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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
Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS MLA postgraduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. Theoretical hours will be completed through an online training portal while practical training will be completed with in-person lab work:  All four levels are required for a Combined Decongestive Therapy designation. Please check out the course listing for more information on prerequisite requirements. The dates are: Level 1 & 2, September 8-13, 2018 and Level 3 & 4, October 13 - 18, 2018.  For more information, 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‚Äč 

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.

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

September 21st - 23rd: Calgary AB  Decoding Autism: From Understanding Neurobiology to Choosing Intervention Strategies
Presented by Kim Barthel OTR, this three-day workshop blends cutting-edge neurobiology with treatment strategies supporting clinicians, pediatricians, educators and caregivers who serve the Autism Spectrum Disordered population.  Through a series of lectures, participants will leave with a multidimensional understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through deepened insights into epigenetics, neural connectivity, immunology, relationship-based intervention and sensory-motor treatment programs.  Current and in-depth understanding of the mechanisms of the brain-body science of ASD allows service providers to create evidence-informed choices of treatments for individual clients across a wide range of treatment modalities.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

September 29th - 30th: Edmonton, AB Private Pratice 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. Some topics of discussion will be: Developing Your Business Plan, Financing & Incorporation – Alberta Women Entrepreneurs – Business Advisor, 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, WCB, Marketing your Clinical Practice – Andrew Koppejan, PT, BBA, MScPT, CGIMS – Owner, Clinical Marketing, and Self-care – Kathy Mulka, BScOT(c), MEd.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October

October 12th & 13th: Autism Awareness Centre Presents: Saskatoon Conference
Presenters include Carol Burmeister- Strengthen Executive Function Skills to Decrease Negative Behaviors and Build Positive Behaviors, and Elisa Gagnon – Special Interests and Kindness: Evidence-Based Practice 2.0.  Please visit our website to register online or for more information. You can also contact Maureen Bennie at maureen@autismawarenesscentre.com or call toll free 1-866-724-2224.

October 15th: Online Occupational Therapist Assistants Can Improve Occupational Performance: Let’s talk! Presented by Heather Gillespie, this one-day workshop is ideal for occupational therapists, OTAs and employers/managers in organizations that wish to involve OTAs in the delivery of service in more appropriate and consistent ways.  For more information, please follow the link. For more information, please follow the link. 

October 19th - 20th: Calgary, AB Building The Brain: A Neurobiological Approach To Assessment and Treatment
Presented by Robin Harwell, this two-day integrative, holistic workshop will provide you with a scientific and theoretical framework for assessment and treatment of ANY brain of ANY age. This workshop draws on the expansive brain-behavioral sciences to energize and empower any practice, demystifying the process of neuro-rehabilitation. These concepts and tools will be easily incorporated into your treatment setting.  For more information, please follow the link

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

October 25th & 26th: Edmonton, AB Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference 2018: Evidence-based Restorative Strategies – Skill Building for the Wholehearted
The Edmonton Zone Occupational Therapy Practice Council is pleased to present a two-day event to addiction and mental health service providers.  Our featured speaker, Lynn Festa OTR, CHT, CDWF, will provide a two-day workshop, in lecture format, with a strong emphasis on hands-on practical learning skills that can be applied to the clinical and educational setting immediately following the workshop. Lynn will use the foundational principles of occupational therapy in establishing a therapeutic relationship with each client using a holistic strength-based approach. These principles will be combined with the latest scientific studies from the field of positive psychology.  Lynn will also incorporate evidence-based tools and strategies using a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD, and her curriculum The Daring WayTM. Brown’s work primarily focuses on developing resilience skills and daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent and lead.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 27th: Edmonton, AB Women's Health and Occupational Therapy - Pelvic Health and Maternal Mental Health
Presented by Lindsey Kaupp MScOT, BScKin and Lara Desrosiers, OT, this three-part workshop addresses two major areas in the exploding area of Women’s Health in Occupational Therapy – Pelvic Health and Maternal Mental Health. Part 1: Foundational Skills in Pelvic Health for Everyday Practice, Part 2: Maternal Mental Health and the Role of OT, and Part 3: Case Study and Integrated Synthesis of Parts 1 & 2.  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

November 15th & 16th: Edmonton, AB Smart But Scattered – Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success
Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, or they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as “black holes.” Students with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn. Learning Objectives: Be able to describe the brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD), Be able to identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living, Learn key strategies for improving executive skills in student including 1) how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills, 2) how to design protocols for teaching executive skills, and 3) how to use incentives effectively to encourage students to engage in the practice necessary for improving executive skills,  and Learn the critical features of a coaching method geared to improving school performance through supporting executive skill development.  For more information, please follow the link.

November 16th - 17th: Calgary, AB Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Into Your Occupational Therapy Practice: Level 1
Presented by Gord Hirano, this two-day practical workshop is intended for occupational therapists who wish to understand what cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is and begin to use CBT approaches in their occupational therapy practice.  For more information, please follow the link.  

November 19th - 20th: Calgary, AB Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Into Your Occupational Therapy Practice: Level 2
Presented by Gord Hirano, this two-day practical workshop is intended for occupational therapists who wish to further their cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) skills and increase their confidence in using CBT in their occupational therapy practice.  For more information, please follow the link.  

2019

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