Very brief coaching skills for very busy professionals in healthcare- Halifax, NS
8-Jun-2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1496 Hollis St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Z1

Very brief coaching skills for very busy professionals in healthcare

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Friday, June 8, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time)

Late workshop registration is available at the regular rate plus $50 administrative fee until May 28, 2018 or until maximum number of registrants is reached (whichever comes first)

“I know coaching is good, but I don’t have time for that.” is one of the most common comments I get from the very busy professionals in healthcare. The myth that coaching takes time meets the reality of limited time in the daily clinic schedule, and very busy professionals often hesitate to coach instead of telling. What if it doesn’t need to take longer to be able to coach? In fact, what if it takes shorter to get to the same outcome?

In this one-day experiential workshop, very busy occupational therapists and other health professionals will learn foundational knowledge and skills of evidence-based brief coaching that they can take into their everyday interactions with clients and colleagues. Demonstrations, group discussions, and hands-on practice will be utilized to help participants recognize, challenge and integrate more effective mindset, language, and gestures.

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

Workshop topics:

  • Foundational skills of solution-focused brief coaching
  • Listening and responding differently with your mindset, language, and gestures
  • Building on positive content (purpose, preference, and progress) in clinical communication

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Identify positive content and negative content in an ordinary clinical communication to build on.
  2. Apply positive listening, intentional responding and effective questioning techniques to explore what is important and wanted by the client.
  3. Articulate how mindset and assumptions deliberately inform the language used in a brief coaching dialogue.
  4. Examine their own embedded presuppositions in their own opening questions and moment-by-moment responses in a coaching dialogue.
  5. Feel confident using solution-focused brief coaching techniques in their everyday interactions with clients and colleagues.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapist clinicians, students in occupational therapy programs and other health professionals who are seeking a brief and effective coaching approach to enhance the effectiveness of their interventions with children, adolescents, adults or older adults.  For additional information about the evidence on solution-focused brief coaching 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. 

Areas of practice

Mental health, cognitive, neurological, musculoskeletal, general physical health, vocational rehabilitation, palliative and end-of-life care

Client age groups

School age children (5-12 years), adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of knowledge/experience with solution-focused brief coaching)


Haesun Moon

Haesun Moon serves as Program Director for Brief Coaching Program at the University of Toronto where she also completed her graduate work. She also holds a position in Organizational Development & Leadership at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, providing dialogic education for healthcare professionals. Haesun's primary area of research and education is around coaching as a transformative dialogue through microanalysis. Her most recent professional appearances include keynote address and presentations at the International Medical University, Canadian Association for Ambulatory Care, and Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference. Most recently, Haesun presented at the Harvard Medical School Coaching Conference and the Taos Institute on to topic of relational healing and healthcare through solution-focused dialogues.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by March 7, 2018


CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*

Workshop only




Workshop and optional publication (see below)




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between March 8, 2018 and May 18, 2018


CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*

Workshop only




Workshop and optional 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: May 18, 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, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in coaching approaches, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 2 months following the webinar, electronic certificate of attendance. 

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

cover of Enabling Positive Change: Coaching Conversations in Occupational Therapy
Optional related publication Pentland, W., Isaacs-Young, J., Gash, J., & Heinz, A. (2016, Eds.). Enabling Positive Change: Coaching Conversations in Occupational Therapy. 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 April 13, 2018.

Member price: $49.99
Non member price: $62.50 

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

Optional On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar (available separately)

Moon, H., & Schwellnus, H. (2015, March 3). 5 key questions in solution-focused brief coaching [webinar]. Ottawa, ON: CAOT. 

For more information and to purchase, please visit the CAOT Store.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
1496 Hollis St.
Halifax, NS B3J 3Z1

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent to Cancellation requests received prior to March 21, 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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