Sponsored sessions 

Professional Issue Forums

Serving people with autism spectrum disorders
Michèle Hébert, Louise Burridge
Thursday, May 7 13:00-14:55 
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Occupational therapists offer a wide range of interventions to help children and adults with autism spectrum disorders realize their full potential for daily occupational engagement and performance. Unfortunately, funding and access to professional services, including occupational therapy services, are inconsistent and too often suboptimal in our country.
A Professional Issue Forum on the experiences of occupational therapists delivering services to clients with autism spectrum disorders in each of the Canadian provinces and territories is timely to achieve the following goals to:

  • Collect enriched perspectives of occupational therapy services and access across the country;
  • Define the ideal positioning of occupational therapy services in the continuum of care to clients with autism spectrum disorders;
  • Identify resources that are required to achieve this ideal vision for practice;
  • Propose key advocacy actions for individual occupational therapists and the Association for the next five years. 

Palliative and end-of-life care: Making space for uncomfortable conversations
Julie Wilding, Catherine Dirks & Dr. Peter Barnes
Friday, May 8 13:00-14:55 
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A transition to palliative and end-of-life care is often accompanied by loss of occupation, feelings of grief, and bereavement for family and loved ones. There is an opportunity for OTs to hold space for suffering, questions about meaning and spirituality, and to care for clients’ psychosocial needs.

This Professional Issues Forum (PIF) will build on the theoretical foundations of occupational therapy to equip OTs to confidently use a palliative approach to care continuum in all settings.

Specifically, this PIF aims to: 1. Raise the awareness of palliative and end of life issues, including bereavement, and expand the possibilities for OTs in their own practice; 2. Discuss how a palliative approach to care is both feasible and valuable; 3. Explore how OTs can assist clients to find meaning through occupational engagement that can transform end-of-life experiences; and 4. Explore further advocacy to establish occupational therapy within palliative care services across Canada.

CAOT Sponsored Sessions

Social media meetup!
Thursday, May 7 9:10-9:55
Chantal Houde (@CAOT_ACE)
Blair Nelson Room, 2nd floor 

Join us to connect with your online network in real life. Grab a coffee and meet OT friends and colleagues from your favourite social media platforms at our newly expanded meetup (previously Tweetup). Don’t miss the #CAOT2020 photo at 9:45 am!

CAOT’s Communications Officer will be on hand to share tips and answer questions about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

CAOT-BC Chapter Update 

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Join CAOT-BC staff Tanya Fawkes-Kirby and Sarah Charles for an update and interactive discussion on BC Chapter activities, advocacy initiatives, promotion and representation events and member benefits. Bring your questions, comments and ideas!

CAOT-North Chapter Update 
Wade Scoffin 
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Join staff from CAOT chapters who will discuss highlights of the past year, plans for the upcoming year and respond to questions about the chapter model of regional-national representation.

CAOT-Qc Chapter Update 
France Verville
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Join staff from CAOT chapters who will discuss highlights of the past year, plans for the upcoming year and respond to questions about the chapter model of regional-national representation.

Student Event

Ryan McGovern, Tracy Kelso
Friday, May 8 15:15 – 16:25 
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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 of your questions answered. Giveaways and door prizes to be won!

Conversations that Matter

Friday, May 8 15:15 – 15:55 

Salon C: How do Networks support your scope of practice?
Salon D: How to advocate in a minority government situation?

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!

Enabling Occupation The Sequel: Engagement session

Gayle Restall, Mary Egan, Julie Lapointe
Friday, May 8 15:15 – 16:25 
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Since October 2019, editors Gayle Restall and Mary Egan, along with an advisory panel of 13 occupational therapists from across Canada, 2 international occupational therapists, and 2 public members, have been moving forward with the next version of CAOT’s flagship practice document. Join us for an update on the work completed to date and take part in a consultation to share your ideas to help ensure that this new document will truly reflect the current, important work of occupational therapists in Canada.

Home modification projects: Seize opportunities and mitigate risks

Lesya Dyk, Marnie Courage
Friday, May 8 15:15 – 16:25
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Accessible home environments support safe aging in place and engagement in meaningful occupations for people living with varying degrees of ability. Occupational therapists (OTs) bring invaluable expertise to home modification projects. They are, however, to a great extent dependent on the expertise and professionalism of other team members such as home contractors and architects for the optimal implementation of their recommendations.

