Occupational Therapy Networks

It’s an open house! 

CAOT invites members and associates to attend sessions hosted by the Occupational Therapy Networks during November and December. Each is a one-hour interactive meeting, in webinar format, where network chairs will share information regarding the network’s purpose, goals and activities and let you know how new members can be involved. A chat session follows. The network open houses are free, with registration for each required.  Here are the links (all in Eastern time):

Occupational Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation on November 20 at 12:00 pm

Occupational Therapists and Sensory Processing Network on November 22 at 12:00 pm

Retired Members Network on November 22 at 3 pm

Network for Newcomers on November 23rd at 12:00 pm

Addressing Suicide in Occupational Therapy Practice on November 29 at 12:00 pm

Palliative Care Network on November 29 at 1:30 pm

Occupational Therapy and Aboriginal Health Network on December 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Occupational Therapists Working in Dementia Care Network on December 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm  

CAOT networks are created when a core group of CAOT Members and Associates with similar interests are identified and there is a need to create a forum. The primary goal of the networks is to build capacity related to the area. The networks may also (1) provide vision, resources and action for the work of CAOT; (2) provide opportunities for networking and mentoring, (3) and lobby for occupational therapy services..

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Occupational Therapy and Aboriginal Health Network

Occupational therapists can partner with Inuit, Metis and First Nations peoples to influence the health, well-being and self-determination efforts of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Occupational therapists recognize that Aboriginal people have specific health and life challenges. Occupational therapists can engage in ongoing partnerships, education and research to provide accessible, meaningful and culturally safe occupational therapy services with Aboriginal peoples.

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Occupational Therapists Working in Dementia Care

Engagement in meaningful occupations, be they leisure, social, self-care, volunteer, productive, and/or physical in nature, is important to the health and well-being of all Canadians.CAOT recognizes that there is a need to support opportunities for occupational engagement for older adults,regardless of health or disability status. Having an understanding of the dynamic relationship between the person, occupation, and environment can uniquely position occupational therapists to provide client centered, evidence-based services for the growing cohort of older adults.

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Occupational Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation

The OTLVRN began in 2016 when Tanya contacted CAOT to begin a conversation about the need to promote occupational therapy in low vision rehabilitation. CAOT was quick to respond and a Water Cooler Talk Low Vision Rehabilitation: Practice Possibilities for Occupational Therapists, was held. An impromptu email correspondence began between three occupational therapists interested in continuing the conversation. In less than two weeks, the group had expanded with occupational therapists from across Canada speaking up. CAOT agreed to create a network to further support the development of occupational therapy involvement in the area of low vision rehabilitation.

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Occupational Therapy within the Military and Veterans Affairs

Occupational therapists work with military personnel and veterans especially in areas of primary health care and physical and mental health services.Amongst other CAOT initiatives, members have formed a networking group and are collaborating to share resources and expertise relevant to these areas of practice.

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Occupational Therapists and Sensory Processing

Individuals with sensory processing challenges and their families should have access to evidence-informed collaborative health services. Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to provide a developmental and holistic perspective on how sensory processing and motor planning challenges interfere with an individual’s occupational performance. The OTSP Network promotes, develops, and supports the role of occupational therapy and occupational therapists in the provision of evidence informed interprofessional assessment and intervention for those with sensory processing and motor planning challenges across the lifespan.

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Retired Member Network

The CAOT Retired Member Network started in 2016 in response to CAOT members, who are retired or considering retirement, who expressed a desire to remain in touch with the profession and CAOT. The Purpose and Objectives were determined in collaboration with those who either attended one of the first two meetings or expressed interest in the Network.

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Creating a new network

If you would like to create a new CAOT Occupational Therapy Network or to re-establish an inactive network:
  • Ensure your idea for a new CAOT Occupational Therapy Network is intended to meet the primary goal of building capacity.
  • Complete this electronic form to describe the need for a new network and to indicate if you are willing to be a chair.
  • If desired, share the link to the electronic form with other occupational therapists across Canada who will be interested in participating in this network.

For more information about the Occupational Therapy Networks, please contact us at practice@caot.ca

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