CAOT- Weaving mindfulness into clinical practice- Calgary, AB
16-Mar-2018 8:00 AM - 17-Mar-2018 4:00 PM

Weaving mindfulness into clinical practice

Calgary, AB

Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m (Mountain Time). 

The two-day experiential workshop is intended for occupational therapy healthcare professionals and students who want to enhance professional resiliency and to integrate mindfulness into their clinical practice. The first day will be didactic, covering topics such as stress, burnout, and resilience.  PowerPoint presentations will be interspersed with experiential learning such as brief meditations and narrative medicine (writing) exercises. Participants will, at times, work in dyads or small groups.

The second day (optional) is for those interested in learning and deepening various meditation practices. The morning will involve a series of practices, including a lunch break where participants will be invited to eat mindfully, in silence. The afternoon will be directed at how to integrate mindfulness into hands-on clinical practice. Tools such as the Triangle of Awareness; S-T-O-P; and the 3-minute breathing space will be shared.

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


Executive Royal Hotel - North Calgary
2828 23 St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8T4


Day 1

  • Stress and coping in the workplace
  • Cultivating resilience
  • Evidence-based mindful clinical practice
  • Characteristics of a mindful clinician
  • Mindful communication…
  • Dealing with errors mindfully

Day 2

  • Learn through experience various mindful practices (e.g., body scan, sitting meditation, yoga, eating mindfully)
  • Balancing work and personal lives/ Importance of self-care
  • Ways to integrate mindfulness into clinical practice

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will:

  1. Understand how to enhance personal and professional resiliency.
  2. Define mindful clinical practice and be familiar with its evidence base.
  3. Discover characteristics of a mindful clinician.
  4. Learn ways to integrate mindfulness in their clinical practice.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, students in occupational therapy programs, students in OTA/PTA programs and physiotherapists who want to build professional resiliency and who wish to integrate mindfulness into their practice with adults or older adults.

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 and neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, vocational rehabilitation, palliative and end-of-life care

Client age groups

Adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +), supporting your practice

Workshop level:

Beginner-Intermediate (0-5 years of experience with mindfulness) 


Dr. Patricia Dobkin

Dr. Dobkin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at McGill University for the past 20 years. She is affiliated with McGill Programs in Whole Person Care and she teaches undergraduate and medical students out of the Departments of Social Studies in Medicine and Psychology. Dr. Dobkin obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the United States, interned at Rochester (New York) Medical Center and completed her post-doctoral training at McGill University. Her specialty is Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Dobkin has published >100 articles and book chapters in medical and psychological journals and has presented her work internationally in various conference venues. Dr. Dobkin has provided and studied psychosocial programs entitled, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice for the past 9 years.  She is the editor of the publication Mindful medical practitioners. A guide for clinicians and educators (Dobkin & Hassed, 2016).  

Registration fees:

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


CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member

Day 1




Day 1 and 2




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between December 14, 2017 and February 7, 2018


CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member

Day 1




Day 1 and 2




Plus applicable taxes

*Pending sufficient spaces remaining in the workshop

**Maximum 25 registrants for Day 1 only, and 25 registrants for both Day 1 and Day 2.

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: February 7, 2018

Included with your registration fee:

One- or 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, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 2 months following the webinar, electronic certificate of attendance

To reduce the registration fee by $40/day, lunch and snacks on your own. Please note that the presenter requests that Day 2 participants bring yoga mats and cushions for the experiential mindfulness activities.

Workshop location:

Executive Royal Hotel - North Calgary
2828 23 St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8T4


To offer this workshop at a competitive price and to allow each one to choose food items that best suits their needs and preference, lunch is not included in the registration fee. Participants will either bring their lunch or they can go to one of the nearby restaurants.

Cancellation/refund policy:

All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received prior to the registration deadline 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.

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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