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SIS Event - Mental Health SIS Community of Practice
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Category: Events

SIS Event Series- Mental Health SIS Community of Practice

Members - FREE
Non-Members - $20

The 3rd Wednesday of every month starting May 15, 2019
6:30 - 8:30PM

Middlesex Hospital – 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT
Room: Conference Room A

Number of Contact Hours: 2.0


Dennis Aptaker OTD, OTR/L

Dennis Aptaker has been a practicing occupational therapist since 2008.  His primary area of practice has been adolescent mental health across the continuum of services.  Dennis is currently a full-time faculty member of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Occupational Therapy.  Within this role, Dennis coordinates psychosocial, mental health and illness fieldwork experiences for students. This opportunity has allowed him to connect with many stakeholders within and outside of the profession across the state.

Learning Objectives Attendees Should Achieve:
Participants will identify the benefits of establishing a Community of Practice (CoP).
Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of AOTA documents to support psychosocial, mental health and mental illness practice.
Participants will contribute to establishing agendas for professional education and advocacy, within and outside of the profession.
Participants will identify key stakeholders and additional contacts to further enhance advocacy efforts.

Summary of Event: 

As the Mental Health SIS Chair of CONNOTA, I am committed to representing and advocating for the profession of occupational therapy to address mental wellness, mental health, and mental illness across all domains and settings of practice. I invite you to join me to establish a Community of Practice (CoP) to support and enhance the role of occupational therapy practitioners across the state of Connecticut. Our first meeting will serve as an orientation to AOTA documents to support practice and establish future goals and objective. At the forefront of this conversation will be OT’s Scope of Practice, qualified mental health practitioner (QMHP) status, and reimbursement for services.

As Dr. Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organization identified in 1954, the need for mental health is foundational to overall health and quality of life. All students and practitioners who are interested, regardless of practice setting, domain, or employment status are welcome and encouraged to join.

For those unable to join in person, a Zoom Conference link is available after registering for the event through CONNOTA; Please email [email protected] for a meeting request and information on accessing the meeting virtually.

SIS Event Series- Mental Health SIS Community of Practice