Learning2Practice: Strategies for Success; The Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance Approach (CO-OP).

The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 5RU course 15/16 November 2019 & 6th March 2020 – Cost £450 early bird; £600 late booking. 

Chalk Hill Farm Primary Care Centre, 113 Chalkhill Rd, Wembley HA9 9FX. 10/11 December 2019 & 2nd April 2020 – £450 early bird before 27th October and £600 late booking.

Children’s Health, Surrey. 4/5 February & 9th June 2020. £450 early bird before 31st December 2020 and £600 late booking.

1. Course Summary and trainers

This training offers an opportunity for occupational therapists and physiotherapists working with adults and children with neurological conditions to learn the CO-OP Approach. CO-OP enables skill acquisition, problem solving and generalization and transfer of skills to the real world in a variety of rehabilitation populations, including DCD, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, dystonia, and stroke. Active CO-OP researcher Hortensia Gimeno (King’s College London) and Anne Corbett MSc will conduct a 3-day CO-OP workshop. Ms Gimeno is an Occupational therapist with a background in community paediatrics and currently conducts research and works with young people with dystonia at the Evelina children’s Hospital London. Anne Corbett is an occupational therapist and a therapy manager within the NHS and has 25 years experience working with a paediatric population in the community .

You will be introduced to the basics of CO-OP and provided with a foundation for its application to children with neurodisability. This course would also be suitable for adult therapists working in neurology as the approach is fundamentally the same but the examples used in this training will be of children and young people.

2. Course Content

To learn:

The rationale for using cognitive task orientated approaches

The evidence for CO-OP

The seven key features of CO-OP including dynamic performance analysis, guided discovery, and cognitive strategy use.

To experience:

The use of dynamic performance analysis

The use of global and domain specific strategies

The use of guided discovery

An evidence-based framework for practice

The second stage is a consolidation day that occurs in January 2018.  After practicing CO-OP in your own clinical setting, you will return to present a case study, discuss successes and challenges with implementing CO-OP, and have an opportunity for further practice of the areas presenting the greatest challenge.

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