WHITEHORSE, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 300 occupational therapists
and related health care professionals from across Canada and internationally
will gather in Whitehorse, Yukon from June 12-14 for the annual conference of
the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
Join CAOT for this 3-day conference when delegates will discover and
promote innovative practice through their exchange of leading-edge ideas and
ground-breaking research on health care issues pertinent to northern
communities. Occupational therapists help people of all ages and abilities by
allowing them to participate in daily activities.
When: June 12-14, 2008
Where: Yukon College, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon
Highlights for Thursday, June 12
Opening Ceremony (Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Opening prayer - Kwanlin Dun First Nation
The Honourable Brad Cathers, Minister of Health and Community
Services, Government of Yukon
Councillor Florence Roberts, Deputy Mayor, City of Whitehorse
Madeleine Dion Stout - leader in First Nations and Inuit health
Achieving educational goals for students with mental illness - As mental
illness often hits individuals in late adolescents, dropping out of high
school becomes a huge barrier to future employment and education for affected
individuals. With supports in the mental health system and educational
institutions working together, individuals living with mental illness are more
likely to achieve their educational goals and start to build a future. Colleen
McCain will present findings of a study that explored how collaborative
education programs can assist individuals with mental illness.
Rehabilitation with Nintendo's Wii - Jonathan Halton will present how
occupational therapists use current technology in creative ways. An emerging
treatment method for adults recovering from brain injury, spinal cord injury
and stroke is the use of Nintendo's Wii system. This new technology provides a
fun and engaging way to help improve function.
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) was founded in
1926 and is a national, non-profit professional organization. It strives to
advance excellence in occupational therapy practice and to promote access to
quality occupational therapy services for all people of Canada. CAOT, along
with its provincial and territorial affiliates, represents over 10,000
occupational therapists and almost 1,100 students.
For more details on the conference program, please visit the CAOT web
site at www.caot.ca.
Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the sessions. All
events are held at the Yukon College, 500 College Drive. Please visit the
Registration Desk to pick up a pass. A media room is available for interviews.
For further information:
For further information: or to book an interview: Wade Scoffin,
Association of Yukon Occupational Therapists, (867) 334-1553,