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Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference 2017: Achieving Clinically Meaningful Care and Personal Recovery

October 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

$70 – $150

The Edmonton Zone Occupational Therapy Practice Council, in partnership with the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists, is pleased to present a two-day OT Recovery Conference that offers addiction and mental health service providers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of personal recovery and evidence-based measures that support recovery-oriented interventions.

Day 1 – October 26, 2017
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the core concepts and essence of the recovery model.
  • Learn about rigorous conceptual and measurement models for personal recovery such as the Personal Recovery Outcome Measure (PROM).
  • Discuss the barriers to implementing effective recovery-oriented interventions and reflect on ways to overcome this through a panel discussion.
  • Develop skills in evaluating and choosing recovery measurements that are fit for purpose in clinical practice and research.

Day 2 – October 27, 2017
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore what personal recovery means for individuals living with complex needs and what constitutes as a “good outcome” for people who experience severe mental health, addiction, physical health, and socio-economic challenges.
  • Witness a personal wellness journey through an interactive workshop.
  • Discuss the role of Occupational Therapists as evidence-based leaders in mental health rehabilitation who can impact policy and mental health service delivery.
Who should attend?

Clinicians, paraprofessionals (including SAOT members in any category of membership) students and public.

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Skye Pamela Barbic  PhD, OT
Assistant Professor, Scientist
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy | Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Dr. Skye Barbic, is renowned as the leader of the Personal Recovery Outcome Measure (PROM) study, a national program of research that examines how to identify and measure recovery needs of Canadians with mental illness. Her clinical research areas include community integration and personal recovery of youth and adults with mental illness who experience homelessness.

Born and raised in Montreal, Skye completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and at UBC in the Department of Psychiatry, preceded by her PhD studies at McGill University. Skye has worked as an occupational therapist since 2004 and is currently researching the development and use of patient reported outcomes to inform clinically meaningful care and the allocation of health service resources. She is passionate about the role of patient engagement, modern psychometrics methods, and technology to inform evidence-based care in mental health rehabilitation and beyond. Skye is currently working on several projects understanding how best to measure outcomes in mental health rehabilitation and psychiatry. This work has led to her recent appointment as a Federal Advisor of Mental Health to Canada’s Minister of Health Jane Philpott. Read more about Skye’s research at skyebarbic.com.

Pamela Spurvey
Peer Support  Worker
Alberta Health Services

Pamela Spurvey is passionate about empowering people with mental health challenges, addictions, and trauma history to work towards wellness. She is known as a powerful speaker who shares her lived experience in order to instill hope that change is possible.

“My name is Pamela Spurvey and I suffered from mental health and addiction issues for many years. I have been in my wellness journey now for 10 years. I spent many years feeling hopeless, in emotional pain and believing there was no way out. When I was feeling unwell and trying to navigate the system, the connections I made with my supports were critical. Building relationship and trust with me was key in making change possible.  It could prevent, or stop me from asking or seeking help depending on how I was treated.  In time with self-help groups and guidance from counsellors and so much more, I was able to gain a sense of hope. I learned that I am not my illness. I was able to monitor my illness and my life holistically, including both body and mind. I now use this knowledge to help others see that they too can empower themselves and gain a sense of hope and recovery. Presently I work for Alberta Health Services as a Peer Support Worker.”

Registration Fee (includes lunch). Deadline is October 13, 2017.

SAOT members save 20% – any category of membership!

Clinicians, paraprofessionals and students will receive a certificate of completion.

If you have any questions, contact OTRecoveryConference@albertahealthservices.ca


October 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am
October 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
$70 – $150
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Robbins Learning Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital
10240 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9 Canada
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