Occupational Therapists And The Mental Health Essay

1136 Words Dec 8th, 2015 null Page
“Once mainstays in psychiatric institutions, many OTs left the mental health arena when psych treatment moved en masse in the 1980s…” (Glomstad). The exit of occupational therapists from the mental health branch is mind-boggling. Today, occupational therapists are nearly nonexistent when it comes to mental institutions, “…the number of OTs and OTAs practicing in the mental health arena is now a meager 2 percent nationally” (Lagrossa). Society doesn’t realize what occupational therapists bring to the table. Occupational therapists help guide patients, with disabilities and or disorders, through their daily life so they could live independently and peacefully. Occupational therapists must possess a bigger and more impactful role in the mental health arena because they bring a level of intimacy and atmosphere essential for the optimal recovery of mental health patients; few people know the roots of occupational therapy.

First and foremost, many people believe occupational therapy is primarily involved in the physical aspect of recovery. This is simply not true. In fact, occupational therapy has roots in mental health. William Rush Dunton Jr. is considered to be the “Father of Occupational Therapy”. Even though Dunton Jr. is considered to be the father of occupational therapy, he worked as a psychiatrist at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt asylum in Baltimore. This goes to show that in today’s society, occupational therapists should be recognized as mental health care providers…

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