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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.

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.  The location will be Providence Place, 100 2nd Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK.  The dates are May 3th - 5th, May 17th - 19th, May 31st - June 2nd, June 14th -16th.  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

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 November 2018 and will conclude in April 2019.  A five-day Opening Retreat will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 5-9, 2018 with SIHL Course Presenters and Facilitators. A two-day Project Retreat will take place April 11-12, 2019.  Please find the link to the brochure or the link to register.

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 6507 Critical Perspectives on Inequities in Everyday Life  

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.


January 21st - February 17th: Online End of Life Interventions for Palliative Individuals and Their Families
Course Objectives are : Exploring our thoughts, beliefs, assumptions about dying and death and creating an awareness of how these can impact the work we do with people at end of life, Becoming familiar and comfortable with end of life therapies, such as legacy therapy, and developing an understanding of how to engage clients and their families in these supportive approaches, Examine potential impact on clients and caregivers that controlling the end of life process enables, Building an understanding of the importance of complementary and wellness therapies.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

January 30th & 31st: Melfort, SK Mental Health First Aid - Basic
Mental Health First Aid is offered to someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis until appropriate treatment is found or the situation is resolved.  SARC Learning Central offers the MHFA Basic program that is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance-related, mood-related, anxiety and trauma-related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.  For more information or to register, please follow the link


February 4th - March 3rd: Online, Grief Interventions for All Types of Situational Loss Over the Life Course
For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 23rd & 24th: Edmonton, AB Seating & Mobility - Adult and Geriatric Populations
Completing a thorough yet concise assessment has always been a challenge in seating mobility and is even more of a challenge when carried out in the community setting. It is imperative to gather appropriate assessment data. But with time constraints as well as environmental challenges inherent in community settings, this can prove to be a daunting task for the community therapist. This workshop will review what information is critical and how to access it in the community setting.  This workshop will review critical points for wheelchair/seating prescription and set-up based on hands-on assessment and simulation. We will be reviewing 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. We will also explore seating and mobility base set-up to address pressure issues along with postural concerns. Our goal will be to provide our clients with postural control, and functionality while considering pressure and physiological functions. For more information or to register, please follow the link


March 4th - March 31st: Online, How to Run a Caregiver Support Group Using Different Modalities to Build Connections and Resilience
For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 6th - 9th: Vancouver, BC 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Research, Results and Relevance
This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.  The objectives are: consider the implication and potential application of emerging evidence-based, and cutting-edge research; expand and challenge their knowledge and understanding of hard science; explore different models of advanced practice from and across disciplines; engage in knowledge exchange and focused dialogue through formal sessions, networking and onsite meetings; and develop connections and partnerships among global researchers, networks, governments, communities, service providers and families.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 11th - 12th: Swift Current, SK Social Thinking Workshop
Social thinking allows us to interpret the meaning behind what others do in the world, and prompts us with how to respond.  A person’s ability to use social thinking affects the individual’s social skills, perspective taking, self-awareness, self-regulation, critical thinking, social problem solving, play skills, reading comprehension, written expression, ability to learn and work in a group, organizational skills, etc.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 18th - April 14th: Online, Substance Misuse Among Older Adults: An Overview of Psychosocial Interventions to Help Your Clients
Course Objectives are: Using case-based learning you will, Become familiar with differential approaches to Substance Use, Develop skills to recognize types of Substance Use Disorders in older adults, Be able to use geriatric, addiction-specific screening and assessment tools.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 30th & 31st: Edmonton, AB Private Practice Bootcamp
Are you thinking about starting a private practice? Are you already in private practice but need some new information?  This workshop brings together a host of presenters to address many of the questions and considerations for those looking at beginning or expanding a private practice.  Topics include: Developing Your Business Plan, Financing & Incorporation – Alberta Women Entrepreneurs – Business Advisor, Kiran Sagoo, Accounting & Record Keeping – Pei San Chan, CA – Donnelly & Co. LLP, Private Practice Insurance – Dave Douglas – HDF Insurance, Establishing Your Rates and Fees –  Christine Whitelaw, M.Sc. OT & PT Practitioner – To be confirmed, Ask the Private Practice Professional Q & A – Christine Whitelaw, M.Sc. OT & PT Practitioner – To be confirmed, The Lawyer as a Client – Sylvia Wilson, M.Sc. OT(c) and Carol Robinson, Robinson LLP – Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Working with WCB – Calvin Haws, M.Sc. OT(c) – WCB, Marketing your Clinical Practice – Andrew Koppejan, PT, BBA, MScPT, CGIMS – Owner, Clinical Marketing, and Self-care – Kathy Mulka, BScOT(c), MEd – Owner, Unlimited Potentials Occupational Therapy for Children and Adults.  For more information or to register, please follow the link


