13-May-2021 8:00 AM - 14-May-2021 4:00 PM - Online (Pacific Time)

Foundations in mental health and well-being

Online Workshop

Thursday, May 13 & Friday, May 14, 2021  
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of resiliency skills across all groups, individuals and communities. Occupational therapists are well positioned to teach these skills and have begun to establish a reputation in primary care and primary health care for bringing this expertise to the team. This is an opportune time for occupational therapists to own and focus in on these skills; promoting expertise and a strong skill set in the area of mental health and well-being.

This two-day, online, practical skills workshop will break down and focus on what mental health and resiliency skills are, what they look like and how occupational therapists can best position themselves to teach them. You will learn concrete tools and strategies that you may incorporate into your therapeutic ‘toolbox’. You will review the fundamentals of building resiliency through teaching and practice of coping skills, such as mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation (the Dialetical Behavioural Therapy skills), behavioural activation, social prescribing, and basic cognitive behavioural therapy skills. Lecture, self-reflection, case studies and hands-on practice opportunities will be utilized to assist you in furthering your skills and confidence so you can apply them in practice. You will also have the opportunity to consider how all of these skills are used in the facilitation of successful engagement in meaningful occupation. 

Preliminary Workshop Agenda:
Day 1

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Introduction of resilience as a concept and the strong connection between occupational performance and resiliency skills and applicability across the lifespan

Review the principles of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), DBT skills and occupational therapy role

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Morning break 

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Emotional regulation

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Interpersonal effectiveness

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Afternoon break

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Distress tolerance

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.


Evening (on your own)

Homework: Winding down practice

Day 2

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Review of Day 1 and homework

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Cognitive behavioural therapy as an occupational therapy tool

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Morning break 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Self-defeating mindsets (examining unhelpful thinking styles and beliefs) 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Behavioural activation as an occupational therapy tool (including goal setting)

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon break

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Social prescribing as an occupational therapy tool

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Synthesis and case studies

Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Explore and practice core principles of mindfulness.
  2. Explore and practice core principles of distress tolerance.
  3. Explore and practice core principles of interpersonal effectiveness.
  4. Explore and practice core principles of emotion regulation.
  5. Explore and practice core principles of behavioural activation.
  6. Explore and practice core principles of social prescribing.
  7. Explore and practice core principles of cognitive behavioural activation.

Target audience:

Occupational therapist clinicians, students in occupational therapy programs and other health professionals who are interested in increasing their familiarity with and confidence in using a variety of coping skills to assist individuals in overcoming thoughts, feelings and behaviours which are impeding function as a component of supporting the ability to engage in meaningful occupation.

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.

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of experience in this specific practice area)


Lisa Diamond-Burchuk, OT Reg. (M.B.) 

Lisa graduated as an occupational therapist in 1989 from the University of Manitoba and completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy degree in 2017. She has practiced in Manitoba (primarily) and British Columbia in home, acute care, long term rehabilitation, personal care homes, school and private practice settings; both in rural and urban communities. She has worked with all ages in a wide variety of practice areas and clinical settings. Lisa has developed a passion for the role of occupational therapy in primary care and wants to spread the word about all of the skills in the occupational therapist’s toolbox which enable occupational therapists to support individuals and communities. She teaches skills and approaches such as motivational interviewing, dialectical behaviour therapy (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness), cognitive behavioural therapy, coping skills, behavioral activation, complex pain management, cultural safety, harm reduction, self-management, and effective goal setting. Lisa has been an instructor at the University of Manitoba for 15 years and provides occupational therapy services at Northern Connections Medical Centre; a primary care clinic serving clients from northern remote communities and members of other underserved individuals and groups. She has also supported the development of emerging community roles through fieldwork and is the founder and chair of the Manitoba Primary Health Care Community of Practice.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by February 17, 2021

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between February 18, 2021 and April 28, 2021 

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Registration deadline: April 28, 2021

Included in your registration fee:

Two-day workshop, 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:   

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. All cancellation requests received prior to April 28, 2021 will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after April 28, 2021 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 March 19, 2021  if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until April 2, 2021. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a 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? 
If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.  

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