Supporting a loved one with schizophrenia: Cognitive adaptation training for families

Location Details
This is an ONLINE event offered in partnership between The Royal and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Please note, there is limited space and registration is required. See below for more information.

As a family member or caregiver, we understand that your loved one’s mental health can have a significant impact on you. This family information and support event is intended for family members or caregivers of individuals living with schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses. These events are an opportunity to learn from our experts, find out about available resources, and connect with others who share a similar experience. There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Please note, this session is for Ontario residents only.


Shannon Xavier (she/her) is an occupational therapist (OT) in the Integrated Schizophrenia Recovery Program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. An OT since 2012, Shannon has journeyed alongside individuals living with complex mental health issues to support recovery, promote independence and enable engagement with their daily activities and their communities. Shannon has worked in inpatient, outpatient and transitional settings at leading mental health organizations across the province, utilizing cognitive adaptation training (CAT) in her practice to set clients up for success as well as facilitating education and trainings to support the implementation of CAT.

Courtney Brennan (she/her) is an occupational therapist (OT) leading the CAT service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). An OT for 11 years, Courtney has focused her work on enabling adults living with schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses to live more independently and engage with their occupations and communities. A researcher, educator, and clinician, Courtney has built evidence, trainings, and pathways to support the delivery of CAT throughout CAMH, while spearheading the use of CAT with forensic populations.


Cognitive adaptation training (CAT) is a practical, evidence-based approach that can be used by families and caregivers of adults living with schizophrenia. In this interactive workshop you will gain strategies and tools to help your loved one build independence in taking care of themselves, their spaces, and participating in their communities.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the different domains of cognition and their connection to schizophrenia
  • Describe the Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia resource and how to use it 
  • Identify ways to start a conversation about cognitive adaptation training with your loved one

Date and time

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
5 to 7 p.m. EDT




This session is free, however registration is required.

Registration and information

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