Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

CAOT Learning Services Workshops

Charting New Grounds – Interprofessional Approaches to Dysphagia Management


The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), Dietitians of Canada (DC) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) are pleased to offer this interprofessional workshop intended for experienced clinicians seeking to advance their knowledge and skills in dysphagia assessment and management.

The workshop will delve into areas of practice that may take you out of your comfort zone, challenge your assumptions and help you realize the power and benefits of interprofessional practice. The workshop has been specifically designed to engage clinicians from different disciplines so that we may all learn more about the areas of expertise and skills our colleagues bring to the table when discussing challenging cases.

Program information and registration now open


Toronto, Ontario

October 4 to 6, 2015

 Enabling Occupation Through the Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive Impairments in Adults


Presented by Debby McQuillen, OT Reg. (Ont.) 

This two-day hands-on workshop will provide occupational therapists with the opportunity to learn and practice functional structured activities used to assess and treat cognition in adults.  We will review a number of standardized assessments and identify their strengths and limitations. We will analyze cognitive components including insight, organization, problem solving, attention, memory, flexibility and executive function, and discuss how to identify a client’s cognitive strengths, reduce impairment and provide accommodation to enable occupational engagement.

Program information and registration now open. 


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Kingston, Ontario

September 18 to 19, 2015

Surrey, British

October 30 and 31, 2015

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            Ergonomics for Occupational Therapists: Conducting Back Injury Interventions in the Workplace


Presented by Judy Village, PhD

In this two-day interactive and hands-on workshop, participants will learn and apply up-to-date scientific evidence and ergonomic assessment techniques pertaining to the identification, assessment and intervention of back injuries in the workplace. Participants will practice the steps in conducting an ergonomic assessment in the workplace using a variety of validated tools with videotaped case studies. Participants will identify risk control solutions that focus on preventing further injury in the job, or facilitating return-to-work of an injured worker. 

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Ottawa, Ontario 

September 11 and 12, 2015


  Strategies for Success: Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational                   Performance (CO-OP)


Presented by Angela Mandich, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), OT(C), and Helene J. Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), OT(C), FCAOT

This practical three-day workshop is designed for therapists who wish to expand their knowledge of the CO-OP approach. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the rationale for using a cognitive approach with children and adults.  Participants will learn how to complete dynamic performance analysis. Participants will gain an understanding of the rationale for using the CO-OP approach and apply the framework to examples from clinical practice.


Moncton, New Brunswick

October 2 and 3, 2015 and December 4, 2015

  Psychosocial Risk Factors and Return to Work… Let’s Get Started


Presented by Nancy Gowan, OT Reg. (Ont.), CDMP and Lorraine Mischuk, O.T. Reg. (MB), C.W.C.E. 

In this two-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how to identify psychosocial risk factors and cognitive components with clients who have musculoskeletal injuries or complex health issues with a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) or a Functional Assessment (example worksite assessment, gradual return to work program assessment). This includes learning the assessment tools, interaction with clients and integrating the findings into your report. Participants will learn how to perform a physical/cognitive/visual demands analysis and use this in a clear job match process for return to work. Understanding the literature as it relates to return to work and accommodation as well as understanding the legal decisions will be reviewed. The workshop format includes lecture, video clips and small group activities.
This workshop was formerly titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Sustainable Return to Work Programs: The Whole Deal” and offered in Fredericton, Ottawa and Vancouver in 2014.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015

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Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
Spring 2016
More information coming soon


 Edmonton, Alberta

Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2016

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