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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

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
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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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 8th - 9th: Saskatoon, SK Advanced Clinical Education - Upper Extremity Seminars
Presented by Shrikant J. Chinchalkar, Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: identify the anatomy of the pip joint, flexor tendons, and extensor tendons; recognize normal physiology of digital motion; list the various methods for management of flexor and extensor tendons using various methods described in the literature; list/recognize the different methods for the management of metacarpal, proximal and middle phalangeal fractures; and list/recognize the different methods for management of distal radius fractures.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

September 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 30th: Weyburn, SK Manual Lymph Activation
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects millions of people worldwide. Some of the causes of Lymphedema include genetic deformation, a parasitic infection, as well as a cancer treatment side effect.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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 20th: Free Online Webinar Violence in the OT Workplace
Learn more about violence in the OT workplace.  Preview a Free online Violence in the OT workplace continuing professional development module (http://cbotlabs.wixsite.com/ot-work-violence).  Participate in an anti-violence meme creation workshop facilitated by Zoé Fortier, https://sk.culturedays.ca/en/about In the past, Zoe has worked as a community engagement animateur for SaskCulture, offering multi-lingual meme-making workshops across Saskatchewan. These workshops used memes and humour as a tool for intercultural dialogue. She will work with us to move the OT community forward towards workplaces free of bullying and verbal violence.

September 22nd and 23rd: Saskatoon, SK Driver Screening - Increasing Occupational Therapy Competency
Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of occupational therapy and engage in a discussion of the ethical dilemmas in driver screening. Current evidence of standardized screening tools and assessments will be reviewed, as well as the role of non-standardized assessments.  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 26th & 27th: Saskatoon, SK Mental Health First Aid In The Workplace
You will learn to: how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, crisis and first aid skills for substance overdose; suicidal behavior; panic attacks; acute stress reactions and psychotic episodes; and overcoming stigma and discrimination.  For more information or to register, 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 1st, 14th, 15th, 28th, & 29th: Weyburn, SK Manual Lymph Activation
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects millions of people worldwide. Some of the causes of Lymphedema include genetic deformation, a parasitic infection, as well as a cancer treatment side effect.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

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 3rd: Saskatoon, SK Spotlight on Seniors
The goal of Spotlight on Seniors is to educate and entertain older adults in and around Saskatoon.  From pastimes to investing, from career to vacations, from education to retirement, what we do with our lives is incorporated into this showcase.  And, as the theme of this showcase is to promote a healthy, vibrant and exciting lifestyle for older adults, who wouldn’t want to be part of this show!!  For more information, 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 6th: Live Webinar 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 webinar will focus on how to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Participants will gain 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, 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 13th - 15th: Jasper, AB Pain Society of Alberta's 11th Annual Conference
Highlights will include a full day of preconference events and an accredited Main Pro C course on Managing Chronic Pain with additional practical and hands-on workshops. The conference will have very interesting plenary presentations from distinguished healthcare providers on the latest advances in management and research of chronic pain.  There will also be many opportunities to network with sponsors and colleagues from all over Alberta and neighboring provinces. For more information please follow the link

October 18th - 20th: Minneapolis, MN  35th Annual Closing the Gap Conference - Assistive Technology in Special Education, Rehabilitation and Everyday Living
This year's conference builds on a tradition of providing a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.  Topics will cover a broad spectrum of technology as it is being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living.  Come and learn, first-hand, about the products and best AT practices and strategies by and for teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents and end users alike.  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

October 23rd and 24th: Winnipeg, MB The Prairie Seating Workshop and Trade Show
This year’s speakers are Sheilagh Sherman, Brenlee Mogul-Rotman, Ginger Walls, Dan Judson, Gabriel Romero and Paul Faucher.  This workshop is suitable for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists with beginner to advanced experience working with adults and/or paediatrics in the area of seating and mobility.  Please follow the link to our website for all details including brochure, registration information,  speakers bios and session abstracts.  

