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Workshop: The Mental Health OT Toolkit: Functional Interventions for Every Setting (Middle District)
South College Nashville
616 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Saturday, October 28, 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
Category: CEU Event

TNOTA Workshop

The Mental Health OT Toolkit: Functional Interventions for Every Setting

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 9AM - 3PM CDT

Nashville, TN


 About This Course: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in mental health needs across the US. More and more often, Occupational Therapists are running into treatment challenges driven by the mental health needs of their consumers. While OT practitioners have the general training to address the mental health needs of clients, practitioners working outside of a mental health setting often report feeling under equipped to apply mental health based interventions to client sessions.

This course is aimed at providing Occupational Therapists with functional, evidence-based mental health interventions that can be easily utilized in a standard treatment session across a variety of settings, customizable to clients across the lifespan. 

Course Objectives:

  1. A framework for conceptualizing the origins and functional impacts of common mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and suicide. 
  2. An introductory understanding of key mental health theories such as DBT, CBT, ACT, and other trauma-informed interventions
  3. Practical mental health tools, strategies, and interventions aimed at addressing the psychosocial needs of clients across populations and across the lifespan
  4. How to integrate mental health interventions with common functional interventions of occupational therapists
  5. A roadmap for interdisciplinary collaboration with other mental health professionals (LPC-MHSP, LCSW, Psy. D, etc). 
  6. Supplemental mental health resources that clinicians can provide to their clients and client’s families

About the Presenters: 

Kaylin Flamm Lawrence, MSOT, OTR/L attended the University of Southern Indiana where she earned her bachelor's degree in Health Services with a concentration as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She then worked as a neurorehabilitation Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate in Northeast Florida. After 3 years, Kaylin moved to Nashville, TN to complete her master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Belmont University's MSOT Bridge Program. She continued her work with survivors of domestic and sexual assault during this time and became the first Occupational Therapy intern with the Mental Health Court of Rutherford County. Upon completion of graduate school, Kaylin accepted a position with the Recovery Court program as a Mental Health Court case manager while also providing OT services. Through this avenue, Kaylin was able to advocate for a full time OT position serving all of the Recovery Courts in Rutherford County. This is the first OT position of its kind in the country. In addition to her work for the Recovery Court program, she is an Adjunct Professor at South College, the Mental Health Chair of the Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy, a member of the OT Practice Act Task Force, founder of the OT Mental Health Community of Practice, has presented at multiple Tennessee state OT conferences, is a QPR suicide prevention trainer, and sits on OT program advisory committees at universities across the state. Kaylin co-owns Mind the Gap Therapy and Consulting.

Dakota Lawrence, LPC-MHSP, NCC attended Flagler College where he earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, he worked as the activity specialist for Mental Health Resource Center in Northeast Florida working to develop psychoeducation and recreation based programing for participants in crisis stabilization unit setting. Dakota moved to Nashville, TN to complete graduate school at Vanderbilt University majoring in Human Development Counseling. While at Vanderbilt, he was a psychotherapy intern for Osher Center for Integrative health where he expanded his knowledge and experience with implementation of mindfulness based interventions, self-hypnosis for chronic pain, and trauma-informed therapy in the treatment of chronic illness. After graduating with his M. Ed in counseling, Dakota worked for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s school based therapy program, providing outpatient services within the Metro Nashville school system to underserved adolescents and children in addition to starting a small private practice continuing to work with clients experiencing trauma and chronic illness. Dakota co-owns Mind the Gap Therapy and Consulting.

CEU Opportunity: 5 Contact hours
TNOTA Members: $125 
Non-members: $150
Student Members: $60
South College
Fifth floor auditorium, Room 502
616 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Contact: [email protected]