This interactive session will highlight the various opportunities that exist for OTs in this field, as well as strategies to mitigate risk related to home modification projects. Two occupational therapists with extensive experience in the area of home modification and one expert in professional liability insurance will offer their expertise in this session, and  participants will have ample opportunity for questions and to interact with the presenters.

CORECOM – One Competency Document for Occupational Therapists in Canada

Eva Schausberger, Guy Fortier
Friday, May 8 15:15 – 16:25 
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Look into the future and help to shape it, at the CORECOM session.

The CORECOM project started in March 2019 and will finish in March 2021. The consultants, CamProf Inc, will present this consultation session as part of the preparation for the Validation Survey of all occupational therapists in May and early June.

CORECOM is a national collaborative initiative to develop a single competency document that will outline entry to practice competencies and describe competencies used throughout occupational therapy practice. It will include competencies implementing the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations.

This bilingual session will present the draft competencies and enable participants to discuss and study them and provide constructive feedback. The feedback will be used to prepare the Validation Edition of the CORECOM Competencies, which will be sent to all registered occupational therapists during the Validation Survey.

CORECOM is led by:

Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO)
Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP)
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.


Sponsored Sessions

COTF Sponsored Session: Planning for Impact and KT in Research Proposals
Thursday, May 7 9:05-9:55
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This session will engage CIHR (Serenna Dastouri, Associate Scientific Director, Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis) and COTF representatives (Lynn Shaw, COTF Board Director and Lori Letts, COTF Research and Scholarship Review Chair) in answering two key questions for researchers to strengthen proposals.

1. How do you plan for and measure impact from the inception to submission of a grant proposal?
2. How to plan for innovative and meaningful KT for end users in proposal development?

Come to this session and learn more about how you can improve your skills in grant writing on these two key elements. Short presentations will be provided followed by an open Q and A. Join us to boost ways to achieve your grant writing success!

ACOTRO Sponsored Session: Navigating the SEAS 

Kathy Corbett & Sherry Just

Thursday, May 7 10:30 – 11:25
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If you are an internationally educated occupational therapist (IEOT) looking to work in Canada, a manager who would like to hire an IEOT, or a Canadian citizen who studied occupational therapy abroad and is returning to Canada to practice, this session will help you understand the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS). Operated by the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Organizations (ACOTRO), SEAS is a process that all IEOTs are required to successfully complete in order to be eligible to apply for registration to practice in Canada. SEAS determines the extent to which an IEOT’s education and competencies are substantially equivalent to those of Canadian-educated occupational therapists. ACOTRO members will outline the history, components, and process of navigating the SEAS. Program highlights and statistics will be shared as well as answers to frequently asked questions. 

ACOTUP Sponsored Session

Tal Jarus, Shu-Ping Chen, Lisa Engel, Setareh Ghahari, Jocelyn Harris, Leanne Leclair, Ada Leung, Lynn Shaw

Friday, May 8 8:30-9:25
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There is a lack of knowledge on the scope and range of research occupational therapy (OT) scholars undertake in Canada. Filling this knowledge gap has significant implications for shaping policy, funding opportunities, and offering a better understanding of occupational therapists’ research experiences. To these ends, the Research Committee of the Association of Canadian OT University Programs (ACOTUP) invited Faculty members from all 14 OT programs in Canada to participate in an online survey asking about research topics, methods, research populations, social contexts, geography and, research capital sources. Join us for a short presentation of the survey results and to then discuss the gaps, collaboration opportunities and growth of Canadian Occupational Science and OT research, in small and large groups, with the aim of informing ACOTUP’s Research Committee in defining actions to be taken to enhance OT research and needed collaborative clinical research with Canadian OTs.

WFOT Sponsored Session: WFOT’s guiding principles for sustainability in occupational therapy: food for thought

Andrew Freeman
Friday, May 8 13:00-13:55
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A meeting of the WFOT Council, which takes place every two years, was held in Hong Kong in March 2020. Come and hear, hot off the press, some of the important highlights from this important meeting! Watch for your details in April.

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