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.

2021 January

Grief is the internal and natural response to loss. Everyone, either in their personal or professional life, will inevitably be faced with a situation of loss and resultant grief. 2020 has been a year marked with global loss and grief, bringing these experiences front and center in the lives of many people.

Unfortunately, North America is a largely death phobic and grief illiterate culture, making it challenging to know the best way to help. Grief literacy is something that is needed, now more than ever, for us personally and professionally.

We are proud to be hosting a 7-hour virtual learning experience designed to improve your understanding of grief; both death related and non-death related. In this virtual workshop, you will learn about grief and loss, the historical significance of death symbols and rituals, and how in modern culture we have lost many of these helpful rituals, and adopted many unhelpful strategies and clichés to avoid the pain caused by grief. To counteract this modern view, you will learn about a helpful and effective model of grief support called the Companioning Model. Companioning is about…

●  Being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain.

●  Going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.

●  Honoring the spirit; it is not about focusing on the intellect.

●  Listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.

●  Bearing witness to the struggles of others; it is not about judging or directing these struggles.

●  Walking alongside; it is not about leading.

●  Discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it is not about filling up every moment with words.

●  Being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.

●  Respecting disorder and confusion; it is not about imposing order and logic.

●  Learning from others; it is not about teaching them.

●  Compassionate curiosity; it is not about expertise.

You will leave this workshop with a holistic and deeper understanding of grief, and feel more comfortable in supporting others. 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.

OHCOW is pleased to announce our free annual international event continues into its 22nd year to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year’s event will be held virtually only and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the entire month of February. Topics include: Investigating the impact of physical, psychosocial, and behavioural changes related to modern, flexible office settings, presented by Ronny Michael , University of Windsor; A Truly Remote Workstation - Working from Your Car, presented by Daryl Stephenson, OHCOW - Hamilton; and OHCOW's New Office Ergonomics Handbook - Part 1, presented by Melissa Statham, OHCOW Windsor; Dwayne Fuchs, OHCOW Thunder Bay. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

OHCOW is pleased to announce our free annual international event continues into its 22nd year to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year’s event will be held virtually only and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the entire month of February. Topics: Introducing the Anthropometrics Calculator, presented by Trevor Schell, OHCOW Sudbury/Ottawa; Rapid Upper Limb Assessment, presented by David Mijatovic, OHCOW Toronto, OHCOW's New Office Ergonomics Handbook - Part 2, presented by Melissa Statham, OHCOW Windsor and Dwayne Fuchs, OHCOW Thunder Bay. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

OHCOW is pleased to announce our free annual international event continues into its 22nd year to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year’s event will be held virtually only and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the entire month of February. Topics: Understanding and Use of WSIAT Discussion Papers, presented by Dave Wilken, OHCOW Provincial Office; Dupuytren's Contracture, presented by Trevor Schell , OHCOW Sudbury and Nazanin Gholami, CROSH/Laurentian University; and OHCOW's New Office Ergonomics Handbook Part 3, presented by Melissa Statham, OHCOW Windsor; Dwayne Fuchs, OHCOW Thunder Bay. For more information or to register, please follow the link.

OHCOW is pleased to announce our free annual international event continues into its 22nd year to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year’s event will be held virtually only and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the entire month of February. Topics: Understanding Industry 4.0, presented by Allison Stephens, Fanshawe College; New Assessment Methods for Above-Shoulder Work and Manual Materials Handling, presented by Jim Potvin, UC Berkley/McMaster University; OHCOW's New Office Ergonomics Handbook Part 3, presented by Melissa Statham, OHCOW Windsor; Dwayne Fuchs, OHCOW Thunder Bay. For more information or to register, please follow the link.