Just Published! A Comprehensive, Recovery-oriented Textbook on the Evolving Role of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

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Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, edited by Catana Brown and Virginia C. Stoffel, guides occupational therapists (OTs) through assessments and interventions to empower those with mental health disorders to participate fully in the activities of life.

“…a text we have all been waiting for…that would guide clinicians to make a difference in the everyday lives of people with mental challenges.”—Carolyn M. Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Past President, AOTA

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation edited by Catana Brown, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Virginia C. Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, is built on a foundation of theoretically informed, evidence-based, and person-centered practices to define the therapist’s role as an integral member of the health-care team. It’s the first major text of its kind to present a recovery-oriented approach to OT mental health practice.

Fifty-four educators, practitioners, and researchers from around the globe lead OTs to an understanding of the recovery process for all areas of their clients’ lives—physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental—and of how to manage co-occurring conditions.

The Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) model serves as the text’s organizing principle, framing a contemporary, occupational performance, client-centered, and evidence-based approach to occupational therapy in mental health.

Central to the authors’ approach is the “lived experience” of mental illness and recovery. This is a theme throughout the text—one that is uniquely illustrated through Photo Voice boxes and First Person Narratives. These very personal client stories offer an extraordinary perspective and valuable insight into the lives of consumers of occupational therapy services.

“We are proud to be the publisher of this exceptional new text,” said Christa Fratantoro, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Health Related Professions. ”It represents an important new resource for the field with the depth and breadth of content that is essential for occupational therapists in training and practice.”

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Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation
ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-1704-9
$84.95 (US) $93.50 (CAN)

This title is available at bookstores or directly from F.A.Davis. For more information, call 800-323-3555 (US) 800-665-1148 (CAN) or visit http://www.fadavis.com

About the authors

Catana Brown, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is Associate Professor, Midwestern University, Glendale Campus, Program of Occupational Therapy. She received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology and Research in Education in 1999 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from New York University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. She joined the faculty of Midwestern University in 2010 where she teaches research and psychosocial occupational therapy, specializing in mental health.

Dr. Brown has received numerous grants to support her research. Among them are NIH grants to support A Psychiatric Rehabilitation Approach to Weight Loss, an intervention study examining efficacy of the RENEW weight loss program for people with serious mental illness, and Dynamic Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia which examined learning potential as a predictor of community functioning. She has also received grants from NARSAD, HRSA, and NIDRR. She is currently a consultant on UIC's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, funded by NIDRR to develop a “train the trainers” curriculum to teach weight loss and wellness to people with serious mental illness.

Virginia C. (Ginny) Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator, and Chair of the Department of Occupational Science & Technology, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and a scientist in their Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research. She received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in 2007 at Cardinal Stritch University, Fox Point, Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine. She has been Board Certified in Mental Health as an occupational therapist by the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2006.

Dr. Stoffel’s teaching, clinical experiences, and research have focused on mental health, substance abuse, and leadership. She has been involved in several interdisciplinary studies, Project MATCH, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Project ARRIVE, funded by the National Institute on Mental Health. She has also received grants from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Research Fund, and the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as the American Occupational Therapy Association Vice President and has held numerous leadership roles in occupational therapy and mental health, locally, statewide, and nationally.

F.A. Davis Company, an independent publisher since 1879, has been publishing titles to meet the needs of generations of health care providers. Today, F.A. Davis carries on that tradition through its catalogue of books and electronic and online products for students, educators, and clinicians in Nursing, Medicine, and the Health Sciences. Its flagship titles, Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary and Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, are among the most trusted names in health care publishing.

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