Continuing 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 .

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 (MHSE) is an online, part-time program designed for working health professionals looking to build knowledge in areas of educational practice relevant to their professional context. The program uses a cohort model to optimize the professional learning experience. Join an interprofessional cohort in virtual live classes. This is a course-based program that can be completed in two-and-a-half years. For more information or to register, 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

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 a complete listing of  graduate programs at the University of Saskatchewan or University of Regina

Dalhousie University Online Continuing Professional Development - Information and Registration for online classes 

Dalhousie University - Aging and Continuing Care 
With our aging of population, demand for continuing health care is an increasingly important topic in health, social and community services. The aging and continuing care certificate is not exclusively for occupational therapists, a wide range of students from many fields of study and practice, including social services, government, health promotion, nursing, adult mental health, and support programs will benefit from the certificate. You’ll build knowledge and skills in: Biological and psychological changes related to aging and their impact on participation, inclusion and profession of older adults; Demographic and social aspects of aging; Theories related to aging, participation and inclusion of older adults; Continuing care services such as geriatric assessment, continuing care, housing, transportation, and palliative care; and Social practices and public policies that have repercussions for continuing care and the occupational lives of older adults. For more information, please follow the link

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.

McMaster University - Health Leadership Academy, Emerging Leaders
If you want to respond to the changing health landscape, disrupt the status quo, and lead innovation and meaningful change, then apply to the Emerging Leaders Program. This one-week, intensive leadership program for students and young professionals provides you with the necessary skills to lead across the health system. Learn more about Emerging Leaders by visiting our website.

McMaster University - Health Leadership Academy, Pathfinder
If you’re ready for an engaging leadership program, then Pathfinder is for you. Pathfinder is an eight-week personalized leadership development program to build the leadership capabilities of health leaders. Chart your journey in health leadership with personalized coaching. Learn more about Pathfinder by visiting our website.

OTepp Certificate Program
For more information email Nancy Lidstone at nlidsto@mcmaster.ca.

Professional Leadership Certificate
The Professional Leadership Certificate will provide you with increased awareness and understanding of leadership and will enable you to become a more effective, evolved leader. You will explore the philosophies of a well-rounded leader from a career and personal perspective.  Specialize in Career Development or Personal Development to customize your Certificate to your career direction. Professional Leadership Certificate courses can also be taken as individual professional development seminars to brush up on your know-how or adding new skills to your professional repertoire.  For more information, please follow the link

Crisis & Trauma Resource Insitute (CTRI) and Achieve Centre for Leadership
In light of COVID-19 we have cancelled all our in-person workshops this year, and are excited to instead offer a full roster of interactive online workshops. If you’re interested, you can find our new workshop schedule here for CTRI and for ACHIEVE, or feel free to let me know which workshops you’d like to highlight and I can format and send you the info for those!

University of Toronto - Institute for Life Course and Aging
The Institute for Life Course and Aging has developed Workshops to meet the demand for ongoing professional development among healthcare workers and other professionals working with the aging population. Workshops vary in cost, duration and format – online, in-person, webcast and offer participants the opportunity to work at their own pace, interact with instructors and with other participants from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

2021 October

Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) is an intervention which is relationship and strength-based, occupation-centred, and research informed. OPC involves working alongside clients to achieve their goals for themselves, their children and/or their families.

Post-pandemic, these intervention strategies may be of heightened relevance, as clients seek to re-engage and return to occupations they once enjoyed. Empowering our clients with the motivation they need is particularly important for those who may be feeling they have lost a sense of personal power over these last many months.

In the OPC introductory workshop, participants will develop an understanding of the basis of OPC. They will be introduced to the three domains of OPC (Connection, Structure and Sharing), OPC session format, and therapeutic coaching techniques used during OPC. At the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding and basic skills to begin to utilise OPC within their services.

The workshop will also include practical sessions (e.g. case studies, videos/vignettes) and discussion of telehealth delivery to assist participants to integrate their knowledge and skills in a virtual setting.

This workshop is suitable for all healthcare professionals.

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