This course presents the role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant in the psychosocial area of Occupational Therapy practice. Students will learn selected frames of reference, and explore the effects of psychosocial dysfunction on areas of occupation. Students will learn skills necessary to assess, implement and document intervention in a variety of mental health settings. Client factors, including culture and diversity, therapeutic interactions and methods are studied. Students will develop skills in administering individual and group interventions, professional communication, conflict resolution, and advocacy. Lab activities, site visits and Level I fieldwork opportunities will enable students to participate in and apply psychosocial principles to practice.


This course is made up of lecture and lab; a final grade will be the average of the final grades.


Early, M.B. (2009). Mental Health Concepts and Techniques for the OTA (4th ED)

Mental Health Textbook