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Course Description

This workshop presents an eco-social perspective to guide intervention and research. The creation of healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities requires in-depth understanding of contemporary social challenges such as ecological and economic crises, long-term unemployment, poverty, and forced displacement. Vivid international examples of project development are offered and participants encouraged to apply knowledge gained from a step-by-step design process to their own professional practice. Content is applicable to Canadian and global contexts. Theoretical content is complemented with project-based learning, group dynamics, videos, and case studies.

The course will appeal to occupational therapists working in psychosocial rehabilitation, global health, social services, and with vulnerable populations marginalized by economic, employment, geographical, and other disparities. However, it is not limited to occupational therapists and everyone is welcome to register.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify eco-social threats to health of individuals and communities and generate possible occupation-based responses
  • Design eco-socially sensitive intervention protocols and/or projects in collaboration with vulnerable populations, using community-building and social entrepreneurship processes
  • Interpret, explain, and appraise the benefits of recovery-oriented practices applied to typical and supported employment
  • Compare the benefits of different research methods for integration with community-based program development


Tentative Topical Outline

Time Topic Faculty
Friday July 14
8:15 a.m. Registration
8:30-9:30 Re-thinking communities: Art of community intervention Salvador Simó Algado
9:30-10.30 Long-term unemployment and recovery

(with introduction by Skye Barbic)

Maria Kapanadze


10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Intervention protocols: inclusive employment and career designing Maria Kapanadze
11:30-12.30 Project development steps:

examples of rehabilitation of natural spaces; working with indigenous populations

Salvador Simó Algado
12:30-1:30            Lunch
1:30-2:30             Workshop on project development Salvador Simó Algado

Skye Barbic

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 Research workshop Salvador Simó Algado

Skye Barbic

Saturday July 15
8:30-9:30 Children’s experiences of poverty and war Salvador Simó Algado
9.30-10.30 Children’s experiences of migration and homelessness Maria Kapanadze
10.30-10.45 Break


Phenomenological research on ethical aspects of occupation Maria Kapanadze
11.30-12.30 Introduction to social entrepreneurship: The BIO-ART-CAFÉ project as an exemplar Salvador Simó Algado
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Workshop on entrepreneurial skills


Salvador Simó Algado

Maria Kapanadze

Skye Barbic

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 Mapping eco-social occupational therapy:

group presentations


Salvador Simó Algado

Maria Kapanadze

Skye Barbic


Registration Fee includes all sessions, learning materials, refreshments, and lunches. Early Bird Fee $340 if registered one or before June 30, 2017. Regular Fee $375. A “Certificate of Attendance” will be provided on site.

Cancellation Policy: You may send an alternate in your place, but we cannot transfer receipts once issued. No refunds or transfers unless you cancel in writing to by July 7, 2017 for a $50 fee. No refunds for cancellations after July 7, 2017. Workshop is offered contingent upon reaching a minimum number of registrants by June 30, 2017. Your fee will be refunded in full if we cancel.



Salvador Simó Algado

Professor Salvador Simó Algado graduated as an occupational therapist in 1994 at Universidad de Zargoza, with additional education in Canada and Sweden. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2011 in Inclusive Education and a Master of Business Administration in 2013.

Salvador is cofounder of Occupational Therapy without Borders. He has vast experience in developing projects in the cooperation field (in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Guatemala) and in social and mental health practice areas in Spain.

Salvador has been teacher and researcher at Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (Uvic-UCC) since 2000. His research, based in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, mainly focuses on social determinants of health, social entrepreneurship, suicide prevention and the use of art as an asset for health and social inclusion. He is the coordinator of mental health and social innovation research group since 2013. He is an international consultant for the development of projects integrating research, education and interventions and has lectured or worked in over 30 countries. You can view his portfolio at


Maria Kapanadze

Maria Kapanadze has a BSc in Occupational Therapy and Psychology, MSc in Psychology, MSc in Inclusive Education and is currently a PhD student in Psychology at University of Girona. She graduated as the second generation of occupational therapists of Georgia in 2007 from Ilia State University’s (ILIAUNI) European Project, developed in collaboration with the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE). Her professional experience includes project development in social settings with vulnerable populations. Her research focuses on ethical aspects of occupation, moral identity, social determinants of health, prevention of long-term unemployment, employability and recovery-oriented practices.

Maria has been teacher at University School of Nursing and Occupational Therapy of Terrassa (EUIT) (subscribed to Autonomous University of Barcelona) since 2010.


Skye Barbic

Skye Barbic is a registered occupational therapist with clinical interests in the rehabilitation of Canadians with serious mental illness. She is Assistant Professor, UBC Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Studies. Her clinical training was at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and she completed her doctoral studies at McGill University. Skye completed a post-doctoral fellow at UBC in the Departments of Psychiatry and Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, which followed her first post-doctoral fellowship, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto where she applied her expertise in health outcomes measurement to the field of psychiatry and mental health rehabilitation. She is an active member of the health outcomes research community. She is passionate about her profession and her goal is to promote the role for occupational therapists as evidence based leaders in mental health rehabilitation and beyond.

The 2-day course has been designed by and will be taught by Maria and Salvador. Skye will facilitate applications to the Canadian context during applied (workshop) sessions.


Registration Information


Early Bird Registration on or before June 30, 2017             $340

Regular Registration (after June 30, 2017)                            $375

Registration Fee includes all sessions, learning materials, refreshments, and lunch each day. Options include fruits, vegetables, and proteins for a variety of diets (e.g., vegetarian, gluten-free), but we regret individualized special meals will not be ordered. A “Certificate of Attendance” will be provided on site.

Please register online at using your credit card.


You will need the following information to register:



Telephone number

Practice location (employer, agency, company)

Practice setting and/or clientele

Credit card number and billing information

Personal Information is collected on this registration form pursuant to section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSBC 1996 c. 165. The information will be used for the purposes of facilitating the conference and producing aggregate statistics.  For questions, please contact UBC CPD at 604-875-5101.


Cancellation Policy

You may send an alternate in your place, but we cannot transfer receipts once issued. No refunds or transfers unless you cancel in writing to  by July 7, 2017 for a $50 fee. No refunds for cancellations after July 7, 2017.

This workshop is offered contingent upon reaching a minimum number of registrants by June 30, 2017. Your fee will be refunded in full if we cancel.


Questions about this learning opportunity? Contact or 604-822-7409.