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Renewals are now open!  SSOT members should have received an email and a mailed copy.  If you have not, please contact SSOT Admin at admin@ssot.sk.ca
 
SSOT Administrative Assistant will be away from the office January 19th - January 31st.  If you have any questions regarding renewals or registration, please contact Sherry Just, SSOT Executive Director by email at ed@ssot.sk.ca or Miranda Hall at registrar@ssot.sk.ca

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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

Violence In the Occupational Therapy Workplace
Workplace violence is “an incident of aggression that is physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or psychological that occurs when [healthcare workers] are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work”.  Violence in the workplace is a reality for many OTs and other healthcare workers. It affects individual workers’ physical and emotional health and safety. Violence presents a risk to patients, co-workers and the organization's services as a whole.  
The module provides:
 Awareness about the significant issue of violence in the OT workplace
 Education to OT students and practicing therapists about risk assessment, reduction and prevention, and stakeholder responsibilities
 Tools, resources, and
 A self-evaluation leading to a certificate of learning for your portfolio.
For more information, please follow the link

Concussion Management Program
SAOT has entered into an exclusive partnership with Advancing Practice© to bring this unique training opportunity to Alberta OTs and other health care providers.  Program Information: Part 1 of the Blended Learning Course includes the online “Managing Concussions in Clinical Practice” program. This certificate-level online course offers in-depth concussion management training in 3 modules covering assessment, diagnosis, management. Part 2 includes the in-person workshop in either June, October, or February. Upon successful completion of this certificate-level continuing education program, you will be better able to: Apply tools from guidelines and consensus statements to assess patients for concussion, Evaluate a patient post-concussion according to best practice, Determine which patients can be managed by primary care clinicians versus those who should be referred to a concussion specialist, Individualize management strategies for patients post-concussion, Construct a return to school/work and play protocol based on a patient’s concussion symptomology and rate of improvement, and Initiate and manage patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms.  For more information about this program, please follow the link

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.

SSOT - Upcoming Webinars:

SSOT Webinars for 2016-17

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Adult/Older Adult

Mental Health Interest Group

School-based Practice

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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

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January 

January 20th - 21st: Carnduff, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

January 22nd - 23rd: Saskatoon, SK Leadership Conference for Supervisors and Managers
How would you describe a great leader? The characteristics of great leaders are not reserved for people who have achieved historic success and recognition. Great leadership has been attributed to workplace supervisors and managers from multiple organizations both institutional, corporate and non-profit. Being a great leader is not limited to natural ability or IQ. Great leaders are often described by their behaviors, attitudes, interpersonal skills and how they care for their teams.  Leadership is not easy, but it isn’t rocket science. Leadership is a skill that can be learned. It is about specific behaviors, principles, character and competencies that can be learned and put into practice until they become part of your leadership abilities. This conference will provide you with practical tools to assist you on your journey towards great leadership.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

January 24th & 25th: Regina, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

January 25th - 26th: Regina, SK Leadership Conference for Supervisors and Managers
How would you describe a great leader? The characteristics of great leaders are not reserved for people who have achieved historic success and recognition. Great leadership has been attributed to workplace supervisors and managers from multiple organizations both institutional, corporate and non-profit. Being a great leader is not limited to natural ability or IQ. Great leaders are often described by their behaviors, attitudes, interpersonal skills and how they care for their teams.  Leadership is not easy, but it isn’t rocket science. Leadership is a skill that can be learned. It is about specific behaviors, principles, character and competencies that can be learned and put into practice until they become part of your leadership abilities. This conference will provide you with practical tools to assist you on your journey towards great leadership.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

February 

February 3rd - 4th: Martensville, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 13th - 14th: Saskatoon, SK Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation
The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to teach participants how to facilitate development of these skills with their clients and develop their own capacity for using mindfulness-based strategies in their counselling work. In this highly experiential workshop, participants will practice mindfulness, regulation and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance. The skills learned in this workshop are relevant and applicable for working with clients of all ages—from children to elders.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 13th - 14th: Regina, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 14th: Regina, SK Respectful Workplace - Strategies for a Healthy Environment
A respectful workplace is a prerequisite for building a successful and productive organization. Healthy workplaces foster innovation and contribute to employee well-being. This results in greater job satisfaction, increased employee participation and improved work performance. This workshop explores the components of respect and addresses individual 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. Participants will return to work with the attitudes and skills necessary to contribute to creating and sustaining a respectful work environment.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

