Center for Productive Living

CPL Director and Instructor Charles Shadle and students Page Brunner & Olivia Ensley
CPL Director and Instructor Charles Shadle and students Page Brunner & Olivia Ensley

The Center for Productive Living (CPL) housed within the School of Occupational Therapy provides services to the community while at the same time providing educational opportunities for Brenau students. The Center reflects the School’s commitment to support occupational justice by facilitating opportunities for all individuals to participate in the occupations of their choice. Further, the Center provides students and faculty members, as well as clients and community members, the opportunity to engage in activities which help remove barriers to social participation. The clinic fills the gap for those who are uninsured or where there are no available services.

The mission of the Center for Productive Living (CPL) is to provide occupational therapy services to individuals, organizations, and populations in local and international communities so as to promote individual and family health by facilitating engagement in purposeful and meaningful occupations and consequently, optimal participation in society. Further, the Center seeks to provide life-changing educational experiences to students so as to prepare practitioners who are creative, leading, and inspiring citizens of the 21st century and who provide life-changing experiences for others.

Services are provided by occupational therapy students with supervision from licensed occupational therapists.  There is no monetary payment for the services; individuals and/or their significant others barter for the occupational therapy by performing service to the Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy or the greater community


What does this program provide?

The focus of this program is on providing occupational therapy services to adults and older adults with barriers to performing their everyday activities due to physical, cognitive, sensory, developmental, or mental health conditions.

What is the purpose of this program?

To help individuals become more independent in their occupations (everyday activities, for example, grooming, meal preparation, and social skills) that they need and want to do.

 Who provides the services?

Occupational therapy students with supervision from licensed occupational therapists

 Who is eligible for this program?

Adults over the age of 16 that are dependent upon others for performing necessary and desired occupations and who are unable to access occupational therapy services due to:

  • Lack of healthcare payer coverage
  • Inability to pay for therapy out-of-pocket
  • Not meeting criteria due to factors like age or financial status
  • Lack of access to occupational therapists who have expertise in working with individuals with these conditions and ages
  • Termination of OT services due to lack of healthcare payer coverage

 When and where is this program scheduled?

The program is scheduled once a week. It is located at the Occupational Therapy Departments located in Gainesville at the Featherbone Communiversity Building located at 1001 Chestnut Road (across from Ridge Road and Hwy 129) and (opening soon) at our Norcross (Atlanta) Campus at 3139 Campus Drive, Norcross, GA 30071.

 How do I apply for the program?

The applicant or someone involved with the potential client can either call 678-707-5012 or complete the Individual Application for CPL and fax to 678-707-5015 or mail to;
The Center for Productive Living
Brenau East School of Occupational Therapy
999 Chestnut Street, Suite 70
Gainesville, GA 30501

 Does everyone who applies receive services?

No. Decisions regarding participation will be based upon when the application is received and availability within the schedule.

 What do these services cost?

These services do not cost money. Payment for services is done through a barter system in which individuals and their significant others choose to share their time and talents with the OT Program and/or the community. Examples include presentations to classes, volunteering for a class in which students need to practice techniques, and making or donating items, like hats, for new babies in the medical center nursery.