The Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in School Mental Health Programs

This course will discuss how occupational therapy practitioners add value at each layer of a multi-tiered approach to prevention, promotion, early identification, and treatment of student and adult mental health in schools. Using an occupation-centered lens, participants will analyze how occupational therapy practitioner expertise in self-regulation, social skills, personal care, environmental/routines modifications, and transitions can enhance campus-, classroom-, group-, and person-level mental health supports and services.

BONUS: PRACTICAL TOOLKIT - Graphics: The Role of OT in School Mental Health; Resources: Links to Assessment Tools and Must-Reads

Course Curriculum

  The Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in School Mental Health Programs
Available in days
days after you enroll
Available in days
days after you enroll
Available in days
days after you enroll

Choose a Pricing Option


The Role of OT Practitioners in School Mental Health Programs

Questions regarding payment or purchase order? Email Carlo at [email protected]


What therapists say about this course

Great information on a very timely topic both pre and post the COVID-19 pandemic!

- OT with 36 years of experience

My school already implements restorative practices, welcome circles and etc. This session made me realize what my role can be in this.

- OT with 17 years of experience

MTSS was an unfamiliar framework that was useful to learn about and I feel like I can introduce some very beneficial resources into my practice.

- OT with 6 years of experience

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Holahan, PhD, OT/L has 20+ yrs experience in school-based practice as an OT, a district administrator, and a statewide consultant for OT. She currently serves as Coordinator for State Systemic Improvement Plan (Indicator 17), School Mental Health & Medicaid with the NC Department of Public Instruction. She also served as the Chair of NC Board of Occupational Therapy from 2008 to 2012.




At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Identify 2 ways school OT practitioners support universal mental health promotion and prevention of mental health issues for students and staff
  2. Determine 2 ways school OT practitioners contribute to supplemental mental health supports for students who are at risk
  3. Determine 2 ways school OT practitioners can participate in evaluation, treatment, and referral services for students with mental health needs 


  • Student and school staff mental health overview
  • MTSS as implementation framework for school mental health supports
  • OT contribution to universal, supplemental, and intensive school mental health supports
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


1.5 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL, NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN, IL, and by AOTA (see imprimatur below for details).
  • This webinar is approved for PTs and PTAs in AR and CA.
  • These OT state boards accept approval by AOTA, other state boards or associations: AL, AK, AR, DE, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, and WI.
  • These PT state boards accept approval by other states boards, other state associations, or AOTA: AK, AZ, DE, FL, HI, IN, KY, MI, MT, NC, ND, OR, PA, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WI, WY and DC.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for OTs and OTAs: AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, ME, MA, NE, NJ, UT, WA, WV and WY.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for PTs and PTAs: AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, KS, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, and WA.
  • If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email us.

Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
  • Apply EBP, LLC abide by all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Apply EBP, LLC is committed to equal educational access for individuals with disabilities. Apply EBP, LLC does not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities from registering or attending any of our courses. We work closely with venues to ensure that facilities utilized are accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact us via email or phone (646-269-9039) with requests for accommodations. Apply EBP, LLC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.