February 15th: Saskatoon, SK Respectful Workplace - Strategies for a Healthy Environment
A respectful workplace is a prerequisite for building a successful and productive organization. Healthy workplaces foster innovation and contribute to employee well-being. This results in greater job satisfaction, increased employee participation and improved work performance. This workshop explores the components of respect and addresses individual 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. Participants will return to work with the attitudes and skills necessary to contribute to creating and sustaining a respectful work environment.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

February 27th: 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

February 28th: Saskatoon, SK Vicarious Trauma - Strategies for Resilience
Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful.  For more information, please follow the link

March 

March 1th - 2nd: Richmond, BC Healthy Mothers and Health Babies
Hosted by Perinatal Services BC, this conference is for health care professionals invested in the care of pregnant/postpartum women and their infants through the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. This conference will engage health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies. Patient informed research and practice as well as examples of how health care can be enriched by patient involvement will be highlighted. The format will include plenary, breakout, and poster sessions, along with networking opportunities.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 1st: Regina, SK Vicarious Trauma - Strategies for Resilience
Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful.  For more information, please follow the link

March 6th - 9th: Vancouver, BC The 34th International Seating Symposium - Consumers Informing Practice
This international symposium addresses current and future developments in the areas of seating, positioning, and mobility. Topic areas include service delivery, product development, research, and outcomes. The format for the symposium will include pre-symposium, plenary, instructional, paper and poster sessions. Extensive opportunities will be provided for networking with colleagues.  For more information or to register, please follow the link 

March 9th - 11th: Edmonton, AB Blending Approaches to the Treatment of Neurological Disability - Putting the Pieces Together Across the Lifespan
Presented by Kim Barthel, this dynamic three-day workshop will emphasize clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills helpful in the treatment of functional movement and sensory processing problems across the lifespan. This hands-on learning opportunity is designed for professionals who support children and adults with a wide variety of neurological disabilities. A holistic, blended approach will weave together concepts of sensory processing intervention with Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), widening the lens of assessment and treatment possibilities. Lectures, labs, clinical practicums and videotape analysis will deepen the treatment skills of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 10th & 11th: Regina, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 15th: Saskatoon, SK Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult. Typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. This workshop will analyze what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrate how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual styles will be explored with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s style to create different results. Participants will learn how to create the right conditions for a conversation with a person they find difficult. They will also learn how to positively engage the other in a discussion about the pattern of difficult behaviour. This workshop gives participants a straightforward approach that creates dramatic change in the outcome of conversations with people they find difficult.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 15th & 16th: Prince Albert, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 16th: Regina, SK Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult. Typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. This workshop will analyze what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrate how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual styles will be explored with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s style to create different results. Participants will learn how to create the right conditions for a conversation with a person they find difficult. They will also learn how to positively engage the other in a discussion about the pattern of difficult behaviour. This workshop gives participants a straightforward approach that creates dramatic change in the outcome of conversations with people they find difficult.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 16th: Saskatoon, SK Challenging Behaviours in Youth - Strategies for Intervention
For those who work with youth, managing challenging behaviours that interfere with development, learning or success can be both frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will review challenging behaviours related to aggression, non-compliance and attention-seeking, and will provide a framework for intervening with these behaviours. Participants will analyze the effectiveness of their current approach and develop insights into what is happening when attempts at intervention do not work. They will gain a clear understanding of how to structure interactions for positive outcomes and will be provided with a coaching model to bring out the best in youth who exhibit challenging behaviours.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

March 20th: Regina, SK  Challenging Behaviours in Youth - Strategies for Intervention
For those who work with youth, managing challenging behaviours that interfere with development, learning or success can be both frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will review challenging behaviours related to aggression, non-compliance and attention-seeking, and will provide a framework for intervening with these behaviours. Participants will analyze the effectiveness of their current approach and develop insights into what is happening when attempts at intervention do not work. They will gain a clear understanding of how to structure interactions for positive outcomes and will be provided with a coaching model to bring out the best in youth who exhibit challenging behaviours.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

