for Current and future Health Professionals

Emotional Well Being

Webinars
Canadian Mental Health Association - free webinars on workplace mental health
Supporting Clinician Wellbeing During COVID-19 - Recorded webinar by the American National Academy of Medicine
Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis for Health Care Providers Webinar Series - These webinars are held via Zoom on Thursdays from noon–1:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. They are hosted by UCSF Weill Institute of Neurosciences and recordings are available of previous presentations.
Horizons webinars by the NHS - a collection of webinars by the NHS - webinars designed to promote health and wellbeing amongst health professionals during COVID-19
Pathways to Resilience - a 5-part webinar series led by Dr. Rachel Thibeault about fostering wellbeing resilience in your life (scroll to the 'Pathways to Resilience' section

Blog Posts
Managing my Work-Life Balance Amid the Pandemic - blog post by Esther Dark on strategies for working from home as a health professional
Meaningful Occupations: What are they and why bother? - blog post by Emily Polovick about what occupational therapists mean when we say "meaningful occupations"
Get Dressed For Work From The Waist Up — The Importance Of Health Habits In Uncertain Times - blog post by Jennifer Garrett about tips for work wellbeing during COVID
Staying Productive during COVID-19 - blog post by Elizabeth Rosa, OT Student, on tips for staying productive during COVID-19

Connect with Fellow Health Professionals
Joy.energy.time – networking & education resources about preventing provider burnout
OTION network
OT Potential
OTHub
CAOT Practice Networks
CAOT-BC Practice Networks
British Columbia Pain Collective
"_______4OT" groups (i.e. MH4OT, OT4OT)
#OTalk - weekly discussions on Tuesdays at 12 PM PST/8 PM GMT (on Twitter)
#OccSciChat - frequent discussions about occupational science, as announced (on Twitter)
#OT365 on Twitter
#IsolateWithOT - tips and what occupational therapists are doing during the pandemic (on Twitter)
#ValueOfOT on Twitter

Apps & Tools
SilverCloud: Space for Healthy Minds - Self-guided mental health resource by the NHS - use code NHS2020 to sign up
Calm - free and paid guided meditations and mindfulness activities
Headspace - free and paid meditations; decreased variety in voices
Insight Timer - free collection of meditations from various meditation guides
F*ck that meditation - for those of you that find it easier to connect with meditation when there are a few swear words thrown in, here is a youtube video for you.
Self-Care worksheet - worksheet that you or your clients may find helpful when exploring self-care
Images & Quotes to inspire hope - a collection of images with quotes about hope, moving forward, and by leaders



Trauma-Informed Practice

Using a trauma-informed approach - a quick reflective tool for delivering trauma-informed services
Trauma-informed practice guide - a comprehensive guide for practising in a trauma-informed way
Trauma-informed practice - a brief webpage from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services on trauma-informed practice tips
Work
Therapeutic and Relational Security - recommendations for supporting clients who may do aggressive behaviours
Seek First to Understand - San Diego Virtual Pain Summit 2020: Explore the language of lived experience and learn how the words you use affect adherence and outcomes from a patient perspective. 




 

Citizen Engagement in Program Design

INVOLVE UK - "People should be at the heart of decision-making"
Alidina, S., Martelli, P. F., Singer, S. J., & Aveling, E. (2019). Optimizing patient partnership in primary care improvement: A qualitative study. Health Care Management Review, 46. doi:10.1097/HMR.0000000000000250  
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Open Society Institute (2008). “Nothing about us without us” : Greater, meaningful involvement of people who use illegal drugs: A public health, ethical, and human rights imperative. Retrieved on 29 April, 2020 from http://www.aidslaw.ca/site/nothing-about-us-without-us-a-manifesto-by-people-who-use-illegal-drugs/?lang=en
Fransen, H., Pollard, N., Kantartzis, S., & Viana-Moldes, I. (2015). Participatory citizenship: Critical perspectives on client-centered occupational therapy. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22, 260-266. doi:10.3109/11038128.2015.1020338
Maher, L. M., Hayward, B., Hayward, P., Walsh, C. (2017). Increasing patient engagement in healthcare service design: A qualitative evaluation of a co-design programme in New Zealand. Patient Experience Journal, 4, 23-32. Retrieved on 25 April, 2020 from  https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol4/iss1/4/
McNally, D., Sharples, S., Craig, G., & Goraya, A. (2015). Patient leadership: Taking patient experience to the next level? Patient Experience Journal, 2, 7-15. Retrieved on 1 May, 2020 from https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol2/iss2/3/
Patient Voices BC. (unkown). IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation. Retrieved on 4 May, 2020 from https://patientvoicesbc.ca/resources/iap2-spectrum-public-participation/
Richards, D. P., Jordan, I., Strain, K., & Press, Z. (2018). Patient partner compensation in research and health care: The patient perspective on why and how. Patient Experience Journal, 5(3), 6-12. Retrieved on 25 April, 2020 from https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol5/iss3/2/


