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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

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 - Please visit the website for more information

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Testing Course at NAIT - Online

On-line Course - iPads at School:  An Occupational Therapy Approach

McMaster University - Master of Health Management
McMaster University offers an on-line Master program, directed to healthcare professionals who are seeking to assume or have assumed a leadership role in a variety of healthcare sectors. Graduates of the program will demonstrate new knowledge and skills in communication, political and healthcare environments, organizational behaviour and human resources management, research awareness and leadership. This on-line, part-time, course-based degree fits easily into an individual’s lifestyle. You are welcome to review our website for more information, http://healthmanagement.mcmaster.ca

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

SSOT - Upcoming Webinars:

SSOT Webinars for 2016-17

Month

Adult/Older Adult

Mental Health Interest Group

School-based Practice

January, 2017

January 11th

January 25th

January 26th

February, 2017

February 8th

 

February 9th

March, 2017

March 22nd

March 15th

March 23rd

April, 2017

April 19th

April 26th - Postponed until May 18th

April 20th

May, 2017

May 24th

May 18th 

May 25th

June, 2017

 

June 7th

 

To access the webinars:

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

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

3. To join the web conference:

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

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

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May

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

May 16th: Saskatoon, SK Difficult Conversations
Whether sharing bad news with a client, providing corrective action or talking with a colleague about an uncomfortable issue, difficult conversations often take a large mental and emotional toll on all participants. In fact, having difficult conversations can be one of the most stressful and uncomfortable aspects of our lives and work. Yet the ability to handle difficult conversations respectfully and professionally is also an essential workplace skill. This workshop will review the key elements of preparing for, conducting and concluding difficult conversations. Participants will leave with a set of tools to help ensure that difficult conversations are productive, professional and respectful for all involved.  For more information, please follow the link

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

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

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

May 17th: Saskatoon, SK SCPOR Share the Vision: A Day to Learn and Connect
SCPOR supports patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan. We are inviting researchers, patients and their families, health-care system decision-makers and clinicians to attend this event. This will be an opportunity to connect with others as well as learn about SCPOR’s work and hear from various speakers on patient-oriented research. The day features keynote speaker Simon Denegri, National Director for Patients and the Public in Research at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in London, England. He is also the Chair of INVOLVE – the national advisory group for the promotion and support of public involvement in research funded by NIHR.  There is no cost to attend this event. For more information or to register, please follow the link.   

May 18th: Regina, SK Difficult Conversations
Whether sharing bad news with a client, providing corrective action or talking with a colleague about an uncomfortable issue, difficult conversations often take a large mental and emotional toll on all participants. In fact, having difficult conversations can be one of the most stressful and uncomfortable aspects of our lives and work. Yet the ability to handle difficult conversations respectfully and professionally is also an essential workplace skill. This workshop will review the key elements of preparing for, conducting and concluding difficult conversations. Participants will leave with a set of tools to help ensure that difficult conversations are productive, professional and respectful for all involved.  For more information, please follow the link

May 24th: Webinar, Looking Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Understanding and Supporting Behaviour in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
When someone with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) demonstrates challenging behaviours, it can be difficult to understand what lies beneath. Our first reaction as caregivers is to keep the person safe, often considering stopping activities, restricting environments, medications, or using restraints. However, by controlling the person this way, we do not address what they are communicating through their behaviour. With a better understanding of the underlying complex needs and experiences of people with IDD, we can better support them to change in a respectful and wholistic way. Instead of focusing on their behaviours, we can empower the person to grow and pursue a life of dignity and well-being.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 25th: Saskatoon, SK Complexities of Diabetes
Presented by Dr. Peter Senior, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FRCP[E], FRCP and Dr. Mark Inman, MD, FRCPC, the following topics will be covered: Management of Type 1 Diabetes, Top 10 Tips To Tame Type 1 Diabetes, Technology and Transplants, and Typing DM: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Types 1 and 2.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

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

May 27th: Saskatoon, SK Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Foundations & Implementation Training
Help your clients achieve their full potential by activating multiple sensory systems simultaneously. Join us for this in-person training covering centers of the brain and neuroplasticity. Then go hands-on with the iLs Focus 30 and 60 equipment and learn how it can benefit your clients.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

