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2019 SSOT AGM and Annual Conference May 3rd and 4th, 2019 in Saskatoon (More details to follow)

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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
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema).  This condition affects many people in Saskatchewan and you can make a difference in their lives.  Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS Manual Lymph Activation postgraduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. The theoretical portion of the course is completed through an online portal, the lab is completed with in-person training.  The location will be Providence Place, 100 2nd Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK.  The dates are May 3th - 5th, May 17th - 19th, May 31st - June 2nd, June 14th -16th.  For more information, please follow the link

Privacy Officer
Are you responsible for health records? This online course will help you learn about your responsibilities in complying with the Canadian Personal Information Privacy Electronic Documents Act. By the end of this course, you will have developed a risk assessment and management process for complaints and preventing breaches of privacy.  For more information or to register, 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
For more information email Nancy Lidstone at nlidsto@mcmaster.ca.

March

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 Entrepreneurs – 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
For more information or to register, please follow the link.

April 5th - 6th: Regina, SK Regina Speech Centre presents - How Relationships Impact Growth and Development
The purpose of this two-day workshop will be to outline the neurological and relational foundations for regulation and learning. The developmental progression of regulation skills and its growth across the early years of life will be presented. The use of attachment-based principles will be explored as the foundation for supporting regulation, optimal growth and development. In addition, risk factors that contribute to and sustain developmental delays will be outlined and discussed. A clinical framework will be presented to provide practical support for monitoring connection and regulation within therapeutic relationships. This presentation will include the use of case studies to provide clinical support for utilizing a cross-disciplinary approach in promoting supportive relationships and optimal development.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

April 9th - 10th: Regina, SK Mental Health First Aid
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  You will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help, and guide a person towards appropriate professional help.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

April 10th: Regina, SK Permobil - Forward Thinking Best Practice
We are hosting two education seminars in Saskatchewan for clinicians and vendors to show how we can best assist you and your clients with positive outcomes, the ability to participate in daily activities, and engage with the world around them. Discussions will include: pressure management strategies, dynamic positioning, and manual and power mobility. The seminar will highlight evidence-based information, case study examples and equipment solutions to daily client issues. There will be a strong focus on clinicial application of various product features. For more information or to register, please email Brenlee. mogul-rotman@permobil.com

April 10th: Saskatoon, SK Permobil - Forward Thinking Best Practice
We are hosting two education seminars in Saskatchewan for clinicians and vendors to show how we can best assist you and your clients with positive outcomes, the ability to participate in daily activities, and engage with the world around them. Discussions will include: pressure management strategies, dynamic positioning, and manual and power mobility. The seminar will highlight evidence-based information, case study examples and equipment solutions to daily client issues. There will be a strong focus on clinical application of various product features. For more information or to register, please email Brenlee. mogul-rotman@permobil.com

April 12th - 13th: Halifax, NS We're All in This Together
The goals of the Wounds Canada conference are: To bring together national and international experts in the field of wound prevention and management; To assist practitioners to incorporate the most recent scientific evidence, technology and tools into practice; To review and discuss the extent and quality of evidence surrounding the prevention and management of different types of wounds;  To discuss practical, patient-centred, cost-effective approaches to wound care;  To discuss the policy implications of clinical decisions and vice-versa;  and To provide an avenue for communication between practitioners and industry.  For more information or to register, please  follow the link

April 13th - 14th: Regina, SK Contemporary Model of NDT (NDT/Bobath) for Individuals post stroke and brain injury
Instructed by Cathy Hazzard, this is an introductory course for occupational therapists and physical therapists.  This workshop follows the NDT/Bobath Philosophy and its clinical applications for adults post stroke and brain injury.  This interdisciplinary course is designed to give participants basic knowledge about NDT and how it is applied in clinical practice to promote recovery of function following neurological damage.  The course format will include interactive laboratory sessions, a patient demonstration by the instructor, and group discussions.  Information will be presented in a cross-functional manner to incorporate all rehabilitation disciplines and practice settings.  This will be held at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, the cost is $500 and the early bird is  (March 1/19) $450.  For more information or to register please contact: Susanne Adamson 306-766-3711 or susanne.adamson@saskhealthauthority.ca

April 15th: Regina, SK Neuro-Developmental Treatment/NDT Workshop in Clinical Reasoning: ‘The What to the How’
Instructed by Cathy Hazzard, this is an intermediate workshop for occupational therapists and physical therapists who have previously taken and used NDT in their clinical practice.  This class will help you streamline your assessment to determine the most significant clinical impairments interfering with your clients’ function.  From here we will brainstorm strategies for these priority impairments; working to make logical choices to treat these impairments within functional tasks. This will be held at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, the cost is  $250, the early bird (March 1/19) $225.  For more information or to register please contact: Susanne Adamson 306-766-3711 or susanne.adamson@saskhealthauthority.ca

