Friday, 18 August 2017

Upcoming Course: Best Practice Pain Management for Occupational Therapists

When: October 20-21, 2017; 9:00am-5:00pm
Where: Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC

This course is intended for occupational therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and chronic pain.

Early bird CAOT-BC member rates available before September 1, 2017
CAOT-BC member rates available after this date

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

OT in the News: Two OT Run Programs Making a Difference

Two news stories highlighting local occupational therapist run programs: 

Healing hooves: Fernie group uses horses to promote mental health in kids

Photo Credit: The Free Press

Supervised by occupational therapist Renee Fairchild, the 
Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club uses equine-assisted therapy to support children's mental health. Read More

Occupational therapist run program, Camp Jupiter, in Prince Rupert has received funding from Pacific NorthWest LNG, making it possible to support students with disabilities. Read More


Monday, 14 August 2017

Save the Date: REE 2018

Save the Date!

What: Rehab Equipment Expo
When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Where: Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd, Richmond


Friday, 11 August 2017

Capstone Conference 2017

CAOT-BC attended the annual UBC Capstone Conference, showcasing the excellent research projects of the Master of Occupational Therapy graduating class of 2017.

CAOT-BC would like to offer congratulations to all graduates, and welcome you to the profession! 

In addition to a sponsorship, CAOT-BC also donated a door prize for the event. Congratulations to the winner, (now) MOTII student, Randall Haime! 

For more information about the UBC Master of Occupational Therapy program, visit the UBC Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy webpage.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

OT Now Call for Papers: "Get Prepared!"

OT Now is accepting submissions for a Special Issue: "Get Prepared!"

Life presents itself with many transitions and stressors, some planned (e.g., starting school) and some unanticipated (e.g., car accident). It is important to prepare for these events, as much as possible, to minimize the occupational disruption that can result from them. Being prepared empowers individuals/groups and builds resilience, which can be defined as “the ability of people, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses” (USAID, 2015, p.1). Occupational therapists can play an important role in preparedness - for clients, themselves, and their own careers. This special issue of OT Now will explore the role of occupational therapists in the realm of preparedness.

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2017

More information and submission instructions


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Save the Date: CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day in Vancouver 2018

CAOT-BC's Networking & Education Day is coming back to Vancouver in February, 2018. 

  • SafeTALK: Half-day alertness training that prepares anyone, regardless or prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
  • Employment Law & Human Rights Primer: A review of disability, duty to accommodate as well as employer/employee obligations in the accommodation process
  • Accountability: The Heart of Professional Practice: Kathy Corbett, COTBC Registrar and CEO will reinforce key principles of professional accountability and application of COTBC standards of practice to support safe, ethical and quality practice. Approaches to improve practice and avoiding pitfalls will also be explored.
When: February 23, 2018 | 9:00am-3:30pm
Where: Motion Specialties, 101 – 8255 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC

Friday, 4 August 2017

CAOT-BC Member Named Health Care Hero for VCH and BC

G.F. Strong occupational therapist Dianna Mah-Jones had been named Health Care Hero for Vancouver Coastal Health and was awarded the 2017 Provincial Health Care Hero at the BC Health Care awards.

Dianna has held a number of positions at G.F. Strong, and is currently working as a front-line clinician on the in-patient Spine Program. Dianna is a true innovator and has designed a number of devices over her career to help her clients, including the "Lidia Collar" and a wooden feeding tower. She was also the 2015 recipient of the CAOT-BC Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year award.

Congratulations Dianna! 

Read more:

VCH News: G.F. Strong occupational therapist honoured as BC's Health Care Hero 

CAOT-BC Blog: Connect with Dianna Mah-Jones


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Autism Speaks Canada wants your input

Autism Speaks Canada is developing their three-year strategic plan for science. Have a say in research and resource priorities by completing a brief survey by August 7, 2017. 

Autism Speaks Science Planning Survey

Additional feedback can be emailed to

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Deadline Approaching: CAOT-BC Networking and Education Day

The registration deadline is coming up soon for the CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day -  Book your seat now!

Registration fees include lunch and refreshments. Event proceeds will be targeted to CAOT-BC's public awareness activities.

Location: CanAm Mobility, 158 Old Vernon Road, Kelowna, BC
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

This event is being supported by our generous sponsor CanAm Mobility!