On-Demand News & Resources Webinars

News & Resources Webinars (formerly CAOT Water Cooler Talk webinars) are free resources to allow you to learn about projects, updates, resources and initiatives at a convenient time for you. Watch the recording and access the presentation handout for all the On-Demand Webinars listed below.

Jordan's Principle and the Inuit Child First Initiative: How occupational therapy is helping Indigenous children succeed
Webinar date: November 20, 2019

Jordan’s Principle is a legal principle that the federal government has an obligation to uphold.  It ensures that First Nations children, no matter where they live in Canada, have access to government-funded products, supports and services. Examples of services approved may include those offered by occupational therapists.

This webinar will provide an overview of Jordan’s Principle including background information about Jordan River Anderson, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings, types of services that have been approved through Jordan’s Principle, data, regional implementation, engagement, as well as a brief overview of the Inuit Child First Initiative. 

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CAOT Role Paper: Suicide Prevention in Occupational Therapy
Webinar date: November 7, 2019

Suicidal ideation is a significant occupational barrier in every practice setting and across the lifespan. CAOT has recently reinforced the importance of this topic for Canadian occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by supporting the development and authorship of CAOT’s first Role Paper, offering direction for the profession when addressing suicide in practice.  

This webinar will offer an overview of the Role Paper, including development and the authors’ writing experience. Participants will receive guidance on how to use the paper and its recommendations.

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Données économiques sur l'ergothérapie: utiliser le numéro spécial d’Actualités ergothérapiques pour renforcer les capacités
Date du webinar: le 31 janvier, 2019

Dans le contexte des soins de santé et des services sociaux, où il existe une concurrence pour les ressources disponibles, il est non seulement nécessaire de démontrer que l’ergothérapie fait une différence dans la vie des clients, mais aussi que l’ergothérapie est rentable sur le plan économique. La capacité collective de notre profession à développer et à utiliser des preuves économiques doit être élargie - cette capacité suppose non seulement d’avoir accès à un corpus de données probantes économiques plus substantiel, mais aussi et surtout d’être des consommateurs et des communicateurs compétents de ces données probantes. Le numéro spécial d’ Actualités ergothérapiques de juillet / août 2018, qui tenait compte des points de vue des praticiens, des gestionnaires, des chercheurs et des économistes de la santé, était consacré à ce sujet. Dans ce webinaire, les rédacteurs en chef fourniront une vue d'ensemble et souligneront certaines sections du numéro spécial afin de renforcer la capacité des participants à utiliser et à développer des données probantes économiques. Un échange général entre les participants et les présentateurs sera possible.

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Economic evidence for occupational therapy: Using the Occupational Therapy Now special issue to build capacity
Webinar date: October 25, 2018

Within the context of health care and related services, in which tremendous competition exists for available resources, not only is it necessary to demonstrate that occupational therapy makes a difference for clients, but also that it makes economic sense. Our profession’s collective capacity to develop and use economic evidence must be expanded—capacity in this context involves not only having access to a more substantial body of economic evidence, but also, importantly, being competent consumers and communicators of this research evidence. The special issue of Occupational Therapy Now in July/August 2018, which took into account the perspectives of practitioners, managers, researchers and health economists, focused on this topic. In this webinar, the co-editors will provide an overview, and highlight certain sections, of the special issue to support participants' capacity to use and develop economic evidence. There will be an opportunity for a general exchange between the participants and the presenters.

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Stories to Celebrate Occupational Therapy: Meet CAOT's New President Catherine Backman
Webinar date: October 10, 2018

Celebrate Occupational Therapy month with CAOT’s new President, Catherine Backman, who serves a two-year term October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2020. After a brief introduction, Catherine will share three short stories. The first story is about playing collaboratively with others; the second story shares examples of why occupation is creative, mind-blowing, and essential to health; and the third story highlights ways to accelerate the growth of the profession, extending the reach of occupational therapists into every community that needs them.

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CAOT-BC: 2017-2018 Mid-Year Update
Webinar date: April 11, 2018

Join National Director of Public Affairs Giovanna Boniface and Service Coordinator Sarah Slocombe for a CAOT-BC mid-year update. A summary of CAOT-BC activities as well as issues facing occupational therapists in British Columbia will be discussed. Members will also have the opportunity to provide input and feedback.

