OT Recovery Conference 2020 (Webinars): Re-imagine, Connect, and Inspire

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Join our mental health and addictions community for a week of webinars where we showcase ways to support recovery during the pandemic.

About this Event

The Edmonton Mental Health and Addictions OT Practice Council has decided to hold this year’s event as an online learning opportunity to maintain the health and safety of our community. Despite these uncertain and stressful times, our community has had to adapt the way we work and support people on their recovery journey. Let’s acknowledge and celebrate this innovation and dedication! Please join us virtually during the week of October 19 – 23rd, 2020 as we showcase mental health and addictions initiatives, projects, and practices. Together we will reimagine, connect, and inspire!


Monday, Oct 19, 2020, 12-1 pm

Entering the Zoom Age: Using technology to enhance your practice

A collaborative learning opportunity where participants will be provided with instruction on how to use zoom to provide safe and effective care to their clients. The emphasis of the session will be on how to use the different features of zoom, rather than transferring therapeutic techniques into a virtual platform. Following the presentation participants will be encouraged to discuss what they've learned, how they will use it and what features they may be aware of that were not discussed.

Learning Objectives:

• By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to identify features that make zoom more than just a virtual call.

• By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to effectively use 2-3 advanced

Presenter Information:

Jenalyn Myggland is an Occupational Therapist with the Recovery Supports Day Program. She has been with Alberta Health Services since 2017 and has held positions as a mental health therapist and occupational therapists. This spring when she was redeployed to Hope and Wellness in response to the COVID-19 pandemic she got a crash course in virtual group facilitation. While at Hope and Wellness Jenalyn became familiar with some of the more intricate features of AHS’s virtual platform of choice: Zoom

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020, 12-1 pm

Integrating Body-based (Bottom-up) Approaches to Your Addiction & Mental Health Practice in the Midst of The Pandemic

This session will provide an overview of a number of bottom-up treatment approaches that are trauma-sensitive and evidence-based and can be integrated into addiction and mental health therapy. The overview will include: Porges’ Polyvagal theory, Somatic Experiencing, Sensory-Enhanced Yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Shore's Right Brain Psychotherapy and other recent interpersonal neurobiology research. Ideas and experiences of how these can be delivered through virtual therapy within the context of pandemic stress will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

• Learners will understand the common features and differences between the bottom-up approaches and discuss how they can use selected approaches in their current A&MH practice.

• Learners will have a chance to practice a body-based method that incorporates setting the conditions for a trauma-sensitive intervention.

• Some discussion will focus on applying the methods in virtual therapy form and how to use these methods to address stress related to the pandemic.

Presenter Information:

Yesim Sokmen is an Occupational Therapist who currently works as a Mental Health Therapist at Sherwood Park CYF. Yesim has completed OT training at McGill University in Montréal and Master’s in Arts Therapy in New Zealand. Yesim is a Somatic Experiencing™ Trauma Therapy Practitioner and a teaching assistant at SETI, as well as an EMDR Clinician. Yesim has worked in various mental health settings in the past 17 years in Montreal, NZ and Edmonton. She has two scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a recipient of the Southern DHB Health Research and Excellence Award in 2014 for her research on emotion regulation using mindful arts and sensory modulation. She has presented in various conferences and educational activities in Montreal, NZ and Edmonton. Yesim is currently pursuing training in Sensory Enhanced Yoga.

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020, 12-1 pm

Go The Distance

The presentation will provide an overview of the Go the Distance Program. Showcasing dynamic therapeutic interventions facilitated virtually. It will highlight the benefits and outcomes within a variety of health care service sectors and disciplines.

Learning Objectives:

• To provide participants with a basic understanding of the Go the Distance program.

• To provide participants with inspiration for collaborative practice.

Presenter Information:

Brandee Elliott is a Recreation Therapist who currently works with Alberta Health Services in the Rural Calgary Zone for Integrated Home Care. Her main role is the management, facilitation, and supervision of the Didsbury, Strathmore, and Airdrie Adult Day Programs. Brandee spearheaded the “Go the Distance” (GTD) program which she pioneered with her team during the pandemic due to the closure of the adult day programs.

Sabrina Ball is the Clinical Lead for Day Programs in the North Zone. She has worked with AHS for 13 years in a variety of settings including Long Term Care, Supportive Living and Adult Day Programs. In addition to providing direction to 12 day programs in the North Zone, she collaborates with other leaders across the province working to standardize and improve day program practice.

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020, 12-1 pm

Recovery From Depression, Occupation and Behavioral Activation

Behavioral activation is an evidence based recovery oriented behavioral intervention for depression. It facilitates a recovery process of individualized support that uses activity analysis to engage the client in participating in valued and/or pleasurable activities. The presentation will serve as a review for therapists who have used behavioral activation in the past and will also serve the needs of therapists who want an overview of behavioral activation that will support its use in practice.

Learning objectives:

• Understand the role of occupation in recovery from depression and behavioral activation.

• Become aware of resources available within the AHS to facilitate clients engagement in activities.

Presenter Information:

Martin Anderson works for AHS as an assertive outreach mental health therapist in Peace River and he is an honorary Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Alberta Department of Occupational Therapy. He is currently completing an Occupational Therapy Doctorate through Kansas University Medical Centre. His research has focused on supporting Occupational Therapists who work in physical rehabilitation in using evidence based assessment tools and interventions when supporting clients recovering from depression. Martin has an interest in peer-led recovery. As a volunteer Martin has been working on community development focused on reducing stigma and its negative impact on health.

Devon Racher is an Occupational Therapist working with AHS in various mental health roles for the past ten years. She is currently working with the Urgent Mental Health Outreach team at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary. Devon is a facilitator and trainer for Wellness Exchange, a group series offered by AHS Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention (MHPIP), based on disaster recovery and behavior activation principles.

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 12-1 pm

Transition to Community for People with Eating Disorders

Individuals with eating disorders are among the most difficult clients to treat. The recidivism rate is high and there is a significant mortality rate. Inpatient treatment works well but the transition to community has often been unsuccessful. The House Next Door Society in conjunction with Alberta Mental Health and Addictions has developed a community transitional program that provides a different model to support increased success for this population. The program opened in early 2020, so this presentation will talk about the development of the program and early learnings.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the principles behind the model of transition

• Describe programs that may support this population effectively in transition

• Understand early learnings that could be translated into OT practice

Presenter Information

Liz Taylor is a Professor Emeritus in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. A community advocate, she is the Chair of the House Next Door Society, Chair of the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research, works with Streetworks, as well as sitting on the board of the soon to open Roozen Family Hospice Centre (Pilgrim’s Hospice).

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