Conference program

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Fundamentals of anxiety interventions: Exposure therapy and relaxation skills training   
Randy Paterson

Tuesday, June 19 & Wednesday, June 20 8:30-16:30

This two-day interactive workshop equips occupational therapists with the fundaments to increase their competence and confidence in using two evidence-informed interventions for clients with anxiety: relaxation skills training and exposure therapy.

Day 1 of this two-day workshop focuses on the nature of stress and anxiety, the point at which anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder, and training in a set of relaxation therapy skills to assist clients in managing their own stress response. The emphasis is on diaphragmatic breathing training, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), and passive relaxation.  Participants will experience each of the techniques themselves and engage in practice simulation in dyads and receive feedback and recommendations on technique.

Day 2 focuses on the use of exposure therapy, the foundation of evidence-based intervention for each of the anxiety disorders. Although seemingly straightforward, the effectiveness of exposure therapy decreases dramatically when several basic tenets are not followed. This session provides guidelines for effective exposure therapy and provides participants with practice in hierarchy development. The concepts covered in the workshop are adapted to exposure with specific phobia, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and post-traumatic stress. Participants learn the strategies, then conduct several simulations in triads to develop treatment plans for several presenting problems.

Participants receive a package of resource materials including presentation notes, over 30 pages of handouts for clients, a set of five relaxation training scripts, a guide to running a 6-session relaxation skills group if desired, and an audio CD that can be reproduced for clients for home practice. 

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Utilize three relaxation training techniques with clients.
  2. Explain the clinical reasoning for selecting a relaxation training technique with a given client.
  3. Explain the tenets of effective exposure therapy.
  4. Develop exposure hierarchies for a variety of clients with anxiety.
  5. Compare imaginal and in vivo exposure exercises.
  6. Integrate relaxation strategies with exposure therapy. 

Cost: prices vary - view fee schedule


Advanced skills for occupational therapists in cognitive rehabilitation after stroke and brain injury   
Julia Schmidt & Emma Schneider

Tuesday, June 19 13:00-16:30
Wednesday, June 20 8:30-16:30

This hands-on workshop is intended for experienced occupational therapists who wish to enhance their use of evidence-based occupational therapy interventions for cognitive rehabilitation after stroke and brain injury. The current clinical guidelines for cognitive rehabilitation and the evidence underpinning them will be presented and then translated into processes that can be readily implemented by occupational therapists following the workshop. Through group discussions and practical exercises, participants will have the opportunity to practice using a decision-tree to determine which assessments and interventions to use with a variety of case studies.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the general guidelines for 1) occupational therapy assessment of cognition, 2) the use of external memory strategies, 3) the use of feedback strategies to increase awareness, and 4) goal-directed therapies for adults who sustained a stroke or brain injury.
  2. Use a decision-tree to assist in determining which assessments and cognitive rehabilitation approaches to implement.
  3. Describe techniques for improving insight, awareness and functional memory.
  4. Prepare a clinical intervention program for carrying out the interventions to improve insight, awareness and functional memory in their own setting.
  5. Understand the evidence concerning the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation in the selection and implementation of an occupational therapy intervention program for adults who sustained a stroke or brain injury.

Costs: prices vary - view fee schedule .

Opening ceremonies

Pavilion Ballroom 19:00 – 20:30

  • Delegate welcome and entertainment by the Champagne Quartet.
  • Keynote speaker: CAOT President Nicola MacNaughton.

As her two-year mandate as CAOT President draws to a close, Nicola will share some of the opinions she has formulated and the views she has evolved regarding the way forward for occupational therapy in Canada.  Hear Nicola’s compelling address and renew your commitment to our great profession.

Trade Show Grand Opening
Grand Ballroom 20:30 - 21:30
Check out our trade show exhibitors who will be showcasing their latest innovations, products and services. You’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Expand your national contact network of suppliers, distributors and service providers;
  • Learn about and compare the latest innovative products;
  • Visit the CAOT Marketplace, where you can purchase publications, products and meet the national office staff;
  • Enjoy snacks and beverages as you meet our exhibitors
  • Win fabulous prizes!
  • We are pleased to host local entertainment at the welcome reception:  Koop DeVille.

Run/ walk/ roll Vancouver

Meet in the Sheraton Lobby 7:00-7:45 

Come join us for a short 5K run or walk to invigorate you for the day! We will have 2 knowledgeable Vancouverites to guide you on a scenic morning fitness session. Meet in the Sheraton Lobby with your running shoes on and weather appropriate clothing.

Social networking: Tweet up-meet up

Orca 8:00-9:00

Interested in joining the Twitter conversation at conference and beyond? Want to meet fellow tweeters? Join us at our annual gathering of OTweeps! Intended for all experience levels, this tweetup will cover all your Twitter-related questions: from how to set up an account, to how to make the most of your voice with tips for effective tweeting for occupational therapists.


Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture - Lili Liu

Pavilion Ballroom 10:30-11:30 
Lili Liu’s lecture is sure to awaken our intellectual curiosity and will inspire us to push farther, modify our practices and take pride in our profession. She will share keen insights that will encourage us to deepen our vision of occupational therapy. Read more .


