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October is national occupational therapy month in Canada!

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Educational Opportunities

Continuing professional education opportunities can be found at the following sites. If you would like to post an educational opportunity please contact SSOT .

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
Continuing Physical Therapy Education (CPTE)
British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT)
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT)
Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT)
New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists (NBAOT)
Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists (NSSOT)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
The Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT)

A practising licence is not required for an occupational therapist to provide education in Saskatchewan. A licence is only required if the educational event includes treatment of clients. If you are planning an occupational therapy educational event in Saskatchewan, SSOT encourages you to ensure that the presenter clearly states in writing (handouts and brochures) and during the session introduction which province or country they do have a licence to practice occupational therapy in.

On-Going Courses and Continuing Education

Master of Education in Health Sciences Education (MEd in HSE) program
The Master of Education in Health Sciences Education (MEd in HSE) program extends the knowledge and skills of health sciences educators in the areas of educational pedagogy, educational research, and inter-professional leadership within the collaborative context of communities of practice of professional educators.  This is a part-time program designed for health professionals or health professional educators who are working full-time. Each program course is delivered through a blended format comprised of synchronous/asynchronous sessions and 1-2 face to face classes. Only one course is delivered completely face to face.  International students may apply, but due to the part-time nature and blended delivery format for this program, students are not eligible for Canadian residency if accepted into the program.  For more information, please follow the link.

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

Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL)
The first of its kind in Canada, the Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL) is an initiative of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina in partnership with the: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association, Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, and the Ministry of Health.  The aim of the Institute is to bring together professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system to foster leadership potential, skills and the creation of a leadership community that works together to promote, support and sustain good health.  SIHL includes professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system. The Institute focuses on leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow. The Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership supports the goals of the provincial government by:  building leadership and professional development within an interdisciplinary context,  ensuring a new generation of skilled healthcare leaders, and cultivating a community of leaders with patient first focus.  This five-month program begins in November 2018 and will conclude in April 2019.  A five-day Opening Retreat will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 5-9, 2018 with SIHL Course Presenters and Facilitators. A two-day Project Retreat will take place April 11-12, 2019.  Please find the link to the brochure or the link to register.

Driving Rehabilitation Therapy
Western University's School of Occupational Therapy is introducing the world’s first Master of Clinical Science Program in Driving Rehabilitation Therapy. This post-professional, one-year distance learning program is designed for therapists who are also working full-time. To fully understand the scope and content of the program our Faculty is willing to provide you with an information webinar, personal conversations, and in-person meeting in Saskatchewan (if there is enough demand). Please visit our website through the link for more information about this exciting program. http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/ot/programs/mclsc/index.html

Are you an Occupational Therapist Interested in Pursuing a Graduate Program at the U of S?
There are a variety of graduate programs that may be of interest to Occupational Therapists depending on your research interest.  As an example, the MSc and PhD programs in Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan are thesis-based graduate programs for students performing research within any of the clinical departments in the College of Medicine or the School of Physical Therapy.  Areas of research are varied and are dependent on the research interests, expertise of the student and their research supervisor.  Additionally, these programs offer relevant, centrally managed, mandatory courses that provide research skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for any life and health science graduate regardless of the nature of the research project.  For information on these programs, please follow the link.  For a complete listing of  graduate programs at the University of Saskatchewan go to http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/grad_programs/ and University of Regina please follow the link.  

Dalhousie University Online Continuing Professional Development - Fall registration for OCCU 6507 Critical Perspectives on Inequities in Everyday Life  

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.

October

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

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

October 15th - November 11th: Online Introduction to Grief Interventions Over the Life Course 
Presented by Eleanor Silverberg, Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances. During this 4- week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

