Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Upcoming Free Effective Workplaces Webinars from WWDPI

WWDPI provides free educational webinars to create safe, healthy, productive and inclusive workplaces. Learn from researchers and practitioners on best practices to support workers with chronic and episodic health conditions stay at work or return to work. 

Upcoming webinars include:
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Monday, 17 September 2018

Upcoming CAOT Online Workshop: Integrating occupational therapist assistants

Client access to occupational therapy can be improved by the timely and appropriate involvement of OTAs in service delivery.  The knowledge and skills of OTAs have evolved with the advancement in their education to accredited Diploma programs across Canada, while there continues to be OTAs from other educational backgrounds receiving on-the-job training in occupational therapy.  The result for clinical practice is the need to review collaboration between therapists and assistants in both public and private funded work environments, including ways to improve and expand OTA involvement in delivering occupational therapy to clients.  Professional dialogue must occur to create a vision of effective intraprofessional occupational therapy for our clients resulting in the achievement of optimal occupational performance.

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 7:00am-2:00pm (Pacific Time)
Where: Webinar
Presenter: Heather Gillespie
Registration and more information


Friday, 14 September 2018

Call for Proposals: Accessibility Projects

Disability Alliance BC has announced a Call for Proposals (CFP) for projects that promote greater accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities in BC communities. Funding of $10,000 to $40,000 per project will be disbursed to a maximum of $450,000. Proposals are due by October 5th, 2018 and funding for successful projects will be disbursed in early 2019.  


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Deadline extended! Networking & Education Day September 28, 2018

Last chance to take advantage of our new low rates! Registration closes Friday at 5pm.

What will you gain from this event? 
  • Powerful coaching techniques that will enhance and grow your communication and leadership skills
  • An overview of resources available to help your clients make informed decisions about their housing needs 
  • A greater understanding of how to navigate your personal and professional life transition experiences
  • ...and more! 
When: September 28, 2018
Where: Motion Specialties, 101 – 8255 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC

In person: CAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149
Webinar (1:30-3:30pm only): CAOT-BC Member $25; Non-member $50

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Let’s break our OT Month record (and bring awareness to OT while we’re at it)!

Last October we submitted requests for 10 proclamations for OT Month, this year, let’s make it 15! If you’ve got 15 minutes, you can help bring OT Month to your community!

How to do it:

1. Check the sign up page to see if a proclamation for OT Month has been submitted for your community.

2. If not, submit a proclamation for OT Month to your municipal government.

3. “Sign up” for your community to indicate you’ve submitted a proclamation.

4. Celebrate OT Month in October 2018! If you are invited to make a presentation in your community, let us know. We have resources to help you.

Please Note: For communities that provide paper copies of the proclamation, please request a digital copy only (and send to


Monday, 10 September 2018

Upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network Meeting: Driving & Chronic Pain & OT

We are pleased to announce two upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network meetings. Meetings are run via webinar and registration is required to participate. 

Cost is free for CAOT-BC members and $20 for non-members. 

Driving Practice Network Functional Driving Evaluation - Clinic Based Screening

Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar

Presenter: Kiley Kwak is currently an Occupational Therapist with Community Therapists. Since graduating from University of British Columbia in 2013 she has provided home health and return to work rehabilitation programs; Functional Driving Evaluations with implementation of Driving Rehabilitation Programs; driver retraining and vehicle modification, Functional Capacity Evaluations and Occupational Performance Evaluations to determine future care.  Health populations served include concussion/MTBI, soft-tissue/orthopedic injury, persistent and chronic pain; complex medical limitations, and clients presenting with various physical, cognitive and psychological limitations. 

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of core component skills required for driving. Discussion will also include assessment battery options for screening these skills in clinic to identify any red flags for a client's driving readiness as well as to determine appropriate timing referral for a Functional Driving Evaluation. 

Chronic Pain & OT Practice Network
CHANGEpain: 5 years of innovative evidence-informed integrative pain care

Date: October 3, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Webinar

Presenters: Dr. Brenda Lau is a Pain Specialist/Anesthesiologist practicing in Vancouver and Surrey, BC and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists after completing a two-year Pain Medicine fellowship and Master of Medicine degree in Sydney, Australia. In 2013, she co-founded a community based pain clinic called CHANGEpain to improve earlier access to effective multidimensional pain care and enable pain research in QI, and practice based evidence. 