Awards ceremony

Pavilion Ballroom 16:00-17:15
CAOT & COTF will honour fellow occupational therapists that have made outstanding contributions to advancing the profession by presenting our award winners.

curiOsiTy under the Dome

Science World 17:45

Science World at TELUS World of Science is a dome balanced over the water’s edge of False Creek and one of the most recognized landmarks of Vancouver. This unique structure, affectionately referred to as Science World, is perfect for gathering OT’s from across the nation. Stepping off the bus, you will experience the serene backdrop of False Creek, the Olympic Village and Vancouver’s amazing skyline as you enjoy the outdoor spaces. As you enter the dome, be prepared to interact in the hands-on galleries. Launch a parachute, capture your shadow or move yourself with a giant propeller as you experiment with water, light, sound and motion! You will feast on the local cuisine of the West Coast with emphasis on fresh, local, sustainable ingredients. Following dinner, you can participate in the live COTF auction. Then prepare to dance the night away! Entertainment: Rhythm and Cello.

Ticketed event- $75.00.  

CAOT Townhall

Pavilion Ballroom 8:00-9:00

Join CAOT President, Board of Directors and national staff for an informal town hall-style meeting while enjoying a continental breakfast. This get-together will provide members with a brief Association update followed by the opportunity to discuss emerging issues or bring forward your great ideas.


Plenary – The current state of Canada’s opioid crisis

Pavilion Ballroom 13:00 – 14:00

Canada’s opioid crisis and the despair and death that results from it has galvanized families, communities and, indeed, the country, in a battle to combat this most pressing societal issue. What is the role that occupational therapists can and should play in this epidemic? We begin this national discussion by gathering a panel of four diverse experts to take a pan-Canadian look at what is being done and what needs to be done to leverage occupational therapist expertise in the assessment, treatment, management and relapse prevention of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.  Read more


Conversations that matter

15:15-16:00

Back by popular demand for Conference 2018! Grab a coffee and connect with like-minded colleagues from across Canada. Facilitated by CAOT, these informal discussions will provide delegates with an opportunity to engage on topics that matter to the profession. Sessions take place simultaneously, so choose your topic and come ready to chat!

  1. Finback Theater: Issues for occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapy assistant educators
  2. Junior Ballroom AB: Are you covered? Extended health benefits for occupational therapists
  3. Junior Ballroom C: The opioid crisis and the role of occupational therapy
  4. Orca: Setting your fees for practice
  5. Parksville: Occupational therapy in the 21st century: Perspective and vision from CAOT Fellows

CAOT Student Event

Junior Ballroom D 15:15-16:00

CAOT- your career partner for life. All students are welcome to attend this interactive forum. Come meet and chat with CAOT staff to learn about the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination(NOTCE) preparatory tools, the importance of professional liability insurance, how CAOT will support you throughout your career, and more. Get all your questions answered.


Rock the bOaT Harbour Cruise

Location: Coal Harbour 19:00

All aboard! Please join us on the MV Harbour Princess for some panoramic views of the beautiful Vancouver skyline and mountains, and an opportunity to mingle with your colleagues. Meet us at the Marina in Coal Harbour to board at 19:00. This two-hour bOaT cruise sails at 19:30 and includes music, light snacks and a cash bar! Transportation to the boat is not included. It is a 25 minute walk, 20 minutes bus ride or 7 minutes cab ride from the Sheraton Wall Centre. Please note that the toilets are accessed by stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. The route will depend on weather and currents. For more information about the boat, available here  .

Oh buoy, we can’t wait to sail with you!

Ticketed event: $20.00


Check out the alumni events happening

Chair Zumba

Grand Ballroom 9:05-9:20 (Morning break)
Boost your mind and body energy while sitting. Zumba is a dance and exercise routine performed to popular music. This form of Zumba has multiple applications to a variety of diagnostic groups. Zumba instructor Karen Black has generously volunteered to lead this session….doable in your business attire!

The Hand-off and Closing luncheon

Grand Ballroom 12:00-12:30
The CAOT 2018 Conference Host Committee will carry on the tradition of passing on the conference journal to next year’s committee. CAOT 2019 Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, ON May 29-June 1, 2019.


Featured speaker 

Grand Ballroom 12:30-14:00
Speaker Dr. Gabor Maté

Join us to hear renowned speaker Dr. Gabor Maté, internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness. Dr. Maté’s address is titled “Illness and Health in a Toxic Society.” A recently retired doctor, he will cover the topics of trauma, AD(H)D, addiction and the stress-disease connection, weaving together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. Learn more about Dr. Gabor Maté at dgabormate.com.  Read more .


 

Professional issue forums

Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and Suicide Prevention: Navigate potential professional and ethical tensions
Thursday, June 21
Junior Ballroom D 8:30-10:30
Kevin Reel, Kim Hewitt and Marie-Josée Drolet

MAiD is a new end-of-life care option that has implications for the practice of occupational therapy. Occupational therapists may need to provide support to clients and their families requesting this option and may need to help the team in assessing capacity. Occupational therapists also have a role in suicide prevention and will strive to actualize an individual’s connection to life through engagement in meaningful occupations. This 2-hour session will provide tools to navigate potential professional and ethical tensions.

