Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

MSOT Speaker Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of our MSOT Speaker Series this April! The MSOT Speaker Series consists of regular professional development opportunities where presenters discuss topics relevant to occupational therapy practice in Manitoba.  

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Peter Lichtenberg for our next Speaker Series presentation on February 28th, 2022.
A person-centered approach to financial management and financial decision making assessments for older adults.
This session will describe new evidence based approaches to the assessment of real world financial management and financial decision making skills in older adults. Using a person centered approach, new tools have been developed and researched for nearly a decade. The intersection of cognitive decline, financial decision making, financial management and financial exploitation will be explored as will data from validity and implementation studies.
Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of The Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, and a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He completed a post doctoral fellowship in geriatric neuropsychology at the University of Virginia Medical School where he also became a faculty member. Dr. Lichtenberg has been a clinician and researcher throughout his career and is one of the first board certified Clinical Geropsychologists in the nation. He devotes his clinical and research efforts to better understand the intersection between cognitive impairment, financial capacity and financial exploitation; finding ways to balance autonomy and protection for older adults. Across the past decade he has created several tools to help assess financial vulnerability, and financial decision making capacity and partnered with the State of Michigan to have his tools implemented by Adult Protective Services. His website has attracted thousands of professionals, caregivers and older persons where narrated trainings and his scales can be found and used. The recipient of several major professional awards, Dr. Lichtenberg has authored 7 books and over 190 scientific articles in Geropsychology.

To register:

MSOT Members (FREE): Please log in. Then visit the Professional Development Opportunities for Members page in the member portal to register for your free ticket.

General public (Non MSOT members):



MSOT is thrilled to welcome Nancy Newall for our next Speaker Series held on November 17th at 6pm.

The Community Connectors Training Workshop: Identifying and Referring Socially Isolated Older Adults seeks to train and educate Community Connectors on the impacts surrounding social isolation and loneliness in older adults and how to refer isolated older adults to local resources.
Nancy Newall is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Brandon University. Her work examines some of the causes of loneliness as well as the consequences of loneliness for older Manitobans in terms of health and longevity. Most recently, she has turned her attention to exploring what types of services or interventions might help people become less lonely or isolated and more socially connected.
For more information on this work visit:

To register:
MSOT members (FREE): Please log in. Then visit the Professional Development Opportunities for Members page in the member portal to register for your free ticket.
Non-MSOT members (10$)


Past Speaker Series recordings:

MSOT members can login through the member portal and access the Professional Development Opportunities for Members page to see recordings of our previous Speaker Series presentations!

MSOT is pleased to provide our advertisers’ Professional Development Opportunities and Products:

Home is where the heart is: Creating opportunities for aging in place virtual conference, November 24-25

2021 Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute 2021 Workshops
Various dates/locations

Pain BC: Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Courses and Workshops

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba library

Institute for Life Course and Aging 2021 Workshops
Various dates/locations

Volunteer Manitoba 2021 Workshops 
Various dates/locations

CAOT 2020-2021 Professional Development Workshops and Webinars
Various dates/locations

Workplace health and safety learning resources
All four online modules are FREE and sponsored by grants from the Dept. of Labour, Government of Alberta. Each module leads to self-test opportunity and downloadable certificate for professional portfolios.

Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference
Postponed from June 2020, TBD late spring 2021
Halifax, NS

Members can access additional professional development opportunities through the Member Portal.