OTD Capstone Projects


The purpose of this capstone project is to partner with Dismas House to develop sustainable resources to increase independence and participation of residents during their time at Dismas House. Dismas House provides a 90-day re-entry program that serves men who are reentering the community after being incarcerated. Dismas House has the goal to support these individuals as they navigate their transition back into the community from being incarcerated and help them overcome barriers they may face in doing so. Dismas House has “Four Pillars of Programming,” which include basic needs, health and well-being, life skills, and legal support which were all values to consider when creating resources. Outcomes of this project include creating a welcome packet resource that has information regarding, policies, expectations, resources, and programming that is readable and understandable. A color-coded weekly calendar and color-coded key were also created to help increase time management skills and increase independence with following a schedule. In addition to these project goals, group protocols were created regarding sleep hygiene, time management, growth vs. fixed mindset, communication styles, and activity explorations to promote overall health and wellness that relate back to the Dismas House “Four Pillars of Programming”.

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2023

Faculty Mentor

Katy Schmidt OTD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type



Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


reentry, formerly incarcerated, community engagement, time management, occupational therapy