Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2024

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Shana Cerny, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, TBRI® Educator


Family Education, Mental Health, Parenting, Trauma, Parent-Child Wellbeing

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The bond between a parent and child can be impacted by a parent’s mental wellbeing. Disruptions in their ability to parent, trauma, or exacerbation of mental health symptoms can lead to negative parenting styles (Mak et al., 2020). Previous literature suggests resilience building and supportive education has been effective in promoting parent-child wellbeing (Sell et al., 2021). The purpose of this capstone experience is to promote parent-child wellbeing through family education. The student implemented a six-week course titled “Your Mind Matters” and created parent educational handouts to support parent-child wellbeing. The project used two standardized assessments the Parental Sense of Competence Scale (PSOC) and the Child-Parent Relationship Scale (CPRS) as well as qualitative feedback surveys to address the effectiveness of the course. The results indicate the course was beneficial to participants to educate them on specific strategies in order to promote healthy parent-child interactions. Family education is important to supporting individuals in a holistic manner. Occupational therapists can play a vital role in family education to support healthy parent-child relationships.



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