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UIC’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, continued from Page 6 modules also yield CE credits to four additional professions: medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work. These CE courses will be available at no cost until July 1, 2018. ILOTA members who want to build their expertise in geriatrics are encouraged to utilize the ENGAGE-IL modules, and all are welcome to spread the word about the availability of the online program! For details about the free CE modules offered by ENGAGE-IL (e.g., contact hours, authors, AOTA classification codes, module completion require- ments, module objectives), please visit References Case-Smith, J., Page, S. J., Darragh, A., Rybski, M., & Cleary, D. (2014). The Issue Is—The professional occupational therapy doctoral degree: Why do it? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, e55–e60. http://dx.doi. org/10.5014/ajot.2014.008805 Dow, A., & Thibault, G. (2017). Interprofessional Education — A Foundation for a New Approach to Health Care. New England Journal of Medicine, 377, 803-805. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1705665. World Health Organization. (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization. About the Authors Dr. Elizabeth Peterson is a Clinical Professor and Director of Professional Education in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is a Co-Investigator of UIC’s HRSA-funded ENGAGE-IL project. Dr. Michael Koronkowski is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is a Co-Investigator of UIC’s HRSA-funded ENGAGE-IL project. Dr. Memoona Hasnain is a Professor and Associate Department Head for Faculty Development and Research in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hasnain is ENGAGE- IL’s Co-Project Director. Dr. Valerie Gruss is a Clinical Associate Professor, in the College of Nursing, at University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Gruss is the Project Director for the HRSA funded ENGAGE-IL project. *The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Debora A. Davidson, PhD, OTR/L Opinion: The Distinct Value of OT as MH Team Members In September of this year I was fortunate to attend the AOTA Mental Health Specialty Conference in Indianapolis. This was the first time in 20 years that mental health was the central theme for such a meeting, and the turnout was beyond all expectations: over 250 occupational therapy practitioners participated! To mingle with so many colleagues who identified themselves as specializing in mental health was absolutely wonderful. As someone who has watched our already small minority progressively shrinking over the course of 40 years, it was uplifting and energizing just to be among so many like-minded people. The diversity, quality and depth of the presentations gave me further cause for optimism that our profession has so much to offer people with mental health needs, and that we can serve as unique and valuable team members. Nevertheless, even in the enriched company of the specialty conference, I heard some colleagues expressing concern about defending occupational therapy’s “distinct value” as mental health team members. They had interacted with colleagues from other professions who may have felt competitive or defensive about admitting occupational therapy into the mental health team. Perhaps this was a reflection of professional pride or chauvinism. I can understand that; health care professionals work hard to achieve their educations and credentials, and we each feel proud to belong to our various professional “clubs”. Sometimes our enjoyment of our professions gets a bit overwrought, though, especially when it results in disregard or disdain for the expertise of other disciplines. Continued on Page 8 Page