July 01, 2015

Jefferson Occupational Therapy Fieldwork with Local Treatment Facility Recognized in Advance

The Department of Occupational Therapy in Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Health Professions was included in an Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners article, “Recovery Process: Occupational Therapists Join the Battle Against Substance Abuse.” The article described Jefferson’s work with Morris Home, a residential treatment facility in Philadelphia for transgender and transvarient individuals with a history of substance abuse and homelessness.

Susan Santalucia, MS, OTR/L, an academic fieldwork coordinator and instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, initiated this partnership with Morris Home in the summer of 2012 because it aligns with Jefferson’s dedication to providing vulnerable populations access to occupational therapy services.
“We are invested in developing student programs in emerging areas of practice,” said Santalucia. “Working with the clients at Morris Home gives our students opportunities to develop and implement client-centered group interventions that will help these individuals engage more fully in daily activities.  Students have the opportunity to understand more about the challenges individuals have with substance abuse and mental health issues, and the clients enjoy having the students listen to their stories and to what they perceive are their goals and needs in life.”

Resources for Human Development (RHD), a Philadelphia-based human services corporation serving individuals in the community, oversees Morris Home. You can read the article in Advance here. Learn more about Jefferson’s OT fieldwork program, including resources for fieldwork educator development and how to start a new fieldwork program, on Jefferson’s website.