Inspiring Actions: Occupational Therapy Paths to Truth & Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
Thursday, June 21
Junior Ballroom D 13:00-15:00
Alison Gerlach, Gayle Restall, Kaarina Valavaara, Angie Phenix
In response to the question, “How are occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and researchers across Canada responding to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and contributing towards the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples?” this PIF, to be held on National Indigenous Peoples Day, will explore and document how occupational therapy can play a greater role in partnering with Indigenous communities and organizations, and contribute to addressing the social injustices and health inequities that many Indigenous peoples continue to experience.

Collaboration on Inclusive Education
Friday, June 22
Junior Ballroom D 9:30-11:30

Panellists including experts in education, human rights and disability studies will introduce topics regarding challenges and facilitators for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in education and training of occupational therapists. Participants will be asked to discuss and provide recommendations on identifying ways to promote inclusive education and practice in Canada.


CAOT Sessions

Ready, Set, Tweet!
Giovanna Boniface (@Caot_bc) and Chantal Houde (@CAOT_ACE)
Thursday, June 21
Orca 8:00-9:00

Interested in joining the Twitter conversation at conference and beyond? Want to meet fellow tweeters? Join us at our annual gathering of OTweeps! Intended for all experience levels, this tweetup will cover all your Twitter-related questions: from how to set up an account, to how to make the most of your voice with tips for effective tweeting for occupational therapists.

CAOT Provincial Chapter Updates: CAOT-BC and ACE-QC
Giovanna Boniface and France Verville
Thursday, June 21
Junior Ballroom AB 14:00 – 15:00
Giovanna Boniface (National Director of Professional Affairs), France Verville (Managing Director, ACE-Qc) and Sarah Slocombe (Service Coordinator, CAOT-BC)

Join staff from CAOT-BC and ACE-Qc who will discuss highlights of the past year, plans for the upcoming year and respond to questions about the chapter model of provincial-national representation.

Student Event
CAOT National Staff
Friday, June 22
Junior Ballroom D 15:15 – 16:00

CAOT- your career partner for life. All students are welcome to attend this interactive forum. Come meet and chat with CAOT staff to learn about the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination(NOTCE) preparatory tools, the importance of professional liability insurance, how CAOT will support you throughout your career, and more. Get all your questions answered.

Conversations that Matter
Friday, June 22
Finback, Junior Ballroom AB, Junior Ballroom C, Orca, Parksville 15:15 – 16:00

Back by popular demand for Conference 2018! Grab a coffee and connect with like-minded colleagues from across Canada. Facilitated by CAOT, these informal discussions will provide delegates with an opportunity to engage on topics that matter to the profession. Sessions take place simultaneously, so choose your topic and come ready to chat!


Sponsored Sessions

ACOTRO Sponsored Session: Complaints: Realities, Myths, and Practical Advice

Thursday, June 21

Junior Ballroom AB 13:00-14:00

Sherry Just, Jonathan Belbin, Kim Doyle

Have you ever been worried that a client or another professional may file a complaint against you? Do you worry whether your practice would withstand scrutiny of a complaint investigation? Come and hear about what the complaints statistics reveal about where complaints arise, how complaints are fairly addressed, and the outcomes of complaints. Through case scenarios and some myth busting, you will learn about the regulator’s role and what to expect if participating in a complaint. Join ACOTRO members for a review of common complaints, practice pitfalls, and some effective safeguards in your practice.

ACOTUP Sponsored Session:   Occupational therapists as change agents: Building competencies

Friday, June 22

Junior Ballroom D 14:00-15:00

Introduction: Change agent is one of six supporting roles specified in the CAOT Profile of Practice 2012 for being an Expert in Enabling Occupation. A critical reflection on how Canadian occupational therapy (OT) university programs foster competency in this role is imperative given the growing awareness of, and knowledge about, the impacts of socio-political-historical forces on (1) the occupational opportunities available to individuals and collectives, and (2) on OT practice itself. Objectives: The aim of this ACOTUP Forum is to facilitate sharing of multiple perspectives on curriculum theories, content, processes, and learning outcomes best suited to increase competencies related to the role Change Agent in order that OTs will be prepared to respond effectively to socio-historical- political forces shaping their practice and the occupations of their clients.  Approach: Through Igniter Talks, current issues associated with the development of political competencies will be presented with illustrations of, and reflections on, strategies/approaches currently in use and being considered for use. Audience members will then be invited to participate in a World Café to share their own knowledge and perspectives and to critically dialogue on how Change Agent competencies could be developed and operationalized within Canadian OT curricula and/or ongoing professional development.  Practice implications: This forum provides a timely opportunity for constructive and creative dialogue and strategic thinking to help transform OT education in Canada to advance competencies in clinicians in their roles as Change Agent.