Ambulatory Care Clinic teams

Occupational Therapy Out-Patient Clinic teams

Location: Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, 4333 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are part of various out-patient teams, including the Mood and Anxiety Disorders service, the Adult Psychotic Disorders service, Youth service, First Episode Psychosis (F.E.P.P.) service and the Geriatric Psychiatry service. Each clinic has an interdisciplinary approach to client care, which may consist of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses, and social workers, depending on the particular team.

The role of the Occupational Therapist in this setting is centered on addressing functional issues such as capacity to return to work/ school, to live independently and to establish daily balanced occupational schedules. The OT works individually with clients, and the possible interventions may include :

  • Clinical Case Management (counselling, support, community liaison)
  • Education on various topics related to health/ wellness / relapse prevention
  • Vocational/school related assessment and interventions (creating a return to work or school plan, monitoring of volunteer work, activity scheduling, cognitive retraining etc.)
  • Modifications of the environment and compensation strategies
  • Home visits, work and school visits
  • Functional evaluations
  • Outreach in the community
  • Intervention with families
  • Supportive interventions
  • Assessment and recommendations related to safety at home
  • Linking with community resources and caregiver support
  • Driving screenings (referral for a complete assessment available)
  • Client’s advocacy
  • Consultation

Some teams of the out-patient services do not have an assigned occupational therapist. Access to occupational therapy services is possible by filling out a referral. Referrals are most frequently communicated verbally during team meetings, however, they can also be written by any member of the team (psychiatrist, social worker, nurse etc).

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