Social Determinants of Health

Anti-Racism

CAOT - Occupational Therapy and Indigenous Peoples Position Statement
Free Webinar: Indigenous Health in the time of COVID
Free Webinar: Questioning White Supremacy in Occupational Therapy Practice and Education
WFOT 2018 Congress: Building globally relevant occupational therapy from the strength of our diversity - Karen Whalley Hammell
Occupational Therapy and Indigenous Health Practice Network (CAOT) - On the landing page there are links to many resources that you can use to learn about factors affecting Indigenous health and participation - and what we can do about it!
"Be Heard, We're listening" - Sessions on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AOTA)

Anti-Ableism

Disability Visibility Project
Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a life (Book) - Harriet McBryde Johnson
Crip Camp: The Virtual Experience - "We are inviting all grassroots activists and advocates to join us this summer for a virtual camp experience featuring trailblazing speakers from the disability community. All are welcome, you do not need any activism experience to participate."

The Doing Library - Our curated collection of online resources for doing

Mental Health
Mental Health Commission of Canada - Webinars in different areas of mental health
CAMH – Mental Health 101 Series - introductory-level courses about mental health
Canadian Mental Health Association - free webinars on workplace mental health
MH4OT Facebook group - people frequently post courses here relating to mental health practice
Joy.energy.time – networking & education resources about preventing provider burnout
Using a trauma-informed approach - a quick reflective tool for delivering trauma-informed services
Trauma-informed practice guide - a comprehensive guide for practising in a trauma-informed way
Trauma-informed practice - a brief webpage from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services on trauma-informed practice tips
Work
Therapeutic and Relational Security - recommendations for supporting clients who may do aggressive behaviours
Self-Care worksheet - worksheet that you or your clients may find helpful when exploring self-care
 

Concussion
Concussion Awareness Tool – Medical Professionals - concussion training course, including use of the SCAT5
Learn to prevent, detect and manage concussions – Online concussion course by the University of Calgary - current registration is for Fall 2020
Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic
Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms amongst Adults
- a comprehensive guide about concussions and persistent concussion symptoms from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (2018)

Pain Management
San Diego Pain Summit Online Recordings
Pain BC Webinar Archive - $79 USD for access to recordings of presentations at previous San Diego Pain Summits, including 2020
British Columbia Pain collective on Facebook (page and group)
Pain OT group has posts about education opportunities and weekly virtual "happy hours" for knowledge sharing
Pain Masterminds Network
NOIJam - blog about Explain Pain and other NoiJam resources for providing pain pain education
NOIGroup - courses, e-books, workbooks, and books relating to pain education. They have different books with different levels of medical/scientific jargon.
Health Skills - blog by Bronnie Lennox-Thomson about skills that health professionals can use, and perspectives to consider, when working with people living with pain

Seating & Mobility/Assistive Tech
International Seating Symposium – Recordings of Plenary & Keynote Sessions + presentation handouts from symposium workshops 
Home Design for Living - Webinars on home assessments and modifications; workshops on legislation are Australia-based

Professional networking, resource sharing, and education relating to OT and COVID
WFOT: OTION network - network for occupational therapists to collaborate during COVID
WFOT: Disaster Management Course - learn more about how occupational therapists can respond to disasters
WFOT: Information and Resources for Occupational Therapists during COVID-19 - information for occupational therapists working around the world during the COVID pandemic
AOTA: Information Pertaining to Occupational Therapy in the Era of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - now available to all, information and resources for occupational therapists, students, and educators during COVID.
CAOT – Occupational Therapy Practice Support during COVID - A collection of resources for occupational therapists provided by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
CAOT-BC - Occupational Therapy Practice Support during COVID - BC-specific resources for occupational therapy practice
Managing my Work-Life Balance Amid the Pandemic - blog post by Esther Dark on strategies for working from home as a health professional
Meaningful Occupations: What are they and why bother? - blog post by Emily Polovick about what occupational therapists mean when we say "meaningful occupations"
Get Dressed For Work From The Waist Up — The Importance Of Health Habits In Uncertain Times - blog post by Jennifer Garrett about tips for work wellbeing during COVID
Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis for Health Care Providers Webinar Series - These webinars are held via Zoom on Thursdays from noon–1:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. They are hosted byUCSF Weill Institute of Neurosciences and recordings are available of previous presentations.
BC Centre of Disease Control - BCCDC is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing and infection control measures for the COVID-19 outbreak. The information here is for health care professionals and public health partners.