April 16th: Webinar, Act on TIme:  A Parkinson's Resource Toolkit
Presented by Neli Gontier, for more information please follow the link

April 16th: Winnipeg, MB The Fundamentals of Exposure Therapy in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D, R.Psych. This full-day interactive workshop equips participants to increase their competence and confidence in using a core strategy for clients with anxiety-related presentations: exposure therapy.  For more information or to register, please go to the following link

April 26th - 27th: Edmonton, AB Responding Appropriately to Grief and Loss as an Occupational Therapist
Every Occupational Therapist (OT), either in their personal or professional life, will inevitably be faced with a situation of significant loss and resultant grief. OTs are uniquely trained to be able to offer holistic, compassionate care that is supportive across all domains of loss and grief. Unfortunately, North America is a largely death phobic and grief illiterate culture, making it challenging to know the best way to help.

This two-day workshop will focus on dispelling popular misconceptions of grief, re-framing the way we think about, experience, and support loss and grief.  For more information or to register, please follow the link.

April 29th - May 26th: Online, Power of Attorney and Capacity and Consent: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
For more information or to register, please follow the link

May

May 3rd: Edmonton, AB Chronic Pain Management 
This is a dynamic, interactive workshop with an emphasis on making a complex, biopsychosocial experience and its treatment easier to explain to your colleagues and clients. It includes group learning and small group discussion and problem-solving. Stories and metaphors will be used to illustrate concepts. You will apply the information provided in the workshop to case examples. Discussion of the participants’ various practice environments will add further opportunity to apply this learning to real-world clients and settings.  For more information, please follow the link

May 4th: Calgary, AB Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment 
During this one day workshop, the instructor uses videos and group discussion to educate the participants about the administrative and scoring guidelines of the Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment (CMSA). Lectures include information about the measure’s development and psychometric properties and its clinical application. At the end of the workshop, the scoring competency of the participants is tested. Those who meet the scoring criterion will receive a certificate of scoring competency. All participants will receive written feedback regarding their performance on the test. These are distributed within four to six weeks after the workshop.  Learning Objectives are: To provide the participants with the opportunity to learn to use the measure as a clinical or research assessment tool; To educate the participants about the administrative and scoring guidelines of the Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment; To educate the participants about the measure’s development and psychometric properties, and its clinical application; and Assess each participant’s competency in administering the assessment through a written examination.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

May 23rd: Saskatoon, SK Diabetes - It`s Complicated!
Please find the attached brochure for more information on the upcoming AGM and Conference.  

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

May 28th: Webinar, Non-Motor Fluctuations of Parkinson's Disease
Presented by Dr. Galit Kleiner, for more information or to register, please follow the link

June 

June 21st - 22nd: Edmonton, AB Bringing Seniors into Focus
SAOT will host the first geriatric mini-conference at Central Lions Recreation Centre in Edmonton on June 21/22, 2019. This is a multi-disciplinary learning opportunity featuring:  12 Professional Development Sessions and Vendors/Displays.  For details of the conference, follow the link.  To register for the event, please follow the link.

June 14th: Edmonton, AB Getting Kids 'In Sync' at Home and School
This is presented by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A and Julia H. Berry, M.A.  Some children resist participating in family and school activities or respond in unusual ways to ordinary sensations of touch and movement, sights and sounds. Because of a common disability called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), they don’t behave as we expect – not because they won’t, but because they can’t.  SPD interferes with the neurological process of organizing information about ordinary sensations that we get from our body and environment to use in daily life.  A child, adolescent or adult with SPD may have difficulty using sensory messages from one or more of the eight sensory systems of touch, sight, sound, smell, taste, movement, body position, and internal organs. Fortunately, there are many simple and enjoyable ways that parents, teachers, therapists and others who care for out-of-sync individuals can recognize and cope with their sensory challenges.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

September

September 9th - 11th: Saskatoon, SK Seeing and Moving: A Visual Vestibular Course
Presented by Kim Barthel, OTR, this course will provide an understanding of the neurobiological interaction of the visual and vestibular systems and their impact upon the movement and learning systems.  More information to come. 

October

October 8th: Webinar, Advocating for Patient-Centred Care
Presented by Dr. Andrea Moser, please follow the link for more information. 

October 15th - 18th: Edmonton, AB SOS Approach to feeding
This workshop will be presented by Dr. Kay Toomey & Associates.  Registration will open in late 2019. Check the SAOT website. This workshop sells out quickly!

October 28th - 29th: Saskatoon, SK Where It's AT: Assistive Technology for Children and Youth Conference
This will be presented by Kathy Howery.  For more information, please contact Alicia Carey by email at alicia.carey@saskhealthauthority.ca

November 

November 19th: Webinar, Medical Cannabis: Where Are We Now
Please follow the link for more information.