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Educational Opportunities

Continuing professional education opportunities can be found at the following sites. If you would like to post an educational opportunity please contact SSOT .

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
Continuing Physical Therapy Education (CPTE)
British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT)
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT)
Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT)
New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists (NBAOT)
Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists (NSSOT)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
The Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT)

A practising licence is not required for an occupational therapist to provide education in Saskatchewan. A licence is only required if the educational event includes treatment of clients. If you are planning an occupational therapy educational event in Saskatchewan, SSOT encourages you to ensure that the presenter clearly states in writing (handouts and brochures) and during the session introduction which province or country they do have a licence to practice occupational therapy in.

On-Going Courses and Continuing Education

Master of Education in Health Sciences Education (MEd in HSE) program
The Master of Education in Health Sciences Education (MEd in HSE) program extends the knowledge and skills of health sciences educators in the areas of educational pedagogy, educational research, and inter-professional leadership within the collaborative context of communities of practice of professional educators.  This is a part-time program designed for health professionals or health professional educators who are working full-time. Each program course is delivered through a blended format comprised of synchronous/asynchronous sessions and 1-2 face to face classes. Only one course is delivered completely face to face.  International students may apply, but due to the part-time nature and blended delivery format for this program, students are not eligible for Canadian residency if accepted into the program.  For more information, please follow the link.

Privacy Officer
Are you responsible for health records? This online course will help you learn about your responsibilities in complying with the Canadian Personal Information Privacy Electronic Documents Act. By the end of this course, you will have developed a risk assessment and management process for complaints and preventing breaches of privacy.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

Are you an Occupational Therapist Interested in Pursuing a Graduate Program at the U of S?
There are a variety of graduate programs that may be of interest to Occupational Therapists depending on your research interest.  As an example, the MSc and PhD programs in Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan are thesis-based graduate programs for students performing research within any of the clinical departments in the College of Medicine or the School of Physical Therapy.  Areas of research are varied and are dependent on the research interests, expertise of the student and their research supervisor.  Additionally, these programs offer relevant, centrally managed, mandatory courses that provide research skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for any life and health science graduate regardless of the nature of the research project.  For a complete listing of  graduate programs at the University of Saskatchewan go to http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/grad_programs/ and University of Regina please follow the link.  

Dalhousie University Online Continuing Professional Development - Information and Registration for online classes 

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Testing Course at NAIT - Online

On-line Course - iPads at School:  An Occupational Therapy Approach

McMaster University - Master of Health Management
McMaster University offers an on-line Master program, directed to healthcare professionals who are seeking to assume or have assumed a leadership role in a variety of healthcare sectors. Graduates of the program will demonstrate new knowledge and skills in communication, political and healthcare environments, organizational behaviour and human resources management, research awareness and leadership. This on-line, part-time, course-based degree fits easily into an individual’s lifestyle. You are welcome to review our website for more information, http://healthmanagement.mcmaster.ca

OTepp Certificate Program
For more information email Nancy Lidstone at nlidsto@mcmaster.ca.

Professional Leadership Certificate
The Professional Leadership Certificate will provide you with increased awareness and understanding of leadership and will enable you to become a more effective, evolved leader. You will explore the philosophies of a well-rounded leader from a career and personal perspective.  Specialize in Career Development or Personal Development to customize your Certificate to your career direction. Professional Leadership Certificate courses can also be taken as individual professional development seminars to brush up on your know-how or adding new skills to your professional repertoire.  For more information, please follow the link

October

October 15th - 18th: Edmonton, AB SOS Approach to feeding
This workshop will be presented by Dr. Kay Toomey & Associates.  Registration will open in late 2019. Check the SAOT website. This workshop sells out quickly!

