Creating Change Leaders to promote maximum growth starts with establishing a community of practice
Vision Statement:

All adults serving youth will collaborate to create environments & interactions that will promote and support the mental health and well-being of all children and youth.

One of the goals of Every Moment Counts (EMC) is to create change leaders who are committed to promoting the positive mental health of all children and youth. Shared learning and work within a community of practice is essential to creating interdisciplinary mental health promoters.

Change leaders are school or community providers with the knowledge and confidence needed to change practice based on current evidence in the Community of practice is one that supports positive mental health occupational therapy strategiesareas of mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention.

Since 2011, EMC has been committed to building capacity of school personnel to be mental health promoters. Our building capacity process involves bringing together school providers who commit to shared learning and work over time (Communities of Practice, CoPs) in order to embed mental health promotion and prevention strategies throughout the day. Outcome research indicates positive changes in knowledge, beliefs, and actions related to addressing the mental health needs of children and youth.1

Learn about the components of the building capacity process:

  • Knowledge translation (KT)
  • Within Communities of Practice (CoP)
  • Strategic Planning for implementation and change

Consider how you and your colleagues can work together over time as a community of practice to be mental health promoters and implement the Every Moment Counts' initiatives.

1Bazyk, S., Demirjian, L., LaGuardia, T., Thompson-Repas, K., Conway, C., & Michaud, P. (2015). Building capacity of occupational therapy practitioners to address the mental health needs of children and youth: Mixed methods study of knowledge translation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6906180060p1–6906180060p10.

About: Building Capacity within a Community of Practice

Knowing is not enough. We need to move from 'knowing' to 'doing'.

Attending workshops and reading literature may not always result in the application of new knowledge to practice. Based on an understanding of knowledge translation, the building capacity process was developed in 2011 and implemented extensively nationally and internationally.

(Definition) The building capacity process is a systematic approach aimed at integrating new knowledge and research into a community of practitioners so that situated learning takes place over time resulting in innovative practice.1

The building capacity process involves knowledge translation over time within a community of practitioners. Keep reading to learn more!

Research Outcomes: Building Capacity within a Community of Practice

The Building Capacity Process
Developed by: Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The first building capacity process was envisioned and implemented in 2011.1 Since then, it has been replicated throughout Ohio seven times between 2012-2015 as a part of an Ohio Department of Education funded grant. This process was so successful, that it has been replicated in other states (New Hampshire, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, etc.) and countries (New Zealand). The process can be adapted based on the CoP's specific needs. For example, it was modified (shortened and implemented virtually) with Level 2 OT Fieldwork students across the USA in 2017.2

How you can create change leaders using Communities of Practice (CoPs)

Consider implementing a  building capacity process in your setting!

1) Facilitate a CoP using the online building capacity course, "Building Capacity of School Personnel to Promote Positive Mental Health in Children and Youth" developed by Sarah Nielsen, PhD, OTR/L and Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. This was developed for the Mountain Plains MHTTC (Mental Health Technology Transfer Center), funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in 2019. To access this online course go to the
 Healtheknowledge website and create a login account (free). 

This is a 5-6 month building capacity process that includes:
1) Five 1-hour webinars covering: Foundations of EMC, embedding strategies that focus on mental health promotion, Calm Moment Cards, Refreshing Recess & Comfortable Cafeteria, Making Leisure Matter, and Comprehensive MH Literacy.
2) Facilitation Guides for five sessions
Creating change leaders in schools by forming a trusted community of practice to promote positive mental health occupational therapy strategies for students.3) Readings

This online course can be taken individually or used to facilitate a Community of Practice. Refer to this Information Brief

2) Contact Every Moment Counts to seek assistance in implementing the building capacity process. Virtual coaching is provided by the Every Moment Counts team.