Mental Health

Mental health and occupational therapy have been inextricably linked in the profession’s grassroots approach to holistic care. OTs are involved in every aspect of mental health intervention ranging from hospital-based inpatient and outpatient care to community-based publicly and privately funded client care.  The acquisition of the controlled act of psychotherapy for occupational therapy was successful but has yet to be proclaimed as a law.

Current Issues

WSIB Benefit Entitlement for Work-Related Chronic Mental Stress
OSOT continues to monitor and be actively involved in both the advocacy and translation of issues which involve the practice of OT. 
  • Ontario’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy (pdf)

Practice Resources

  • OSOT Children and Youth Mental Health OT Referral Tool – Can Occupational Therapy Help? - June 2017 (pdf
  • Compendium of Psychotherapy Resource for Ontario Occupational Therapists - Second Edition (pdf)
  • COTO: Standards for Psychotherapy (pdf)
  • Resident Assessment Instrument – Mental Health (RAI – MH) 2007 OSOT Survey (pdf)
  • RAI _ MH Survey Final Report, June 2008 (pdf)
  • Every Door is the Right Door: Towards a 10 year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (2009) (pdf)
  • Respect, Recovery, Resilience : Recommendations for Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (2010) (pdf)
  • Navigating the Journey to Wellness : The Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Ontarians (2010) (pdf)
  • Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative 
  • Toward Recovery and Well-Being : A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada (2009) (pdf)
  • Compendium of Psychotherapy Resource for Ontario Occupational Therapists (pdf)
  • The Basics – Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
  • Psychotherapy Practice Research Network 
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada - Archived Webinars