HOME     COUNCIL/COMMITTEE LOGIN    SSOT MEMBER PROFILE LOGIN     CONTACT
Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists

What's New

SSOT Annual Conference and AGM - Save the date!!  May 5th and 6th, 2017
SSOT Brochure

Join us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter!

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

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 - Please visit the website for more information

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
Registration for the OTepp Certificate Program is open for the 2016 year until January 29, 2016.  A curriculum outline is attached for your convenience.  Academic classes will run March 7 – June 23, 2016. IEOTs may also register for individual courses.  Deadlines are listed on our website at http://www.otepp.ca/modules/registration.aspx.  Registration generally closes about a month before classes begin.   IEOTs from across Canada or offshore can attend classes online, either in real time (preferred) or by listening to the archived class recording.  Of course, IEOTs living near Hamilton/Toronto may attend face-to-face at School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University.

SSOT - Upcoming Webinars:

SSOT Webinars for 2016-17

Month

Adult/Older Adult

Mental Health Interest Group

School-based Practice

January, 2017

January 11th

January 25th

January 26th

February, 2017

February 8th

 

February 9th

March, 2017

March 22nd

March 15th

March 23rd

April, 2017

April 19th

April 26th

April 20th

May, 2017

May 24th

 

May 25th

June, 2017

 

June 7th

 

To access the webinars:

1. Prior to the webinar, please ensure that you run the Adobe Connect Connection check on the computer that you are planning to use for the webinar.  Click: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm  to run the test, which will take approximately 30 seconds. The test will verify your internet connection and speed. Wired Internet connection is preferable. Should your computer require an update, the test will prompt you to download the required Adobe programs, which are available free of charge. Please follow the instructions and run the test until you obtain 3 check marks for numbers 1, 2 and 3.

2. Please ensure that any Internet browser pop-up blockers are disabled for the day of the webinar. Adobe Connect Pro will open as a new window.

3. To join the web conference:

  1. Click https://meet31975608.adobeconnect.com/ssot_agm/
  2. Enter your full name (first and last) used to register
  3. Click ‘Enter Room’

Hemera Contemplative Fellowships
Fellowships for educators and health care professionals are offered through Hemera’s Contemplative Fellowship programs.  Hemera’s Contemplative  Fellowships for Educators (CFE) program supports educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a residential meditation retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures.  The CFE program provides retreat scholarship support to people who currently work full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education. Individuals are eligible for one scholarship per year. Funding covers some or all of the recipient’s program fees, meals and shared accommodations. If you are new to meditation or have never attended a retreat longer than a weekend, you are eligible for 100% funding. If you have retreat experience, but have not previously received Hemera fellowship funding, you are eligible for 50% support, with need-based support available beyond that. Need-based funding is available to past fellowship recipients.  For more information, please visit the website

___________________________________________________________________________________

March

March 30th: Saskatoon, SK Essential Workplace Skills - Time, Organization and Productivity
The multiple demands of work necessitate that employees know how to prioritize their responsibilities, work with proficiency, be resourceful and complete tasks in a systematic and organized manner. This workshop provides a comprehensive review of performance basics and is geared for front line workers. The workshop provides training and activities to explore the habits and tools necessary for productivity, as well as the attitudes that support a successful work environment. Participants will learn how to represent their organization well, streamline systems and procedures, plan out work tasks and focus with renewed energy on workplace expectations.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 30th: Regina, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations at work or at home. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express positive and negative ideas and feelings in transparent, welcoming and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness. Participants in this workshop 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

March 31st: Saskatoon, SK  Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations at work or at home. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express positive and negative ideas and feelings in transparent, welcoming and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness. Participants in this workshop 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

March 31st: Regina, SK Addictions and Mental Illness – Working with Co-Occurring Disorders
Many people who struggle with a mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery for people coping with both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Caregivers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addictions cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addictions 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, an overview of the theoretical frameworks for both issues, and how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April

April 3rd - 30th: Online Workshop Use of solution focused therapy among older adults and their caregivers
Presented by Susan Barrons, MSW, RSW Therapist/Counsellor, Creative Solutions, Toronto and Renee Climans, MSW, RSW Social Worker, Baycrest, Toronto Therapist/Counsellor, Creative Solutions, Toronto.  For more information, please follow the link.  

