Monday, 11 December 2017

CAOT-BC Blog Named one of the Top 75 Occupational Therapy Blogs!

CAOT-BC has been selected as one of Feedspot's Top 75 Occupational Therapy Blogs on the planet! Over 1000 blogs were reviewed, with a selection process based on Google search ranking, influence on social media, quality and consistency of posts, and Feedspot team review.

We sincerely thank the Feedspot team for this honor.

Check out the full list 


Friday, 8 December 2017

Pediatric Therapy Recruitment and Retention Strategy Webinar

We are pleased to announce the first in a series of pediatric webinars, available to therapists (OTs, PTs, and SLPs), as part of the targeted pediatric therapy recruitment and retention strategy initiated and funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

This initiative was created to address recruitment and retention challenges facing the occupational therapy (OT), physiotherapy (PT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) professions. CAOT-BC is a member of the advisory committee for this MCFD initiative.

As part of this initiative, MCFD is providing webinars for therapists to access. They will be available live and through recording. These webinars will inform therapists on clinical topics and are meant to relate to broad topics that will be of value to broad populations of therapists. 

Please find the registration link for the first webinar, It’s the Little Things that Count: Intro to Dynamic Core for Kids and Application to Baby Treatment below:


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Evidence for Occupational Therapy at your Fingertips


Are you an advocate for the value of occupational therapy? Looking for some evidence to present to your supervisor, MLA, MP or other decision maker?
Check out the CAOT-BC webpage Benefits & Value of OT for resources demonstrating the value and effectiveness of occupational therapy. These include:
  • A list of recently published journals and evidence
  • Four infographics

Have something to add? Send us your personal or practice stories, project or research results and any other evidence for occupational therapy to

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Resource for your Practice: Jumpstart Charity

Since 2005, Jumpstart has been assisting Canadian families overcome the financial barriers to accessing play and sport with the generous support of the Canadian Tire family of companies. Now, with an additional five-year $50 million commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation, Jumpstart is expanding its mandate to help remove barriers for kids with disabilities. 
  • Parasport Jumpstart Fund: A partnership between Jumpstart and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), the fund helps families whose children have physical disabilities gain access to funds so they can participate in a variety of parasport activities. Learn more.
  • Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project: Jumpstart will work with selected municipalities in every province and territory to design and build inclusive playgrounds for kids of all abilities. Jumpstart’s goal is to ensure that these playgrounds become the standard for inclusive play, and create community spaces where kids of all abilities can play side-by-side. Learn more.


Monday, 4 December 2017

It's not too late to join or renew!

Has your CAOT-BC membership expired? Thinking about joining CAOT-BC? It's not too late! 

Your support ensures the viability of the only professional association that represents occupational therapy in BC. In addition, membership gives you access to all the benefits of CAOT plus many exclusive resources and benefits specifically catered to BC occupational therapists. For example:

  • Advocacy initiatives aimed at improving access to occupational therapy in BC and communicating the value of occupational therapy to external stakeholders, including government. Your membership with CAOT-BC directly supports this vital work.

  • The monthly OTalkBC newsletter includes community event listings, opportunities for continuing education, important updates from BC Bid and other agencies, career opportunities, and more.

  • CAOT-BC Practice Networks provide a forum for sharing expertise and experience in occupational therapy in BC. With 12 active groups (meetings via webinar or teleconference) covering a wide range of practice areas, there is one to fit your needs.

  • CAOT-BC Exclusives on BC Lions tickets, PNE passes and events, Broadway Across Canada (BC) shows, and more.

Renew today by logging in to and completing the online renewal process, which can be accessed by clicking the large red ‘Renew’ button on your “My Account” page.  If you require a password reset to login to your profile on our new website, please contact our Membership Department directly ( 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the renewal process, any aspect of CAOT-BC membership, or if you would simply like to provide us with feedback.    

Thank you in advance for supporting the profession—You are CAOT-BC.

Giovanna Boniface, OT, CCLCP
National Director of Professional Affairs / Directrice nationale des affaires professionelles
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists / Association canadienne des ergothérapeutes
Tel: 1- 800-434-2268 ext. 265 Email:

Sarah Charles, OT
Service Coordinator for CAOT-BC / Coordonnatrice du service de l'ACE-CB
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists / Association canadienne des ergothérapeutes

Phone: 1-800-434-2268 ext. 245 Email:

Friday, 1 December 2017

OT in the News: Richmond OT featured in Falls Prevention Article

Occupational therapist Rishma Dhalla discusses fall prevention strategies and Richmond's Fall Prevention Program in a recent article.
Richmond resident Valerie Musil shares her experience with the program. 

