This one-day workshop is designed to introduce information about substance use and addiction that can be integrated into health practices, with an emphasis on the unique role of occupational therapy. Many clients integrate prescribed and non-prescribed substance use into their lives, which may have impact on achieving personal and therapeutic goals. The role of the health professional to effectively identify and intervene regarding substances crossed practice areas, such as geriatrics, rehabilitation, mental health, homelessness, and addictions, to name a few. Participants will be provided with opportunities for small group discussions and analyzing case scenarios.
After taking part in this workshop, participants will:
1. Have increased knowledge about the prevalence of substance use across occupational therapy settings.
2. Acquire a basic understanding about the pharmacological properties of substances, which subsequently impact patterns of use and effects on occupational engagement and performance.
3. Be informed about appropriate screening and assessment tools.
4. Apply harm reduction and abstinence approaches to clinical decision-making and goal-setting.
5. Have knowledge about best practices for intervention and relapse prevention.