Pre-Conference Workshops


This is now a free event but registration is mandatory. Please contact Julie Lapointe- 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown Tuesday 20 - Train the Trainer- 8:30-16:00  Wednesday 21- Public event 8:30-13:00

This workshop is designed to train participants to become a CarFit Event Technician and Coordinator. CarFit is a community-based education program that offers mature drivers the opportunity to discover how well their cars “fit” them so they can become safer and more comfortable behind the wheel.

Occupational therapists and driver rehabilitation specialists have a unique role in the program as they bring an understanding of aging and medical conditions to the conversation. They have the opportunity to discuss specific concerns with drivers related to driving safety with compassion and sensitivity. For more information about the CarFit program: please visit

A Technician can:

  • Review the 12-point CarFit checklist with participants
  • Assist the CarFit Event Coordinator in conducting CarFit Event
  • Promote CarFit priorities and goals

An Event Coordinator can:

  • Host CarFit events following proper programmatic procedures
  • Train CarFit technicians to assist at your events
  • Secure dates and locations for CarFit events
  • Participate in and manage CarFit events
  • Communicate with the national organizations CAA and CAOT

Participants will be able to:

  1. Promote the event and disseminate the information to key seniors’ organizations and partners of the CarFit program in Canada.
  2. Organize a CarFit Event in their community.
  3. Identify the resources to support their CarFit Event.
  4. Recruit, train and supervise the CarFit technicians and other CarFit volunteers.
  5. Identify and secure a location to train the volunteers and a site to hold the event.

Cost: $50.00

Delta Hotel- Chandler  June 20 & 21 8:30-16:30

This two-day workshop will explore the nature and prevalence of trauma and resulting impacts, current evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches using a framework based on client readiness, and holistic practice methods that include families and support networks. The workshop will use both small and large group learning methods, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their own practice experiences. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance electronically upon completion of the workshop.

Day 1

  • Defining trauma: Prevalence, diagnoses, key terms
  • Current trauma interventions and approaches
  • Best practices in assessment and intervention

Day 2

  • Best practices in assessment and intervention
  • Including families and support networks
  • Resilience and post-traumatic growth

Goals and learning objectives

After taking part in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe trauma-related diagnoses and explain its impact on daily life;
  2. Better understand the exposures of first responders, military personnel and veterans;
  3. Utilize a framework for assessment and intervention approaches related to trauma based on client readiness;
  4. Consider the impact on families and support networks;  and
  5. Increase their evidence-informed practice and critically consider emerging trends.

Target audience 
This workshop is relevant for occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants and students in occupational therapy or OTA/PTA programs who work with (or are interested in working with) adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or operational stress injury (OSI) from any source (e.g., military, first responders, auto accident, victim of abuse, workplace injury, natural disasters).

Megan Edgelow, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.) is a Lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She has clinical, teaching and research experience in the area of mental health and activity participation. She also has a clinical practice serving Veterans.

Heidi Cramm, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University and Head of Knowledge Translation for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR). Her program of research focuses on military family health. 
Costs:  prices vary - view fee schedule 

Delta Hotel- Brown 8:30-16:30 Mary McNamara and Theresa Straathof

This one-day workshop will explore how to utilize the Adult Learning Model (Kolb, 1984) to design, deliver and evaluate effective occupational therapy interventions with adult clients. Participants will gain insight into using the complete learning cycle and a client-centred coaching process so clients can discover how to apply the information to enable their own occupations and activities. Participants will learn how to write learning objectives and how to evaluate the effectiveness of client education. Group discussions and case scenarios from a variety of practice settings with adults will allow participants to apply and integrate the information for their area of practice.

Goals and learning objectives:

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

  1. Write learning objectives that specify a change in the domain of knowledge, skill or attitude to facilitate occupational engagement, and that include standards of measurement for evaluation.
  2. Respect the components of the Adult Learning Model (Kolb, 1984) by choosing questions and activities that support diverse learning preferences and promote change;
  3. Construct an education session relevant to their practice setting using the adult learning cycle.

Target audience: 
Occupational therapists who work with adults (in individual or group settings), OTAs, and students in occupational therapy programs who wish to work with adults.

Mary McNamara O.T. Reg.(Ont.) has practised OT in Acute Psychiatry for 20 years, developing and delivering patient education modules on stress management, relaxation, and cognitive behavioural strategies, as applied to occupational performance goals.  Prior to that, she worked in physical rehab settings.  She has a special interest in adult education and the role of mindfulness-informed interventions in mental health.

Theresa Straathof O.T. Reg. (Ont.) has practiced in acute care at The Ottawa Hospital for 25 years.  Primary area of practice is mental health, but also included rotations on the Geriatric Assessment Unit, Medicine/Neurology, and the Heart Institute. Special interests include coping strategies development, resilience and student education. 

Costs:   prices vary - view fee schedule  .  

Delta 13:00- 15:00 

By Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy Editorial Board 

Have you ever tried to implement recommendations from research into your everyday practice? It can be harder than you think. This 2-hour interactive workshop will provide participants with an overview of knowledge translation principles that can help researchers and occupational therapy clinicians close the gap between research and practice. Knowledge translation principles will be discussed in relation to planning research so it is ready for translation, the processes involved in translating evidence into practice, common barriers and enablers for knowledge translation, and strategies that can be used to bring about practice change in the light of key research findings. Participants will leave with handouts and information about the process of knowledge translation and practical strategies to its use. 

Cost: $10.00

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