Abstract

Date Presented Accepted for AOTA INSPIRE 2021 but unable to be presented due to online event limitations.

Peer support specialists (PSS) are persons with lived experience of mental illness who have transitioned from service consumer to provider. This transition can bring occupational challenges (competence) and role confusion (identity) that affect occupational adaptation. The aim of this study was to identify the occupational needs of PSS and explore how OT practitioners can support this transition and further develop OT’s distinct value in the mental health settings to which PSS are integral.

Primary Author and Speaker: Carol Lambdin-Pattavina

Additional Authors and Speakers: Alexandra Burdo, Christina McLaughlin, Ashley Spain, Julianna Guilmartin, Mihaela Ghita, and Lauren Goudreau

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