March 20th: Regina, SK Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Tools for Thinking Differently
Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem-solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and strategies involved in using CBT. Participants will gain an understanding of which populations tend to benefit the most from CBT, and will be equipped with many strategies and tools that can be practically applied in their work.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 21st: Saskatoon, SK Narrative Therapy - Tools for Exploring Stories
We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. A narrative counselling framework seeks to explore the numerous stories that shape and influence identity, problems and preferred directions in life. Narrative therapy has been found to be a useful approach to many problems such as addictions, trauma and mental health concerns. In addition, it also works well with diverse populations and age groups. This interactive workshop will provide participants the tools and processes to begin using narrative frameworks with their clients.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 22nd: Saskatoon, SK Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Tools for Thinking Differently
Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem-solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and strategies involved in using CBT. Participants will gain an understanding of which populations tend to benefit the most from CBT, and will be equipped with many strategies and tools that can be practically applied in their work.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 22nd: Regina, SK Coaching Strategies for Leaders - Conflict, Performance, Change
Effective leaders inspire positive growth, change and healthy work relationships. This workshop provides leaders with a set of coaching tools to bring out the best in the people they lead. It demonstrates a mindset and related skills for leading others through their personal and professional development in their working careers. Participants will learn a coaching model for working with their employees to enable changes in behaviour, promote skill development and resolve conflict.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 23rd: Saskatoon, SK Coaching Strategies for Leaders - Conflict, Performance, Change
Effective leaders inspire positive growth, change and healthy work relationships. This workshop provides leaders with a set of coaching tools to bring out the best in the people they lead. It demonstrates a mindset and related skills for leading others through their personal and professional development in their working careers. Participants will learn a coaching model for working with their employees to enable changes in behaviour, promote skill development and resolve conflict.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 24th: Edmonton, AB Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression for Individuals with Disabilities
Presented by Shaniff Esmail, this workshop will explore the impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning. The session will provide strategies when dealing with individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Specific approaches will be provided when dealing with physical disabilities as well as individuals with intellectual challenges, Autism, FASD, Down Syndrome and mental illness. Although there are no recipes when dealing with the topic of sexuality and disability, this workshop will provide participants with practical guidelines and strategies dealing with specific sexual health concerns and promoting healthy sexual expression for individuals with disabilities.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

March 26th & 27th: Weyburn, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April

April 10th: Saskatoon, SK Mental Health Awareness and Support
Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. This workshop is designed for any person who knows someone who has mental health concerns. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness or be a “counsellor”, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate whether someone is struggling with their mental health. This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses and, most importantly, how to be a support.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 12th: Regina, SK Mental Health Awareness and Support
Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. This workshop is designed for any person who knows someone who has mental health concerns. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness or be a “counsellor”, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate whether someone is struggling with their mental health. This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses and, most importantly, how to be a support.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 16th: Saskatoon, SK Critical Incident Group Debriefing
Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD) is a short-term group intervention process that focuses on an immediate event. CIGD is one of several methods that may be utilized to lessen the likelihood of participants experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress after a critical incident. This group debriefing process provides a place for participants to talk and share experiences, and for the facilitator to teach and provide information about the impact of critical incidents. While participants of this workshop will learn how to facilitate a group debriefing, they will also learn how to discern when CIGD is appropriate for a group or when it might not be a suitable intervention.  For more information or to register, 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 19th: Regina, SK Critical Incident Group Debriefing
Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD) is a short-term group intervention process that focuses on an immediate event. CIGD is one of several methods that may be utilized to lessen the likelihood of participants experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress after a critical incident. This group debriefing process provides a place for participants to talk and share experiences, and for the facilitator to teach and provide information about the impact of critical incidents. While participants of this workshop will learn how to facilitate a group debriefing, they will also learn how to discern when CIGD is appropriate for a group or when it might not be a suitable intervention.  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 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 & 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 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 - 24th: Save the Date!  Northern Saskatchewan Diabetes AGM and Workshop
More information to come. 

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 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

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.