Health promotion or wellness services can be viewed as non-essential in the overall treatment of people with serious mental illness combined with other medical comorbidities. Just keeping up with psychiatry, primary care, and multiple medical specialist appointments can feel overwhelming. However, effective treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorders, chronic pain syndromes, diabetes, and insomnia sometimes hinges on health behavior change. Such change can be fostered by interventions that help clients find the “just right challenge” that allows them to move towards better health outcomes.
This presentation will describe some of the health promotion services offered to clients at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare. Interdisciplinary approaches that focus on incremental change and use interventions such as acupuncture, analysis of sleep patterns, mindfulness, practice with improved patterns of diet and exercise, long-term illness self-management strategies, and group treatment of tobacco dependence will be discussed, using clinical examples.
Alice Geis, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is the Director of Integrated Healthcare at Trilogy Behavioral Health and a faculty member at Rush University. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and has degrees from Boston College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Rush University, including a doctor of nursing practice degree with a Systems Leadership focus. She has held a number of clinical, administrative, academic and consulting roles. These have included developing a hospital-based psychiatric home care program, being part of a United Nations team investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, and teaching in Rush’s master’s and doctoral nursing programs. Her current role at Trilogy includes leadership and consultation to the Integrated Health Clinic, the nursing staff, and the Williams and Colbert programs. In addition, she provides direct clinical services doing diagnostic evaluations and medication management, as well as individual and group treatment focused on client health behavior change.
Jamie Rotter, MOT, OTR/L, QMHP is the manager of occupational therapy for Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare in Chicago, IL. After completing her undergraduate degree in rehabilitation psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jamie completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Midwestern University. Jamie is part of an innovative program at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare which provides the opportunity for adults with mental illness to gain the skills and resources necessary to participate successfully in meaningful activities. Jamie has been working closely with Colbert and Williams class members to improve independent living skills to better prepare members for transition from institutional settings to living in the community. Jamie collaborates with class members and the integrated health team to identify necessary modifications to increase safety and independence in the home. Jamie serves as the fieldwork coordinator for Trilogy and currently hosts Level I and Level II occupational therapy students from three universities in Illinois.