I am writing this letter to inquire if you have a position available for an occupational therapist or skill-level help. 


Some specific areas in which I am qualified to provide assistance:


Š      Education


Teaching courses in areas of mental-health-assessment selection, current theory and practice in mental health occupational therapy, group development, community practice, administration, research and communication.  The content also can reflect my experience as a clinical therapist or generic subject, such as gerontology, group dynamics, beginning psychology, mental health, administration or medical communication.


Š      Consulting


Offering staff development through workshops and seminars; guiding selection of mental health assessments, motivating and problem resolution in the treatment of adult clients, and evaluating graduate research projects.  My extensive experience in committee work and leadership positions has given me skill in working with a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team


Š      Clinical Work


Building on past clinical experience, I have supervised personnel and guided students’ client mental health treatment of young adults and especially older adults.  I have earlier served as a senior therapist and as a director of activities therapy.


Š      Skill-level


Using my professional background and experience in a non-occupational therapy capacity where I can utilize my skill in people related activity and have contact with clients or the community at-large.


I have 40 years of experience working in the medical-related environment, including 24 years teaching occupational therapy, 19 of those years at Western Michigan University. Now retired from W.M.U, I hold the title associate professor emeritus.


My professional career includes presentations at the state, national and international level.  The subjects have included mental health assessments, deinstitutionalization, marketing, holism, and spirituality.  Most recent I presented a short course entitled “Spirituality: An Educational Experience” at the 1999 AOTA national conference. 


I have published widely.  I am most noted for my contributions in editing three textbooks and co-authoring one book.  My most recent work is entitled Assessments in Occupational therapy Mental Health 2nd ed. Published in 2008.


I am a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a Fellow of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association for significant contribution to practice, research and education in occupational therapy.


My current interest is integrating spirituality in the illness experience.  I have given short courses, seminars, and workshops in spirituality at international, and national occupational therapy conferences.  My interest in spirituality has resulted in pursing a doctoral degree of ministry at the Ecumenical Theology Seminary in Detroit.  I will begin my studies in the fall of 2001.


Now, after all these years of education, experience and recognition, I would like to share my expertise with a local organization.  I have enclosed a brochure that provides additional information. and a curriculum vitae.


If you are interested, call me (616) 375-0417, e-mail at Hemphill@wmich.edu or write to me at 5453 Colony Woods Dr., Portage, MI 49009-9736..         I look forward to hearing from you and discussing your facility’s needs and how I can help you meet them.


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Barbara J. Hemphill-Pearson, MS, OTR, FAOTA

Associate Professor Emeritus