nationally board certified and licensed in the state of Maryland. Many of our occupational therapists are calibrated in specialized evaluations as The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). In addition, many occupational therapists have advanced degrees specializing in diverse areas of interest.
Community Psychiatry / Acute Psychiatry Programs Offering Occupational Therapy
- Preschool Intensive Outpatient Program
The Preschool program evaluates and treats children ages 2-5 with behaviors and emotional regulation issues. Deficits such as delays in motor, perceptual, social skill development and sensory processing are identified. Individual and group treatments, and parent education focuses on promoting successful participation of the child in his or her daily routine.
- Adolescent Partial Hospital Program
This program evaluates and treats adolescents ages 12-18 with ADHD, mood disorders, adjustment disorders and other mental health issues. Individual and group treatments, along with school visits, help promote successful functioning in the school, home and community. Treatments may include implementing new coping skills, positive social behaviors or reducing self-injurious behaviors.
- Acute Psychiatric Unit
This is a 20-bed inpatient acute unit that treats individuals from age 16 up with chronic mental illness, dual diagnoses and substance abuse issues.
Making an Appointment
Appointments for the Preschool and Adolescent programs come from referrals made by the individual's doctor, from an inpatient stay, from other hospitals, an outpatient therapist or a school-based therapist. For an intake appointment, contact the Department of Community Psychiatry at 410-550-0016.
Appointments for other outpatient occupational therapy services must have a physician's referral and go through the Rehabilitation Department. For an appointment, call 410-550-0414.
Individuals needing an inpatient stay on the Acute Psychiatric Unit (where occupational services are offered) must go through the Emergency Department for an evaluation for admission.