Enhancing Recovery: Occupational Therapy's Role in Early Psychosis
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Expires on Jul 23, 2026
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Content covered in this presentation will move the listener from a brief introduction of the historical roots of Occupational Therapy (OT) to how OT uniquely contributes to the functional occupation-based interventions in mental health and Early intervention Psychosis (EIP) practice.  To set the foundation for understanding how recovery within programs is enhanced by utilizing OT, the educators will present educational curriculum and clinical training that targets EIP practice components, as well as core principles of practice with supportive research. Through analysis of challenges identified in practice as well as FEP programs and data, the link will be made to key target areas of intervention that are addressed by the OT practitioners. Finally, the barriers and opportunities to the incorporation of OT practitioners on EIP teams will be addressed. Presenters will provide more clarity on where OT and EIP are today and the growing need to prioritize OT’s presence on your team.  

This activity was developed in partnership with the Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET).


Learning Objectives

  • Describe roots of OT and how it has changed with the evolution of mental health practice.
  • Identify components of OT’s education and clinical training relating to EIP.
  • Identify OT’s unique contribution to individuals' functional outcomes and clinical care teams' processes in CHR and FEP.

Target Audience

Counselor, Psychiatrist

Instructional Level

Introductory; Intermediate

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: July 23, 2020
Program End Date: July 23, 2026

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board

After completing the course, engage with colleagues in the mental health field through SMI Adviser's Webinar Roundtable Topics discussion board. This is an easy way to network and share ideas with other clinicians who participate in this webinar. Access through the discussion tab.

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Tania Kneuer, OT/L, Senior Research Assistant, OHSU-PSU with the Center for Excellence at Portland State University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Nuriya Neumann, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Psychosis, Education, Assessment, Care and Empowerment (PEACE) Program. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Halley Read, MOT, OTR/L, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pacific Univeristy, Oregon. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Judith Dauberman, PhD, Stanford University, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 7/5/2023)
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 6/29/2023)

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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