October 25th: Saskatoon, SK Managing Mental Health in the Workplace - Rights and Responsibilities
For leaders and managers, dealing with issues related to mental health in the workplace can be challenging and difficult to navigate. It is essential that leadership has the capabilities to manage mental health because early identification and support can lead to continued productivity, retention of employees and overall satisfaction in the workplace. This workshop provides a roadmap to help leaders participate in conversations with employees who may require support and accommodation when experiencing difficulties related to mental health. Participants will discuss practical strategies for creating a more inclusive work environment and develop a plan to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. The workshop also explores how to create appropriate processes to address the needs of both employees and employers.  For more information, please follow the link

November

November 4th &5th: Weyburn, SK Manual Lymph Activation
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects millions of people worldwide. Some of the causes of Lymphedema include genetic deformation, a parasitic infection, as well as a cancer treatment side effect.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

November 7th: Regina, SK Time Management
Our workplaces demand productive employees, and it often feels like there is not enough time to do everything we need to. Our ability to manage time affects productivity and the quality of work we are able to produce. Developing effective skills in time management empowers us to deal with the conflicting priorities we face every day. This workshop will set you up for managing your time with proficiency. You will learn how to set priorities, get yourself organized, manage your time and achieve your goals. As you learn to optimize your time, you will enhance your ability to deliver results.  For more information, please follow the link

November 8th: Saskatoon, SK Time Management
Our workplaces demand productive employees, and it often feels like there is not enough time to do everything we need to. Our ability to manage time affects productivity and the quality of work we are able to produce. Developing effective skills in time management empowers us to deal with the conflicting priorities we face every day. This workshop will set you up for managing your time with proficiency. You will learn how to set priorities, get yourself organized, manage your time and achieve your goals. As you learn to optimize your time, you will enhance your ability to deliver results.  For more information, please follow the link

November 16th: Live Webinar Violence Threat Assessment - Planning and Response
Knowing how to respond to a threat is a tremendous challenge. After a violent incident, it is not uncommon to find that many different people were aware of clues that an attack was being planned. Yet, without the proper mechanism to gather information and assess the situation, prevention is nearly impossible. This webinar provides a communication and decision-making model to help businesses, schools, organizations and communities become proactive in their management of threats. Strategies to help you identify, assess, and manage individuals who make threats will be explored.  For more information, please follow the link

November 21st: Saskatoon, SK Emotional 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. Emotional intelligence has a greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Participants in this workshop will learn to utilize emotional intelligence more effectively through self-assessment and skill development exercises, resulting in an increased ability to engage with others and expand their influence.  For more information, please follow the link

November 22nd: Online Live Stream De-Escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.  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, please follow the link

November 23rd: Regina, SK Emotional 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. Emotional intelligence has a greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Participants in this workshop will learn to utilize emotional intelligence more effectively through self-assessment and skill development exercises, resulting in an increased ability to engage with others and expand their influence.  For more information, please follow the link

November 25th: Edmonton, AB Dysphagia - Basic and/or Intermediate (Day 1) - The Swallowing System: Back to Basics
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 or to register, please follow the link.  

November 26th: Edmonton, AB Dsyphagia - Practical Evidence-Based Strategies for Dysphagia Assessment and Mangement (Day 2)
Assessment of dysphagia is not standardized but that doesn't mean you can't standardize your evaluation.  Learn to enhance your assessment skills using evidence-based assessment strategies and tips for a more complete chart review.  After review of assessment techniques, learn treatment strategies that are evidence based, effective and won't break your budget.  Learn to utilize assessment and treatment strategies across a continuum of settings including skilled nursing facility, outpatient, hospital or in the home health field.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.  

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

December

December 6th: 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, please follow the link

December 7th: 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, please follow the link.

December 8th: Live Webinar 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 webinar’s purpose is to increase the understanding of BPD from the perspective of all those impacted, including caregivers, family members and those diagnosed. 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, please follow the link.

December 12th: Regina, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations at work or at home. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express positive and negative ideas and feelings in transparent, welcoming and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness. Participants in this workshop will build an awareness of their communication patterns and learn to deal confidently with people around them. This workshop is fun, meaningful and highly effective for improving communication awareness and skills.  For more information, please follow the link

December 13th: Saskatoon, SK Assertive Communication
Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations at work or at home. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express positive and negative ideas and feelings in transparent, welcoming and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness. Participants in this workshop will build an awareness of their communication patterns and learn to deal confidently with people around them. This workshop is fun, meaningful and highly effective for improving communication awareness and skills.  For more information, please follow the link.

December 12th: 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.  For more information, please follow the link

December 12th: Online Live Stream Borderline Personality Disorder - Understanding and Supporting
This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.  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.  Please note: This workshop is not providing training for clinical therapy - the aim of the training is to provide understanding and practical strategies for a wide range of helpers who support individuals with BPD.  For more information, please follow the link

December 14th: 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.  For more information, 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 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 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