April 3rd: Webinar Respectful Workplace - Strategies for Working with Differences
Healthy workplaces foster respectful and dynamic relationships which contribute to employee well-being. This in turn results in greater job satisfaction, increased employee participation and improved work performance. This webinar explores the components of respect and addresses individual and collective responsibilities within the work environment. In addition, participants will learn how to voice their expectations as well as initiate and respond to difficult conversations about disrespectful behaviour.  For more information, please follow the link

April 7th: Webinar Violence Threat Assessment - Planning and Response
Knowing how to respond to a threat is a tremendous challenge. After a violent incident, it is not uncommon to find that many different people were aware of clues that an attack was being planned. Yet, without the proper mechanism to gather information and assess the situation, prevention is nearly impossible. This webinar provides a communication and decision-making model to help businesses, schools, organizations and communities become proactive in their management of threats. Strategies to help you identify, assess, and manage individuals who make threats will be explored.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 10th - 12th: Toronto, ON  Planning for Implementation and Sustainability
Planning for implementation and sustainability is a 3-day workshop designed for professionals in any health-related discipline aiming to gain knowledge on how to apply the science of knowledge translation (KT) to real-world implementation projects. Through interactive lectures, activities, and coaching (optional), workshop participants will be able to do the following: Identify and engage relevant stakeholders for implementation, Assess the context and readiness for implementation, Describe critical steps of an implementation plan, Explain how to measure implementation quality and considerations related to fidelity and adaptation,  Assess barriers and facilitators to sustainability and identify sustainability strategies, Plan for scale-up and spread of an evidence-based program.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

April 10th: Webinar Leadership - Insights for Thinking Differently
This webinar will challenge you to think critically about your approach to leadership. New and different ways of working through challenges as well as opportunities will be presented. Particular attention will be given to employee engagement and organizational health – two areas that our recent survey showed were of greatest importance to leaders and employees. This training is based on the book, The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization. Author and Speaker, Randy Grieser will share his own journey of leadership, and inspire you to think differently and grow as a leader.  For more information, please follow the link.

April 12th: 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.      

April 13th: 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.      

April 25th: Saskatoon, SK Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies
Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signaling to us 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. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives. There is also an increasing concern for rising anxiety among children, youth and elders. This workshop will explore when anxiety is adaptive and in order, compared to when it becomes disordered. Participants will learn practical and accessible strategies which can be applied across the lifespan and address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of anxiety.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 25th: Regina, SK Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies
Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signaling to us 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. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives. There is also an increasing concern for rising anxiety among children, youth and elders. This workshop will explore when anxiety is adaptive and in order, compared to when it becomes disordered. Participants will learn practical and accessible strategies which can be applied across the lifespan and address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of anxiety.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 26th: Saskatoon, SK Conflict Resolution Skills
Participants in this workshop learn to resolve the primary sources of conflict, including miscommunication, disagreements, and personality differences. Some of the Topics Covered: How Conflict Escalates, Dealing with Misunderstandings and Disagreements, Dealing with Conflict Style Differences, Key Skills for Conflict Resolution, and The Four-Part Conflict Resolution Process.  For more information, please follow the link

April 28th & 29th: Regina, SK Autism Awareness Centre Inc. Presents  . . . .
The featured speakers at this conference are Brenda Smith Myles and Kerry Mataya.  At the end of Brenda's session you will be able to:   discuss the cycle of meltdowns and interventions that can be used at each stage, understand the neurology of meltdowns for individuals with ASD, and interventions that can prevent the occurrence of meltdowns.  At the end of Kerry's session you will learn the key elements and steps for teaching conversational balance and fluency. Talk to Me offers a comprehensive, yet simple, framework with three main steps. You will leave the session with a practical and easy-to-implement set of strategies that you can implement into your classroom or home immediately.  For more information, please follow the link.

