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Educational Opportunities

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

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

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

On-Going Courses and Continuing Education

Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL)
The first of its kind in Canada, the Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL) is an initiative of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina in partnership with the: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association, Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, and the Ministry of Health.  The aim of the Institute is to bring together professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system to foster leadership potential, skills and the creation of a leadership community that works together to promote, support and sustain good health.  SIHL includes professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system. The Institute focuses on leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow. The Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership supports the goals of the provincial government by:  building leadership and professional development within an interdisciplinary context,  ensuring a new generation of skilled healthcare leaders, and cultivating a community of leaders with patient first focus.  This five-month program begins in October 2017 and will conclude in April 2018. A five-day Opening Retreat will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan, October 23-27, 2017 with SIHL Course Presenters and Facilitators. A two-day Project Retreat will take place April 19-20, 2018.  Please find the link to the brochure

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

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

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

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

Dalhousie University Online Continuing Professional Development - Fall registration for OCCU 5041 Evidence-based Occupational Therapy/OCCU 6508 Chronic Conditions Management online courses

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

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

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

OTepp Certificate Program
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

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Adult/Older Adult

Mental Health Interest Group

School-based Practice

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To access the webinars:

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

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

3. To join the web conference:

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

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

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November

November 18th: Edmonton or Webcast 9th Annual Karin Greaves TJA Seminar
Please join us for a full day of formal education sessions focused on meeting the rehabilitation challenges of service delivery for Total Joint Arthroplasty in the community.  Education sessions will include interactive presentations led by an orthopaedic surgeon, pharmacists, dietitian, occupational therapist, and physical therapists.  For more information or to register, 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 compensation, 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 4th - 5th: Saskatoon, SK Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Many people see conflict as a negative experience. In fact, conflict is a necessary part of our personal growth and development. Think of when you were trying to choose your major in college, for example, or trying to decide between two jobs. However, conflict becomes an issue when the people involved cannot work through it. They become engaged in a battle that does not result in growth. When this type of conflict arises, negative energy can result, causing hurt feelings and damaged relationships. This two-day course will give participants the tools that will help you resolve conflict successfully and produce a win-win outcome.  For more information, please follow the link

December 5th & 6th: Winnipeg, MB Mental Health First Aid In the Workplace
Mental Health First Aid is the assistance provided to a person developing or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained.  MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or the crisis is resolved.  You will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, crisis and first aid skills for substance overdose, suicidal behaviour, panic attacks, acute stress reactions, psychotic episodes, and overcoming stigma and discrimination.  For more information, please follow the link

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 7th - 8th: Regina, SK Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Many people see conflict as a negative experience. In fact, conflict is a necessary part of our personal growth and development. Think of when you were trying to choose your major in college, for example, or trying to decide between two jobs. However, conflict becomes an issue when the people involved cannot work through it. They become engaged in a battle that does not result in growth. When this type of conflict arises, negative energy can result, causing hurt feelings and damaged relationships. This two-day course will give participants the tools that will help you resolve conflict successfully and produce a win-win outcome.  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.

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

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

June

June 2nd - 3rd: Edmonton, AB Dysphagia - Basic and/or Intermediate
To be able to accurately assess and develop a treatment plan for dysphagia, it is of the utmost importance to understand the system, including the muscles, central nervous system and cranial nerves.  The ability to understand the neuroanatomy and physiology of a normal swallow will enable clinicians to more accurately complete their assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia.   Understanding the normal swallow, variations of normal and disordered swallows is key for all members involved in the dysphagia plan of care.  Understanding compensations, maneuvers, strategies and when to request instrumental assessments is a large part of our daily job.  For more information, please follow the link

August

August 30th: Saskatoon, SK Managing executive dysfunction to improve the participation of adults with stroke and acquired brain injury
This one-day highly interactive workshop will equip occupational therapists with skills to begin to profile executive function application in people with stroke and acquired brain injury during occupational performance. This will lead onto the practical selection of intervention strategies to address executive dysfunction working towards optimizing participation in occupation. Small group discussions, knowledge check quizzes, group learning activities, case scenarios and simulated situations will be utilized to assist you in integrating and applying the information. The selected interventions will be a combination of established interventions from published studies and from interventions formulated from the theoretical frameworks. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

August 31, 2018: Saskatoon, SK Managing executive dysfunction to improve the participation of adults with stroke and acquired brain injury
This one-day highly interactive workshop will equip occupational therapists with skills to begin to profile executive function application in people with stroke and acquired brain injury during occupational performance. This will lead onto the practical selection of intervention strategies to address executive dysfunction working towards optimizing participation in occupation. Small group discussions, knowledge check quizzes, group learning activities, case scenarios and simulated situations will be utilized to assist you in integrating and applying the information. The selected interventions will be a combination of established interventions from published studies and from interventions formulated from the theoretical frameworks. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

September

September 19th - 21st: Halifax, NS Health Living Healthy Life
The conference will offer a spectrum of research, interventions and measures that can inform future interdisciplinary health policy, pathways, services and resources towards a healthy life for all Canadians. With its presentation of leading-edge research, renowned key speakers, and closing “Great Debate”, The Healthy Living, Healthy Life Conference promises to be a dynamic and interactive experience.  For more information, please follow the link

October

October 24th & 25th: Calgary, AB 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity - Beyond the Clinic
7th conference on recent advances in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity.  This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.  For more information or to register, please follow the link