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News from Member Organisations June 2020 - Canada

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)

With a global flick of the wrist, the COVID-19 pandemic has rearranged priorities, both professional and personal, requiring a new balance that responds to the immediate needs of our members while re-evaluating the association’s long-term projects. To better support the profession as we work through this intense occupational disruption, CAOT has:

  • Developed relevant and timely COVID-19 resources with a focus on the transition to telepractice, economic relief for individuals and businesses, pertinent insurance information and frequently asked questions.
  • Taken action on key issues requiring government response such as financial support for students, businesses, associations and mental health initiatives.
  • Run weekly Exchange Forums to bring the occupational therapy community together for information and story sharing, idea generation, empathy and collegiality. Forum recordings are available for all.
  • Gifted the profession with a five-module webinar series, in both English and French, from renowned occupational therapist, activist and thinker Rachel Thibeault, ‘Pathways to resilience: Strategies for a world in upheaval. Available to all until July 31, 2020.
  • Proudly presented CAOT Virtual 2020 with a quick transition from our planned in-person conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to an online live conference on the same dates, May 7-9. 535 delegates attended and accessed over 120 evidence-based knowledge and skills sessions with the option to view in the moment or watch the recorded version at their convenience ($299 for non-members). CAOT Virtual 2020, our first virtual conference, was rated as a true success!

Launch of Engagement in Living: Critical perspectives on occupation, rights, and wellbeing. In this timely and valuable resource, internationally renowned author Karen Whalley-Hammell challenges the assumptions underpinning many of the dominant models of occupation and modes of practice. Drawing from a wealth of cross-cultural research evidence, the author demonstrates, unequivocally, that occupation is a determinant of human health and wellbeing and is thus a human right. A new conceptual framework for occupational scientists and occupational therapists – students, practitioners, educators, researchers and theorists – and more. A must-read! (soft cover or e-book)