April 28th: Regina, SK Conflict Resolution Skills
Participants in this workshop learn to resolve the primary sources of conflict, including miscommunication, disagreements, and personality differences. Some of the Topics Covered: How Conflict Escalates, Dealing with Misunderstandings and Disagreements, Dealing with Conflict Style Differences, Key Skills for Conflict Resolution, and The Four-Part Conflict Resolution Process.  For more information, please follow the link

April 28th & 29th: Edmonton, AB Feeding Therapy: It's Not Just About Swallowing
Upon completing this two-day seminar, participants will be able to: Discuss how protective behaviors develop when GI discomfort, sensory processing challenges, delayed gross and/or fine motor skills impact a child’s willingness to eat, Apply the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to the treatment of pediatric feeding clients, List three strategies for improving tongue mobility and developing mature swallowing patterns in children, Describe how to teach the following skills to toddlers and older: biting, chewing, swallowing independently, straw and open cup drinking, Implement a hierarchical method of problem-solving in order to meet functional outcomes, and understand how to problem solve new challenges with future clients by systematically breaking the task into smaller steps and teaching one step at a time.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May

May 1st - May 28th: Online Workshop Psychosocial interventions for older adults with stroke and their families
Presented by Jill Cameron, PhD Affiliate Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  For more information, please follow the link

May 3rd - 6th: Lethbridge, AB MNRI Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration
The Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration course provides the foundation for professionals and parents to understand the importance of primary motor reflex pattern maturation, why a reflex might not be integrated, the impact a non-integrated reflex can have, and the MNRI techniques designed to assess and integrate reflexes. Primary motor reflex patterns emerge along a predictable developmental continuum, with each successive reflex emerging to secure a child’s survival and protection as his system matures and advances. When adequately engaged, each reflex anchors neurologically more deeply a physiological, emotional and psychological sense of security, freeing an infant to focus on exploring, learning, and fully advancing through all stages of primary motor reflex maturation.  It is through this complete integration process that primary motor reflex patterns form the foundation for related motor reflex schemes (sitting up, crawling, walking, etc) to mature and for each of us to reach our full potential over time, anchoring emotional and behavioral regulation, and advancing motor, communication, and cognitive learning. Congenital disorders or traumatic events that occur in utero, at birth, or anytime after birth can interrupt the activation, maturation and integration of a primary motor reflex pattern.  Depending upon the number of reflexes impacted and the maturational deficits of each impacted reflex, a broad spectrum of life challenges can occur.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

May 5th - 7th: Saskatoon, SK If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function
Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations.  This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures.  For more information, please visit our website.

May 6th, Saskatoon, SK NeuroMovement® for Children with Special Needs
Presented by Anat Baniel, In this workshop you’ll experience the remarkable capacity of the brain to change and transform our child and your life for the better, physically, emotionally and cognitively.  You will learn theory and practice to use in your daily life for breakthrough outcomes for your child.  You’ll discover ways to reduce your child’s stress, pain and limitation, and increase everyone’s well-being and joy as your child begins to improve in remarkable ways.  The professional will learn techniques for new possibilities with clients.  For more information, please follow the link

