CAOT- Best practice chronic pain assessment and management for occupational therapists- Gatineau, QC (Late registration open)
3-Nov-2017 8:00 AM - 4-Nov-2017 4:00 PM
75 Rue d'Edmonton
Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 6W9

Best practice chronic pain assessment and management for occupational therapists

Gatineau, Québec

Friday, November 3 to Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Accepting late registrations until October 21, 2017. 

This two-day interactive workshop will demonstrate how to teach pain neuroscience to clients and use this education to frame treatment direction.  Three dynamic instructors who have developed custom pain programs will highlight the unique role of occupational therapy in pain rehabilitation utilizing the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E; Polatajko, Townsend, & Craik, 2007).  The format includes workbook and small group activities.

Workshop topics:

Day 1

  • Profile of the client with chronic pain
  • How do we fail our clients? Where do we go wrong?
  • Physiology of pain
  • Pain Neuromatrix theory of rehabilitation
  • CMOP-E and pain management
  • Approaches to occupational therapy treatment
  • Person: spiritual and physical components

Day 2

  • Person: cognitive and affective components
  • Occupations: self-care, productivity and leisure
  • Environment: social, cultural, institutional and physical
  • Graded motor imagery
  • Breathing/body awareness
  • Assessment, outcome measures and how to use them

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Understand the neurophysiology of pain and how it relates to occupational therapy intervention.
  2. Be able to explain the pain Neuromatrix theory and how it relates to rehabilitation.
  3. Know how and why to educate clients in pain physiology.
  4. Be able to assess and treat clients in pain within the context of the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E).
  5. Be able to identify the benefits of treatment approaches such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP).
  6. Be able to apply strategies to facilitate behavior change.
  7. Be aware how and when to use various pain-related outcome measures.
  8. Be able to integrate pain science and practice through real clinical examples.

Target audience:

Occupational therapist clinicians and students in occupational therapy programs interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of adolescents, adults and older adults living with complex and chronic pain.

Please note: This workshop will provide an overview of the treatment approaches and their benefits so participants can identify if they wish to participate in additional training.

Areas of practice:

Mental health, cognitive, neurological and neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, general physical health, vocational rehabilitation.

Client age groups:

Adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of experience with clients with chronic pain)


Clare Lakes, Occupational therapist

Clare graduated from the School of Occupational Therapy, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1980. She has many years of clinical experience working in physical and mental rehabilitation in both the private and public sectors of health care. Her career as an occupational therapist has taken her to positions in Australia, New Zealand and London, England. Clare’s clinical interest rests in the area of chronic pain self – management, facilitating behaviour change and motivational interviewing. She has spent the past 17 years working with and learning from her patients at the Complex Neuropathic Pain Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.  She balances this with enjoying family life, cycling, hiking, camping and generally being outdoors as much as possible which has been featured in Time magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Canadian Public Radio and the London Times newspaper among others. In July 2009, Living Sensationally received the Seal of Excellence from the Children of the New Earth magazine for parents, professionals and other caregivers.

Susan Schellinck, Occupational therapist

Susan is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Biology (1996), and from UBC with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Prior to working exclusively as a Pain Therapist, she worked at NRGH for 10 years in both the acute and occupational rehabilitation settings. Susan continues to increase her knowledge regarding pain and people because with everything she learns, she has so many more questions. Susan’s passion is helping people to find a more functional lifestyle. She has a particular interest in working with people with CRPS. Susan also has extensive experience in the sporting world – as an athlete, coach and administrator. Working in the pain field allows Susan to combine her love of active, healthy living and occupational therapy. In her spare time, she is mountain biking, skiing or surfing with her three kids.

Linda Cundiff, Occupational therapist

Linda is a proud occupational therapist since graduating from University of Toronto in 1982.  It has always been a pleasure to be involved in such a practical holistic perspective of health where learning is constantly required - travelling the world, working in Nicaragua, Australia as an occupational therapist, walking the Camino, obtaining yoga certificates, medical qi gong, PGAP courses, in order to expand skills to offer to clients in their pain recovery.  Linda has worked with the Royal Jubilee Pain Program since its inception 8 years ago and has created UBC award winning and dynamic programming that engages community and clients in the context of self-management.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by August 23, 2017


CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*

Workshop only




Workshop and optional related publication (see below)




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between August 24, 2017 and September 20, 2017


CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*

Workshop only




Workshop and optional related publication (see below)




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: September 20, 2017 

*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:

Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 2 months following the webinar, electronic certificate of attendance.

To reduce the registration fee by $40/day, lunch and snacks on your own. Please note that you may wish to bring a yoga mat on Day 1 for the experiential relaxation skills training activities.
Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery

Optional related publication

McNamara, M., & Straathof, T. (2017). Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery: A Program Manual for Occupational Therapists and Other Care Providers. Ottawa, ON: CAOT.

Save on shipping by purchasing this publication with your workshop registration! Hard copies of publications purchased with the workshop registration will be available to pick up at the workshop registration desk on November 3, 2017.

Member price: $75.99

Non member price: $95.99

For more information on this publication, please visit the CAOT Store.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Ramada Plaza Gatineau/Manoir du Casino
75 Rue d'Edmonton
Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W9

Overnight accommodations

Rooms can be obtained at a special group rate of $139 a night for a single room, $139 a night for a double room, $149 a night for a triple room, and $159 a night for a quadruple room. To book at these special rates, please make your reservation by calling 1-800-296-9046 and mentioning CAOT. These rates will be available until Monday, October 2nd, 2017, so please book soon!

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent to Cancellation requests received prior to September 20, 2017 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?

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