Friday, 9 November 2018

CAOT-BC member discount: Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists

When: January 11 - 12, 2019
Where: St. Paul's Hospital, Conference Room 1500 | 1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC

Who should attend?
Occupational Therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex, acute, and chronic pain.
Participants who complete the course in full will:
  • Be listed in Pain BC's Find a Practitioner directory, a searchable directory that patients use to connect with health care professionals in their community. View the directory.
  • Obtain 16 hours of Continuing Education credits.
  • Learn practical “whole person” pain management skills that can be applied immediately in your practice as an OT.
  • Receive Pain BC Certificate of Completion 

Registration and more information
Early bird CAOT-BC member discount available until December 21, 2018!


Thursday, 8 November 2018

You can influence professional development in BC

CAOT wants to make sure we plan professional development activities that meet your needs. Have your say by completing this 5-minute survey by November 20th! You will also be entered into a draw for a $100 CAOT gift certificate.


Monday, 5 November 2018

Evidence for your Practice: Neuro rehab timing and intensity to improve functional outcomes for TBI

Photo credit: Photo by A Health Blog on / CC BY-SA
Article: Kwakkel, G., van Peppen, R., Wagenaar, R. C., Wood Dauphinee, S., Richards, C., Ashburn, A., ... & Langhorne, P. (2004). Effects of augmented exercise therapy time after stroke: a meta-analysis. stroke35(11), 2529-2539.

Study Aim: To systematically review evidence on the effects of timing and intensity of neurorehabilitation on functional recovery and aggregate the available evidence using meta-analytic methods.

Population: Patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Key Findings: 

Compared to usual care, there was consistent evidence for a beneficial effect on functional outcome for: 

    • early onset neurorehab in the trauma center
    • intensive neurorehab in the rehabilitation facility

Bottom Line for OT: To promote improved functional outcomes for patients with TBI, occupational therapists should be delivering early onset and more intensive neurorehabilitation in the chain of care for patients with TBI.


Friday, 2 November 2018

Wellness Show 2019 Call for Volunteers


Can you help? We are recruiting volunteers to assist with our exhibit table at the Wellness Show 2019. Each year CAOT-BC hosts an exhibit at this event and with over 20,000 visitors attending the 2-day event, this is an excellent opportunity to continue our public awareness campaign to promote occupational therapy.
On the day of the shift, volunteers will also have the opportunity to explore the trade show, without the cost of admission.

WHEN:   February 2-3, 2019
WHERE:  Exhibit Halls "A" & "B"| Vancouver Convention Centre West Building

Available volunteer shifts:
Feb 2, 2019: 10:00am - 2:30pm; 2:30pm - 7:00pm
Feb 3, 2019: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Email to sign up.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

CAOT-BC Announcement

CAOT-BC is pleased to welcome Tanya Fawkes-Kirby as the new BC Managing Director!

Tanya has worked as an OT since graduating from UBC’s first MOT class in 2006. She has worked in both public and private practice areas, including community-based spinal cord injury rehab, brain injury rehab, and complex multi-injury rehab planning and case management. Tanya currently works in her own practice focused on providing environmental adaptations in peoples living spaces to improve accessibility and functioning in her clients’ daily lives. She also provides Cost of Future Care Assessments through her practice and has been qualified as an expert in occupational therapy for the purpose of Life Care Planning in the Provincial Court of BC.

Tanya is an active volunteer for CAOT-BC and has enjoyed actively participating in subcommittees and working groups with the Private Practice Business Network over the years. She is excited to represent and collaborate with occupational therapists in our province to advance practice, improve awareness, and increase access to occupational therapy in British Columbia.

Tanya has started her role effective October 29th. Her days of work are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and she can be reached at or 1-800-434-2268 ext 265. 


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Upcoming Webinars

In collaboration with HMEDA and the BC Care Providers Association, CAOT-BC is pleased to offer three upcoming educational webinar for clinicians.

