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 (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.

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.

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.

2020 October

Presented by Sandy Ayre, BScOT. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of prevention and management of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 8th Conference will focus on connecting research, policy and practice to enhance effective interventions targeting multiple populations and settings. This conference aims to better serve our population by bridging the gaps created by working in discipline-specific bubbles or silos. This conference will explore how we can better connect our work in various settings including: community, clinic, recreation, families, schools, health care systems, government and with vulnerable populations across socioeconomic classes, ethnicity, culture, rural and remote communities. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

Presented virtually by Dr. Peg Dawson. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

2020 November

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of prevention and management of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 8th Conference will focus on connecting research, policy and practice to enhance effective interventions targeting multiple populations and settings. This conference aims to better serve our population by bridging the gaps created by working in discipline specific bubbles or silos. This conference will explore how we can better connect our work in various settings including: community, clinic, recreation, families, schools, health care systems, government and with vulnerable populations across socioeconomic classes, ethnicity, culture, rural and remote communities.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

This program is for mental health/primary care providers and developmental service providers who support adults with IDD. The curriculum will specifically address the mental health challenges that this population can face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics that will be presented during this program include: providing virtual mental health supports, depression and anxiety, evaluating suicide risk, facilitating supported decision-making, emergency preparedness and promoting resilience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, caregivers and providers. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

Core concepts of Ayres Sensory Integration theory and practice are shared with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and neuroscience, with case-specific application.  This format offers insight for clinical practice and inspiration to fuel professional engagement. We will examine the concepts of Sensory Modulation, Posture and Praxis, and offer contemporary perspectives on practice that is often misunderstood in an era of cognitively oriented interventions. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

This is a free on-line event of interest to prostate cancer survivors, their supports, physicians, health care providers and members of the general public.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

The webinar will be live from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on November 14th, featuring 3 presentations:

Dr. Anita Chakravarti, "Mindfulness and Compassion". Anita has recently focused on wellness initiatives for healthcare and human service providers and was on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Expert Working Group on Physician Health.  She has presented many interprofessional and interdisciplinary sessions on individual and organizational wellness both locally and nationally. 

Dr. Kate Johnson (Radiation Oncologist, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency) "What to expect if cancer treatment fails" 

Dr. Lauren Walker (Clinical Psychologist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre) "The Androgen Deprivation Therapy Educational Program”

Presented virtually by Dr. Peg Dawson, you will learn how to work with clients to strengthen executive skills. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

Join us for a two-day virtual conference (~four hours each day) that will focus on practical strategies to optimize the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities (DD). Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with people with DD, and their families, in partnership to improve their quality of life experience. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

Presented virtually by Evelyne Pilger, B.Sc.O.T. (C) you will learn how to identify, manage and treat SPD in times of fiscal restraint. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

2021 February

Too often, the foundational orientation of lying is overlooked, as we work toward upright orientation goals. 24-hour posture care management (24-7 PCM) analyzes and addresses postures that can become destructive over time. Non-invasive strategies are used to protect growing bodies from distorting, in some cases restoring them to better alignment without surgery.

24-7 PCM promotes the support of healthy posture in all orientations as crucial for children with a limited movement repertoire, who cannot change their positions easily, often and with variety. In North America this approach is novel but becoming recognized for its potential to protect and improve body alignment, support restful sleep, safeguard respiratory and digestive functions and reduce pain. 24-7 PCM builds a foundation of body symmetry and stable posture that will support therapeutic goals in all areas of development. Lying postures with poor body alignment may be noted, but are often not routinely addressed in treatment planning – to the detriment of growing kids. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

Instead of focusing on the re-telling of traumatic events or personal history, SE aims to identify what is interfering with people’s internal threat-recovery process and helps clients develop tools for restoring their innate capacity to rebound from overwhelming experiences. By facilitating the completion of self-protective responses and releasing survival energy that has become bound in the body, SE addresses the root cause of trauma symptoms.  For more information or to register, please follow the link

Adults with chronic motor impairments often live with secondary complications related to postural deviations – sometimes of longstanding. These often developed as they grew, or with the onset of an injury or disease process in adulthood. Joint contractures, dislocations, scoliosis and kyphosis start early, and are often related to habitual postures assumed both day and night. Human beings spend their lives in three orientations – lying, sitting and standing – and for people with limited movement this can become complicated! 

This course provides an evidence based overview of theory and practice with visual examples, longitudinal case studies and demonstrations to illustrate concepts underpinning 24-7 PCM. Early assessment and therapeutic positioning intervention is important!  Learning to predict likely distortions early and how to effectively create and implement 24-7 PCM plans with a focus on time outside the wheelchair is emphasized.

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