An Introduction to Every Moment Counts: Occupational Therapy's Distinct Value in Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Intervention with Children and Youth

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM
Last Date to Cancel: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM
Agency: Metro ECSU
Agency Contact: Kayna Plaisted
Agency Assistant: Gail Jankowski 6126381522
Audience: Occupational Therapists
Presenter(s) / Instructor(s): Susan Bazyk
Location: Virtual Meeting
Facility: Virtual Meeting
11/11/2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

An Introduction to Every Moment Counts: Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value in Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention with Children and Youth

THIS IS A VIRTUAL ZOOM MEETING - Link for participation will be emailed to Registrants

Date: November 11, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fees:  $15.00 within Minnesota Registrant
            $30.00 outside Minnesota Registrant

Course Description:
Small moments can make a big difference in how children feel and function in school. Research confirms that positive interactions and experiences (e.g., enjoying lunch, having fun during recess) help children feel positive and connected to school. This webinar focuses on occupational therapy’s distinct value in mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention with children and youth in school settings. Emphasis is on helping youth participate in a range of meaningful occupations and interactions throughout the day to foster mental and physical health.

Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children/youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community. Participants will learn about a multi-tiered public health approach to mental health involving promotion, prevention and intervention and be introduced to Every Moment Counts’ occupation-based programs: Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards, and Making Leisure Matter. A brief overview of website resources will be provided as well as strategies for building capacity of school personnel to do this work.

Instructor: Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor Emerita, Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University where she taught for 34 years. She was also director of the Graduate Certificate Program in School-Based Practice. In addition to authoring the book, Mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention with children and youth: A guiding framework (2011), Dr. Bazyk has authored over 30 journal articles and several book chapters in leading OT textbooks.  She is the project director of Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day – a multi-pronged mental health promotion initiative originally funded by the Ohio Department of
Education ($720,000; 2012-2015). Dr. Bazyk has developed an extensive website to help OT practitioners learn about and implement Every Moment Counts' model programs and embedded strategies ( She is nationally recognized for her leadership in building capacity of occupational therapy practitioners and interdisciplinary professionals to address the mental health needs of children and youth. In August 2019, Dr. Bazyk was awarded a 3-year, Fulbright Specialist position for her work related to Every Moment Counts. In January-February 2020, Susan was hosted by OT colleagues in New Zealand to present on Every Moment Counts in five regions throughout the country. Dr. Bazyk has given over 100 state, national and international presentations since 2010. Recent awards include: the 2016 Crain’s Cleveland Business Health Care Hero Award, the 2017 Outstanding Research Award for the College of Sciences and Health Professions at CSU, and the 2018 Award for Innovative and Emerging Practice from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Kayna Plaisted, Metro ECSU Facilitator

This initiative is made possible in whole with a grant from the Minnesota Board of Education using federal funding, CFDA 84.027A, Special Education – Grants to States. This event does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education.  You should not assume endorsement by the federal or state government.

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