Friday, 23 February 2018

cOnnecT with Talia Budlovsky

Interview with Talia Budlovsky, Social Committee member for CAOT Conference 2018 

Why did you choose OT as a career?
Health care kind of runs in my family, and has provided with me with career direction for over half of my life. I had my “eureka” moment when I was volunteering on an early psychosis unit at a hospital in Montreal, and was introduced to the OT who was running a life skills group. She had the residents engaged in a way that I hadn’t seen before, running programs that were meaningful and that had relevance to a life outside of the hospital walls. What originally drew me to health care – a sense of meaning in helping the sick and injured get better – was now enhanced with the knowledge that a career exists that does far more than just help people get better, but enables them to adapt and thrive. I haven’t looked back.

What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
As a recent grad, CAOT-BC has provided me with professional development opportunities that help me develop my competencies in my areas of interest. I know that being an OT means being a lifelong learner, and I really appreciate how easy, and accessible CAOT-BC makes this for their members.

What do you find most challenging about working as an OT?
The lack of public knowledge and understanding about our profession is one of the most challenging aspect of working as an OT. However, I am trying to embrace this knowledge gap as an opportunity to inform and educate my clients, their families, and other professionals about the value we add to rehabilitation. Recently, when trying to establish a therapeutic relationship with a client, I found myself  having to explain OT in a variety of ways – and this was really frustrating – but finally it clicked, and that was a huge reward.

You are a volunteer for CAOT-BC, why do you do it?
I’m currently volunteering as a social committee member for the upcoming CAOT Conference in Vancouver. As a student delegate last year, I was so impressed with the passion and planning that went into the Charlottetown conference. I am a proud born-and-bred Vancouverite, and OT, so I’m excited to help plan what will be an awesome weekend.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an OT?
Do it! It’s a rewarding, dynamic, and challenging job with endless opportunity. Additionally, it seems to attract the most wonderful people. I have been privileged to go to school with, be mentored by, and work with passionate and generous people who love their jobs, and truly “practice what they preach.” It’s a job that constantly reminds you to be present, be grateful for what you have, and to make changes when something isn’t working. I am so happy that I chose this career and I am so excited to see what it has in store for me.

What do you do when you aren't working and volunteering?
I love to be active, and you can often find me running the seawall or North Shore trails, although right now I’m definitely more inclined to search out some snow. I’m getting married this year, so wedding planning is in full force! But on any given night, you’ll find me at home cooking (or being cooked for!), playing games with friends, or catching up on the latest Netflix series. 


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Evidence for your Practice: Group Cognitive Processing Therapy

Intervention: group cognitive processing therapy
Population: adults with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, or mood disorders

Key Messages:

  • Compared with other group therapies, group cognitive processing therapy had a similar effect in improving clinical symptoms (post-traumatic stress disorder- or depression-related, and sleep disorders) in adult patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Patients treated with individual cognitive processing therapy had greater improvements in post-traumatic stress disorder severity than group cognitive processing therapy (interpret with caution due to study quality and sample size)
  • One study suggests group cognitive behavioral therapy may be provided as adjunctive to, but not be considered an alternative to, individual trauma-focused therapy.

Read the full CADTH Report 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

CAOT-BC says BC budget is headed in the right direction by investing in health

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) is encouraged by the BC Government budget announcement. “Investing in team-based primary care to expand services from physicians and other health care professionals like occupational therapists is a step in the right direction to transform how British Columbians access health services in our province” said Giovanna Boniface, National Director of Professional Affairs of CAOT.

CAOT-BC is also pleased to see investments in seniors care across the continuum including primary care, home and community care and residential care. We are optimistic that investments will be made to increase direct care hours to seniors in residential care including the addition of occupational therapy full-time equivalents (FTEs) to support seniors to maintain and thrive in their ability to participate in daily activities. According to the Seniors Advocate report of November 2016, there has been a downward trend in access to occupational therapy.Investments must be made to ensure seniors receive this vital service in a timely manner.

CAOT-BC has long advocated for improved access to occupational therapy services and will continue to meet and work with government to ensure British Columbians have access to the care they need.

About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) improve the health and well-being of people by creating client-centred solutions that help them participate more fully in activities that are important to their everyday lives. Whether working in homes, communities, hospitals, workplaces or schools, OTs are valued members of health teams as their interventions improve lives and save money. OTs work with patients in a range of settings with a wide variety of physical, mental and cognitive conditions that are chronic or episodic in nature.  By considering the individual, in his or her environment and determining the necessary competencies and skills set to “manage” the business of “dally functioning and living” OTs are able to unleash an individual’s potential so that s/he can participate and thrive in daily life.


CAOT-BC is a regional chapter of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the voice of occupational therapists in British Columbia.



