CAOT- Integrating cognitive behavioural therapy into your occupational therapy practice: Level 1 (basic)- Vancouver, BC (SOLD OUT)
2-Mar-2018 8:00 AM - 3-Mar-2018 4:00 PM
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3Y2

SOLD OUT! Additional Workshop in Vancouver now available on March 5 and 6, 2018. If you are only available on March 2 and 3, 2018, please add your name to the wait list and we will contact you should a spot become available. 

Integrating cognitive behavioural therapy into your occupational therapy practice: Level 1 (basic)

Vancouver, British Columbia

Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 3, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This two-day practical workshop is intended for occupational therapists who wish to understand what cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is and begin to use CBT approaches in their occupational therapy practice. Self-reflection, lecture and hands-on practice opportunities will be utilized to assist participants in learning a framework for understanding the skills that support positive connections with clients, the foundations of CBT, the ‘5 Ws’ and how to utilize CBT in occupational therapy practice.  Audio and/or video presentations will be included to support learning. Participants will be expected to complete a short reflective task prior to the workshop and complete a homework exercise the evening of Day 1.

Workshop topics:

Day 1

  • How to promote positive engagement with clients
  • Foundations of CBT
  • Homework:  An exercise in demonstrating understanding

Day 2

  • ‘5 Ws’ of CBT
  • How to start using CBT in every day occupational therapy practice

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Describe a framework for understanding how to promote engagement with clients.
  2. State the ‘5 Ws’ of CBT.
  3. Begin to apply the knowledge and skills of CBT in everyday occupational therapy practice.
  4. Begin to be self-reflective with CBT skills as an option in your occupational therapy practice.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapists and students in occupational therapy programs who have less than 2-day workshop with 12 contact hours of previous training in CBT and who wish to start integrating CBT approach into their practice with any population.  CBT has been researched and used extensively with adolescents, adults and older adults with a variety of mental health disorders and with chronic pain. For additional information about the evidence on CBT with your client populations, you may search PubMed.

Please note: The legislations regulating the use of cognitive-behavioural therapy and psychotherapy vary between provincial and territorial jurisdictions. 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 and neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, general physical health, vocational rehabilitation

Client age groups

Adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of knowledge/experience on this topic)


Gord Hirano

Gord Hirano is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He is the Executive Director at the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia and is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the O.T. program at McMaster University as well as maintaining a private practice in occupational therapy. Gord holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology as well as Occupational Therapy. Gord has obtained the following advanced training in CBT:

  • Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
    • Core 1 - CBT for Depression and Suicidality
    • Core 2 - CBT for Anxiety
    • Core 3 - CBT for Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems
    • Teaching and Supervising CBT
    • CBT for Schizophrenia    
  • OISE Certificates in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Fundamental and Advanced skill courses
  • Psychotherapy Supervision Training Program, Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists

Gord practices as an occupational therapist and actively does CBT with adult individuals with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by November 29, 2017


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 November 30, 2017 and January 24, 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: January 24, 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, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in coaching approaches, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, 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.

Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery

Optional related publication

McNamara, M., & Straathof, T. (2017). Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery: A Program Manual for Occupational Therapists and Other Care Providers. 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 November 3, 2017.

Member price: $75.99

Non member price: $95.99

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

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre

711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Overnight accommodations
To book at a reduced rate of $159/night for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy + $20 per additional person), call 604-707-1939 and mention "CAOT - Workshops."

Cancellation/refund policy:

All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received prior to January 24th, 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?

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