CAOT- Coping strategies training to promote occupational engagement and recovery- Leduc, AB
14-Apr-2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5207 50th Ave
Leduc, Alberta T9E 6V3

Coping strategies training to promote occupational engagement and recovery

Leduc, AB

Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

This one-day practical workshop is intended for occupational therapists and students in occupational therapy programs who wish to learn how to use a coping strategies program in their clinical practice and occupational therapy assistants who could implement coping strategies training under the guidance of an occupational therapist. Lecture, experiential components and group discussions will be utilized to assist participants in understanding the Adult Learning Model (Kolb, 1984), the clinical reasoning for selecting a prepared module, and how to facilitate coping strategies modules with clients.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance electronically following the workshop.

Workshop topics:

  • Foundations of adult education
  • Experience participating in a prepared module
  • Link between educational session and adult education
  • How to select modules for clients
  • Practice facilitating part of a prepared module in small groups

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Identify and explain the components of the Adult Learning Model (Kolb, 1984).
  2. Explain their clinical reasoning for selecting a prepared module.
  3. Facilitate coping strategies modules with clients.

Target audience:

Occupational therapists who work with adults and older adults (in individual or group settings) and students in occupational therapy programs who wish to work with adults who would benefit from learning coping strategies.  Although the coping strategies groups were developed in the mental health context, the topics have a broad application to adult clients in many settings and fields of practice. OTAs, to whom follow up on some components of the coping strategies may be delegated, would be welcome to attend alongside their supervising therapist. 

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc. 

Areas of practice

Mental health, cognitive, neurological and neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, digestive/metabolic/endocrine, general physical health, vocational rehabilitation, palliative and end-of-life care. 

Client age groups

Adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of knowledge/experience on this topic)


Mary McNamara, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Mary McNamara has practised occupational therapy in Acute Psychiatry for 20 years, developing and delivering client education modules on stress management, relaxation, and cognitive behavioural strategies, as applied to occupational performance goals.  Prior to that, she worked in physical rehabilitation settings.  She has a special interest in adult education and the role of mindfulness-informed interventions in mental health. She holds a certificate in adult education from St Francis Xavier University.

Theresa Straathof, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Theresa Straathof has practiced occupational therapy in acute care at The Ottawa Hospital for 25 years.  Her primary area of practice is mental health, but she has also done rotations on the Geriatric Assessment Unit, Medicine/Neurology, and the Heart Institute. Her special interests include coping strategies development, resilience and student education. She holds a certificate in adult education from St Francis Xavier University.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by January 10, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between January 11, 2018 and March 7, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2017-2018 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: March 7, 2018

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:

One-day workshop, publication Coping strategies to promote occupational engagement and recovery: A program manual for occupational therapists and other care providers (McNamara & Straathof, 2017), electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in coping strategies, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, follow-up Q&A webinar with presenters 2 months after workshop, electronic certificate of attendance

Coping strategies publication cover
If you have previously purchased this publication and do not wish an additional copy, please contact prior to registration.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $40 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are on your own.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Best Western Premier Denham Inn and Suites
5207 50th Ave
Leduc, AB T9E 6V3

Overnight accommodations
To book at a reduced rate of $107.99 (single), $107.99 (double), $116.99 (triple), or $125.99 (quad), please call 780-986-2241 and reference the Group Code: CAOT031. Book by March 28, 2018 to receive these rates.

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent to Cancellation requests received prior to March 7, 2018 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop because of insufficient registration, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?

If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

We invite you to consult the Workshop FAQ for an immediate response to the most frequent questions we receive regarding Workshops. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222 should you have additional questions or concerns.

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