Sensory processing, trauma and attachment informed care- Mississauga, ON (Late registration)
20-Apr-2018 8:00 AM - 21-Apr-2018 4:00 PM
5400 Dixie Rd.
Toronto, Ontario L4W 1E6

Sensory processing, trauma and attachment informed care

Late workshop registration is available at the regular rate plus $50 administrative fee until April 13, 2018 or until maximum number of registrants is reached (whichever comes first)

Mississauga, Ontario

Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This two-day workshop will explore how sensory processing patterns are influenced by trauma, attachment, and mental health challenges and the impact on occupational participation. Through the use of lecture, case examples and interactive lab sessions, participants will explore how to identify and integrate the use of sensory processing and trauma-related assessment and treatment planning resources to support clinical reasoning and practice. Case examples will be used to demonstrated how to modify the information reviewed across child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. Research will be presented highlighting the relevance of this area of focus to occupational therapy. Participants will leave with a variety of practical ideas and resources to use in clinical practice.

Workshop topics:

Day 1: Sensory processing

  • Research overview
  • Assessment exploration
  • Intervention exploration
  • Lab sessions
  • Case reviews

Day 2:  Trauma and attachment

  • Research overview
  • Assessment exploration
  • Intervention exploration
  • Lab sessions
  • Case reviews

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Recognize the neurodevelopmental influence of trauma across the lifespan.
  2. Recognize how the skilled use of body-based, sensory-enriched and occupation-based approaches, in a trauma-informed manner, supports autonomic regulation, development, relational capacities, occupational participation and the recovery process.
  3. Identify assessment approaches targeting specific sensory processing patterns, trauma, attachment, and occupation-based needs and goals.
  4. Identify how to collaboratively create treatment plans targeting sensory processing, trauma, attachment and occupation-based goals.
  5. Understand how the neuroscience of polyvagal theory supports sensory, trauma and attachment models and seclusion and restraint reduction practices.
  6. Identify ways to implement the skills obtaining throughout this workshop into everyday practice.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapist clinicians, occupational therapy professors, occupational therapist assistants, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists who work with school-aged children, adolescents, adults or seniors who have experienced trauma, attachment or mental health challenges (e.g., sensory processing disorder, ADHD, dementia, depression, schizophrenia). Applicable work settings include mental health units, community, private practice, nursing homes, residential settings and schools.

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, cognitive

Client age groups

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

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience in this specific practice area)


Tina Champagne, OTD

Dr. Tina Champagne is the executive director of Cutchins Programs for Children and Families, a professor for the American International College’s OTD program, and an international consultant. She has numerous publications and participates in research on sensory processing, trauma and attachment informed care as it relates to occupational therapy practice. She is the vice president of the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy and an editor for the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health and American Nursing Association journals. She is passionate about creating and implementing nurturing and holistic therapeutic programs with application across the lifespan. She is well known as a leader in the trauma informed care movement, for developing the ‘Sensory Modulation Program’ and for her consultation work with a variety of state, national and international mental health and occupational therapy organizations.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by December 13, 2017

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between December 14, 2017 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.

Late registration deadline: April 13, 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:

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.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel
5400 Dixie Rd
Mississauga, ON L4W 1E6

Overnight accommodations
To book at a reduced rate of $139.00/night for 1 king bed with a sofa bed, please call 1-800-SANDMAN or 905-238-0159. You will need to state the group code #166018 to receive these special group rates. Please book by March 19th, 2018 to receive these rates.

Cancellation/refund policy:

All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received prior March 21st, 2018 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.

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.

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