October 16th - 17th: Regina, SK Autism - Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviours
Working with individuals who have autism can be a very meaningful experience, but it is not without its challenges. With recent reports indicating that an increasing number of individuals are on the autism spectrum, a greater number of care providers are encountering individuals with autism as part of their work and life. While every person with autism is unique, many face similar challenges. The primary focus of this workshop is to provide practical strategies for working with high-need individuals around self-regulation, learning practices, and challenging behaviours. Participants will review a behavioural framework to provide effective strategies for each of these areas, which they will be able to adapt to their own specific environment and context. Please note: This workshop is not providing training for clinical therapy – the aim of the workshop is to provide practical strategies for a wide range of helpers who support high-need individuals with autism.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 18th, Saskatoon, SK Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry, or tired. This workshop explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual approaches for dealing with difficult people will be explored, with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s approach to create different results.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 19th, Regina, SK Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry, or tired. This workshop explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual approaches for dealing with difficult people will be explored, with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s approach to create different results.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

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

October 24th & 25th: Saskatoon, SK Mental Health First Aid Basic
In the broadest sense, Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.  Mental Health First Aid helps by allowing an individual to; Confidently engage in situations where a person may be a danger to themselves or others, Provide direct help and support in order to prevent mental health problems from developing into a more serious state, Promote the recovery of good health, and Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.  MHFA Basic training is geared towards a broad population, and is intended for adults interacting with adults. In the community, it allows one to confidently provide assistance to family, friends and neighbours. In the workplace, it allows staff to recognize the signs and symptoms among colleagues and friends, and to provide intervention when needed.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 24th & 25th: Regina, SK SARC Fall Conference
We will be offering a total of nine concurrent sessions for Board Directors, Executive Directors, and management staff. Sessions will focus on leadership, change, and developing and motivating a strong team. Sessions such as the “5 Keys to Leading Change and Building Performance” with Dan Gaynor, and the “Golden Rule” with Patrick O’Reilly will share how you how you can genuinely, honestly, and comfortably adapt your leadership style to each employee.  Topics related to governance include: “Accelerating System Change with Collective Impact and Authentic Engagement,” and “Collaborative Governance and Backbone Structures” with Sylvia Cheuy from the Tamarack Institute, as well as an informative session on “Bylaws – Why They Matter” from Justin Wood from MLT Aikins.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 25th & 27th: Calgary, AB 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity - Beyond the Clinic
7th conference on recent advances in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity.  This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

October 25th: 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. Without intentional training, many new managers are left to figure things out on their own – for better or worse. Like all skills, effective management and supervisory skills must be learned.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

October 26th - 27th: Regina, SK Cognitive Demands Analysis:  How to create and use CDA's
Presented by Marlene Morse, this two-day workshop is advanced training for those that perform CDA’s to develop the skills to perform the CDA.  The full certificate will be completed when the attendee submits a completed CDA following the workshop for evaluation.  During the first day, the participants will understand: What is a Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA), Components of a Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA), Invisible Disabilities, How a Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA) is prepared, How to use a CDA for Invisible Disabilities in Return-to-Work, and Resources and next steps.  During the Second day, the participants will: Develop hands-on practice and skills to perform a detailed cognitive demands analysis, Understand cognitive skills, resources and behavioural components of a job, Learn the techniques to assess cognitive and behavioural demands, Complete a cognitive demands analysis, toolkit and certificate.  For more information, please contact Susanne Adamson at susanne.adamson@saskhealthauthority.ca or by phone at (306) 766-3711.

October 26th: 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. Without intentional training, many new managers are left to figure things out on their own – for better or worse. Like all skills, effective management and supervisory skills must be learned.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

October 29th: Regina, SK Addictions and Mental Illness - Working with Co-Occurring Disorders
Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

October 29th - November 25th: Online Solution Focused Therapy with Older Adults:  A Competency Based and Relational Approach
This online course is presented by Renee Climans.  For more information on the course, please follow the link

October 31st: Saskatoon, SK Addictions and Mental Illness - Working with Co-Occurring Disorders
Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November

November 1st: Saskatoon, SK Harm Reduction - A Framework for Change, Choice and Control
Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviours. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment. This workshop explores the principles of harm reduction, how it works, and to whom it may apply. Participants will learn practical strategies for working with individuals, families, and communities within a harm reduction framework. This training will also explore how these concepts can be used in policy, procedure, and practice.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November 2nd & 3rd: Toronto, ON  MAC Workshop – Use our whole person occupational therapy framework and learn to connect the dots
This workshop is perfect for Occupational Therapists who conduct functional capacity evaluations determining workability, functional abilities evaluations, worksite assessments, involved with gradual return to work and stay at work programming and accommodation. The whole person integrated approach is key for successful safe and sustainable return to work and stay at work. Mental health is affected when individuals sustain a physical injury, chronic health condition, brain injury, or experience ongoing stress or traumatic events and research tells us that psychosocial factors are more important than physical factors in determining return to work. This in-depth workshop for mental health challenges emphasizes current evidenced-based research and practice, objective assessment tools; uses clinical case studies, video, small group discussion and clinical reasoning activities. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