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The CAOT Research Listing page and the Military, Veteran and Family Health Survey Initiative
Webinar date: February 26, 2018

Recently, CAOT has implemented a Research Listing page to support the dissemination of research activities that advance the practice of occupational therapy in Canada. After completing a pilot-phase, the Listing is now among the regularly consulted electronic resources of the Association and is currently offering members with the opportunity to provide input on a number of important and timely practice issues. One of the important initiative is the “Survey of Canadian Occupational Therapists Regarding Military, Veteran and Family Health”. The Principal Investigator, Dr. Heidi Cramm, will present this initiative as well as it goals, outcomes and relevance to practice.

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Working for the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada: Guidance for occupational therapists
Webinar date: December 14, 2017

At the 2017 CIMVHR Forum, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) announced that they will be hiring 30 occupational therapists across Canada. This webinar, based CAOT’s newly published document, Working for the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada: A Guidance Document for Occupational Therapists, will describe the various roles (positions) for occupational therapists within CAF and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). This webinar will include information on what these roles look like in daily practice, including common assessment and intervention approaches, and information on what experience is valuable and/or required when applying for these positions. This information will help occupational therapists prepare themselves to provide effective services within the context of CAF and VAC, and would be of interest to those who might be interested in working for the CAF.

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Professional Development: Which CAOT services are the best fit for you?
Webinar date: December 07, 2017

Access to current evidence-informed and occupation-based knowledge, skills and behaviours is the key to using best practices in occupational therapy. CAOT assists occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants and students in these programs in meeting professional development needs through our series of CAOT conferences, webinars, workshops and publications. Join this webinar to learn which Professional Development services would be the best fit for your needs and about new developments in 2017-2018 based on member feedback. You will also learn various efficient ways to share your professional development needs and how to apply to become a presenter/author with CAOT.

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CAOT’s strategic plan
Webinar date: October 11, 2017

On October 1, 2016, CAOT launched a strategic plan with a three-year outlook. Join CAOT President Nicola McNaughton and Executive Director Janet Craik as they deliver a progress report on the implementation of the 2016-2019 strategic plan. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback.

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CAOT New National Blueprint: Directions to enable safety, health and well-being for drivers with arthritis
Webinar date: June 1, 2017

Arthritis affects over 4.6 million Canadians of all ages, many of whom rely on driving – for work, leisure or completion of other everyday activities. A new National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Drivers with Arthritis (Blueprint) has been launched by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) to address the specific unmet needs of drivers with arthritis. The Blueprint will provide direction to healthcare professionals, researchers, educators and decision makers regarding actions to promote safe driving practices and injury prevention among this at-risk group. 

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Social media for occupational therapists 
Webinar date: May 11, 2017

Social media is increasingly being used as a tool for advocacy, networking and sharing information. This introduction to social media will provide an overview for occupational therapists, occupational therapists assistants, and students of occupational therapy on how to start accounts on Facebook and Twitter and join the online conversation. It will provide helpful hints for new and seasoned social media users about how to effectively engage with other occupational therapy practitioners/students from Canada and around the world, clients, policy makers, organizations, and other stakeholders. 

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CAOT membership team presents affinity benefit programs and FAQ
Webinar date: September 15, 2016

This webinar presents an overview of CAOT’s affinity programs and benefits. Participants will discover the wide range of services available to our members and associates and how to get the most value from their membership. We will also answer your most frequent questions related to membership.

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Overview of CAOT Occupational Therapy Networks and how you can be involved
Webinar date: June 9, 2016

The Occupational Therapy Networks are comprised of CAOT members and associates with similar interests whose main objective are to build capacity in a particular area of practice. This webinar provides an overview of the activities that each Occupational Therapy Network has undertaken in the past year, as well as the available opportunities if you want to become involved.

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Sharing perspectives for an occupational therapy response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action
Webinar date: February 18, 2016

For over 100 years in Canadian history, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools. This legacy of unresolved trauma passed from generation to generation has had a profound effect on the relationship between Aboriginal people and other Canadians. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was part of a holistic and comprehensive response. In this webinar, occupational therapists engaged in a conversation about TRC’s recommendations and their relevancy to occupational therapy, as well as provided input and perspectives on specific areas of focus to suggest a strategy for CAOT’s action in response to the TRC’s recommendations.