For Students
Resume Tips - Get your resume ready to shine when you apply for your first job as an occupational therapist 
NBCOT Preparation - tools to prepare for the NBCOT licensing exam in the US
LinkedIn - Build a LinkedIn Profile and to network and learn of job opportunities
Portfolio - build a website that showcases who you are as an occupational therapist and what being an occupational therapist means to you; here are a few examples: https://elizabeth-rosa.weebly.com/, karengilbert.ca 
Study Groups - set up a study group with your classmates and get together using a videochat platform of your choice. Use your time wisely. 
Staying Productive during COVID-19 - blog post by Elizabeth Rosa, OT Student, on tips for staying productive during COVID-19

Additional Skills-Based & Evidence-Based Practice Learning Opportunities:

OT Potential Club, Podcast & Blog - weekly knowledge translations of studies about evidence-based practice; an online occupational therapist community for knowledge- and resource-sharing 
The OT Hub – resource sharing & discussions
*4OT groups on Facebook– pick an OT area of interest and search it followed by 4OT (i.e. Neuro4OT= information for occupational therapists working with people living with neurological conditions) - Here you can often learn about professional development resources
CAOT Webinars and Practice Networks – Webinars are usually 1 hour of learning; schedule here ; bundles for discounts here
OT Month 2020 Course 1: Occupational Therapy for Driving & Community Mobility - free 1.5 hour webinar where you can explore the meaning of driving & learn to apply the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework to the occupation of driving
Understanding Autism in the Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders Online - online undergraduate course by Yale School of Medicine
AOTA free continuing education courses - live and recorded webinars for continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association
Horizons webinars by the NHS -  a collection of webinars by the NHS - webinars designed to promote health and wellbeing amongst health professionals during COVID-19
SilverCloud: Space for Healthy Minds - Self-guided mental health resource by the NHS - use code NHS2020 to sign up
Supporting Clinician Wellbeing During COVID-19 - Recorded webinar by the American National Academy of Medicine
OT Australia Virtual Exchange - September 14 - 15, 2020 - WFOT members get member rate

Telehealth

AOTA practice tips for Telehealth - tips from AOTA about telehealth practice
Using telehealth in group settings - blog post about strategies for running telehealth in group settings
CAOT: Practical considerations for occupational therapists considering telehealth - tip sheet by CAOT about telehealth practice

Citizen Engagement in Program Design

INVOLVE UK - "People should be at the heart of decision-making"
Alidina, S., Martelli, P. F., Singer, S. J., & Aveling, E. (2019). Optimizing patient partnership in primary care improvement: A qualitative study. Health Care Management Review, 46. doi:10.1097/HMR.0000000000000250  
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Open Society Institute (2008). “Nothing about us without us” : Greater, meaningful involvement of people who use illegal drugs: A public health, ethical, and human rights imperative. Retrieved on 29 April, 2020 from http://www.aidslaw.ca/site/nothing-about-us-without-us-a-manifesto-by-people-who-use-illegal-drugs/?lang=en
Fransen, H., Pollard, N., Kantartzis, S., & Viana-Moldes, I. (2015). Participatory citizenship: Critical perspectives on client-centered occupational therapy. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22, 260-266. doi:10.3109/11038128.2015.1020338
Maher, L. M., Hayward, B., Hayward, P., Walsh, C. (2017). Increasing patient engagement in healthcare service design: A qualitative evaluation of a co-design programme in New Zealand. Patient Experience Journal, 4, 23-32. Retrieved on 25 April, 2020 from  https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol4/iss1/4/
McNally, D., Sharples, S., Craig, G., & Goraya, A. (2015). Patient leadership: Taking patient experience to the next level? Patient Experience Journal, 2, 7-15. Retrieved on 1 May, 2020 from https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol2/iss2/3/
Patient Voices BC. (unkown). IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation. Retrieved on 4 May, 2020 from https://patientvoicesbc.ca/resources/iap2-spectrum-public-participation/
Richards, D. P., Jordan, I., Strain, K., & Press, Z. (2018). Patient partner compensation in research and health care: The patient perspective on why and how. Patient Experience Journal, 5(3), 6-12. Retrieved on 25 April, 2020 from https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol5/iss3/2/


Social Determinants of Health

Anti-Racism

CAOT - Occupational Therapy and Indigenous Peoples Position Statement
Free Webinar: Indigenous Health in the time of COVID
Free Webinar: Questioning White Supremacy in Occupational Therapy Practice and Education
WFOT 2018 Congress: Building globally relevant occupational therapy from the strength of our diversity - Karen Whalley Hammell
Occupational Therapy and Indigenous Health Practice Network (CAOT) - On the landing page there are links to many resources that you can use to learn about factors affecting Indigenous health and participation - and what we can do about it!
"Be Heard, We're listening" - Sessions on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AOTA)

Anti-Ableism

Disability Visibility Project
Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a life (Book) - Harriet McBryde Johnson
Crip Camp: The Virtual Experience - "We are inviting all grassroots activists and advocates to join us this summer for a virtual camp experience featuring trailblazing speakers from the disability community. All are welcome, you do not need any activism experience to participate."

Continuing Education