November 3rd, 2018 - 6th Annual Urology Symposium, Prostate Cancer: Survive & Thrive
Thanks to generous support from the Leslie & Irene Dubé Urology Centre of Health, Motorcycle Ride for Dad, St. Paul's Hospital Foundation, and Saskatoon's Prostate Cancer Support Group, this is a free public event of interest to physicians, healthcare providers, prostate cancer survivors, their supports and the general public. We welcome guests from across the province and beyond.  The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Support Group has provided funding to present Dr. Anne Katz as our keynote speaker. She is a certified sexuality counsellor at CancerCare Manitoba and a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre. She will discuss "It's a Couple's Thing: Sexuality after Prostate Cancer".  She has educated health care providers and cancer survivors about cancer, sexuality, and survivorship around the world and is an avid blogger for ASCO Connections.  Anne is the author of 13 books for health care providers and health care consumers on the topics of illness and sexuality as well as cancer survivorship. She was awarded the SSTAR 2015 Consumer Book of the Year Award for her book Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for your Partner. Dr. Katz is the editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, the premier research journal of the Oncology Nursing Society.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 7th - 9th: Richmond, BC The 6th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The term developmental disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes. Children, youth, and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2018 conference will focus on practical strategies and partnerships to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, and their families, in partnership to improve their quality of life experience. The conference will also provide educational and informative psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health updates specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. This conference will engage healthcare providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary collaboration.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 8th: Saskatoon, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our own thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express ideas and feelings in transparent, open, and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 9th: Regina, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our own thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express ideas and feelings in transparent, open, and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 9th: Edmonton, AB Private Practice / Medical Legal OT Education and Networking Day
Topics include Cannabis and Cost of Care reports, Working with Veterans' Affairs Canada, Introduction of a new pain website for Albertans, and New product education.  In addition to the valuable information to be presented, this is a great opportunity to network with other OTs in private practice.  Drinks, snacks, lunch, and wine and cheese will be served. Cost is $75. Please contact Christine at chris@whitelawrehab.com for registration and to submit fees.

November 12th - December 9th: Online Bridging Aging and Disability
For more information, please follow the link

November 14th: 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 communication styles.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

November 16th: 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 communication styles.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

November 19th: Regina, SK Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies
Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signaling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

November 20th: Saskatoon, SK Workplace Sexual Harassment - Why It Happens and How to Prevent It
Sexual Harassment is not only detrimental to the person who has been harassed, it also impacts the wellbeing of the entire workplace. This workshop presents a proactive approach for those seeking to understand and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Going beyond basic definitions and policies, participants will gain a better understanding of what sexual harassment is, why it happens, and how to prevent it.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 21st: Saskatoon, SK Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies
Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signaling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 22nd, Saskatoon, SK Depression - Practical Intervention Strategies
Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health concerns. The symptoms can become overwhelming, self-perpetuating, and lead to feelings of helplessness. Helpers may feel unsure of where to begin when supporting those who frequently feel depleted, helpless, and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop explores a holistic understanding of the causes, impact, and treatment of depression. A strengths-based approach is explored that considers the whole person, separate from the problem. Participants will learn practical skills for building motivation and setting realistic goals for supporting those living with depression. For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 23rd: Regina, SK Workplace Sexual Harassment - Why It Happens and How to Prevent It
Sexual Harassment is not only detrimental to the person who has been harassed, it also impacts the wellbeing of the entire workplace. This workshop presents a proactive approach for those seeking to understand and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Going beyond basic definitions and policies, participants will gain a better understanding of what sexual harassment is, why it happens, and how to prevent it.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 24th -25th: Edmonton, AB Lower Extremity Edema Management
Presented by Glyn Murgatroyd, BPE, BScOT,  Lower Extremity Edema Management is a comprehensive two-day seminar, focusing on developing strong foundational skills in the practice of edema management. This course covers the full spectrum from theory, assessment, technical skills of vascular and sensory assessments, compression therapy and compression stockings/systems.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice vascular assessments using doppler ultrasound and photoplethysmograph machines. Vendors from 3M Canada, BSN Medical and Market Drugs Medical will be present to offer participants with hands-on practice applying compression wraps and to provide knowledge on compression stockings as well as available stocking aids. The seminar is designed for health care professionals who work in clinical settings which require assessment and treatment of lower leg edema and would like to further develop their skills and clinical reasoning. Prospective attendees also include experienced clinicians who wish to update their skills with current supporting evidence. Clinicians or OT students who have an interest in edema management with minimal clinical exposure are also appropriate for this seminar. For more information or to register, please follow the link. 

