Participant Outcomes and Facilitator Experiences Following a Community Living Skills Program for Adult Mental Health Consumers

Community Ment Health J. 2023 Apr;59(3):428-438. doi: 10.1007/s10597-022-01020-x. Epub 2022 Sep 8.


Outcomes from participating in a six-week small-group living skills program, periodically implemented over two years with twelve adult mental health consumers, are reported as a case study. Occupational therapy and recovery-oriented approaches underpinned the development and implementation of the program thus it was important that outcome measures aligned with these perspectives. Data were gathered pre and post program using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and the Life Skills Profile-16 (LSP-16) in each iteration of the program. Two occupational therapy program facilitators were interviewed about their experience of running the program and using these measurement tools. COPM occupational performance (p = 0.001) and COPM satisfaction (p = 0.004) scores indicated significant change at post-program whereas the LSP-16 total and subscale scores did not (p = 0.132 for total scores). Facilitator insights into the experience of implementing the living skills program and the perceived alignment of the COPM and LSP-16 with recovery-oriented practice are reported.

Keywords: Adult mental health; Homelessness; Living skills; Occupational therapy; Recovery.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Canada
  • Community Mental Health Services*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care