May 9th: Saskatoon, SK De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
Participants of this workshop will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of tools and strategies.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 10th & 11th: Regina, SK 2017 Saskatchewan Connections Conference: Access, Privacy, Security, Records Management, and Health Information Management
The 2017 Saskatchewan Connections Conference - Access, Privacy, Security, Records Management and Health IM is the only Saskatchewan centric professional development conference intended to assist public bodies in developing connections between these disciplines and address the associated challenges. Access, Privacy, Security and Information / Records Management challenges are intertwined with almost everything public bodies do. Through a series of plenary, breakout and workshop sessions, delegates will gain a clearer understanding of access to information, protection of privacy, information security, and records management issues that arise in organizations subject to FOIP, LAFOIP, and HIPA. More importantly, it focuses on the connections between these disciplines. For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 11th: Edmonton, AB Brain Injury and the Vision System: More Than Meets the Eye! Focus on Adult Populations
Presented by Dr. Cheryl Letheren, B.Sc. OD FAAO, this workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the anatomy of the vision pathways and neuro-optometric theories. In particular, the enriched strategies, practices and hands-on approach gained from this workshop will expand your understanding of development, behaviour, motion and, most of all, what your patient actually sees and recognizes from the world around them. Participants will review various cases, assessments and treatments. Whether you work in orthopedics, mental health, oncology or geriatrics, this vision workshop will help you develop new and impactful skills needed to improve the occupational performance of your clients.  Learning Objectives:  Identify and be aware of the signs and symptoms of visually based problems after brain injury; Gain a deeper understanding of the Big Six and their many treatment techniques that may be quickly incorporated into practice.  The Big Six will include diplopia in all forms; visual Field defects such stroke-based and ambient field collapse in concussion; attention issues; multi-tasking dysfunction; post-trauma vision syndrome and visual midline shift syndrome; Discuss vision and related diagnosis to include injury such as whiplash or concussion, stroke, aneurysm and diseases such as MS or Parkinson’s;  Review assessments, treatments and cases showing new treatments such as software programs, optometric vision therapy, prisms, lenses, counselling, Field Expansion.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

May 11th: Regina, SK De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
Participants of this workshop will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of tools and strategies.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

May 12th: Edmonton, AB Proper Vision Development and Success in Life, Focus on Pediatric Populations 
Presented by Dr. Cheryl Letheren, B.Sc. OD FAAO, this workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the anatomy of the vision pathways and neuro-optometric theories. In particular, the enriched strategies, practices and hands-on approach gained from this workshop will expand your understanding of development, behaviour, motion and, most of all, what your patient actually sees and recognizes from the world around them. Participants will review various cases, assessments and treatments. Whether you work in the intensive care nursery, the school setting, orthopedics or mental health this vision workshop will help you develop new and impactful skills needed to improve the occupational performance of your clients. Learning Objectives: Gain a deeper understanding of the important factors involved in success of development and education including primary reflex integration, laterality and directionality, visual-auditory integration, visual -motor integration, tracking skills and visual analysis skills; Discuss the importance of visual-neural-motor integration with education success;  Review visual diagnoses common to children and key concepts of neuro-motor development; Review cases, assessments, treatments to include software programs, optometric vision therapy, prisms, lenses and counselling; Examine special populations, such as children autism and autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, physically challenged children and developmentally delayed babies.  Understand the importance of visual-motor-neural integration; and Grow your practice skill set with many techniques that you may choose to quickly incorporated into your therapy tool-box.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 16th: Saskatoon, SK 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, please follow the link

May 16th: Telehealth Driving and Dementia
Presented by the Alzheimer Society, this will be an evening of education for anyone interested in learning more about dementia.  The presentation is a basic overview about the Medical Review Unit, their role as part of the traffic safety programs and a general conversation about cognitive health and driving.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 16th - 18th: Edmonton, AB Train-the-Trainer Certification - for Conflict Resolution Skills
In the first day of the train-the-trainer program, participants will take the Conflict Resolution Skills. Day two begins with a question and answer session, followed by a review of important facilitation strategies and techniques. Future trainers will then begin preparing for their role in delivering a portion of the workshop. On day three each participant will present a section of the workshop.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 17th: Saskatoon, SK Diversity and Culture - Strategies for Working with Differences
Diversity and cultural differences are often seen as challenges to manage within our work environments. However, they can also be valuable assets. This workshop helps participants to examine specific elements and dynamics of diversity and inclusion as they relate to culture, identity, communicating across difference, power differentials and experiences of discrimination. Tools and strategies will be reviewed to assist workplaces to promote inclusion and experience the many benefits of diversity at work.  For more information, please follow the link

May 18th: Regina, SK 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, please follow the link

May 26th & 27th: Prince Albert, SK Understanding and Managing Lymphedema
This symposium will provide evidence-based information and updates on understanding, care and management of all types of lymphedema and promote interprofessional treatment of lymphedema that is consistent and based on best-practice guidelines.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