Read the full article in the Richmond Sentinel


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Webinar Series: Befuddled About Support Surfaces? Become and Expert

CAOT-BC is partnering with HMEDA and the BC Care Providers Association to provide access to exclusive training webinars. 

The first of the series: 

Befuddled About Support Surfaces? Become an Expert

The purpose of this workshop is to gain an understanding of how and why support surfaces can help effectively manage pain to the clients’ and care givers’ satisfaction. Pressure injuries are painful and cause suffering and complicate the care and quality of life for the dying. Although wound care can be both healing and palliative, it can impair the quality of the end of life for the dying if it is done without proper consideration of the patient’s wishes and best interests. This lecture will discuss the ethical responsibilities and challenges of controlling pain, treating pressure injuries and related role and function of support surfaces
Hosted by: Karen Lerner | RN, MSN, ATP, CWS | Regional VP of Pressure Prevention, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | 12:10 pm – 12:55 pm
Where: Webinar

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

cOnnecT with Carlyn Derksen

Interview with Carlyn Derksen, MOTI representative on the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee 

Why did you choose occupational therapy as a career?
I chose occupational therapy because I knew wanted to work with others. OT allows me to work on interprofessional teams, and collaborate with other professions, learning from them. OT is a client centered profession, which interested me in because you get to be creative by working with a client to best achieve their goals. I chose OT because it promotes lifelong learning throughout your career; through a variety of areas to work, new research being done, and professional development courses are offered regularly.

What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
My favourite thing about CAOT-BC is that we are given up to date information on the profession, and there are so many various seminars (both webinars and workshops) which we can attend as part of our professional development. I love that because it allows further learning in more specific areas, and with up-to-date research.  

Where have you worked over your career? 
Before getting into the MOT program at UBC, I worked as an OTA for 2 years. I worked in adult day programs, long term care and in the community for clients with post concussion syndrome. 

What do you like about OT?
I love the variety. The many areas OTs can work in, I am constantly learning about all the areas we are able to work. I love the variety of approaches you can take with a client, while still being centered on the theories that guide practice.

What do you do when you aren't going to school and volunteering?

Aside from being a student at UBC, you can find me outdoors, whether cycling or climbing or going on walks with friends. I also love finding new coffee shops and a café with a good cup of soup.  

Monday, 27 November 2017

Back by popular demand: CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day in Vancouver February 2018!

Highlights include:

  • Scott Marcinkow of Haper Grey LLP will answer your questions about Employment Law & Human Rights.
    • Occupational therapists can encounter a number of issues when involved in Graduated Return-To-Work programs for clients and employers.  It is in this context that Harper Grey offers a primer on Employment Law and Human Rights which will review:
      • What is a disability?
      • What is the Duty to Accommodate?
      • What constitutes “Undue Hardship” when assessing the extent of accommodations?
      • What are the employee’s obligations in the accommodation process?
      • What are the employer’s obligations in the accommodation process?
      • Sample cases

  • Kathy Corbett, COTBC Registrar and CEO will speak on Accountability: The Heart of Professional Practice.
    • Advancing occupational therapy in private practice is situated in ensuring professional accountability in everyday practice. Using cases, this presentation will reinforce key principles of professional accountability and application of COTBC standards of practice to support safe, ethical and quality practice. Approaches to improve practice and avoiding pitfalls will be explored.

  • safeTALK, a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks. Learn more here

This event has sold out in past, so book your spot now!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Wellness Show 2018 Call for Volunteers


Can you help? We are recruiting volunteers to assist with our exhibit table at the Wellness Show 2018. Each year CAOT-BC hosts an exhibit at this event and with over 20,000 visitors attending the 2-day event, this is an excellent opportunity to continue our public awareness campaign to promote occupational therapy.
On the day of the shift, volunteers will also have the opportunity to explore the trade show, without the cost of admission.
WHEN:   February 17-18, 2018
WHERE:  Under the Sails, East Building (Hall B & C) | Vancouver Convention Centre

Available volunteer shifts:
Feb 18, 2018: 10am-2pm and 230-6pm
Email to sign up