Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

CAOT Learning Services


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

Presented by Debby McQuillen, OT Reg. (Ont)

This 2 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.      


SOLD OUT: Calgary, Alberta
                      September 26 and 27, 2014


Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 31 and November 1, 2014


CarFit Event Technician and Public Event

Presented by Julie Lapointe, Interim Director of Professional Practice CAOT and Nicolas McCarthy, Communications Officer (CAOT)

This workshop is designed to train participants to take on the important role of CarFit Event Technician. CarFit is a community-based education program that offers older drivers the opportunity to discover how well their cars “fit” them so they can become both safer and more comfortable behind the wheel. The CarFit technician reviews the 12-point CarFit checklist with participants and promotes CarFit priorities and goals. Participants will be expected to attend the full day training session as well as the public Carfit event the following day.

Ottawa, Ontario

September 26 and 27 2014


The Nuts and Bolts of Sustainable Return to Work Programs: The Whole Deal

Presented by Nancy Gowan, B.H.Sc. (O.T.), O.T. 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 overlay 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.

Ottawa, Ontario

November 7 and 8, 2014



SOLD OUT: Vancouver, British Columbia
                      November 21 and 22, 2014

* We are looking into the possibility of offering the workshop on November 20-21 in Vancouver, BC. Please send us an email to if you would like to add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you with more information. 



Dementia: Its Challenges and Opportunities. Preparing Ourselves for the Future

Presented by Sylvia Davidson, O.T. Reg. (Ont.)

This two-day interactive workshop will provide occupational therapists and other health professionals working with older adults the opportunity to learn and to discuss topics relevant to dementia. Day 1 focusses on understanding the brain and the course of dementia, reviewing key assessment tools and providing a systematic approach to behaviours associated with dementia. Day 2 of this interactive workshop will allow participants to explore several “sensitive issues” that present unique ethical challenges, such as driving, intimacy and long-term care settings.

                     Toronto, Ontario
                     January 30 and 31, 2015


                     Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
                     March 13 and 14, 2015


                     Halifax, Nova Scotia
                     April 10 and 11, 2015



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