Dr. Lindsay Rite is the Director of Integrative Health at CHANGEpain Clinic (CPC). She also acts as the Lead Advisor for the Centre’s Research Team. Simultaneously she maintains a Chiropractic practice, assists with Physician-led Shared Care pain consultations, and leads the management of the CHANGEpain active rehabilitation program. She has advanced training in movement and exercise therapy, and is a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer.

Description: Learn about who we are, what we do, why we do what we do and how we maximize patient access to services


Friday, 7 September 2018

Telehealth for OT home modifications

The latest edition of The International Journal of Telerehabilitation is now available, which includes:

The International Journal of Telerehabilitation is an open access, biannual journal dedicated to advancing telerehabilitation by disseminating information about current research and practices.


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Last chance to register: CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day

Registration closes Friday September 7th! 

When: September 28, 2018
Motion Specialties, 101 – 8255 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC
Agenda and more information
Can't attend in person? Check out the afternoon sessions remotely via webinar!

New lower rates!

In person: CAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149
Webinar (1:30-3:30pm only): CAOT-BC Member $25; Non-member $50  



Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Resource for your Practice: DCD Advocacy Tookit

Have you seen the new DCD Advocacy Toolkit? Its resources are designed to support occupational therapists in carrying out best practices for DCD management and advocacy. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is very common in children and youth, but often over-looked by the health care community. Our research team of occupational therapists received funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to develop and share a freely accessible DCD Advocacy Toolkit to facilitate evidence-informed assessment, treatment and early intervention for DCD.
  • The DCD Advocacy Toolkit includes:
  • A comprehensive evidence synthesis on the management of DCD (written for clinicians)
  • Easy to read information sheets summarizing best practices in DCD, including:
    • Assessment methods
    • Treatment approaches
    • Early intervention
    • Advocacy
  • Letter templates to support OTs, teachers and parents to advocate for a diagnosis, for funding, and for additional OT services to address the needs of children with DCD and their families
  • A webinar highlighting current research, best practices, and the toolkit resources
The toolkit can be accessed at

Ensuring current knowledge in best practice is key as OTs are central to the delivery of evidence-informed DCD assessment and treatment. Toolkit resources will also support your advocacy efforts to help ensure that children and youth receive timely and much needed intervention and support to manage the motor deficits and secondary consequences that affect their quality of life. We thank you in advance for your time and interest, and for sharing these resources broadly.


Wednesday, 29 August 2018

cOnnecT with Ashleyn Sarowa

Interview with Ashleyn Sarowa, University of Alberta representative for the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee.

Why did you choose occupational therapy as a career?
During my undergraduate degree, I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet an OT and she taught me a lot about the OT role. I was really intrigued by the many practice settings and different populations that I could potentially work in as an OT.  Another aspect that was very appealing to me was the holistic approach that OT’s embody in their practice. Through my personal and professional experiences, I came to admire applying a holistic approach to health care.
What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
CAOT-BC not only advocates for OTs in BC, but it shares important BC-specific information and provides continuing educational opportunities that are easily accessible online. These factors are a great help to out-of province students like myself as I wish to come back to BC to practice after I graduate. I also like that it connects OTs throughout the province.
What has surprised you most about working as an OT?
I am currently completing my first placement in school to become an OT. One thing that has surprised me the most about OT is how innovative we need to be.  There have been many times in my placement where we discover that there is more to address than just the reason for referral. I enjoy that we are able to think creatively and holistically to determine the best possible solutions to help our clients.
You are a volunteer for CAOT-BC, why do you do it?
As I am an out of province student, I wanted to gain more insight into the factors affecting BC OT practitioners, and have the opportunity to connect with OTs in BC. I also wanted to achieve a greater understanding of how the association continues to advocate and support the OT profession in BC. Overall, I really believe that volunteering with CAOT-BC will help me become better prepared once I return to work in BC.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I come from a big basketball family and I had played for over 10 years. In my grade 12 year, my team won the BC girls provincial championship. I went on to play basketball post-secondary for one year.
What do you do when you aren't studying and volunteering?
During my free time, I love to get outdoors. I played many different sports throughout my child and teen years and enjoy getting outside to play basketball, volleyball and go hiking. I also like to watch educational documentaries, read and cook.