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News from Member Organisations March 2023 - Canada


Start Planning for CAOT Conference 2023: Hybrid

Registration is now open for CAOT’s 2023 Conference: Hybrid, which is taking place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from May 10-12. With both in-person and virtual options available, this year’s event includes a number of changes, including virtual bundles and a brand-new clinician stream that will feature presentations from occupational therapy practitioners sharing their knowledge and strategies. Don’t miss your chance to learn, connect, and reflect at this popular annual event with more than 200 sessions available on a wide range of topics. Early bird pricing is in effect until March 16. See the CAOT Conference 2023 program and register to join us in Saskatoon or online.

EN & FR conference link is available here.


Free Bilingual Webinars Feature New Canadian Model of Occupational Participation, Model, and Framework

CAOT has created three free webinars in English and French about elements of the latest Canadian occupational therapy guidelines, Promoting Occupational Participation: Collaborative Relationship-Focused Occupational Therapy. Co-edited by Drs Mary Egan and Gayle Restall, this publication address the fundamental purpose of occupational therapy – helping others to gain access to, initiate, and sustain occupational participation. The book, which is considered an evolutionary advancement in the thinking of Canadian occupational therapy, emphasizes that the process of occupational therapy is focused on collaborative relationships with individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. It builds on concepts and processes to celebrate the strengths, knowledge, talents, and resources of individuals and collectives.

In the first free webinar, Dr. Egan introduces occupational participation and other key concepts included in the Canadian Model of Occupational Participation (CanMOP), as well as an example of applying the model and the categorization of occupations.

In the second webinar, Dr. Restall explains how the collaborative relationship-focused approach is an evolution from client-centred practice that incorporates contemporary knowledge and understanding. She discusses the four key characteristics of this approach and shares key critical reflective questions to consider when working with individuals or with a community.

In the third webinar, Dr. Restall addresses how building and sustaining collaborative relationships is at the centre of the Canadian Occupational Therapy Inter-Relational Practice Process (COTIPP) Framework and explains the three foundational processes that are essential to quality occupational therapy practice. Dr. Restall also provides an overview of the six action domains, which prompt the therapist to consider a constellation of options in an iterative process to promote occupational participation.

The webinar is available in English and French.