May 31st: Webinar Active Living for Stroke Rehabilitation
Learn about an innovative tool to improve the outcomes for stroke clients for facilitating movement of the affected side, normalizing arm swing and gait patterns, improving balance and posture.  Find out how therapists are using the ACTIVATOR Poles (patent pending) & technique to facilitate a more normal gait pattern compared to canes, crutches and walkers and using poles with seated, standing and pre-gait exercises. Agenda is as follows: Brief Review of evidence-based studies, Case Studies of 2 CVA Clients, Activator technique for stability and balance, How to modify the technique for CVA clients, Learn about a new glove prototype for clients with limited grip strength, Videos of exercises for improving balance, movement and awareness of the affected side, and Tips for exercise programs.  The guest speaker is Elaine Darling, DesignAbility Coordinator, March of Dimes, video exercises by Cathy McNorgan, PT and presented by Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero).  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June

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

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

June 14th: Regina, SK Dealing with Difficult People
Participants in this workshop will learn how to positively engage others in discussions about behavioural patterns such as passive aggressiveness and chronic resistance.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

June 15th: Saskatoon, SK Dealing with Difficult People
Participants in this workshop will learn how to positively engage others in discussions about behavioural patterns such as passive aggressiveness and chronic resistance.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

July

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

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

August

August 26th & 27th: Saskatoon, SK John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Mobilization Workshop
Presented by Bryan Kuss, RMT, The Myofascial Mobilization Workshop is designed to give seminar participants a basic knowledge of the structure, function, and dysfunction of the fascial system. Participants will learn the anatomy of the soft tissue and the application of mobilization techniques, accurately assess soft tissue mobilization, apply appropriate treatment regime, distinguish between myofascial mobilization and other soft tissue mobilization techniques, understand the importance of the entire body, be able to perform techniques to the upper and lower extremities, and receive instruction for a home exercise program.  For More Information visit www.MyofascialRelease.com or call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425)

September

September 15th & 16th: Saskatoon, SK Recognizing and Treating Cognitive Communicative Behaviors That Affect Learning And Community Integration In Children & Young Adults
The course addresses recent trends for children and young adults with ABI. Best practices for providing information to families and professionals, current thinking about ABI as a chronic condition, academic and social learning challenges, strategic learning, family resilience, and suggestions for providing support in the hospital, classroom and community are discussed. Participants will be provided with research and given practical techniques for intervention with these issues. Session will be discussion based with audience participation expected. Participants are encouraged to share information about clients on their case-load and to actively question and provide input throughout the session.   For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

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

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

October

October 2nd & 3rd: Saskatoon, SK Neuroplasticity: Changing the Brain Conference
Participants will develop a better understanding of Neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to change its structure and improve its functions through the following curricular objects: A basic understanding of brain structure and functions; Case studies of individuals who have recovered or partially recovered from traumatic brain injury or brain birth defects; The role of abuse and neglect on the developing brain; Diverse brain functioning in individuals with a variety of disorders including - Learning Disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, and ADHD; and Approaches to improving individual neuroplasticity (including neurofeedback) including evidence supporting the efficacy of these various approaches.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

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

October 19th: Regina, SK  Dealing with Difficult People
Participants in this workshop will learn how to positively engage others in discussions about behavioural patterns such as passive aggressiveness and chronic resistance.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 20th: Saskatoon, SK  Dealing with Difficult People
Participants in this workshop will learn how to positively engage others in discussions about behavioural patterns such as passive aggressiveness and chronic resistance.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November

November 27th & 28th: Montreal, QC  DIR101:  The Nuts and Bolts of DIR/Floortime® Intervention
This workshop will be an overview of the DIR/Floortime® model of the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. The participant will gain an understanding of the theory behind the model, the different research studies behind the model, as well as a thorough understanding of the different developmental levels. The influence of individual differences for each profile will be discussed as well as principles of working with families in this model. DIR/Floortime® is adaptive to any age of development, from early intervention through adolescence. Floortime® techniques will be showcased through case studies with open workshop discussion and participants will find these discussions to be at the intermediate to advanced clinical level. This workshop is approved through the ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental and Learning Disorders) and will set the course for becoming certificated in this model through ICDL.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

2018

January 

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

March 

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

April

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

October

October 24th & 25th: Calgary, AB 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