Community mental health
Professional communication, professional practice/fieldwork courses, mental health portions of the curriculum
1993: MA in health services management, Webster University
1979: BS in occupational therapy, University of Central Arkansas
Ms. Dallas has worked in mental health occupational therapy practice in both inpatient and community settings. She joined the Program in Occupational Therapy in 1996. Ms. Dallas earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Central Arkansas and her master's degree in health services management from Webster University in St. Louis. She has clinical experience with inpatient and community phases of mental health treatment, geropsychiatry and management. She is the academic fieldwork coordinator, and is responsible for placing students in fieldwork and monitoring their progress. She teaches the professional development courses in the Program in Occupational Therapy, as well as a communications course and the mental health components of the intervention courses. Her interests include mental health services and policy and treatment effectiveness.
Ms. Dallas worked for 10 years as a contract occupational therapist at Community Alternatives (now Places for People) in St Louis, a case management organization providing services to persons with mental illness and substance abuse disorders living in the community. In this position, she was a member of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team and responsible for the development and implementation of occupational therapy services for clients, administering occupational therapy functional assessments, and developing and implementing individualized treatment plans. She also assisted clients in activities of daily living skills development. She developed occupational therapy student fieldwork experiences, and supervised and trained the students during their fieldwork experiences.
She has been active in both state level and national level occupational therapy organizations. She is active in the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), currently serving as secretary. She served the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as chairperson and committee member of the Mental Health Special Interest Section and volunteered with National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) on the Certification Examination Validation Committee.
Dallas, J. (2011). Community-based Case Management (Chapter 40) in C. Brown & V. Stoffel, (Eds.) Occupational therapy in mental health: a vision for participation. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.
2016: Roster of Fellows, American Occupational Therapy Association
2008: Faculty Commencement Speaker
2003-2006: American Occupational Therapy Association Service Award for Mental Health Special Interest Section Communications Liaison
2005: Honorary member of Pi Theta Epsilon Honorary Society
2003: Outstanding Service to the Organization, Missouri Occupational Therapy Association
2001-2003: American Occupational Therapy Association Service Award for Mental Health Special Interest Section Chairperson
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