December

December 4th - 5th: Saskatoon, SK Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Strategies for Supporting
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities. As a result, there is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults, and families living with FASD. This workshop will review five pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies, and Team-Based Support. Participants will transfer newfound knowledge about FASD into practical and meaningful ways to try differently, not harder in their support of individuals, families, and communities affected by FASD.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 12th: Regina, SK Leadership - Insights for Thinking Differently
ACHIEVE CEO and Author, Randy Grieser, will share his own journey of leadership and inspire you to think differently and grow as a leader. This training is based on his book, The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization, and explores how to make each of these insights a reality in your own organization. Particular attention is given to employee engagement and organizational health – two areas that an international ACHIEVE survey showed were of the greatest importance to leaders and employees. Participants will learn new and different ways of working through challenges as well as opportunities and be challenged to think critically about their approach to leadership.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 13th - 14th: Saskatoon, SK Trauma - Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress
Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed. Protective steps for enhancing helper wellbeing are also provided. Participants will learn key principles and strategies for working with trauma that apply to a diverse range of experiences and which can be applied to all ages.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

December 17th: Regina, SK Emotional Intelligence
Why do some people have trouble being effective in their roles or working well with others? It is usually not because they lack skills; rather, it is often because they lack emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has a far greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others, and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

December 18th: Saskatoon, SK Emotional Intelligence
Why do some people have trouble being effective in their roles or working well with others? It is usually not because they lack skills; rather, it is often because they lack emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has a far greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others, and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

2019

January

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

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

February

February 4th - March 3rd: Online, Grief Interventions for All Types of Situational Loss Over the Life Course
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February 23rd & 24th: Edmonton, AB Seating & Mobility - Adult and Geriatric Populations
Completing a thorough yet concise assessment has always been a challenge in seating mobility and is even more of a challenge when carried out in the community setting. It is imperative to gather appropriate assessment data. But with time constraints as well as environmental challenges inherent in community settings, this can prove to be a daunting task for the community therapist. This workshop will review what information is critical and how to access it in the community setting.  This workshop will review critical points for wheelchair/seating prescription and set-up based on hands-on assessment and simulation. We will be reviewing complex seating involving three-point positioning to reduce postural tendencies. Consideration will be given to lines and angles of force based on client centre of mass and positioning. We will also explore seating and mobility base set-up to address pressure issues along with postural concerns. Our goal will be to provide our clients with postural control, and functionality while considering pressure and physiological functions. For more information or to register, please follow the link

March

March 4th - March 31st: Online, How to Run a Caregiver Support Group Using Different Modalities to Build Connections and Resilience
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March 6th - 9th: Vancouver, BC 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Research, Results and Relevance
This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.  The objectives are: consider the implication and potential application of emerging evidence-based, and cutting-edge research; expand and challenge their knowledge and understanding of hard science; explore different models of advanced practice from and across disciplines; engage in knowledge exchange and focused dialogue through formal sessions, networking and onsite meetings; and develop connections and partnerships among global researchers, networks, governments, communities, service providers and families.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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

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

April

April 1st - April 28th: Online, Innovative Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting Family Caregivers
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April 29th - May 26th: Online, Power of Attorney and Capacity and Consent: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
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May

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