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CAOT Product Recognition Program: Supporting informed decision making through the sharing of health professionals’ reviews
Webinar date: February 11, 2016

For many occupational therapists, recommending assistive technologies and products is part of their regular practice. To support occupational therapists in their selection and recommendation process, CAOT has designed and pilot-tested a comprehensive review process. At the end of the review process, a brief, plain language report is produced. This report can be used to enable people to choose the best solutions as well as manufacturers in making adjustments in the design of their products. This webinar presents the structured, collaborative and evidence-informed review process used for the CAOT Product Recognition Program.

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Connecting clinicians and researchers in building clinical research in occupational therapy
Webinar date: December 3, 2015

The Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) and the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP) have partnered to facilitate research in occupational therapy. This webinar explores the role of the research clinician in order to bridge the gap between clinicians and academic researchers and to build research capacity. Aspects of research that clinicians can become involved in, gaps in occupational therapy clinical research and ways to facilitate research in clinical settings are discussed. Participants will also learn about the supports and resources available from COTF.

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Low vision rehabilitation: Practice possibilities for occupational therapists – come join the conversation
Webinar date: November 26, 2015

Vision rehabilitation services in Canada have not kept pace with need.  Less than 10% of people who could benefit are referred to or receive low vision rehabilitation services. Occupational therapists are well positioned to be core members of vision rehabilitation team. This webinar brings together occupational therapists who have experience or a desire to change the current landscape and advocate for high quality vision rehabilitation in Canada.

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Writing for Occupational Therapy Now : Your practice magazine
Webinar date: October 15, 2015

Occupational Therapy Now ( OT Now ) is the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ practice magazine. It publishes a variety of articles that relay practical information and association news to help advance excellence in occupational therapy practice, policy, research and education. This webinar, aimed at supporting and encouraging potential authors (including front-line practitioners, academics, students and consumers), provides an overview of OT Now . Learn about the types of articles that may be submitted, the magazine’s mentoring style of review, submission tips and ways to overcome common challenges, and the differences between OT Now and the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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Sur le devoir de plaidoirie ( advocacy) des ergothérapeutes : débat, enjeux éthiques et propositions de solutions
Date du webinaire: Le 24 septembre 2015

Le webinaire consiste en une présentation d’un débat qui a cours dans les écrits quant au devoir de plaidoirie ( advocacy) des professionnels de la santé, dont les ergothérapeutes, de défendre les droits des clients. Les arguments pour et contre ce devoir seront exposés, de même que les enjeux éthiques que soulève l’actualisation de cette responsabilité professionnelle importante. Des manières possibles de surmonter ces enjeux éthiques seront proposées. Cette communication cherche à sensibiliser les ergothérapeutes à exercer cette responsabilité professionnelle, tout en assurant l’autodétermination des clients ainsi que le respect d’autres valeurs aptes à guider la pratique de la profession de manière souhaitable.

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Leading transformative change to enhance CAOT’s mission: Positioning for the next 90 years
Webinar date: September 3, 2015

2016 marked CAOT’s 90 th anniversary. This is a milestone to be celebrated as CAOT has been very fortunate to be in a privileged position to work with members and stakeholders to advance occupational therapy in Canada. CAOT is making transformative changes to position the association to advance occupational therapy for the next 90 years. The Not for Profit industry has recently seen tremendous change- with this change comes opportunities to grow, thrive and adapt for a future that looks different from the past. The CAOT Board of Directors and senior management are very busy behind the scenes revising governance structures and streamlining operations to be positioned to best serve members. Learn about current and future plans to lead CAOT.

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How to build Your online presence: LinkedIn and you
Webinar date: May 7, 2015

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. The basic functionality of LinkedIn allows users to create profiles and "connections" to each other in an online social network which may represent real-world professional relationships. This webinar looks at LinkedIn and how it can enhance your practice and to build your online presence.

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Scientific reading club and discussion of the article “The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure: A Research and Clinical Literature Review”
Webinar date: March 26, 2015

Improve your ability to critically appraise scientific articles in a collaborative learning environment. We discuss the research and a clinical literature review of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). In preparation for this webinar, read the article and prepare questions regarding the research methods and how the results may impact practice. This article is published in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT), a scientific journal free to access for CAOT members.

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Are we ready for the wave?  Occupational therapy for seniors in Canada
Webinar date: February 12, 2015

Seniors account for over 15% of Canada’s population, and are the fastest growing age group. Occupational therapy enables seniors to live fuller and healthier lives; yet, the proportion of the workforce working primarily with this age group has not increased at the same rate. This webinar provides an overview of select population characteristics as well as an in-depth look at occupational therapist graduate and workforce trends, with a focus on those working primarily with seniors. The workforce data from CIHI’s Health Workforce Database will be used for this analysis.  Statistics will highlight current 5-year national and provincial workforce trends.  Focus will be on occupational therapists working with seniors.