October 15th - 16th: Regina, SK University of Regina - Business Analysis Certificate, Strategy Analysis
Strategic Analysis is all about exploring the dynamics of an organization and the challenges Analysts will face in order to meet the demands of the business units while aligning with an organization's overall goals and objectives. This course will delve into the understanding the business wants and needs, transforming those requests into solutions, evaluation methods to establish viability within the organization and steps to gain the required approvals to move the solution forward.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 17th - 18th: Saskatoon, SK Hand Therapy Basics Workshop
The objectives are: To have a better understanding of digital anatomy, To feel more confident in performing a general hand assessment, To have a better grasp of performing manual therapy on patients requiring ROM, scar massage, etc., To better understand how to treat various tendon injuries and factures,  To feel more confident in fabricating the most commonly used splints in hand therapy, To help rural therapists develop a basic guide to treatment planning for various diagnoses that can continue to be built upon.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 17th - 20th: Lake Louise, AB Pain Society of Alberta: 13th Annual Conference 
For the first time, this collaboration will bring together leaders in pain management from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  Topics at-a-Glance: Dr. Werner Becker Headache Symposium; Medical Cannabis for Pain; Physical Rehabilitation Approaches; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Therapeutic Alliance and Rapport; Transitional Pain Management; Understanding Opioids; and Provincial Pain Strategies.  The PSA Annual Conference brings together leading speakers to curate a selection of meaningful topics to enhance pain management learning for clinicians from varied disciplines and backgrounds. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 18th: 1 Hour Live Webinar - Addictions and Mental Illness - Working with Co-occurring Disorders 
The focus of this webinar is to look beyond the complexities of the relationship between addictions and mental illness to the treatment themes that arise when working with co-occurring disorders. Issues of safety, harm reduction and/or abstinence are discussed, along with themes of integrating strategies for working with co-occurring disorders with trauma-informed practices. This webinar provides a framework for working systemically with both addictions and mental illness at the same time.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 18th - 20th: Moose Jaw, SK Manual Lymph Activation
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects many people in Saskatchewan and you can make a difference in their lives. Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS Manual Lymph Activation postgraduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. The theoretical portion of the course is completed through an online portal, the lab is completed with in-person training.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 21st - 22nd:  Regina, SK University of Regina - Project Management Certificate, Stakeholder, Resource and Communications Management
This course is designed to teach you how to develop an effective and cohesive project team through improved leadership, team building and communication skills in an environment that fosters team cooperation.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 21st: Regina, SK Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies
This workshop explores practical and accessible strategies which can be applied to all ages, and help address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of anxiety.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 22nd: Saskatoon, SK Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies
This workshop explores practical and accessible strategies which can be applied to all ages, and help address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of anxiety.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 22nd: Regina, SK Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry, or tired. This workshop explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual approaches for dealing with difficult people will be explored, with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s approach to create different results. Participants will learn how to create the right conditions for a conversation with a person they find difficult. They will also be provided with a variety of practical strategies for engaging with people they find difficult.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 23rd: Saskatoon, SK Depression - Practical Intervention Strategies
Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health concerns. The symptoms can become overwhelming, self-perpetuating, and lead to feelings of helplessness. Helpers may feel unsure of where to begin when supporting those who frequently feel depleted, helpless, and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop explores a holistic understanding of the causes, impact, and treatment of depression. A strengths-based approach is explored that considers the whole person, separate from the problem. Participants will learn practical skills for building motivation and setting realistic goals for supporting those living with depression.  For more information, please follow the link

October 23rd - 24th: Online Brief Focused Counseling Skills - Strategies from Leading Frameworks
Due to limited resources and time, brief counselling interventions that are effective and efficient are becoming more in demand. This workshop is designed to move beyond general counselling skills and offer increased capacity and confidence to those wanting to expand their existing knowledge base and current skill set. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of Cognitive Behavioural, Strengths-Based, Narrative, and Solution-Focused counselling frameworks. Practical strategies and techniques from each of these frameworks will be explored, accompanied with experiential opportunities to assess and understand their application within a counselling context.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 23rd - 24th: Lacombe, AB Advanced Application of Interoception Assessment and Intervention
This interactive training is designed to provide a solid understanding of interoception as well as in-depth instruction on the assessment and development of interoception. Many hands-on opportunities for guided practice of assessment and intervention strategies are included in this training. This training is designed for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, physicians and mental health workers. Information will apply to those working with children, youth and adults.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 24th: Saskatoon, SK Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry, or tired. This workshop explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual approaches for dealing with difficult people will be explored, with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s approach to create different results. Participants will learn how to create the right conditions for a conversation with a person they find difficult. They will also be provided with a variety of practical strategies for engaging with people they find difficult.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 24th - 25th:  Edmonton, AB Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference
Presented by Nadine Larivière, OT, PhD and Sandra Moll, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), the “Do Live Well” is a health promotion framework developed by Canadian Occupational Therapists that is rooted in an understanding of daily activity patterns and their powerful impact on health and well-being.  In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to reflect on key “Do Live Well” messages, the evidence supporting them, and potential application in a range of mental health settings. You will leave with tools and/or strategies to use in your clinical practice.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 25th - 26th: Edmonton, AB Dysphagia: Basic and/or Intermediate
To be able to accurately assess and develop a treatment plan for dysphagia, it is of the utmost importance to understand the system, including the muscles, central nervous system and cranial nerves.  The ability to understand the neuro-anatomy and physiology of a normal swallow will enable clinicians to more accurately complete their assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia.   Understanding the normal swallow, variations of normal and disordered swallows is key for all members involved in the dysphagia plan of care.  Understanding compensations, maneuvers, strategies and when to request instrumental assessments is a large part of our daily job.   For more information, please follow the link

October 25th - 28th: Ponoka, AB NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Managment of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury - Part 3
Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury is offering the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury. This sixteen-day course in the management of adults with neurological dysfunction due to stroke or brain injury is based on the philosophy and basic principles of Dr. Karel and Mrs. Berta Bobath. The NDT Approach has since continued to evolve with new research findings and current evidence guiding clinical practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to increase their ability to: apply the principles of NDT to the management of the adult client, better assess and analyze normal and abnormal movement, identify impairments interfering with function, integrate the approach to management with concepts of neuroplasticity, recovery of function, and motor learning theory, and develop handling skills useful in facilitating normal function.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 28th - 29th: Saskatoon, SK Where It's AT: Assistive Technology for Children and Youth Conference
This will be presented by Kathy Howery.  For more information, please contact Alicia Carey by email at alicia.carey@saskhealthauthority.ca

October 29th - 31st: Quebec City, QC  9th National Workshop for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
This event is an opportunity to share the latest trends in research, practice and training in driver rehabilitation. Many equipment suppliers will attend to present the latest innovations in adaptive equipment and vehicle modifications in the exhibit hall.  The main topics during this event will be:  Professional practice: legal and ethical aspects, Driving ability evaluation (e.g. predictive tests, medication…), Specific rehabilitation interventions (training of a person’s driving abilities, driving cessation, new drivers with special needs, complex car modification…),  Clients characteristic s and the effect upon the interventions (e.g. Autism spectrum disorder, vision impairment or disability, anxiety, ADHD...), and New technologies (e.g. technological development, new equipment studies...).  For more information, please follow the link

November 

November 1st - 3rd: Moose Jaw, SK Manual Lymph Activation
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects many people in Saskatchewan and you can make a difference in their lives. Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS Manual Lymph Activation postgraduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. The theoretical portion of the course is completed through an online portal, the lab is completed with in-person training.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 2nd: Saskatoon, SK 7th Annual - Prostate Cancer: Survive & Thrive 
This is a free public event of interest to prostate cancer survivors, their supports, physicians, health care providers and members of the general public. The event features 3 physician specialists as speakers, followed by an open question and answer period with a panel of health experts. This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Tom Pickles, is a Radiation Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He will speak on "Managing Side Effects of Radiation Therapy".  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 2nd - 3rd: Edmonton, AB Lower Extremity Edema Management
Lower Extremity Edema Management is a comprehensive two-day seminar, focusing on developing strong foundational skills in the practice of edema management. This course covers the full spectrum from theory, assessment, technical skills of vascular and sensory assessments, compression therapy and compression stockings/systems.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice vascular assessments using doppler ultrasound and photoplethysmograph machines. Vendors from 3M Canada, BSN Medical and Market Drugs Medical will be present to offer participants with hands-on practice applying compression wraps and to provide knowledge on compression stockings as well as available stocking aids. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November 4th: Regina, SK De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to defuse potentially violent situations.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 5th: Regina, SK Critical Incident Group Debriefing
Critical incidents are situations that occur outside of our normal frame of reference and challenge us to understand and cope with what has happened. Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD) is a short-term group intervention process that focuses on an immediate event. CIGD is one of several methods that may be utilized to lessen the likelihood of people experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress after a critical incident. This group debriefing process provides a place for participants to talk and share experiences, and for the facilitator to teach and provide information about the impact of critical incidents. While participants of this workshop will learn how to facilitate a group debriefing, they will also learn how to discern when CIGD is appropriate for a group and when it might not be a suitable intervention.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 7th: Saskatoon, SK De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to defuse potentially violent situations.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 7th - 9th: Edmonton, AB Powerful Practice: Planning and Implementing Authentic Occupational Therapy Services
Presented by Professor Anne G. Fisher, ScD, OT, FAOTA, this 3-day course is ideal for occupational therapy clinicians, educators, students, and researchers who want to do more to harness the power of occupation and implement authentic occupational therapy services. The course is based on the idea that occupational therapists: are challenged to deal with and overcome the many constraints they face in practice, education, and research, want to experience ownership and pride in what they do, have a deep need – a longing – to practice  as occupational therapists and advance our profession. This course is based on the text, Powerful Practice: A Model for Authentic Occupational Therapy (Fisher & Marterella, 2019). The intent of this text is to offer occupational therapy clinicians, educators, students, and researchers with a practical and accessible guide to providing occupational therapy services across settings.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 15th - 17th: Moose Jaw, SK Manual Lymph Activation
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects many people in Saskatchewan and you can make a difference in their lives. Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS Manual Lymph Activation postgraduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. The theoretical portion of the course is completed through an online portal, the lab is completed with in-person training.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 15th - 18th: Ponoka, AB NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Managment of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury - Part 4
Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury is offering the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury. This sixteen-day course in the management of adults with neurological dysfunction due to stroke or brain injury is based on the philosophy and basic principles of Dr. Karel and Mrs. Berta Bobath. The NDT Approach has since continued to evolve with new research findings and current evidence guiding clinical practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to increase their ability to: apply the principles of NDT to the management of the adult client, better assess and analyze normal and abnormal movement, identify impairments interfering with function, integrate the approach to management with concepts of neuroplasticity, recovery of function, and motor learning theory, and develop handling skills useful in facilitating normal function.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 16th: Saskatoon, SK Board Development Training - The Fundamentals of Governance
Board governance, when done poorly, creates significant frustration for its members and can lead to organizational dysfunction. When they are run well, boards contribute to the vibrancy and success of the organization they govern. This training will enhance the effectiveness of your board of directors by building clarity and understanding of their roles and responsibilities, the relationship and authority between staff and the board, and the specific, supportive duties of individual board members. Participants will learn tools for effective board meetings and decision making. They will also come away with a deeper understanding of the policy, procedure, and processes essential to a well-functioning board.  For more information, or to register, please follow the link

November 18th: Saskatoon, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our own thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express ideas and feelings in transparent, open, and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness. In this training, participants will build an awareness of their communication patterns and learn to deal confidently with people around them. This workshop is fun, meaningful, and highly effective for improving communication awareness and skills.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November 19th: Webinar, Medical Cannabis: Where Are We Now
Please follow the link for more information. 

November 19th - 20th: Regina, SK Autism - Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning, and Challenging Behaviours
This workshop provides practical strategies for working with high-need individuals around self-regulation, learning practices, and challenging behaviours.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 21st: Regina, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our own thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express ideas and feelings in transparent, open, and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness. In this training, participants will build an awareness of their communication patterns and learn to deal confidently with people around them. This workshop is fun, meaningful, and highly effective for improving communication awareness and skills.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November 22nd - 23rd:  Calgary, AB Psycho-Sensory Intervention:  Informed and Integrated Mental Health Support Strategies for the Treatment of Trauma
This two-day workshop by Kim Barthel will provide an integrated theoretical connection about the neurological interplay between attachment, developmental trauma and sensory processing issues. Participants will develop an understanding of the use of relational attunement as a regulatory influence that supports and stabilizes the arousal and sensory processing systems. This workshop will uniquely blend the integration of attunement skills with sensory processing intervention. Therapists will learn how to put these two distinct therapeutic approaches together as a mechanism for the development of self-regulation and mental health function. A combination of theory and practical trauma interventions will emphasize compassionate dialoguing skills, sensory strategies, postural control and movement techniques together with attachment theory and therapeutic relational process work. Learning will be facilitated through lecture, storytelling, group problem-solving from case examples, role plays and active reflection.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 23rd: Saskatoon, SK Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth
The ability to thrive and manage life’s difficulties is greatly influenced by our mental wellbeing from an early age. Children and youth need supports in their lives to help navigate the challenges that come along with mental health, and to connect them with the necessary support and services. This workshop provides a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, including the signs and symptoms, themes for treatment, and the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses. Participants will learn tips for informal support of children, youth, and their families struggling with mental health concerns. Please note: This workshop is not a skill-building workshop and does not provide training for clinical therapy – the aim of the workshop is to provide understanding and awareness of mental health concerns in children and youth.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December

December 3rd - 4th: Saskatoon, SK Trauma - Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress
Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed. Protective steps for enhancing helper wellbeing are also provided. Participants will learn key principles and strategies for working with trauma that apply to a diverse range of experiences and which can be applied to all ages.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 4th: Regina, SK Leadership and Culture - How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work
Based on the book, The Culture Question, this workshop provides a guide for how every organization can increase employee engagement and become a great place to work. Unfortunately, far too many people don’t like where they work. Some organizations are unhealthy and full of disrespectful behaviour. Other workplaces are simply uninspiring. For various reasons, countless people feel trapped, indifferent, or bored at work. The secret to employee engagement and creating workplaces where people like to work is culture. By exploring six key elements that make up a healthy workplace culture, participants will learn the answers to two fundamental questions: “How does your organization’s culture impact how much people like where they work?” and “What can you do to make it better?”.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 6th - 9th: Saskatoon, SK Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Resolution, Beginning II
Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of the bestseller, “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,” is a potent psychobiological approach supported by leading-edge neuroscience to resolving the symptoms of trauma and chronic stress. Whether you are a medical or mental health professional, addictions counselor, first responder, bodyworker, educator, alternative medicine practitioner, or other helping professional, the three-year SE™ Professional Training is a continuing education program that will help you make an even greater difference with your clients who suffer.  SE offers a framework to assess where your client is “stuck” in the fight, flight, or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states that underlie so many trauma symptoms. Our educational model is both theoretical and highly experiential, offering you effective skills for restoring nervous system regulation and resolving trauma that can be immediately integrated into your professional practice.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 16th: Saskatoon, SK Conflict Resolution Skills
The results of unhealthy and poorly managed conflict create a negative impact for individuals and groups. Those people who master essential conflict resolution skills reduce the occurrence of negative conflict, leading to healthier, happier relationships and work environments. Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. This workshop explores the various dynamics of conflict, including its sources and how it often escalates in predictable patterns. Participants will learn skills for responding confidently and effectively to conflict.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 16th: Regina, SK Dialetical Behaviour Therapy - Balancing Acceptance and Change
People who struggle to regulate their intense emotional experiences often feel like they are at the mercy of reactive coping patterns. It can seem like these emotional storms hijack their behaviour, take control of their thinking, and hurt their relationships with other people and themselves. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) provides concepts and skills to help people have more choices, become more emotionally calm, and be more present in their lives. This workshop explores key concepts and useful skills such as tolerating distress, managing emotions, and enhancing interpersonal communication. Participants will discover which populations can benefit the most from DBT, and gain an understanding of concepts, strategies, and tools that can be applied to their work.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

December 17th: Regina, SK Conflict Resolution Skills
The results of unhealthy and poorly managed conflict create a negative impact for individuals and groups. Those people who master essential conflict resolution skills reduce the occurrence of negative conflict, leading to healthier, happier relationships and work environments. Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. This workshop explores the various dynamics of conflict, including its sources and how it often escalates in predictable patterns. Participants will learn skills for responding confidently and effectively to conflict.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

2020

January 24th: Edmonton, AB Strategies for Shaping Work Life to Prevent Burnout
Preventing—or overcoming—burnout can sometimes be as simple as changing settings or employers, taking a vacation and truly unplugging, adopting a mindfulness practice, building a support system, or getting involved in an outside activity or hobby. The most important step, though, is being aware of the signs of burnout so you can properly address it.  This workshop considers job burnout as a breakdown in relationships people develop with their workplaces. A strong alignment of people and workplaces produces engagement while persistent mismatches lead to burnout.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

January 27th: Regina, SK Trauma-Informed Care - Building a Culture of Strength
Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our clients and colleagues. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and creating greater resilience for all parts of an organization. Becoming trauma-informed creates a sustainable foundation in any work setting to promote strength, engagement, and recovery.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

January 28th: Saskatoon, SK Leadership - Insights for Thinking Differently
ACHIEVE CEO and Author, Randy Grieser, will share his own journey of leadership and inspire you to think differently and grow as a leader. This training is based on his book, The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization, and explores how to make each of these insights a reality in your own organization. Particular attention is given to employee engagement and organizational health – two areas that an international ACHIEVE survey showed were of the greatest importance to leaders and employees. Participants will learn new and different ways of working through challenges and capitalizing on opportunities, and be encouraged to think critically about their own approach to leadership.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

January 30th: Saskatoon, SK Trauma-Informed Care - Building a Culture of Strength
Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our clients and colleagues. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and creating greater resilience for all parts of an organization. Becoming trauma-informed creates a sustainable foundation in any work setting to promote strength, engagement, and recovery.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

January 30th - February 1st: Early Years Conference - Listen Together, Learn Together, Act Together
The Early Years Conference 2020 continues to lead the field of professional development in early childhood development, early childhood intervention, and family support. Join us as we explore the complex factors impacting children’s development and highlight many of the considerations and practices in our work with young children and their families. This year’s theme - Listen Together, Learn Together, Act Together - is a call to action. It is a reminder that families and communities are central to the healthy development of young children. When Listening Together, Learning Together and Acting Together, we can create relationships that will best optimize the well-being and resilience of children.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 10th: Regina, SK Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Tools for Thinking Differently
Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and strategies involved in using CBT. Participants will gain an understanding of which populations tend to benefit the most from CBT, and will be equipped with many strategies and tools that can be practically applied in their work.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 11th: Saskatoon, SK Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Tools for Thinking Differently
Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and strategies involved in using CBT. Participants will gain an understanding of which populations tend to benefit the most from CBT, and will be equipped with many strategies and tools that can be practically applied in their work.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 12th: Saskatoon, SK Narrative THerapy - Tools for Exploring Stories
We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. A narrative counselling framework seeks to explore the numerous stories that shape and influence identity, problems, and preferred directions in life. Narrative therapy has been found to be a useful approach to many problems such as addictions, trauma, and mental health concerns. In addition, it also works well with diverse populations and age groups. This interactive workshop will provide participants with the tools and processes to begin using narrative frameworks with their clients.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 12th - 14th: Montreal, QC  Psycho-Sensory Processing Intervention
Presented by Kim Barthel, OT(C), OTR/L, this three-day workshop will provide an integrated theoretical connection about the neurological interplay between attachment, developmental trauma and sensory processing issues. Participants will develop an understanding of the use of relational attunement as a regulatory influence that supports and stabilizes the arousal and sensory processing systems. This workshop will uniquely blend the integration of attunement skills with sensory processing intervention. Therapists, teachers, and parents will learn how to put these two distinct interventions together as a mechanism for the development of self-regulation and mental health function. A combination of theory and practical trauma interventions will emphasize compassionate dialoguing skills, sensory strategies, postural control and movement techniques together with attachment theory and therapeutic relational process work. Learning will be facilitated through lecture, story-telling, group problem-solving from case examples, role plays and active reflection.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 14th - 17th: Saskatoon, SK Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Resolution, Beginning III
Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of the bestseller, “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,” is a potent psychobiological approach supported by leading-edge neuroscience to resolving the symptoms of trauma and chronic stress. Whether you are a medical or mental health professional, addictions counselor, first responder, bodyworker, educator, alternative medicine practitioner, or other helping professional, the three-year SE™ Professional Training is a continuing education program that will help you make an even greater difference with your clients who suffer.  SE offers a framework to assess where your client is “stuck” in the fight, flight, or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states that underlie so many trauma symptoms. Our educational model is both theoretical and highly experiential, offering you effective skills for restoring nervous system regulation and resolving trauma that can be immediately integrated into your professional practice.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 21st - 22nd: Vancouver, BC Health Mother and Health Babies - Innovation and Equity: The Foundation to Quality Perinatal Care in 2020
This conference is hosted by Perinatal Services BC, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. It is an exciting meeting of the minds; an opportunity for health care professionals interested in the care of pregnant and postpartum women and their newborns to be updated on new research and innovative clinical best practices across the continuum, from preconception to postpartum and newborn care. The patient voice and experience and equitable care will be themes in this conference of hot topics – an event to engage healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines and equip them with the latest evidence and tools to promote the health of mothers and babies. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and networking opportunities.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 2nd - 3rd: Saskatoon, SK Play Therapy - Tools for Helping Children and Youth
Children express themselves, learn about their world, and feel most at ease when playing. This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth. From an experiential lens, this training explores how to apply playful strategies to support children and youth on their path to healing. Get ready to play!  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

March 3rd - 6th: Vancouver, BC The 36th Seating Symposium
This international symposium addresses current and future developments in the areas of seating, positioning and mobility. Topic areas include service delivery, product development, research and outcomes. The format for the symposium will include pre-symposium, plenary, instructional, paper and poster sessions.  Find more information and event updates please follow the link. Questions? Email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca.

March 6th - 8th: NDT/Bobath Intro Course - Normal Movement and Management of Hemiplegia
This 3-day interdisciplinary course is designed to give participants basic knowledge about the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)/Bobath approach and how it is applied in rehabilitation to promote recovery of function. In addition to the history and evolution of NDT practice, core concepts from research in neuroplasticity and motor learning will be discussed. The majority of the weekend is spent in hands-on lab practice. Patient demonstration and video, including children, adults and seniors, will be used to augment the learning process. All rehabilitation disciplines from a variety of clinical areas will find this session applicable to their practice.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 9th: Regina, SK Addictions and Mental Illness - Working with Co-occuring Disorders
Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time. Participants will explore the impact of both addiction and mental illness, be provided with an overview of the theoretical frameworks for working with both issues, and learn how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 12th: Saskatoon, SK Addictions and Mental Illness - Working with Co-Occuring Disorders
Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time. Participants will explore the impact of both addiction and mental illness, be provided with an overview of the theoretical frameworks for working with both issues, and learn how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 13th: Saskatoon, SK  Harm Reduction - A Framework for Change Choice and Control
Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviours. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment. This workshop explores the principles of harm reduction, how it works, and to whom it may apply. Participants will learn practical strategies for working with individuals, families, and communities within a harm reduction framework. This training will also explore how these concepts can be used in policy, procedure, and practice.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

March 25th: Saskatoon, SK Mindfulness Counselling Strategies - Activating Compassion and Regulation
The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought, and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to first teach participants to develop these skills for themselves. From this base, the application of mindfulness-based strategies in counselling work is explored. In this highly experiential training, participants will practice mindfulness, regulation, and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance. The skills learned are relevant and applicable for working with clients of all ages—from children to elders.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 28th: Saskatoon, SK Anxiety in Children and Youth - Practical Intervetion Strategies
Childhood and adolescence are critical times for emotional and psychological development. During these stages, anxiety patterns can begin that continue into adulthood. Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. Having caregivers who are equipped to support and teach children and youth skills for managing and interrupting their anxiety patterns is crucial for early intervention. This workshop will provide a structure for understanding how anxiety works in the nervous system. Participants will also learn a diverse range of skills that can be taught and practiced with children and youth. These skills are designed to decrease anxiety and expand the capacity for managing emotions and anxious thought patterns.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 22nd - 25th: Vancouver, BC 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD
Although there have been thousands of published articles on FASD, there still remains limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.  Continuing on the work of eight previous conferences, there remains a clear need to examine relevant global research, programs and policies. What can we learn from practice-based evidence? What does existing or emerging research tell us? Are the results transferable from country to country and/or from laboratory to real life? Are there clinical implications of results from any of these areas of which we should be aware? What are the changes in our thinking, practice and directions that will be required to improve outcomes? What are the implications for the  future? This interactive conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these relevant global issues.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

June 5th - 6th:  Halifax, NS  21st Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference
Goal and Learning Objectives: Increase knowledge about inter-professional collaborative practice in mental health, and in particular, Illustrate the value of meaningful engagement of people with lived experience in the design, evaluation and improvement of care services, and in the development of a "culture of collaboration", Exchange knowledge related to collaborative practice in mental health to support replication and successful implementation of innovative and impactful programs ('evidence-based practice'), Promote the participatory generation of new knowledge by engaging clinician-innovators, service users and others to evaluate and improve programs in practice ('practice-based evidence' and quality improvement), and Facilitate dialogue between the various stakeholders who have a key role to play in advancing integrated and collaborative mental health care, including clinicians, service users and carers, policymakers and researchers.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June 12th - 15th: Saskatoon, SK Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Resolution, Professional Training - Intermediate I
Instead of focusing on the re-telling of traumatic events or personal history, SE aims to identify what is interfering with people’s internal threat-recovery process and helps clients develop tools for restoring their innate capacity to rebound from overwhelming experiences. By facilitating the completion of self-protective responses and releasing survival energy that has become bound in the body, SE addresses the root cause of trauma symptoms.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 16th - 19th: Saskatoon, SK Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Resolution, Professional Training - Intermediate II
Instead of focusing on the re-telling of traumatic events or personal history, SE aims to identify what is interfering with people’s internal threat-recovery process and helps clients develop tools for restoring their innate capacity to rebound from overwhelming experiences. By facilitating the completion of self-protective responses and releasing survival energy that has become bound in the body, SE addresses the root cause of trauma symptoms.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

2021

February 19th - 22nd: Saskatoon, SK Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Resolution, Professional Training - Intermediate III
Instead of focusing on the re-telling of traumatic events or personal history, SE aims to identify what is interfering with people’s internal threat-recovery process and helps clients develop tools for restoring their innate capacity to rebound from overwhelming experiences. By facilitating the completion of self-protective responses and releasing survival energy that has become bound in the body, SE addresses the root cause of trauma symptoms.  For more information or to register, please follow the link