Occupational Therapy Programs for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Ms. Tyminski mentors students interested in Occupational Therapy Programs for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness. Students will have the opportunity to work with the homeless population at Biddle Housing Opportunities Center (BHOC),
a homeless shelter with a day program and a 98-bed shelter for men at night. All activities of BHOC are aimed at housing people who are homeless by (1) removing barriers to housing, (2) empowering individuals and families to access resources, and (3) providing the necessary supports to ensure long-term housing stability. Occupational therapy services are offered at BHOC, and the Activity Card Sort-Home is used with clients to better understand all of the occupations of individuals experiencing homelessness. Students should consider working with Ms. Tyminski if they are interested in working in the community with underserved populations or have an interest in program development.
General Description of Student Activities
individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, including at-risk activities. Students will assist in testing the assessment tool to provide interventions for these individuals. They will also engage in the activity analysis of all participants, develop recommendations for task modifications, and, with the assistance of the clinical team, develop a plan to connect participants with community resources. In addition, students will define OT’s distinct role within this homeless population and begin to build evidence-based programs. Through this experience, the students will focus on both individual and population needs and understand the legislative policies affecting persons experiencing homelessness. Students must be able to transport themselves to and from the community site.
Examples of Projects
- Development of an assessment to explore the homeless population’s occupational engagement
Quinn Tyminski, MSOT, OTR/L