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Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Biopsychosocial Assessment

Biopsychosocial assessment, how to write it and tips for conducting a biopsychosocial assessment will be covered in this blog post. Biopsychosocial assessment is a logical offshoot of Engel’s theory. It is an evaluation that takes into account the biological, social, and psychological aspects of someone’s life when determining what is the cause of their problems....


Occupational Therapy Games
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Occupational Therapy Games

Occupational therapy games including a client-choice game; world record challenge; search and finds; scavenger hunts; Pictionary; Simon Says; mazes; sequencing; and bingo will be reviewed in this blog post....


Telehealth Training
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Telehealth Training

Telehealth training- Do I need it? Telehealth has been gaining in popularity for the past decade. The coronavirus pandemic has only hastened the arrival of online platforms as a popular way to receive psychotherapeutic telehealth services. Performing therapy online (teletherapy) has some definite advantages over traditional in-person therapy: convenience, accessibility, and appeal to those people that have difficulties being in an office environment. While the advantages are substantial, no one is claiming it is the same as in-person therapy. Working online involves certain considerations that you may not think about with traditional counseling. That is why therapists that are performing virtual therapy may want to consider taking specific training in teletherapy. ...


Teletherapy Fine Motor Activities
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Teletherapy Fine Motor Activities

Teletherapy fine motor activities? Is this possible? This entry covers activities to address fine motor development in telehealth occupational therapy. Interventions covered include: Origami; drawing; beading; stickers; putty; tongs; mazes and coloring; messy play; and building blocks. ...


When does a therapist have to break confidentiality
  • Friday, April 30, 2021

When does a therapist have to break confidentiality

When does a therapist have to break confidentiality? Confidentiality is sacred in psychotherapy. Without it, there is no degree of trust between client and therapist. Think about it. Why would someone tell their deepest darkest secrets to a therapist if they thought that person could just tell whoever they wanted? The rules regarding the use of confidentiality are varied and do have exceptions. Before we explore those limits in more detail, let’s briefly discuss what confidentiality means in a counseling situation. ...


Occupational Therapy Assessments
  • Friday, April 23, 2021

Occupational Therapy Assessments

This blog entry will cover adult occupational therapy assessments including: The COPM, Berg Balance Scale, MoCA, the Kettle Test, Nine-hole peg test, ACLS, FIM and AMPS.The practice setting and context of occupational therapy for adults varies widely. From geriatrics to physical disabilities, and acute rehabilitation to mental health, client needs, occupational profile, goals, and length of stay will vary greatly. As will the occupational therapy assessments you select. Some settings will call for a very complex evaluation with multiple assessments, while others may only allow for a 15 minute informal screen. Below are selected assessment tools that can be used with a diverse range of clients. ...


Intake forms counseling
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Intake forms counseling

Intake forms, consent forms for counseling and psychotherapy and other forms that every therapist needs such as release of information, social medial policy as well as tips will be covered in this post. When you think about conducting psychotherapy there are many things to consider: the client, your theoretical approach, and billing, to name a few. One critical—yet often overlooked—part of counseling is the forms that you give to the patient at the beginning of counseling. The proper forms can set the tone and boundaries for successful treatment. Here is what you need to know about the forms you will want to give to your clients....


Starting an Occupational Therapy Private Practice
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Starting an Occupational Therapy Private Practice

This blog entry will discuss the basics of starting your own private occupational therapy private practice. Topics that will be covered include: Business planning; legalities; insurance credentialing; practice location; marketing; mentorship; and management of administrative needs. Are you an occupational therapist who is business savvy? Do you want to contribute to your community by helping meet unmet needs? Private practice may be for you....


Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assessments
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assessments

Pediatric occupational therapy assessments including the SPM, BOT-2, PDMS-2, DAYC-2, Beery VMI, TVPS-4, and SFA will be covered in this post. When you select a measure for an individual client you will want to consider: Areas of concern; the chronological age of the client; the environmental context; perceived abilities based on caregiver or teacher interviews; and whether the evaluation will occur in person or through a teletherapy approach. For a quick and handy reference, seven pediatric therapy assessments have been described below. ...


Therapy Games
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Therapy Games

Therapy games that can be utilized for both in-person and online teletherapy or online counseling and how to utilize them are reviewed in this post. Playing games and psychotherapy may seem entirely unrelated. The truth, however, is that therapy games can complement counseling and improve client progress. It is not uncommon to find a clinician with a closet full of games and art materials, especially if they work with younger populations. With the rising popularity of virtual counseling, it has been necessary to take these resources online. Let’s explore some of the online games you can use during virtual therapy and how they may help you address multiple problems....


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