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 May

May 1st - Yoga for OTs: Sandy Ayre, MSc.OT

May 8th - Create Insight Through Art: Karen Daniels, MA, OT(Reg), REAT

May 15th - Meditation for OTs: Sandy Ayre, MSc.OT

May 29th - Asokanihkewak-TheyBuildBridges Virtual Reconciliation Session: Kevin John & Debbie Semeniuk (Based on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise)

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

The details

When: Saturday, May 1st from 1:00pm-2:00 pm CST (3:00-4:00 pm EDT)

Where: Zoom https://uregina-ca.zoom.us/j/94154550194 (*this session will not be recorded)

Who: Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is a Two Spirit Saulteaux First Nations and Ukranian man, pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation, Assistant Professor and PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Angeline S. Chia, Intercultural Development Consultant of Sights on Success Consulting, will be moderating the event.

For whom: All healthcare trainees and providers are invited to join us

Cost: Free!

Stay tuned for future emails, join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/175596814205184), follow us on Instagram (@urpsychgrads), or reach out via urpsuchantiracism@gmail.com to stay in touch.

Plenary talks from Drs France Légaré (Université Laval), Carl May (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) & Michael Strong (Canadian Institutes for Health Research). There will be panel discussions on ethics considerations in KT science & practice and SGBA+ considerations in KT science & practice, workshop comparing IKT with engaged scholarship, mode 2 research, co-production, and participatory research, and access to some of the latest KT research happening nationally and internationally.  

Meeting registrants will also have the opportunity to request a one-on-one, 20-minute meeting (call or zoom) with a KT expert to discuss a specific question or topic related to their work and research.  The online request form will be shared with registrants on Monday, April 19th at 12:00pm EST. It is beneficial to complete your request form sooner than later in order improve your chance of meeting with your top choice. Please note that sessions are limited!

To register, please follow the link.

Level 2 - Introduction to the Treatment of Lympedema

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.

Combined Decongestive Therapy is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS MLA post graduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. Theoretical hours will be completed through an online training portal while practical training will be completed with in-person lab work.

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

During this COVID-19 pandemic mental health impacts are paramount with current research identifying increased anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, substance abuse, burnout impacting work ability. Current research also informs us that mental health conditions are very common - in particular trauma with unexpected illness or injury. People (we) are complex, heavily influenced by interconnecting individual systems (e.g. emotional, cognitive, sensory-perceptual) and the current environment. Subsequently it is challenging for us to assess and integrate all the information in a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) or to facilitate a successful return to work (RTW) or stay at work (SAW). Return to work is therapeutic and I consider a Functional Capacity Evaluation brief therapy. This workshop focuses on the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions to facilitate a comprehensive FCE and sustainable return to work using the whole person MAC integrated model. Clinical case studies, video, small group discussion and clinical reasoning activities are used. Workshop materials include intervention resources, assessment tools and supporting research articles. The Australian friendly start time and afternoon/evening North American time is provided, registration is limited to allow for small group learning.

 Overview:

  • Hierarchy of objective assessment tools for mental health conditions - psychological, social behavioral, cognitive. Includes trauma/PTSD, learning disabilities (ADHD), worry-fear-anxiety, depression, addictions.

  • Individual beliefs/perceptions - ability/disability, self-efficacy (including mental health, cognitive, return to work), work environment.

  • Strategies and treatment.

  • FCE and RTW methods (including best effort – consistency).

  • Translate assessment results and integrate findings to work functional ability.

  • Strength based approach.

  • Therapist factors.

  • Coping styles, personality traits, cultural and family influences, workplace influences

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

Level 3 - Advanced Treatment of Lymphedema and Compression Therapy

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.

Combined Decongestive Therapy is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS MLA post graduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. Theoretical hours will be completed through an online training portal while practical training will be completed with in-person lab work.

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

Day 1 – The Swallowing System: Back to the 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 neuro-anatomy 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.

DAY 2 – Practical Evidence-Based Strategies for Dysphagia Assessment and Management
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.

To register, please follow the link.

2021 June

Level 4 - Lymphedema Program Management and Individual Client Care

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.

Combined Decongestive Therapy is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS MLA post graduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. Theoretical hours will be completed through an online training portal while practical training will be completed with in-person lab work.

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