Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Tara VanDyke

Second Advisor

Holly Grieves


There is a growing need for individuals with any mental illness to receive services in community-based settings. The profession of occupational therapy uses occupation-based practice to engage people in daily activities of living, identify individualized goals, promote health, wellness, and quality of life. These practitioners are a component of the interdisciplinary care that complements holistic mental health treatment. The capstone project was designed to integrate occupational therapy practice into the clubhouse model setting. Primary modes of capstone project and experience included participating in the work-ordered day alongside members, informal assessments, lunch and learn educations, advocation for occupational therapy integration in the clubhouse setting and individuals with mental health. The outcomes suggest that occupational therapy practitioners can promote health and wellness through use of the work-ordered day in clubhouse settings. Due to the nature of community-based health settings, the focus on occupational therapists performing informal assessments should be member-driven. Occupational therapy practitioners have great potential to improve quality of life by supporting individuals with any mental illness, specifically in clubhouse settings.