Giovanna Boniface, OT

National Director of Professional Affairs; Managing Director (CAOT-BC)

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

1-800-434-2268 ext. 265

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CAOT-BC Assistive Tech & Seating Practice Network Meeting: February 22, 2018

Topic: International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

Presenter: Dr. Mary Goldberg, ISWP Advocacy and Outreach Lead

Description: Dr. Mary Goldberg, IWSP Advocacy and Outreach Lead will be joining us to discuss the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals. She will provide a 20 minute presentation on the organization, and will be available afterwards to take questions from participants about how to get involved or learn more. For a description of the organization, see below:

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) was launched in February 2015. The organization's mission is to serve as a global resource for wheelchair service standards and provision through advocacy, education, standards, evidence-based practice, innovation and a platform for information exchange. ISWP's vision is that all people who need wheeled mobility devices receive the appropriate products and services with dignity.

The need is great. Over 100 million people worldwide require wheelchairs for mobility and function, yet most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or services to repair them. Based on global data, we estimate that 23 million wheelchairs are needed annually. Currently, about 3 million wheelchairs are produced each year, resulting in a 20 million per year deficit.

To address this need, ISWP helps to professionalize wheelchair services around the world, benefitting both wheelchair users and those who provide them services. This is accomplished by promoting the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on providing manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings, promoting training and research activities, improving wheelchair design and manufacturing, and coordinating services.

This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate. 

Date: February 22, 2018 (rescheduled from September)
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Free for CAOT-BC members
$20 for non-members

If you have any questions about registration please contact CAOT-BC:

If you have questions about the Assitive Tech & Seating Practice Network and the upcoming meeting, please contact Emma Smith:


Monday, 19 February 2018

Don't forget to provide your feedback on Practice Networks and enter to win!

CAOT-BC is seeking your feedback on our Practice Networks! 

With 14 active Practice Networks (formerly Special Interest Groups), CAOT-BC has seen significant growth both in number of and participation in networks. For the first time, CAOT-BC in is undertaking an in-depth survey of Practice Networks in order to better understand participant perceptions of and experiences with the practice networks. 

We are seeking feedback from all occupational therapists in British Columbia, regardless of active participation in a network.

Complete the 6 minute survey now for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate for any CAOT product or services. Survey closes March 16.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Tell us what you think: How do OTs contribute to age-friendly cities?

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health and they’ve reached out to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for more information about the role of occupational therapy in developing age-friendly communities.
Age-friendly communities allow seniors to “live safely, enjoy good health, and stay involved” as active and valued members of those communities.  

At the request of the WFOT, CAOT-BC will complete and submit a survey that outlines occupational therapy contributions in designing and developing age-friendly cities, but we need your help!

Are you an OT involved in designing, developing, or promoting age-friendly cities?  Maybe you collaborate to improve accessibility, provide assistive technology, promote safety, or develop policies that ensure seniors are actively involved, valued, and supported in age-friendly environments?

You can help! Please contact CAOT-BC Fieldwork student Alana Marshall ( no later than Friday, February 23rd to answer a few questions or provide your insights into OT roles in age-friendly cities.

Post by CAOT-BC fieldwork student Alana Marshall 


Thursday, 15 February 2018

CAOT-BC Research & Education Grant: Now Open

It's time to submit your application for the 2017 CAOT-BC Research and Education Grant Program.

The grant supports CAOT-BC members to present occupational therapy research and/or education at either the CAOT national conference or other related conferences. Applications are accepted annually between February 15 and May 31.

The grants are a member benefit and are open to all CAOT-BC members with the goal of supporting the growth of evidence on occupational therapy and occupational science.

Download the information here:

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The 34th International Seating Symposium: Consumers Informing Practice

The International Seating Symposium is coming up!  

On Tuesday March 6 from 1:15 - 6:00 pm the exhibit hall (with over 75 exhibitors) will be open free of charge to the public. This is a great opportunity to view and try out the latest in positioning and mobility equipment. 

CAOT-BC will be hosting a booth on March 9th. Come drop by for a visit! 

When: March 5-9, 2018
Where: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC 

For more information regarding the full symposium visit the ISS website: 


Friday, 9 February 2018

CAOT-BC in the News

Left to Right: Jane Dyson (Executive Director, Disability Alliance of BC,
Giovanna Boniface (Managing Director, CAOT-BC)

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
has announced that they are changing how injuries are
treated and compensated by moving to a care-based
model that will double the medical benefits associated
with car accidents and further extend coverage to vital
services such as occupational therapy. CAOT-BC
Managing Director Giovanna Boniface was invited by
BC’s Attorney General to provide a quote for the
government press release, issue a statement at the
media briefing and be filmed for the related
informational video. At each, CAOT-BC congratulated
the BC government’s progress, pledged further support
and articulated the benefits of having occupational
therapy services in place to meet the needs of injured
BC drivers.

Watch the ICBC  “Increasing Care” promotional video,
featuring Giovanna Boniface (CAOT-BC), Jane Dyson
(Disability Alliance of BC), and Lorraine (ICBC

Announced changes taking effect April 1, 2019
  • A doubling of the overall medical care and
  • recovery (Part 7 benefits) $300,000
  • More money for treatments
  • More types of treatments
  • Increases to wage loss and other benefits
  • Read the full BC Gov News Release

Watch the full press release here (scroll to 15:00 for CAOT-BC statement).