Theoretical & Practical Perspectives in Mental Health
Reji Mathew, PhD, is a psychotherapist/clinical instructor at
providing direct short-term psychotherapy, clinical supervision and cognitive behavioral skills treatment groups. She has worked in health care for over 18 years in direct practice counseling, case management, outreach and community education in agencies and hospital settings. Dr. Mathew contributes to ADVANCE monthly; her articles, found below, focus on addressing the psychosocial needs of rehabilitation patients.
A New Mental Health Resource
Responding to Mental Health Concerns
Mental health principles and referral recommendations
Transitioning to Assistive Devices
Helping patients negotiate beginnings and endings
Integrating Behavioral Skills
Teaching patients how to regain their lives step by step
Help patients develop skills for resilience and wellness, plus print out our checklist!
Anxiety Management Training
Helping patients face fears in recovery, rehabilitation and life
Fostering conversations about ability, not just disability
Reaching for Possibilities
Teaching optimism, emotional resilience and hope in recovery and rehabilitation
Helping patients discover moments of rest, relief and comfort in recovery, rehabilitation and beyond
The Mind-Body Connection
Guiding patients to self care and wellness
The art of pacing to foster maximum functionality
Preparing patients for challenges and opportunities post-rehabilitation
Rehabilitating the Spirit
It takes a holistic focus to help patients restore their sense of self
The Relaxation Response
Equipping patients with a self-care tool for life
Guided Imagery Techniques
Help patients relax, manage stress and work through rehabilitation challenges
Exposure techniques can guide rehabilitation patients to conquer anxiety
Strengthening and Cultivating Motivation
The ingredient for success in rehabilitation and lifelong wellness
Teaching patients self-management skills to identify setbacks before they happen and work toward lifelong wellness
Multiple Skills for Multiple Challenges
Issues in recovery and rehabilitation for clients with co-morbid conditions
The role of music in medical recovery and rehabilitation
Guiding patients to find hope and wellness
Focusing for Wellness
Helping patients get in touch with their "felt sense"
Helping Patients Get Unstuck
Teaching exposure response prevention
Grief and Loss
Helping patients cope so they can move forward
Engaging the Body, Mind and Spirit
The role of spirituality in wellness and recovery in health care
Managing Difficult Feelings
Learning emotional regulation
Running from Pain
Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
AOTA's Role in the Mental Health Arena
ADVANCE routinely covers the work that AOTA is doing in the menal health arena. Listed here are recent articles that may be of interest to those interested in mental health education and advocacy.
AOTA's Plan for Mental Health Practice
What's happened-and what hasn't-in the past 10 month
Examining the Evidence
An AOTA group is taking a long, hard look at just how much OT students are really learning about mental health
RA Passes Major Mental Health Initiatives
Scope-of-practice document, specialty certifications, are approved
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
OTs are getting left behind in mental health. You may-or may not-be surprised to find out why
The Psychosocial Drought
Is OT Education 'Failing' Psychology?
General Mental Health Coverage
Peruse past articles concerning general menatl health topics.
The Aging Alcoholic
Defusing/detoxing the senior citizen who abuses alcohol requires knowledge of addictions and the ability to identify the problem
Substance Abuse and OT
You can treat addiction in any setting
Post-traumatic stress disorder can bean unforeseen barrier to recovery from TBI
Substance Abuse and OT
Evaluation and intervention for clients with substance abuse problems
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
Dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy.
on Mental Illnes (NAMI)
The nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.
The Campaign for Mental Health Reform
A collaboration of 17 national health organizations, representing millions of Americans, dedicated to making mental health a national priority and early access, recovery and quality in mental health services the hallmarks of our nation's mental health system.
Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the recruitment, retention, training, and performance of the prevention and treatment workforce in the mental health and addictions sectors of the behavioral health field.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The US Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illness. SAMHSA is a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.