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Incorporating Mental Health into Every Practice – A Virtual Café

October 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


What is the Virtual Café?

SAOT is hosting a series of conversations with occupational therapists (OT) to support all OTs to work to their full scope of practice. Facilitators will present examples and case studies with the recognition that all clients’ goals are multifaceted and require holistic approaches. Bring a hot (or cold) beverage and enjoy!

Sessions are free of charge and open to all registered OTs in Alberta as well as OT students attending the University of Alberta.

Over the next several months, we will host an OT who incorporates a mental health lens into their day-to-day practice to increase client’s outcomes. Examples may include OTs who work in home care, specialized care, school, etc. Participants will work through a case study identifying areas in which we can work to consider the mental health needs of our clients within all practices in smaller breakout rooms. Following this, the facilitators will lead us in discussion to determine ways of applying lessons learned with our own clients.

October 2022 Presenter – Tyler Anton

My presentation is going to focus on the importance of assessing and evaluating mental health with individuals following traumatic upper extremity injuries. Throughout the presentation we will look at assessments, strategies to support patients, and advocating for patients’ needs with key stakeholders. We will discuss working within multidisciplinary teams, setting realistic expectations regarding function/loss of function and continuity of care following discharge. This presentation will aim to encourage therapists to be mindful of mental health needs of patients while working in non mental health specific jobs. This is an important area of focus for all therapists no matter what their position entails.

About Tyler
Tyler graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at Lakehead University where he then completed his Master of Occupational Therapy with a focus in Indigenous Peoples of Canada at the University of Alberta. He started his career working in Edmonton with Chrysalis: An Albertan Society for Individuals with Disabilities where he developed the Occupational Therapy position focused on supporting individuals with complex needs. He also worked with Yellowhead Tribal Council as the community Occupational Therapist. Currently Tyler is working in Ontario at the Hand and Upper Limb Clinic. Tyler is passionate and driven about hand therapy and enjoys helping people get back to doing what they need and want to do. His approach is client centered and strength based. In his current role he actively advocates for patients needs while working closely to key stakeholders such as workers compensation and insurance companies.


October 26, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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