CAOT: Licit, Illicit, Prescribed: Substance Use within the Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice- Vancouver, BC
6-May-2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Licit, Illicit, Prescribed: Substance Use within the Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday, May 6, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This one-day workshop is designed to introduce information about substance use and addiction that can be integrated into health practices, with an emphasis on the unique role of occupational therapy. Many clients integrate prescribed and non-prescribed substance use into their lives, which may have impact on achieving personal and therapeutic goals. The role of the health professional to effectively identify and intervene regarding substances crossed practice areas, such as geriatrics, rehabilitation, mental health, homelessness, and addictions, to name a few. Participants will be provided with opportunities for small group discussions and analyzing case scenarios.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance electronically following the workshop.

Goals and Learning Objectives: 

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Have increased knowledge about the prevalence of substance use across occupational therapy settings.

  2. Acquire a basic understanding about the pharmacological properties of substances, which subsequently impact patterns of use and effects on occupational engagement and performance.

  3. Be informed about appropriate screening and assessment tools.

  4. Apply harm reduction and abstinence approaches to clinical decision-making and goal-setting.

  5. Have knowledge about best practices for intervention and relapse prevention.

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, students in occupational therapy programs or OTA/PTA programs, physiotherapists, other health professionals, forensics, probation and justice personnel, as well as family members/caregivers who wish to increase their knowledge on substance use and addiction.


Niki Kiepek is an Assistant Professor at the Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy. For the past decade, her clinical practice, research, and professional development have largely focussed on mental health, substance use, and therapeutic relationships. She has integrated occupational therapy models and theories into program development for addiction services to address issues such as iatrogenic dependence on opiate analgesics, early identification and intervention in the workplace, and inpatient and community-based medical withdrawal services. As a researcher, Niki explores substance use as an occupation that has desired and undesired impact on occupational performance and quality of experience.

Registration Fees:

Between January 26 and April 24, 2017



CAOT Members and Associates

Student Associates

Non Members










Individuals Including eBook Publication








Individuals Including Hard Copy of Publication








Groups of 4 or more people from the same organization*


When four or more individuals from the same organization are interested in registering for

this workshop, please with your preferred workshop date and the number of people in the group to receive a coupon code valid for 10% off the registration fee for each member of the group



 *Pending sufficient spaces remaining in the workshop

 Plus applicable taxes

 Registration deadline: April 24, 2017

** Maximum 150 registrants

Workshop Location:

Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre

711 W Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Overnight accommodations

A room rate of $169 +taxes per night is available at the hotel venue for May 5 & 6, 2017. Please contact the hotel directly at 604-707-1939 or email at and mention the group name “CAOT” to receive the special room rate.


Parking onsite is available at a rate of $20 per day


To offer this workshop at a competitive price and to allow each one to choose food items that best suits their needs and preference, lunch is not included in the registration fee. Participants will either bring their lunch or they can go to one of the nearby restaurants.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:

All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

For additional information, contact us at or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 247.

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