New Hampshire
Occupational Therapy Association

Every Moment Counts - Spring 2017

  • 06 May 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Audubon Society of New Hampshire - 84 Silk Farm Rd. - Concord, NH 03301
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Every Moment Counts (EMC) - Spring 2017

There are two sessions today.

Session 1: Every Moment Counts - Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Intervention Throughout the School Day

The first session is for both those who became part of the EMC CoP earlier this year, as well as any professional interested in the program, but who is not part of the CoP that kicked off the program here in New Hampshire, in January. Six hours, six CEUs.

Second 2: NH OT Change Leaders Session: Building Capacity to Address the Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Schools

The second session is only for OTs who became part of the CoP earlier this year, and will run three hours, for three CEUs.  The anticipation is that this group will attend both sessions, earning nine CEUs.

Sponsored by: New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association and the Office of Student Wellness, NH Department of Education as well as the University of New Hampshire and The Strafford Learning Center 


First Session   8:00AM - 2:00PM

Description of Presentation

Small moments can make a big difference in how children feel and function in school. Research confirms that positive interactions and experiences (e.g., enjoying lunch, having fun during recess) help children feel positive and connected to school. Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children/youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community. Participants will learn about a multi-tiered public health approach to mental health involving promotion, prevention and intervention and how to implement innovative activity-based programs (Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards) emphasizing mental health promotion and inclusions of students with disabilities throughout the day. Legislative and research evidence supporting integrating services in natural school contexts and strategies for how to shift practice to an integrated model will be described. Practical examples of collaborative related services (OT, PT, SLP) integrated in academic (classroom) and non-academic (cafeteria, recess, art, etc.) settings will be shared.

Length: 6 hours for the first session, 6 CEUs;

Cost: CoP: Free (included in original $240.00; includes lunch)

          non-CoP: $115 (includes lunch)


Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor, Occupational Therapy

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio


Carol Conway, MS, OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapist, Hudson City Schools

OT Change Leader for Every Moment Counts

Hudson, Ohio

Learning objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the dimensions of positive mental health and processes and conditions that promote optimal mental health;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply a multi-tiered, public health approach to mental health in school-based practice with children and youth;
  • Describe how to build capacity of school personnel to apply a multi-tiered approach to mental health involving Communities of Practice (CoP) and online discussions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative and research evidence supporting integrated related services as best practice in the schools;
  • Based on project findings completed by OTs in Ohio, describe how to integrate model programs emphasizing mental health promotion, prevention and intervention throughout the school day in natural settings including classroom, recess, cafeteria and after school;
  • Use the Every Moment Counts website to describe and implement OT model programs integrated throughout the school day (classroom, cafeteria, recess, after-school leisure) emphasizing participation and enjoyment.


8:00 - 9:30AM      Overview of Every Moment Counts, positive mental health, public health approach to mental health (Tier 1, 2 and 3 services), major approaches related to mental health (social and emotional learning, PBIS, mental health literacy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral)

9:45 - 11:00AM     Legislative and research supports for integrated services; strategies for shifting to an integrated model; practical examples of Tier 1, 2 and 3 strategies integrated into academic (classroom) and non-academic (cafeteria, recess, art) settings

11:00 - 12:00PM      Every Moment Counts model programs – Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess

12:00 - 1:00PM     Lunch/ Meet and greet with Sue and Carol as well as discussion about current trends in school based practice in NH

1:00 - 2:00PM     Every Moment Counts model programs –Leisure Matters and Calm Moments Cards program


Second Session - 2:00PM - 5:00PM  (Just for NH OT CoP)

Description of Presentation

During this session, the Ohio OT Consultants will summarize themes that have emerged from the NH OT participants’ discussions and offer opportunities to explore successes, challenges and barriers to implementing mental health promotion, prevention and intervention strategies. The afternoon session will also involve active strategic planning related to the implementation of Every Moment Counts’ model programs (Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, and Calm Moments Card) and how to build capacity of school personnel to be mental health promoters. The goal of this session will be for each of the NH OT participants to develop a strategic plan that will be implemented at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Length: 3 hours for the second session, 3 CEUs;

Cost: CoP only: Free (included in original $240.00)

Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Describe the relationship between knowledge translation (KT), Communities of Practice (CoP) and practice change;
  • Develop a strategic plan for implementing Every Moment Counts’ model programs and embedded strategies during the 2017-18 school year;
  •  Develop a strategic plan for building capacity of school personnel to be mental health promoters;
  •  Discuss successes, challenges and barriers to addressing the mental health needs of students within the CoP in order to do shared learning and shared work;
  •  Brainstorm how the CoP will sustain it’s work in 2017-18 and build capacity of other OTs within NH.

New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association   

Office: 1 Simons Lane, Suite 2, Newmarket, NH 03857
Mail: P.O. Box 842, Durham, NH 03824 
Phone: (603) 868-7475

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