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Mental Health SIG - OTammhs Networking & Holiday Par-OTy
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST
Category: SIGS

5:00 to 5:30 Check-in, Set-up, Networking
5:30 to 7:00 Program and Meal

Event Description:
Fun and informative networking opportunity for Occupational Therapists working in or interested in Mental Health.

* Bring a holiday dish and your experience to share as well as questions for you fellow Occupational Therapists

*Bring ideas for future meeting topics and speakers

*Bring your most effective and creative treatment ideas to share with others

Speaker Bios:

Jennifer LeClaire MAOT, OTR/L & Megan Flood (co-chairs of MH SIG MTGs) and Beth Kessler, OTR/L and Kristi Haertl, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA : Cofounders of OTAMMHs

Speaker Credentials:

Jennifer LeClaire, OTR/L outpatient OT clinic specializing in mental health Professional Rehabilitation Consultants (PRC). Jennifer has a specialty in treating hoarding disorder and related behavior.  Jennifer graduated in 2012/2013 from St Catherines University with a BA in Occupational Science and an MA in Occupational Therapy. 

Megan Flood, OTR/L, received her MAOT from St. Kate’s in 2016, and is now part of the remarkable Mental Health Occupational Therapy department at Regions Hospital.  Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, she danced professionally for ten years, taught dance at Gustavus Adolphus College, and worked with Regions Hospital’s Integrative Therapies department as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner.  She is studying Somatic Experiencing, and loves how much movement, improvisation, and the willingness to slow down and get curious (all skills she honed as a dancer and choreographer) inform her current work.                        

Beth Kessler OTR/L, LC, graduated with a BS in occupational therapy from Tufts University in 1973.  She provided OT services to long term care facilities before co-founding a Medicare certified rehabilitation agency which sold to a Baltimore based medical conglomerate in 1995.  she has spent the last two decades consulting to OT programs and pursuing alternate avenues for the provision of occupational therapy services of which the past five years has specifically been in expansion of community based mental health services.  Beth is also a life coach. 

Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., ACE, OTR/L, FAOTA (Professor) Kristi is a professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. Kristi has been active in mental health research related to peer-supported mental health housing models; the role of writing in the development of the self; the lived experience of ASD; and exploration of the nature and efficacy of services at a free standing psychiatric occupational therapy clinic.  Kristi’s research has led to legislative changes regarding evidenced based mental health practice in Minnesota and has helped secure funding for the development of Fairweather housing units in Pennsylvania. In addition to full time faculty work, Kristi has served as the Chair of a large mental health board in Minnesota, she is the co-founder and co-chair of Occupational Therapy for the Advancement of Minnesota Mental Health Services (OTAMMHS) and she maintains a private practice serving persons with psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities. Kristi has extensive publications and presentations on a regional, national, and international level. Kristi is honored to be a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, a member of the Leaders and Legacy Society of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and is a former recipient of Faculty of the Year at St. Catherine University. In addition to occupational therapy Kristi has taught Group Fitness classes for 33 years and in 2003 won a National Group Fitness Instructor of the Year award. Outside of professional work, Kristi is active in sports, church, and spending time with dearly loved friends and family.

Learning Objectives:

1. Each attendee will be able to take home 3 new treatment ideas to possibly implement into their OT practice

2. Each attendee will formulate a plan to initiate conversations with 3 OTs about their practice specialty in efforts to raise awareness and encourage further learning

3. Each attendee will contribute one idea for MOTA MH SIG Meetings

4. Each attendee will be able to cite the purpose and direction of OTAMMHS and possible means to get involved.


Professional Rehabilitation Consultants (PRC) NEW LOCATION
1394 Jackson Street Suite #201      
St. Paul, MN 55117

Target Audience: OT, OTA, Student

Education Level: Introductory to Advanced

Organizer's Contact Information: Jennifer LeClaire, OTR/L , [email protected] 651-603-8774 x503

* Since this is an networking event, both MOTA members and non-members can attend at no cost. For future Mental Health events there will be a charge for non-members. Please consider joining MOTA and becoming a member.

 Fee: MOTA members free    non-MOTA members free

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