Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists

Your voice for Occupational Therapy in Alberta!

Dedicated to the well-being of all Albertans, SAOT is the vehicle to drive practice, shape capacity and grow the profession of occupational therapy in Alberta by bridging research, practice, advocacy and policy.

Become a Member

Are you a registered OT practicing in Alberta? Become a member and help shape the profession of OT in Alberta! We offer several categories of membership that provide access to our wide range of benefits. The membership year runs from March 1 to February 28 of each year, and fees are pro-rated after September 1. Learn more >>

Workshops & Events

Occupational therapy is a diverse profession with endless learning opportunities. We list both SAOT-sponsored and non-sponsored educational opportunities and events. Learn more >>

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Occupational therapy is a health profession that enables people of all ages to overcome everyday barriers, helping them engage and participate in meaningful lives. Learn more >>

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You may choose to hire an occupational therapist privately. Like other independent contractors, occupational therapists’ rates and services offered differ. Search for an occupational therapist in private practice by geographic area and area of practice here. Learn more >>

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March 2017

Motivational Interviewing Workshop – Level 1

March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - March 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Crestwood Community Hall, 14325-96 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 0C5 Canada
$270.00 – $345

Level 1 MotivationaI Interviewing (2 days) Learn the theory and skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI): all about change and motivation, how to get started and basic MI skills. Participants will be able to: Describe MI’s spirit of helping; Explain why people do and do not change and how practitioners can influence the direction of a meeting; Learn to do more activities that encourage change and reduce activities that interfere with change; and Learn and practice the basic skills of MI…

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May 2017

Brain Injury and the Vision System: More Than Meets the Eye – Focus on Adult Populations

May 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Alberta, Lister Centre, 11613 – 87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H6 Canada
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$125 – $245

Presenter:  Dr. Cheryl Letheren, B.Sc. OD FAAO Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Edmonton, Alberta This workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the anatomy of the vision pathways and neuro-optometric theories. In particular, the enriched strategies, practices and hands-on approach gained from this workshop will expand your understanding of development, behaviour, motion and, most of all, what your patient actually sees and recognizes from the world around them. Participants will review various cases, assessments and…

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Proper Vision Development and Success in Life – Focus on Pediatric Populations

May 12, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Alberta, Lister Centre, 11613 – 87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H6 Canada
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$125 – $245

Presenter:  Dr. Cheryl Letheren, B.Sc. OD FAAO Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Edmonton, Alberta This workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the anatomy of the vision pathways and neuro-optometric theories. In particular, the enriched strategies, practices and hands-on approach gained from this workshop will expand your understanding of development, behaviour, motion and, most of all, what your patient actually sees and recognizes from the world around them. Participants will review various cases, assessments and…

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September 2017

Seating & Mobility Levels B & C – Sheila Buck, B.Sc. (OT), Reg. ONT., ATP

September 23, 2017 @ 8:30 am - September 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Holiday Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton South, 4485 Gateway Blvd,
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5C3 Canada
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$125 – $495

It’s More than 4 Wheels! : Beyond Basic - Adult - Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Providing a Seating and Mobility Prescription for the Adult Level B population A good seating and mobility evaluation involves not only the assessment, but the consideration of many client factors including physical, functional and lifestyle. These factors play a large role in determining the prescription of seating components and wheelchair frames/design to enhance functionality and overall performance for daily quality…

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October 2017

OT Month Networking Events

October 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Alberta Canada
Free

October is OT Month, and it’s the perfect time to promote the OT profession and network with your associates. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for OTs to spend time and share clinical/practicing interests and experience and build networks and relationships. Join hosts on the SAOT Board Directors for some complimentary appetizers and informal conversations at one of the networking events planned in several locations across Alberta. To help keep the costs down, we ask that you purchase your own beverage.…

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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
Robbins Learning Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9 Canada
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$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…

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November 2017

Dysphagia – Basic and/or Intermediate

November 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, 4520 76 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 0A5 Canada
$132 – $535

Day 1 - The Swallowing System: Back to the Basics November 25, 2017 Tiffani L. Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, LSVT Certified Clinician, MBSImP Registered Clinician To be able to accurately assess and develop a treatment plan for dysphagia, it is of the utmost importance to understand the system, including the muscles, central nervous system and cranial nerves.  The ability to understand the neuroanatomy and physiology of a normal swallow will enable clinicians to more accurately complete their assessment, diagnosis and…

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