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Mental Health SIG - To Evaluate or not to Evaluate, that is the Question

  • 31 Jan 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


Date & Time: Wednesday January 31, 2024 | 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Zoom - Link will be sent out by email the day of the event

SIG Chairpersons: Allyson Lewis, OT, OTR

                              Rosa Colorado, OT, OTR

                              Emily Walker, OT, OTR 

Topic: To Evaluate or not to Evaluate, that is the Question

Presented by: Jane GR Musgrave,OT, OTR, MSOT

                       Maggie Flynn Greelish, OT, OTR, OTD


1. To discuss pros and cons of evaluating vs screening as part of the

    occupational therapy process

2. To discuss conducting groups/providing intervention without an

    assessment or treatment plan

3. To discuss the value of the evaluation in the occupational

    therapy process

4. To explore how to promote the clinical value of occupational

    therapy in mental health practice settings

Presenter Bios:

Ms. Musgrave is the president and founder of Just Good Sense, an Occupational Therapy consultation company. She conducts workshops and provides consultation at state and national levels in Occupational Therapy, Sensory Modulation assessments and techniques, and the development of sensory programs and environments in hospital, residential and group settings, and family homes. She is the author of articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and American Journal of Psychiatry. She is a consultant for the National Building Bridges Initiative, and a faculty member of the National Center for Trauma Informed Care. For 20 years she was the Director of Rehabilitation at Taunton State Hospital. In 2013, Jane received a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Citation for Outstanding Performance Recognition Award for her work in restraint and seclusion prevention. She is the creator of Nigel the Weighted Polar Bear, and author of The Nigel Story: Calming and Coping Through the Senses.

Maggie Flynn Greelish is a licensed occupational therapist and the Director of Inpatient Group Therapy for McLean SouthEast. She completed her doctoral degree at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP) and her B.S. in Neuroscience at Stonehill College. Maggie’s doctoral thesis involved evaluating the significance and effectiveness of home-based initial evaluations for clients prior to the onset of receiving outpatient therapy services.


1.   Breckenridge, J., & Jones, D. (2015). Evaluation in everyday occupational therapy practice: Should we be thinking about treatment fidelity? British Journal of Occupational Therapy78(5), 331-333.

2.   Paul, S. (1995). Culture and its influence on occupational therapy evaluation. 
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy62(3), 154-161.

3.   Robertson, L., Graham, F., & Anderson, J. (2013). What actually informs practi
ce: occupational therapists' views of evidence. British Journal of Occupational Therapy76(7), 317-324.

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