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Occupational Therapy Association

The ICU Diary: A Mental Health Intervention

  • 18 Dec 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, NH


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Topic: The ICU Diary: A Mental Health Intervention 

Continuing Education: .2 CEUs / 2 Contact Hours / 

2 Clock Hours / 2 PDUs *

*In accordance with NBCOT and AOTA guidelines, the NHOTA is now providing conversions for all possible ways to log continuing education credits.

Day/Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue: Portsmouth Regional Hospital (Classrooms 2 & 3), 333 Borthwick Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 

Cost: Members - $20

          Non-Members - $35

          Students - $5 (Please bring your student ID)

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Presenters: Hillary Perron, OTS and Jamme Morency, OTR/L

Presenter bios:

Hillary Perron is a M.S. in occupational therapy candidate at the University of New Hampshire. She grew up on a farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and attended Stonehill College where she earned a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, Hillary had the privilege of working with multiple occupational therapists and expert DIR® Floortime providers in a DIR® home program; she was an integral part of a treatment team, providing continuity of care for a nine year old boy on the Autism spectrum. Since Hillary's time in the home program, she has continued to develop and strengthen her skills by working full-time in a school system with adolescents who require specialized education plans and by providing swimming lessons for individuals with motor, sensory, and learning challenges. While at UNH, Hillary completed a 3 month clinical placement in the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she had the privilege of researching and implementing an evidence-based treatment approach to prevent the mental health consequences of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) in critical care survivors. Hillary is passionate about whole-person approach and believes that mental health is inextricably linked to the process of physical healing. She is excited to share the ICU Diary: A Mental Health Intervention with other professionals in the field.

Jamme Morency is an occupational therapist who graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduation she has been working in acute care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has been working in medical, surgical, and cardiac intensive care units consistently for the last four years. She is part of a multidisciplinary initiative to improve care of ICU patients. She also works per diem at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Concord, NH.


1. Understand the purpose of the intervention and how it fits into the OTPF-3.

2. Understand the main causes of psychological distress in critical care.

3. Understand the role of OT in the ICU.

4. Understand the key elements of ICU Diary implementation.

5. Understand how the intervention reflects occupation-centered practice.

Presentation Notes:

The ICU Diary is a psychosocial intervention to help patients and families process trauma and prevent long-term mental health consequences associated with surviving critical illness.

New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association   

Office: 1 Simons Lane, Suite 2, Newmarket, NH 03857
Mail: P.O. Box 842, Durham, NH 03824 
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