Community Independence Occupational Therapy Clinic
Dr. Tyminski mentors students interested in occupational therapy programs for individuals experiencing homelessness and other marginalized populations in the Community Independence Occupational Therapy Clinic (CIOTC). Students will have the opportunity to work within these populations through the student-run CIOTC in partnership with St. Patrick’s Center (SPC). SPC is a local organization whose mission is aimed at housing people who are homeless and diagnosed with mental illness 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. Dr. Tyminski and her students work to develop programs and engage in clinical research to improve the occupational participation and functional independence of individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness. Students should consider working with Dr. Tyminski if they are interested in working in the community with underserved populations or have an interest in program development and needs assessment within community agencies.
General Description of Student Activities
Students will engage in the CIOTC and spend time interacting with SPC clients to develop communication skills and an understanding of occupational therapy’s distinct role within this population and the occupational concerns associated with homelessness and mental illness. Students will provide evidence-based assessment and interventions in the clinic under a licensed occupational therapist's supervision. Students must be able to transport themselves to and from the community site and shall expect approximately six hours per week of time dedicated to their mentored scholarship experience.
Examples of Projects
- Development of an assessment manual to accompany the Activity Card Sort-Identifying Covert Use of Occupations (ACS: ICUO)
- Pilot testing of the ACS:ICUO for populations with severe and persistent mental illness
- Needs assessment and program development for menstruation management in marginalized populations
- An exploration of functional cognition in the homeless population
- Development of interprofessional education programs for students engaging in the homeless population
- Program development in the area of: health management and maintenance occupations, sleep, work or volunteering