Trilogy Blog

Providing OT Students with New Perspectives

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

It is more common for OT internships to take place in environments such as hospitals, outpatient facilities, and rehab units where there is an emphasis on the physical rehabilitation of patients. A student might have the opportunity to work with behavioral or mental health patients somewhere like an inpatient psych unit, but those opportunities are more difficult to find and, vary drastically from the experience at a CMHC such as Trilogy.

A core principle of OT is practicing occupation based therapy in the patient’s natural environment, since that is where they normally do activities of daily living. However, when students provide supervised treatment in inpatient settings they instead simulate the patient’s home environment. Students working out of CMHCs often won’t need to simulate home environments though, since the therapies and interventions they offer can be provided within the client’s natural environment. Laura Cuttone, an OT student at Rush University, highlights how Trilogy’s client-centered approach to service provision makes such a big difference. She says that rather than having to mimic reaching for items on a tall grocery store shelf for a client who has limited mobility, she accompanies the client to the store and directly provide strategies to overcome obstacles on the spot.

Differences between working in the mental and physical health sectors go beyond the sites of service provision. Laura describes her first internship in physical rehabilitation and said, “I would begin by reviewing the patient’s chart to learn more about the individual’s condition, what they are recovering from [a broken hip, a knee replacement], and provide treatment based on the doctor’s orders. When working with individuals in mental health, the obstacles a client faces due to their diagnoses might present differently and thus require a different intervention.”

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Tags: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Student Opportunities

Occupational Therapy: Supporting independent living for our clients

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

If you follow us on our social media, you recently read about some of the Occupational Therapists here at Trilogy. You might be wondering what an occupational therapist does, or how they fit into our mission of supporting individuals with mental illness. Since April 2017 marks not only the national observance of Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, but also the centennial of the profession, we thought it an appropriate occasion to highlight the nature of OT at Trilogy.

In 2012, when Trilogy was designated a Williams Class Member service provider by the State of Illinois, we were one of the first community-based mental health organizations to assist individuals transitioning out of nursing homes and into the community. It became apparent early-on that many of the Williams’ clients needed individualized support to learn or relearn skills necessary for a successful transition into independent living. Trilogy firmly believed these daily living skills were also essential to the client’s mental health recovery, and hired and Occupational Therapist. Additionally, the organization leased an apartment where clients could practice independent living skills in preparation for their move out of the nursing home. (1)

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Tags: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, community-based mental health, Williams Consent Decree

Occupational Therapy Assists People in Achieving Independence by Krista Thanos

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

When Trilogy was selected by the State of Illinois to be one of the first community-based mental health organizations designated as a Williams Class Member service provider, we agreed to assist men and women who have lived in nursing homes for large portions of their lives with the transition of moving into their own independent apartments. As our Williams Transition Team began enrolling people into the program, they noticed that a large number of the residents moving out on their own needed individualized supports to address deficits in their day-to-day living skills.

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Tags: mental health, community-based mental health, treatment, Williams Consent Decree, stigma, serious mental illness, reduce stigma, Trilogy services, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist