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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

Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL)
The first of its kind in Canada, the Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL) is an initiative of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina in partnership with the: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association, Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, and the Ministry of Health.  The aim of the Institute is to bring together professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system to foster leadership potential, skills and the creation of a leadership community that works together to promote, support and sustain good health.  SIHL includes professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system. The Institute focuses on leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow. The Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership supports the goals of the provincial government by:  building leadership and professional development within an interdisciplinary context,  ensuring a new generation of skilled healthcare leaders, and cultivating a community of leaders with patient first focus.  This five-month program begins in October 2017 and will conclude in April 2018. A five-day Opening Retreat will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan, October 23-27, 2017 with SIHL Course Presenters and Facilitators. A two-day Project Retreat will take place April 19-20, 2018.  Please find the link to the brochure

Driving Rehabilitation Therapy
Western University's School of Occupational Therapy is introducing the world’s first Master of Clinical Science Program in Driving Rehabilitation Therapy. This post-professional, one-year distance learning program is designed for therapists who are also working full-time. To fully understand the scope and content of the program our Faculty is willing to provide you with an information webinar, personal conversations, and in-person meeting in Saskatchewan (if there is enough demand). Please visit our website through the link for more information about this exciting program. http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/ot/programs/mclsc/index.html

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 information on these programs, please follow the link.  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 - Fall registration for OCCU 5041 Evidence-based Occupational Therapy/OCCU 6508 Chronic Conditions Management online courses

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
The next OTepp Certificate Program will begin March 5, 2018.  Registration and intake is open September 5, 2017 to February 2, 2018.  Applicants can also enroll in individual courses up to a month before they are scheduled to begin. For more information email Nancy Lidstone at nlidsto@mcmaster.ca.

April

April 9th - May 6th: Online Therapeutic Interventions for Older Adults With Anxiety Disorders
For more information, please follow the link.

April 16th - 20th: Toronto, ON What is Practicing Knowledge Translation (PKT)? 
This workshop is designed for health professionals interested in learning more about implementing change using best practices in KT.  In Practicing Knowledge Translation (PKT), participants learn how to:  Develop an Evidence-informed, Theory-Driven program,  map barriers and facilitators to change using theories and frameworks, systematically select and operationalize implementation strategies, and plan for implementation, evaluation and sustainability.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 18th - 21st: Vancouver, BC 8th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Although there have been thousands of published articles on FASD, there remains to be 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 seven previous conferences, there remains a clear need to examine relevant global research, programs and policies. 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 2018 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

April 20th - 22nd: Regina, SK Yoga for Preschoolers and Special Needs
Learn to teach the youngest yois & those with mental and physical challenges how to sef regulate, control impulsivity and be their best selves.  Tons of tips and techniques plus games, mindfulness, music, literacy and so much more.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 20th and 21st: Edmonton, AB Management of Complex Feeding Issues
The course is presented by Elizabeth Clawson, MS, Ph.D., LCP, HSPP and Carol Elliott, B.S., OTR/L. How does feeding, a process so integral to the child’s health and well-being, go awry? The focus of this two-day course is on the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eatTM) model integrating oral motor therapy techniques and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. It will cover innovative strategies and case examples to address oral aversion, food refusal, poor transition onto solid foods, texture grading, learning to chew, self-feeding and feeding difficulties related to autism and picky eaters. It is relevant for infants and children through school age. This course is packed with practical solutions and hands-on techniques that will empower you with new treatment ideas for your most complex patients. These interventions are systematic and evidence-based.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

April 25th: Saskatoon, SK Conflict Resolution Skills
Conflict holds great potential for harm and for good. The results of unhealthy conflict impact us individually and contribute to negative group performance. Those people who master essential conflict resolution skills reduce the occurrence of negative conflict in their lives, leading to healthier, happier relationships and work environments. Conflict has many sources, including miscommunication, disagreements, stress and personality differences. Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. This workshop will teach participants to understand the dynamics of conflict and equip them with the skills needed to respond confidently and effectively.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

April 26th - 27th: Reina, SK DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way™
This two-day program focuses on DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way™.  DementiAbility Methods™ offers innovative, evidence-based approach to working with older adults who are living with cognitive loss, using Dr. Maria Montessori’s Principles along with research from diverse disciplines in aging and dementia. The aim is to support the person in a prepared environment, offering cognitive strategies that are developed according to needs, interests, skills and abilities. The emphasis is on enriching and enhancing daily life by providing interventions that build in supports that will maintain/enhance function while also providing opportunities to be engaged in life and living according to the needs and abilities of each person. Research has provided clear evidence of enhanced function when memory cueing, sequencing and other such strategies, have been put in place. Also, increased levels of engagement and participation in activities are witnessed when DementiAbility approaches are implemented with persons with dementia. Participants in this workshop will learn about what happens to the brain and memory when one has been affected by dementia. Based on this information you will discover how to create supportive strategies/interventions according to what we know and what we observe.  Workshop participants will engage in practical “hands on” group work that is aimed at applying these innovative techniques. The first day of the program focuses on the facts (knowledge) and the second day focuses on putting the concepts into practice for specific clients, activities and environments.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 26th: Regina, SK Conflict Resolution Skills
Conflict holds great potential for harm and for good. The results of unhealthy conflict impact us individually and contribute to negative group performance. Those people who master essential conflict resolution skills reduce the occurrence of negative conflict in their lives, leading to healthier, happier relationships and work environments. Conflict has many sources, including miscommunication, disagreements, stress and personality differences. Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. This workshop will teach participants to understand the dynamics of conflict and equip them with the skills needed to respond confidently and effectively.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

May

May 2nd: Webinar – MagnusCards: Assistive Technology as a Life Skills Companion for Individuals with Cognitive Special Needs
This webinar will cover an overview of Magnusmode, our free mobile app MagnusCards, a demo of how to use it and ending with a discussion/question period. Magnusmode leverages technology in fun and innovative ways to help adults and children with special needs to live with greater independence and inclusion. MagnusCards provides digital how-to guides with text, audio and visual instructions for activities at home and in the community, such as making breakfast, money management or grocery shopping. Corporations like CIBC, Colgate-Palmolive, and Tim Hortons are also on board! MagnusCards is available for free in the AppStore or GooglePlay store.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 3rd: Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth - Issues and Strategies
Self-injury refers to deliberate, self-inflicted tissue damage, such as cutting or burning. Self-injury has reached alarming proportions amongst our youth; studies show that 14-24% of adolescents and young adults have engaged in this behaviour at least once, with a quarter of these reporting current, chronic self-injury. Helping professionals are therefore increasingly encountering young people who are involved with self-injury. This workshop will begin with a general overview to assist participants in understanding the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves. The content will then focus on practical strategies for working with youth struggling with this complex issue. Participants will leave this workshop with increased insight regarding self-injury behaviour in youth and a framework for effective intervention.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 4th and 5th: Saskatoon, SK Wellness Experience 2018
This 2-day event will include speakers, exhibitors and activities that cover many walks of wellness including; emotional, social and mental wellness, physical, nutritional, financial, oral health, and workplace wellness, natural and alternative medicines, and more! Don’t miss this opportunity to find clarity and connection, to grow and improve, on your journey for wellness right here in Saskatchewan!  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 4th & 5th: Edmonton, AB 13th Biennial Western Canadian Conference on Sexual Health
The goal of our conference is to present innovative and emerging practices highlighting diversity and inclusion in our communities.  Professionals from across Canada can meet to share and learn new skills and strategies to build capacity. Sessions will emphasize current evidence-based practices while honoring lived experiences and community histories within a framework of anti-oppression.  For more details please follow the link or email frmcpe@ualberta.ca

May 4th & 5th, 2018: Calgary, AB MAC Workshop – Use our whole person occupational therapy framework and learn to connect the dots
This workshop is perfect for Occupational Therapists who conduct functional capacity evaluations determining workability, functional abilities evaluations, worksite assessments, involved with gradual return to work and stay at work programming and accommodation. The whole person integrated approach is key for successful safe and sustainable return to work and stay at work. Mental health is affected when individuals sustain a physical injury, chronic health condition, brain injury, or experience ongoing stress or traumatic events and research tells us that psychosocial factors are more important than physical factors in determining return to work. This in-depth workshop for mental health challenges emphasizes current evidenced-based research and practice, objective assessment tools; uses clinical case studies, video, small group discussion and clinical reasoning activities. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

May 5th: Jasper, AB Advanced Skills in Cognitive Rehabilitation for OTs
This hands-on workshop is intended for occupational therapists who wish to enhance their use of evidence-based occupational therapy interventions for cognitive rehabilitation after stroke or brain injury. The current clinical guidelines for cognitive rehabilitation and the evidence underpinning them will be presented and then translated into processes that can be readily implemented by occupational therapists following the workshop. The current clinical guidelines and decision-tree for cognitive rehabilitation and the evidence underpinning them will be presented. Learning will be undertaken through lecture, practical sessions, and group discussions.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 7th: Calgary, AB Calgary Pain Conference
This conference covers advances in pain research and treatment, the prevention and management of acute and chronic pain and provides an overview of available programs and resources in Calgary. It will be of interest to all healthcare providers.  For more information, please follow the link

May 15th: Saskatoon, SK Borderline Personality Disorder - Understanding and Supporting
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a clinical diagnosis that is often misunderstood. The experience associated with BPD involves intense emotional and behavioural challenges for both the individual and the relationships around them. This workshop's purpose is to increase the understanding of BPD from the perspective of all those impacted, including caregivers, family members and those diagnosed. Participants will be given an opportunity to explore and better understand their own response as helpers when supporting individuals diagnosed with, or exhibiting behaviours associated with BPD. With this increased understanding and new strategies for offering support, participants will be better equipped and more confident in their role of supporting meaningful and manageable change in the lives of those impacted by BPD.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 16th: Regina, SK Borderline Personality Disorder - Understanding and Supporting
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a clinical diagnosis that is often misunderstood. The experience associated with BPD involves intense emotional and behavioural challenges for both the individual and the relationships around them. This workshop's purpose is to increase the understanding of BPD from the perspective of all those impacted, including caregivers, family members and those diagnosed. Participants will be given an opportunity to explore and better understand their own response as helpers when supporting individuals diagnosed with, or exhibiting behaviours associated with BPD. With this increased understanding and new strategies for offering support, participants will be better equipped and more confident in their role of supporting meaningful and manageable change in the lives of those impacted by BPD.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 16th: Saskatoon, SK Management and Supervision - The Crucial Skills
One of the most difficult and often overlooked aspects of moving into a supervisory or management position is developing the skills necessary to truly manage people. Like all skills, management skills must be learned. This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus on hiring and performance management. Both new and existing supervisors and managers will find this workshop useful as they work on developing skills for managing people.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

May 17th: Regina, SK Management and Supervision - The Crucial Skills
One of the most difficult and often overlooked aspects of moving into a supervisory or management position is developing the skills necessary to truly manage people. Like all skills, management skills must be learned. This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus on hiring and performance management. Both new and existing supervisors and managers will find this workshop useful as they work on developing skills for managing people.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

May 23rd: Webinar Walking Poles for Fitness and Rehabilitation
Participants will learn about patent pending tool called Activator Poles developed by a Canadian OT and now used internationally to facilitate active living, independence, fall prevention and improved functional status. Participants will gain an understanding of this evidence-based tool that is based on the concept of Nordic walking in which there are over 235 independent studies listed on PubMed describing the benefits including: improved balance, strength, mobility and independence in ADLs.  The course will explain the development of the Activator Poles and associated technique that is the focus of 8 studies currently underway in Canada and the UK. Over the 12 years of implementation, there has been a steady shift in practice to the use of Activator Poles as an effective alternative to canes and to delay or reduce the use of walkers. The prescription of walking poles is now considered part of best practices in many centres across Canada. The pros and cons of traditional mobility devices will be explained as well as the contraindications for the use of walking poles. The use of walking poles as a motivating tool for seated and standing exercise for fall prevention programs will be also be described.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 23rd - 24th: Save the Date!  Northern Saskatchewan Diabetes AGM and Workshop
More information to come. 

May 25th -26th: Swift Current, SK SSOT AGM
More information to come!

May 25th - 26th: Saskatoon, SK Our Mothers, Our Future Conference
Special guest speaker, Margaret Trudeau.  The 2018 Conference will offer a 2-day certificate training course presented by Postpartum Support International (PSI), as well as Canadian specialists, on the subject.  Get practical strategies, tools and critical health updates to help you: understand the latest research and developments in this area, demystify the numerous taboos surrounding perinatal mental health, create effective prevention programs, and connect with leaders across the province who are working to make a difference in the life of new mothers and families.

May 30th: Saskatoon, SK Communication - The Essential Skills
In order to survive and thrive in the 21st century workplace, we all need to master the fundamentals of communication. Our ability to communicate is directly linked to our success in meeting our needs and those of employers, colleagues, customers and clients. In this workshop we focus on core skills for communicating with clarity in the workplace. Participants will hone their verbal communication strategies including speaking and listening skills. They will also learn approaches for utilizing communication technologies such as phone, email, texts and social media more effectively. Ultimately, this workshop will give participants tools and strategies to communicate with clarity and purpose while choosing the best medium for the message.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 31st: Regina, SK Communication - The Essential Skills
In order to survive and thrive in the 21st century workplace, we all need to master the fundamentals of communication. Our ability to communicate is directly linked to our success in meeting our needs and those of employers, colleagues, customers and clients. In this workshop we focus on core skills for communicating with clarity in the workplace. Participants will hone their verbal communication strategies including speaking and listening skills. They will also learn approaches for utilizing communication technologies such as phone, email, texts and social media more effectively. Ultimately, this workshop will give participants tools and strategies to communicate with clarity and purpose while choosing the best medium for the message.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June

June 2nd - 3rd: 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 neuroanatomy 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

June 2nd - 3rd: Online CALM (Cancer and Living Meaningfully)
Intensive, advanced training workshop for healthcare professionals in an evidence-based psychological intervention. CALM therapy is a brief psychotherapeutic intervention designed to reduce psychological distress and promote well-being in patients with advanced cancer and their families.  This advanced workshop is designed for healthcare practitioners working primarily with cancer patients. The workshop will: Enhance therapist skill in CALM therapeutic techniques and processes;  Explore the application of CALM through case presentations from local and international colleagues; and Provide an overview of the evidence supporting CALM therapy.  For more information, please follow the link.

June 3rd: Winnipeg, MB Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES): Neurorehabilitation of the Upper Limb and Trunk
There is a rapidly expanding body of evidence in support of electrical stimulation for rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired upper limb and trunk. FES involves the use of neuromuscular electric stimulation to enhance motor control and maximize the performance of functional activities. Through repetitive, task-oriented muscle activity, FES is able to effect neuro-plastic changes and improve motor learning in various upper motor neuron lesions (e.g., spinal cord injury, MS, TBI, Stroke, etc.). Applications may include strengthening of weak upper limbs and trunk, movement re-education, spasticity and pain management, and the management of subluxed shoulders.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

June 6th - 7th: Saskatoon, SK Walking Through Grief - Helping Others Deal with Loss
Every person at some point in life will experience grief and loss, a profound sense of final separation from something or someone important. Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to the death of a loved one, the experience of separation/divorce, intergenerational loss or the loss of opportunity. While there are similarities in how individuals work through loss, grief is a complicated and unique experience that requires helpers to be sensitive to the needs and experiences of those they are supporting. This workshop is designed to give helpers an increased awareness of the dynamics of grief, and to provide tools and strategies to best support someone who is grieving. Through personal sharing and discussion, cultural and popular understandings of grief and loss, and the influences these have on how we experience and work with grief will be explored.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June 12th: Saskatoon, SK Navigating Difficult Conversations
Whether sharing bad news with a client, providing corrective action or talking with a colleague about an uncomfortable issue, difficult conversations often take a large mental and emotional toll on all participants. In fact, having difficult conversations can be one of the most stressful and uncomfortable aspects of our lives and work. Yet the ability to handle difficult conversations respectfully and professionally is also an essential workplace skill. This workshop will review the key elements of preparing for, conducting and concluding difficult conversations. Participants will leave with a set of tools to help ensure that difficult conversations are productive, professional and respectful for all involved.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June 13th: 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 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

June 14th: Regina, SK Navigating Difficult Conversations
Whether sharing bad news with a client, providing corrective action or talking with a colleague about an uncomfortable issue, difficult conversations often take a large mental and emotional toll on all participants. In fact, having difficult conversations can be one of the most stressful and uncomfortable aspects of our lives and work. Yet the ability to handle difficult conversations respectfully and professionally is also an essential workplace skill. This workshop will review the key elements of preparing for, conducting and concluding difficult conversations. Participants will leave with a set of tools to help ensure that difficult conversations are productive, professional and respectful for all involved.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June 15th: 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 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

June 16th & 17th: Lloydminster, SK Yogakids International: Level 1 Foundations Training
Inspired by educational theorists Howard Gardner and Maria Montessori, our Level 1 Foundations Training takes a whole-child approach — and integrates math, science, literacy, art, music and more. The approach is fun, empowering and fully capable of reaching students of all ages and abilities.  This event, held in areas around the world, introduces attendees to the YogaKids’ one-of-a-kind way of teaching mindfulness and yoga to children. The program is more than just poses. It blends traditional yoga and its benefits with theories of multiple learning styles in a comprehensive, imaginative, and playful approach to education. This revolutionary approach, developed by YogaKids founder, yoga-pioneer/ educator/author Marsha Wenig, has been helping children — along with adults — discover the pleasures and benefits of yoga for over 27 years.   Foundations Training events are for anyone wanting to give the gift of mindfulness and movement to children: educators, parents, occupational therapists, speech therapists, yoga teachers, and other child-focused professionals. No yoga experience is required. Our program has been endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Jean Houston, Ph.D. It is the original training program of its kind  For more information, please follow the link.

June 20th - 23rd: Vancouver, BC CAOT Conference
This two-day interactive workshop equips occupational therapists with the fundaments to increase their competence and confidence in using two evidence-informed interventions for clients with anxiety: relaxation skills training and exposure therapy. Participants receive a package of resource materials including presentation notes, over 30 pages of handouts for clients, a set of five relaxation training scripts, a guide to running a 6-session relaxation skills group if desired, and an audio CD that can be reproduced for clients for home practice.  For more information, please follow the link

July 

July 17th - 18th: Saskatoon, SK Motivating Change - Strategies for Approaching Resistance
Helping professionals regularly encounter challenging forms of resistance in their clients, and feel unable to respond in an effective way. This workshop is geared towards those new to working with resistant clients or professionals who are looking for new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with. Participants will be challenged to reassess their methods of interacting with resistant clients, and bring a new, collaborative, client-centered approach to their work. Drawing from the approaches of Motivational Interviewing, Positive Discipline and Internal Family Systems Model, this experiential workshop will equip helping professionals with an enhanced style and new strategies that will strengthen relationships and maximize potential for motivating change.  For more information or to register, please follow the link. 

August

August 30th: Saskatoon, SK Managing executive dysfunction to improve the participation of adults with stroke and acquired brain injury
This one-day highly interactive workshop will equip occupational therapists with skills to begin to profile executive function application in people with stroke and acquired brain injury during occupational performance. This will lead onto the practical selection of intervention strategies to address executive dysfunction working towards optimizing participation in occupation. Small group discussions, knowledge check quizzes, group learning activities, case scenarios and simulated situations will be utilized to assist you in integrating and applying the information. The selected interventions will be a combination of established interventions from published studies and from interventions formulated from the theoretical frameworks. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

August 31, 2018: Saskatoon, SK Managing executive dysfunction to improve the participation of adults with stroke and acquired brain injury
This one-day highly interactive workshop will equip occupational therapists with skills to begin to profile executive function application in people with stroke and acquired brain injury during occupational performance. This will lead onto the practical selection of intervention strategies to address executive dysfunction working towards optimizing participation in occupation. Small group discussions, knowledge check quizzes, group learning activities, case scenarios and simulated situations will be utilized to assist you in integrating and applying the information. The selected interventions will be a combination of established interventions from published studies and from interventions formulated from the theoretical frameworks. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

September

September 19th - 21st: Halifax, NS Health Living Healthy Life
The conference will offer a spectrum of research, interventions and measures that can inform future interdisciplinary health policy, pathways, services and resources towards a healthy life for all Canadians. With its presentation of leading-edge research, renowned key speakers, and closing “Great Debate”, The Healthy Living, Healthy Life Conference promises to be a dynamic and interactive experience.  For more information, please follow the link

October

October 24th & 25th: Calgary, AB 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity - Beyond the Clinic
7th conference on recent advances in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity.  This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November

November 2nd & 3rd, 2018: Toronto, ON  MAC Workshop – Use our whole person occupational therapy framework and learn to connect the dots
This workshop is perfect for Occupational Therapists who conduct functional capacity evaluations determining workability, functional abilities evaluations, worksite assessments, involved with gradual return to work and stay at work programming and accommodation. The whole person integrated approach is key for successful safe and sustainable return to work and stay at work. Mental health is affected when individuals sustain a physical injury, chronic health condition, brain injury, or experience ongoing stress or traumatic events and research tells us that psychosocial factors are more important than physical factors in determining return to work. This in-depth workshop for mental health challenges emphasizes current evidenced-based research and practice, objective assessment tools; uses clinical case studies, video, small group discussion and clinical reasoning activities. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November 7th - 9th: Richmond, BC The 6th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The term developmental disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes. Children, youth, and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2018 conference will focus on practical strategies and partnerships to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, and their families, in partnership to improve their quality of life experience. The conference will also provide educational and informative psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health updates specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary collaboration.  For more information or to register, please follow the link