Clinical Concepts Relating to Support Surfaces and the Prevention of Pressure Injuries
When: November 1, 2018 | 12:05pm-12:50pm
Presenter: Kelly Bethune, OT
Registration and more information

Foam and Composite Support Surfaces – What You Need to Know When Providing an EMP Mattress
When: November 8, 2018 | 12:05pm-12:50pm
Presenters: Phil Mundy (EMP) and Bill Randall (NuVision Rehab)
Understanding Low Air Loss / Alternating Pressure Support Surfaces – Quart Healthcare West
When: November 15, 2018 | 12:05pm-12:50pm
Presenter: Phil Mundy (EMP)


Monday, 29 October 2018

Pre-register for free Pain Foundations course

Pain Foundations is an interdisciplinary online course designed to address the challenges health care professionals face when assessing and treating people living with chronic pain.

This course will enable health care professionals to:

  • Identify and recognize the underlying symptoms of acute and chronic pain from a biopsychosocial and trauma-informed perspective.
  • Use tools to monitor the biopsychosocial impact on the patient and to reassess their pain management plan.
  • Implement non-pharmacological strategies to create a holistic treatment plan for people living with pain.
  • Learn to guide the patient and place them in the driver's seat when pain management becomes a lengthy process.
The Pain Foundations course is free when you pre-register by December 31, 2018. 

Course launch date: January 7, 2019

Register now


Friday, 26 October 2018

Tomorrow is World OT Day!

Saturday is World Occupational Therapy Day!

Visit the World Federation of Occupational Therapists website to learn more about World Occupational Therapy Day.  

To access World OT Day resources, check out the WFOT Resource Centre and Filter Resources by Category: “World OT Day”


Thursday, 25 October 2018

cOnnecT with Devon Cochrane

Interview with CAOT-BC Advisory Committes Member Devon Cochrane.

Why did you choose OT as a career?
I finished university with hopes of getting into healthcare in some capacity. The idea that we could work directly with occupation to achieve health was new and attractive to me – and the more I learned about OT, the more I was hooked.  Then as I started connecting with occupational therapists to get a sense of the profession, they unanimously exuded happiness and fulfillment in their career choice.  Every OT seemed to love their job – and that was a good sign!

What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
The chance to connect and learn from other therapists in BC.  It’s so valuable to share our successes and frustrations with each other because it’s easy to feel isolated in practice at times.  Recognizing that there is a broad community of exceptional people in the profession in our province is inspiring.

Where have you worked over your career? Where do you work now?
My career started at CBI where I spent two years doing a little bit of everything in clinic and community based OT and case management. My experiences there were fantastic and I had the opportunity to work with people from ages 4 to 94 and do a huge variety of interventions.  But, I also felt overwhelmed by the diversity of the practice and never quite felt competent in any one thing. So, in late 2016 I decided to focus on one area and partnered with Tall Tree Integrated Health to create a concussion rehabilitation program where I have worked full time as the sole OT for the past 2 years.

What do you find most challenging about working as an OT?
I’m only now starting to understand the “art” of OT after four years in practice. Therapy is a beautiful mess that I want to better embrace – rather than resist. I catch myself searching for guidelines, templates and protocols that will tell me what to do.  But these don’t exist in a meaningful way because that’s not how OT works. It’s much more about the process and the journey, and much less about applying a “cookie cutter” approach to helping. 
What do you like about OT?
We treat people as humans. We recognize that people need to “do” to be happy and healthy and they must be involved and engaged in the process of getting better. We don’t apply treatments to people, we work along side them. We don’t treat a person as a collection of symptoms that need to be addressed, but as a person that has a need for meaning in their life. I love that OT feels “real”, like we’re getting to the heart of the matter instead of just putting a band-aid on it.

What do you do when you aren't working and volunteering?
I’m married and we have a 2 year old daughter Nora who I spend most of my time with outside of work.  We are expecting a second baby in September, so our team will be expanding! If I have time for leisure and recreation (apart from family) it’s usually spent being active or working on side projects - like which two other UBC grads (Ben Krieger and Mark Vasak) and myself run.