Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Andrea Young


Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project was to ultimately reduce psychiatric readmissions by enhancing tele-health services to those diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) brought attention to the barriers regarding public health policies and lack of a national pandemic response approach as care was moved to the virtual context (Robinson et al., 2021). Due to the restrictions set in place, many individuals lost their ability to engage in meaningful occupations (Hoel et al., 2021).

Methods: An in-depth literature review was conducted to better understand the supports and barriers that are affecting effective service care delivery. Databases such as Psycinfo, PubMed, CINAHL and google scholar were used to search terms such as “serious mental illness,” “occupational therapy,” “tele-health” and “intensive outpatient programs.” Concepts from the Ecology of Human Performance (EHP) model (Dunn, Brown, & McGuigan, 1994) were used as a theoretical base for the formation of interventions.

Results: An intervention guide was created to promote occupational engagement for those diagnosed with SMI. The intention of the guide was to create activities with generalizable skills to support engagement in everyday occupations. This was done by implementing intervention approaches from EHP.

Conclusion: The interventions included will provide occupational therapists with a template to lead group sessions. The interventions included have been structured to be used in the virtual setting in no particular order. Lastly, the interventions were created to support the success of the identified population through facilitating occupational well-being.