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The COPM: Today and tomorrow
Webinar date: January 15, 2015

Some of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) authors discuss exciting changes that are happening with the COPM with the advent of the fifth edition and the improved COPM website. They also discuss new COPM products as well as recent research.

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How to promote occupational therapy as a profession
Webinar date: October 23, 2014

The webinar discusses “promotion” as a part of a strategic marketing plan that includes advertising; public and government relations.

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How to promote yourself as an occupational therapist
Webinar date: October 16, 2014

The webinar draws attention to the range of career paths available to occupational therapists; the importance of self-awareness; an understanding of environmental factors that could influence your choices; and appreciation of self-promotional activities.

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Getting your message out: Writing a high quality conference abstract

Webinar date: August 28, 2014

You have important information that occupational therapists need to know. You have done research, evaluated a program, reviewed the literature, or implemented a novel evidence-based approach to assessment or treatment. You believe that presenting this information at the next CAOT conference would be a good way to share your findings, but you are not sure how to write an abstract that will be accepted. This webinar helps you get started on writing an abstract that will wow the Conference Scientific Program Committee. The features of a well written abstract and the review process are highlighted. 

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Orchestrating a viable occupational therapy business in an emerging field: Musicians’ health and other songs

Webinar date: June 19, 2014

This webinar discusses elements to consider when setting up a private practice in emerging areas of practice, such as marketing, business practices, and extended health insurance. Participants are invited to discuss factors they have taken into consideration or prioritized in a private practice. The presenter uses case examples from a practice in musician's health in order to illustrate components for occupational therapists to consider in emerging fields.

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Strategies for interprofessional healthcare providers to address elder abuse/mistreatment
Webinar date: June 5, 2014

Building on a CAOT elder abuse project funded by Human Resources Development Canada, this webinar provides information tailored to the health care providers who work in community care in the prevention, detection and intervention of abuse and mistreatment of older adults. Unfortunately elder abuse exists and as health care providers we need to be prepared to respond to situations of elder abuse. Those who provide services in the area of community care are important in supporting vulnerable adults and their role in the community means that in some cases they are the primary person available for disclosure and support. This webinar offers an overall strategy on how to deal with this issue, specific to British Columbia.

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Advanced search techniques for research
Webinar date: February 6, 2014

Learn ways to enhance your searches for the latest occupational therapy research. Staff members from SAGE Publications, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ publishing partner for the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy , present on a variety of search topics including open access requirements for Romeo Green, how to utilize Google Scholar, and Advanced Search capabilities for the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy ’s journal site.  

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How to build your online presence: Social media and you
Webinar date: January 16, 2014

Ever wonder about social media? Ever wonder how to use it? Or even why to use it? This webinar presents an introduction to social media, discusses building your communities, advocating for your profession, developing content and promoting yourself. We look at the potential risk regarding social media and health care-related information. We look at Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in 15 minute overview presentations and then discuss each platform.

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I'm going to apply for research funds - what are reviewers looking for?

Webinar date: September 19, 2013

Occupational therapists are increasingly involved in research and in writing proposals for funding: for a research assistant, a piece of equipment, to provide support for participants (e.g., parking). No matter the amount of the request, the proposal must be compelling and requires many hours of preparation. Granting agencies have limited funds, peer review committees have to make hard choices and many worthy proposals go unfunded. Knowing what reviewers look for and writing your grant accordingly is good research strategy. This webinar describes what reviewers look for in a proposal and how you can maximize your chance of funding success.

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Representing the profession and transferring knowledge: The experience of the first CAOT Research Analyst Fellow
Webinar date: April 11, 2013

This bilingual session will present the projects that were undertaken by the first CAOT Research Analyst Fellow. Dr. Julie Lapointe shares her experience of working at the national office and presents an overview of the various projects that she undertook and those on which she collaborated during the year.

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Online access and features of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Webinar date: February 28, 2013

Join SAGE for a tour of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy homepage, hosted on the award-winning SAGE Journals platform. An overview of the various features and functionality of the platform are given. Learn how to navigate the site, find issues and articles, sign up for alerts, and more!

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