The Program in Occupational Therapy is proud to welcome Jaime Muñoz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, as the inaugural speaker for the Voices of Inclusive Health Care Lecture Series. This series of annual lectures will focus on the social determinants of health and community health issues which impact people’s everyday lives.
Worldwide, the number of occupational therapists working in criminal justice settings remains relatively small. This suggests that the criminal justice system, and perhaps occupational therapists themselves, do not yet recognize how their unique occupation-focused perspective provides an invaluable contribution to rehabilitation in criminal justice facilities. Occupational therapists are aware that the risk of re-offending is often linked to several occupational issues such as unemployment, poor use of time, homelessness and loss of community-living skills. In his lecture titled, “Channeling Capacity: Addressing the Occupational Needs of People in Criminal Justice Settings,” Dr. Munoz defines the challenges and articulates a vision for occupational therapy creating positive change within criminal justice systems.
Dr. Muñoz is an associate professor and department chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His current scholarly interests focus on exploring the scope of occupational therapy practice in criminal justice systems nationally and internationally. He has a sustained interest in developing and measuring outcomes of community-based occupational therapy programming particularly with populations that are often marginalized.
The lecture will be held on Monday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. in the Program in Occupational Therapy Auditorium at 4444 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108-2292
There will be a meet and greet reception with light refreshments following the lecture with the opportunity to speak with Dr. Muñoz about his innovative and important work with this population. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Michele Berhorst by November 11.
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