April 1st - April 28th: Online, Innovative Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting Family Caregivers
For more information or to register, please follow the link.

April 13th - 14th: Regina, SK Contemporary Model of NDT (NDT/Bobath) for Individuals post stroke and brain injury
Instructed by Cathy Hazzard, this is an introductory course for occupational therapists and physical therapists.  This workshop follows the NDT/Bobath Philosophy and its clinical applications for adults post stroke and brain injury.  This interdisciplinary course is designed to give participants basic knowledge about NDT and how it is applied in clinical practice to promote recovery of function following neurological damage.  The course format will include interactive laboratory sessions, a patient demonstration by the instructor, and group discussions.  Information will be presented in a cross-functional manner to incorporate all rehabilitation disciplines and practice settings.  This will be held at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, the cost is $500 and the early bird is  (March 1/19) $450.  For more information or to register please contact: Susanne Adamson 306-766-3711 or susanne.adamson@saskhealthauthority.ca

April 15th: Regina, SK Neuro Developmental Treatment/NDT Workshop in Clinical Reasoning: ‘The What to the How’
Instructed by Cathy Hazzard, this is an intermediate workshop for occupational therapists and physical therapists who have previously taken and used NDT in their clinical practice.  This class will help you streamline your assessment to determine the most significant clinical impairments interfering with your clients’ function.  From here we will brainstorm strategies for these priority impairments; working to make logical choices to treat these impairments within functional tasks.This will be held at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, the cost is  $250, the early bird (March 1/19) $225.  For more information or to register please contact: Susanne Adamson 306-766-3711 or susanne.adamson@saskhealthauthority.ca

April 26th - 27th: Edmonton, AB Responding Appropriately to Grief and Loss as an Occupational Therapist
Every Occupational Therapist (OT), either in their personal or professional life, will inevitably be faced with a situation of significant loss and resultant grief. OTs are uniquely trained to be able to offer holistic, compassionate care that is supportive across all domains of loss and grief. Unfortunately, North America is a largely death phobic and grief illiterate culture, making it challenging to know the best way to help.
This two-day workshop will focus on dispelling popular misconceptions of grief, re-framing the way we think about, experience, and support loss and grief.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

April 29th - May 26th: Online, Power of Attorney and Capacity and Consent: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
For more information or to register, please follow the link


May 3rd: Edmonton, AB Chronic Pain Management 
This is a dynamic, interactive workshop with an emphasis on making a complex, biopsychosocial experience and its treatment easier to explain to your colleagues and clients. It includes group learning and small group discussion and problem-solving. Stories and metaphors will be used to illustrate concepts. You will apply the information provided in the workshop to case examples. Discussion of the participants’ various practice environments will add further opportunity to apply this learning to real-world clients and settings.  For more information, please follow the link

May 27th - June 23rd: Online, Intimacy and Sexual Behaviour Among Older Adults in Long-Term Care
Workshop objectives are: Explore our own values and beliefs about intimacy, aging and the relationship between these sensitive topics, Appreciate the challenges presented by the desire for intimacy when faced with physical, mental, psychological, social and environmental barriers, and Increase our awareness of strategies and opportunities we can embrace.  For more information or to register, please follow the link


June 21st - 22nd: Edmonton, AB Bringing Seniors into Focus
SAOT will host the first geriatric mini-conference at Central Lions Recreation Centre in Edmonton on June 21/22, 2019. This is a multi-disciplinary learning opportunity featuring:  12 Professional Development Sessions and Vendors/Displays.  Stay tuned for more details! 


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!