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  • Innovative Pacing and Planning Techniques Following Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
Pacing and planning are two of the foundational skills that occupational therapists teach their clients, and a creative approach is often required so they can use these skills easily in their everyday lives. This webinar will describe the importance of rest acutely after a concussion/head injury, ways to gradually increase activities, and an innovative method of tracking tasks and pacing in order to manage symptoms of concussion (or any chronic illness whereby fatigue is a prominent factor) that occupational therapists can implement into their clinical practice.

  • Creating and Implementing a Graduated Return-To-Work Plan 

This webinar will provide some guidelines to assist the OT Case Manager in developing and implementing a graduated return-to-work (GRTW) plan, and tips to help to ensure that the client’s return to work (RTW) is both successful and durable. Ideas for GRTW plans for clients with a variety of medical conditions and functional limitations (physical, cognitive & social/ psychological) will be reviewed.

  • Occupational Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Dealing with Disruption in Daily Life

This evidence-informed webinar will explore the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on daily life. The focus will be on first responders, military personnel and veterans, and the exposures these particular populations face, the resulting occupational disruption experienced, and strategies for assessment and intervention

  • New perspectives in our understanding of autism spectrum disorder: A primer for occupational therapists
Occupational therapists are frequently involved in the provision of services to children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is therefore essential that we are well informed in the changes made to the diagnostic criteria for ASD, relevant research findings and autism trends to best inform our practice.

This webinar will provide an overview of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, prevalence, sex differences and early markers for ASD. Associated and co-occurring developmental disabilities, medical and mental health conditions, as well as new perspectives in interpreting the ‘duality’ of autism and relevant research trends will be explored. 

  • Evidence-based approaches for occupational therapy in opioid addiction and pain management

Approximately one in five Canadians live with chronic pain, leading to calls for new, non-addictive and non-pharmacological treatments. Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to provide holistic interventions that support the well-being of these individuals.

This webinar presents a framework and strategies for effective and evidence-based occupational therapy interventions for pain management and opioid abuse, including lifestyle management, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and mind-body interventions.

  • Behaviour activation: Quick and effective ways to engage clients with depression

Client engagement is the first essential step to proceeding with functional assessment and interventions but it’s not uncommon to meet clients who do not want to take part.  This behaviour can be interpreted as “being difficult”, “uncooperative”, “stuck” or “unmotivated”. When issues like depression, anxiety, pain, or low energy interfere with participation, the occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant needs strategies to help the client initiate occupations.

This webinar will provide an overview of strategies to make interventions meaningful to the client and assist the client to cope with their challenges, thereby facilitating the client’s engagement in occupation. Key coping strategies for the client to work on to facilitate their recovery will be provided using examples of learning modules from the publication Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery (McNamara & Straathof, 2017). A module to train clients on the concepts of behaviour activation will be included as a handout.

Please note that access to the publication is not required to participate in this webinar.

  • Thinking on their feet: Falls prevention in people with dementia

Approximately 600,000 Canadians currently have a dementia diagnosis and that number is expected to double in the next 15 years. Cognitive deficits and balance and gait disorders are inevitable and progressive in dementia. Importantly, people with dementia have an annual fall risk of 60-80%, twice that of the cognitively normal, and have a higher risk of major fall-related injuries, such as hip fractures. Falls prevention is important to improve quality of life and maintain independent mobility.

This webinar will cover epidemiology and risk factors for falls, falls risk assessment, and rehabilitation strategies to prevent falls in people living with dementia.

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