Paul Escott is an occupational therapist working in an acute inpatient mental health service within an economically deprived borough of London. His experience includes working in a London prison as an assistant psychologist, where he facilitated a nationwide, accredited, cognitive behaviour therapy harm minimisation programme. By amalgamating this experience into his previous activity coordinator and current occupational therapist roles, he has designed and facilitated Substance Awareness group interventions.
Paul is passionate about occupational therapy’s role in supporting people to make positive changes to their drug and alcohol use, and helping individuals lead more socially integrated and fulfilled lives.
- How substance misuse affects both daily living and the recovery process of individuals with a mental illness
- The need for occupational therapists to support individuals with a dual diagnosis
- The competencies that occupational therapists possess in working with individuals with a dual diagnosis
- Occupational therapists can help individuals make positive changes to their drug and alcohol use through:
- Substance Awareness; making an informed choice