May 26th: Prince Albert, SK Identifying and Managing Lymphedema
Learning Objectives of this workshop are: differentiating types of swelling; how to identify stages of lymphedema; Gold Standard of treatment for lymphedema; recognizing possible cancer recurrence; and easy tools for lymphedema management.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 29th - June 25th: Online workshop Older adults with cancer: psychosocial interventions for patients and their families
Presented by Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW Director, Cancer Services Planning and Performance, St. Michael’s Hospital  Lecturer, Division of Palliative Care and Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.  For more information, please follow the link.

May 30th - 31st: Saskatoon, SK Mediation - Facilitating Conflict Resolution
Unresolved conflict becomes time-consuming and limits the productivity of everyone. A third party facilitator may be needed to help mediate the difficult conversation for resolving the conflict when the people involved do not resolve it on their own. This skills-based workshop is designed to give participants the tools to work with disputing parties to clarify misunderstandings, identify interests and work towards options for resolving the conflict. Participants will work with scenarios that will help them prepare to intervene in difficult conversations and conflict situations. This workshop is highly applicable to anyone in a leadership or human resources position.  For more information, please follow the link.

June

June 8th: Saskatoon, SK Leadership - Insights for Thinking Differently
This workshop will challenge you to think critically about your approach to leadership. Join other leaders in exploring new and different ways of working through challenges as well as opportunities, and develop new insights that will strengthen your leadership. Particular attention will be given to employee engagement and organizational health – two areas that our recent survey showed were of greatest importance to leaders and employees. This training is based on the book, The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization. Author and Speaker, Randy Grieser will share his own journey of leadership, and inspire you to think differently and grow as a leader.  For more information or to register, please follow the link. 

June 13th: Regina, SK Leadership - Insights for Thinking Differently
This workshop will challenge you to think critically about your approach to leadership. Join other leaders in exploring new and different ways of working through challenges as well as opportunities, and develop new insights that will strengthen your leadership. Particular attention will be given to employee engagement and organizational health – two areas that our recent survey showed were of greatest importance to leaders and employees. This training is based on the book, The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization. Author and Speaker, Randy Grieser will share his own journey of leadership, and inspire you to think differently and grow as a leader.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

July

July 13th - 14th: Banff, AB Leadership Retreat - Focus on Mindfulness in Leadership
When you’re finished growing as a leader—you’re finished! The best leaders continuously develop themselves through education, personal reflection and conversation with others. ACHIEVE’s two-day leadership retreat is an opportunity to engage with other leaders from across North America and explore topics relevant to your role as a leader.  The mindful leader is grounded, self-aware and compassionate, which reduces stress for others and inspires teams to action. This retreat provides insight for incorporating mindfulness practices into your leadership. Mindfulness is about becoming more conscious, more intentional and more aware of one’s inner processes. Balance in emotion and thought leads to health and well-being, and provides a rich foundation for leadership success. This interactive retreat will assist leaders to develop mindfulness-based strategies to promote self-awareness, emotional balance, stress reduction and personal and professional growth. It will also examine how leaders can bring mindfulness practices into the work environment for the benefit of the workplace.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

July 17th - 21st: Winnipeg, MB Conflict Management Skills Certificate Program
In the summer of 2017, ACHIEVE is offering a unique opportunity to complete our 5-day Certificate Program over a one week period. This program provides participants an opportunity to develop a set of skill-based competencies in conflict resolution.  The training will occur in Winnipeg, MB starting on Monday July 17, 2016 and concluding Friday July 21, 2016 (9AM-4PM each day).  For more information or to register, please follow the link

September

September 23rd: Edmonton, AB Adult - Providing a Seating and Mobility Prescription for the Adult Level B Population
Presented in Conjunction with the September 24th pediatric workshop (Pediatric - FUN ON WHEELS, Effects of Seating and Mobility Interventions on Early Movement,  Play, and Reflex Activity - Considerations to Level B and C Specialized and Complex Seating), this workshop will review critical points for wheelchair/ seating prescription and set-up based on hands-on simulation. Participants will examine complex seating involving three-point positioning to reduce postural tendencies. Consideration will be given to lines and angles of force based on client centre of mass and positioning. Seating and mobility bases to address pressure issues along with postural concerns will also be explored. The goal is to provide clients with postural control and functionality while considering pressure and physiological functions.  Participants may register for both pediatric and adult (two days) or for one day if preferred. For more information, please follow the link. 

