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

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.

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

 Online

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.

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.

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.

For more information email Nancy Lidstone at nlidsto@mcmaster.ca or visit the website.

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

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!

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.

Manual Lymph Activation counts as the 135 hours required to qualify participants as Combined Decongestive Therapists and challenge the Lymphedema Association of North America certification exam.

Participants will need to provide proof of registration in one of the following professions as a pre-requisite to this course: Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Physician, Nurse, or Exercise Therapy. Or proof of 192 hours in post-secondary level human anatomy, physiology, and/or pathology.

Theoretical hours will be completed through an online portal and Practical hours will be completed in classroom based hands-on training.

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

Register now for the 2021 annual Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference held in partnership with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, our sister organization in the U.S. Our joint conference will be held virtually this Fall, with a day dedicated to Canadian content on October 19th, followed by a joint integrated event with Canadian and American content October 20th-23rd.

This year’s theme is Justice, Health Equity, and Reducing the Digital Divide. In the wake of a global pandemic and increased international awareness of systemic racism, the time is now for sustainable action to address health and social inequities. This year’s international conference will focus on acknowledging and addressing the systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities in mental health care and will examine a path forward together. We will focus, not only on research and ideas, but actionable steps to help bring equitable health care to all.
 
This year’s international conference will feature more than 120 breakout sessions of peer-reviewed content, including many with a Canadian focus, representing a diverse blend of topics and clinical, research, administrative, policy, or training issues. The conference will include inspiring programming in innovative areas of collaborative and integrated healthcare, especially highlighting (though not limited to) the following:

  • Socioeconomic, racial, and other inequities in healthcare with paths to move forward
     

  • Actionable steps to bring equitable healthcare to all
     

  • Telehealth sustainability and leveraging the virtual platform to reduce disparity.

Tuesday, October 19th will be a special "Canada Day", hosted by the Canadian co-chairs and conference advisor. The day will be devoted to exploring health equity as a human right, justice, and the future of collaborative mental health care in Canada. Confirmed presenters include keynote speaker Nick Kates providing the latest updates on collaborative care and presenting the new CPA/CFPC position paper as well as a panel discussion on how collaborative care can advance health equity with Maria Patriquin, Robert Wright, Mary Jane Hampton, Praseedha Janakiram and Christopher Mushquash. This dynamic day will be interactive and feature a mix of presenters with the power to unite people and ideas, and propel action and policies. The conference will serve as a catalyst to various stakeholders in the community, organizations, and government in order to strengthen innovations in the provision of  mental health care services in Canada at a critical time. We aim to cultivate community through collaboration by investing in a vision of collaborative mental health care that is more equitable, inclusive, and diverse.

Registration gives you access to over 120 concurrent sessions (including more than 25 Canadian presentations) as well as 60 posters/webcasts/podcasts at a special rate (for Canadians only) of $150 US. With your registration, you can also provide free registration to a student or person with lived experience. See details below. 

Learn more at http://shared-care.ca/conference and https://www.integratedcareconference.com/

Register here:   
https://www.cfha.net/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1481417&group# 

Your registration Pays it Forward!
In an effort to demonstrate awareness and commitment to social justice, this year’s registration for Canadian participants will include a “pay it forward” model wherein an individual’s registration will cover the cost of another attendee. This will allow an individual or organization to immediately impact the quality of the conference through more diverse representation and engagement. A key component of fostering health equity is enabling access to education, research, and innovations. Networking opportunities can lead to novel partnerships and strengthen collaborative and integrated health care.

We strongly encourage you to invite a person with lived experience, a student, or another person who might otherwise face barriers to attending the conference to participate with you. Once you have registered for the conference and identified your partner, please introduce them to Sari Ackerman (Sari.Ackerman@HamiltonFHT.ca) to provide them with the promotional code that will make their registration free.

Additional bursaries for registration are also available upon request by contacting Sari (limited numbers apply).

More information about the conference is available on our conference page as well as on the CFHA website.  If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Hahn at jhahn@cfha.net.  

We look forward to a great conference in October!

The Edmonton Zone Occupational Therapy Practice Council, with the support of the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists, is pleased to present a two-half-day event that offers Occupational Therapists the unique opportunity to explore the impact of the history of health care and societal perceptions of disability on our current practices today and how we can move forward into the future.

Historically, disability has been understood as a medicalized condition in need of intervention or “fixing” within the health and rehabilitation professions. What if we thought about dis/ability as a social and relational experience that is generative and desirable? Drawing from Critical Disability Studies, Mad Studies and other related fields, participants will rethink “disability” as it is currently understood in rehabilitation in order to re-envision OT practice.

Participants can expect to:

  • Engage in reflexive dialogue about disability history and politics (e.g., Eugenics and Newgenics, Institutionalization) as well as the assumptions underpinning rehabilitation theory and practice

  • Examine the ways occupational therapy and therapists contribute to the (re)production of disability discourses

  • Learn how to critically examine core processes in OT practice such as client/family-centred practices, assessment, goal setting, intervention planning, communication, and advocacy using a critical disability perspective

This unique revisioning will assist in developing a personal philosophy of practice that is rooted in reflexivity and anti-oppressive principles.

Please join us for what promises to be a highly enlightening experience with these feature speakers! For more information on this conference, who is speaking and how to register, please follow the link.

November

Now in its 9th year, we are pleased to continue this annual learning opportunity for men with prostate cancer and those who provide them support.
Patients, physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to attend.
This year's event will be an online experience only, featuring 4 speakers (see below).

WEBCAST SCHEDULE:

9:00 am Opening Remarks - Dr. Kishore Visvanathan, host

Patient Story

Motorcycle Ride for Dad

9:30 am Dr. Piotr Czaykowski, "Understanding Classic Chemotherapy"

10:15 am Nicole Baba, "Navigating the Sask Prostate Cancer Pathway"

10:35 am Dr. Garson Chan, "Post Treatment Urology Complications"

10:50 am Rachelle Kosokowsky, "Sask Cancer Agency Social Work Services"

11:15 am Closing Remarks