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Our Occupational Therapy Labs combine evidence-based mental health practices with current trends in design and manufacturing. We recognize the vital link between social-emotional wellness and vocational preparedness. Our practices are ambitious, occupation-centered, and anchored in research!!

OUR METHODS?

  • ¬†Thorough task analyses and workstation-specific protocols, standardized assessments, and technical training. We recognize the need to address the physcial, social and emotional factors that impact young adults in the classroom and on the job.
  • Group processing and individual relflection to help students develop self-compassion and psychological flexibility as they learn the technical aspects of a work station.
  • We align our pracitces to imperically supported and transdiagnostic interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sensory rich projects tied to metaphors help students integrate core principles of ACT outside of sessions. We rely heavily on industrial waste from community partners- check out our gallery!
  • We help students explore and clarify what matters to them and establish of patterns of behavior in alignment with chosen core values.

HOW DO WE OPERATE ON A SHOE-STRING BUDGET? Strong relationships with local colleges and universities, serving as a fieldwork site for future practioners. We also work with local businesses who donate beautiful stone, wood and fabric, allowing us to promote entrepreneurship, sustainability, vocational skill development, and personal growth.

Thank you to all of our community partners!

Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College, Solid Surface, Inc., HJ Oldenkamp, Universal Stained Glass, Michigan Design Center, Viviano’s Flower Shop, Better Bilt, Big Family of Michigan, Starkweather Art Center, Abundant Living Gallery and Gifts, Mi Artisan Market, ARC services of Macomb, and MISD Special Treasure’s Store.