September 24th: Edmonton, AB Pediatric - FUN ON WHEELS, Effects of Seating and Mobility Interventions on Early Movement,  Play, and Reflex Activity - Considerations to Level B and C Specialized and Complex Seating
Presented in conjunction with the September 23rd adult workshop ('Providing a Seating and Mobility Prescription for the Adult Level B Population'), this workshop highlights the effects of Seating and Mobility Interventions on Early Movement, Play, and Reflex Activity. Participants will understand how seating and mobility can enhance muscle tone, improve posture and balance and provide opportunities for fine and gross motor coordination through activity in the pediatric population. Participants will understand how seating and mobility can enhance attention-orientation to particular stimulus, and affect all higher forms of learning such as speech, reading and writing, memory and thinking.  During the workshop, all aspects of the assessment related to the physical assessment, cognition, and reflexes will be covered along with a review of secondary components such as back supports, headrests and chest supports to ensure three points of positioning and consideration of forces in the set-up of these devices for effective functional movement.  Participants may register for both pediatric and adult (two days) or for one day if preferred.  For more information, please follow the link. 

September 29th & 30th: Calgary, AB Regulation and Trauma - Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorder and Arousal Regulation
Presented by Sheila Frick, This two-day, hands-on course will explore, from a trauma-informed perspective, the connections between sensory processing and sensory integrative difficulties. We will also provide a brief introduction to the tension reducing technique known as TRE®, as a means of demonstrating how the body retains stress in core muscular tension patterns. This course will investigate the hardwired action systems that underlie sensory modulation, arousal, affect regulation, and play. A clinical reasoning model for tracking dynamic shifts in state and levels of integration will be presented. Interactive hands-on labs, video and case presentations will bring key concepts and treatment strategies to life in this theoretically based, yet practical course.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October

October 4th & 5th: Regina, SK Where it’s AT! Assistive Technology for Children and Youth Conference
This conference will address the importance of inclusion for all students, tips for introducing and implementing technology/strategies into the classroom and working as a team.  There will be two keynote addresses each morning, and then opportunities for breakout sessions throughout the rest of both days offering topics in communication specific areas, written production, switch use and tips to access curriculum content.   For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 12th - 13th: Ottawa, ON Canadian National Driver Rehabilitation Conference
The conference objectives are to: disseminate the latest trends in research, practice, training and policies as well as feature the latest advancements in adaptive equipment, vehicle modification, and assessment/rehabilitation strategies;  build a strong network of specialists in North America through this unique networking and mentorship opportunity.  For more information, please follow the link.    

2018

January 

January 25th - 27th: Vancouver, BC Early Years Conference - Strengthening Resilience in Today's World, Leading with Kindness and Understanding
This conference will explore the complex factors impacting children’s development, recognizing the essential aspect of nurturing relationships within families and in our professional roles as the cornerstone of strengthening children’s resilience. The conference will highlight many of the considerations and practices in work with young children and their families, particularly as we adapt to our rapidly changing society. Participants can expect to: consider the influence of diverse social and cultural factors, including digital media and technology, in the context of child and family development, recognize the impact of trauma, including intergenerational trauma, and other adverse life experiences, consider how children with special needs experience and interact across different environments, enhance our understanding of inclusive approaches in supporting the child, family and community, and review evidence-based approaches aimed to strengthen resilience in young children and their families.  For more information, please follow the link

March 

March 6th - 9th: Vancouver, BC The 34th International Seating Symposium - Consumers Informing Practice
More information to come, please follow the link for registration information.