4-Apr-2019 8:00 AM - 5-Apr-2019 4:00 PM
711 W. Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3Y2

Cognitive adaptation training introduction: Enhancing recovery in people with schizophrenia

Vancouver, BC

Thursday, April 4 to Friday, April 5, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Cognitive impairment is a key characteristic of schizophrenia that is associated with difficulties in activities of daily living, social functioning and role functioning.

Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) is a systematic community-based intervention that involves the use of compensatory strategies and environmental supports to bypass executive functioning difficulties and improve functioning in individuals with schizophrenia. Research has proven that this intervention is effective with individuals affected by chronic schizophrenia.

This two-day practical workshop will explore foundational knowledge of CAT principles, relevant assessment and evaluation tools. A chief objective will be to demonstrate how knowledge of executive functioning and functional issues can be used to develop individualized CAT interventions that align with client goals.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to participate in interactive learning and small group activities. Participants will apply knowledge of CAT principles, assessment, and intervention to case studies. Videos and debriefing will be used to illustrate key concepts. Handouts and learning tools will also be provided.

Workshop topics:
Day 1

  • Schizophrenia
  • Neurocognitive deficits and impact on functioning
  • Overview of psychosocial interventions
  • CAT: Overview/Process
  • Research on CAT
    • Inpatient
    • Outpatient
    • Different populations
    • Modified CAT

Day 2

  • CAT assessments
    • Frontal Systems Behavioral Scale
    • Environmental Functional Assessment
  • CAT treatment planning
  • CAT intervention
  • Session structure
  • Documentation
  • CAT in your setting

Goals and learning objectives:
After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Describe Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) principles.
  2. Apply foundational knowledge of CAT principles to clinical practice.
  3. Describe the assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation methods approaches associated with CAT.
  4. Demonstrate skill in assessment, treatment planning and intervention implementation approaches.

Target audience:
Occupational therapists, students in occupational therapy programs, other allied professionals and nurses who work with adolescents, adults with schizophrenia in outpatient and community settings. Preliminary research has also been conducted with CAT for first-episode psychosis and inpatient populations. For additional information about the evidence on CAT with your client populations, you may search PubMed.

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. As this is an intermediate level workshop, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of sensory modulation prior to attending the workshop (suggested resources are provided in the confirmation letter upon registration).

Areas of practice
Mental health

Client age groups
Adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years)

Workshop level:
Beginner (0-2 years of experience with Cognitive Adaptation Training)


Raquel Williams, OT Reg. (Ont.) and Joy-Ann Perry, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Raquel Williams and Joy-Ann Perry are registered occupational therapists working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Complex Care and Recovery Program. They obtained full certification in practicing Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) through the University of Texas Health Sciences Centre in 2011. They have developed and facilitated various levels of education sessions on CAT since 2014. Raquel and Joy-Ann have gained experience implementing CAT with chronic severe mental illness and early intervention psychosis populations. In addition, they have worked on a research team investigating the effectiveness of various cognitive interventions with these groups. Furthermore, they co-facilitate the first interprofessional regional CAT community of practice in Ontario. Both Raquel and Joy-Ann act as a status only lecturers with University of Toronto – Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department where they provide an annual lecture on this intervention in addition to contributing to other educational activities.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by February 6, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between February 7, 2019 and March 20, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2018-2019 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 20, 2019

*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, electronic certificate of attendance.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $80 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are on your own.

Q&A webinar
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific time)

Maximum number of registrants:

Workshop location:
Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Overnight accommodations
A reduced rate of $159.00/night for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy) is available at the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre for overnight on April 4 and 5, 2019 for those who book by March 5, 2019. Please contact the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre directly by email at info@hivancouver.com or by phone at 604-707-1939 and mention the group "Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists" or "CAOT - Please see BEO" to obtain the special rate. After March 5, 2019, the negotiated rate will be honored on an availability basis.

Cancellation/refund policy:
All refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. Requests received prior March 20, 2019 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

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Additional questions?
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