21-Jul-2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 2020

Cognitive behavioural therapy: Level 1 for occupational therapy

4-week online workshop


July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This workshop is now sold out, please use the following link to add your name to the waitlist: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBT_Group7Waitlist
This 4-week interactive online 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, real case studies on audio and homework will be utilized to assist you 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 your occupational therapy practice.  Audio and/or video presentations will be included to support learning.

You will be expected to complete a homework exercise between sessions one, two and three.  Typically, these will include listening to audio of part of a CBT session and completing an exercise or worksheet. 

Preliminary Agenda:

July 21, 2020 from 7:00-7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Promoting positive engagement with clients

‘5 Ws’ of CBT applied to occupational therapy practice

CBT evidence, principles, minimal requirements, target of CBT

July 28, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Unhelpful thinking styles

The “Four Bubble” – CBT conceptual model

Use of coping cards – case scenario

August 4, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The thought record – case scenario

The CBT group

CBT for chronic pain

August 11, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Activity scheduling – case scenario

Review, self-reflection


Learning objectives:

By the end of this online workshop, you will:

  1. Understand CBT as an approach within your occupational therapy practice.
  2. Begin to apply the knowledge and skills of CBT into your occupational therapy practice.
  3. 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 wish to learn how to use CBT in their occupational therapy practice.  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 experience in CBT)

Gord Hirano, OT Reg. (Ont.)

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 May 27, 2020

CAOT Member and Associates

CAOT Student Associates and Retired Members

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between May 28, 2020 and July 8, 2020

CAOT Member and Associates

CAOT Student Associates and Retired Members

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Registration deadline : July 8, 2020

Please note that for the 2019-2020 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.

*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 in your registration fee:
Four-week online workshop delivered through webinar, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, electronic certificate of attendance.

Maximum number of registrants:   

**FAQ: Will this workshop be recorded and made available to watch at a later date?:
No, due to the interactive nature of this online workshop, this workshop is not being recorded and will not be made available as a recording to watch at a later date.

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to  education@caot.ca . All cancellation requests received prior to [registration deadline] will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after [registration deadline] will be given a 50% refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before June 12, 2020 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until June 26, 2020. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the technology for the Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. 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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