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


SOLD OUT December 2021. Trainers – Leading researcher from Canada Dr Sara McEwen who will provide an lifespan perspective on the use of COOP to include adult populations as well as children; Dr Hortensia Gimeno and Anne Corbett MSc.

Days 1-3: 7th, 8th and 9th December, 2021.

Day 4 (consolidation) 5th/6th April (participants will attend a half day session on either 5th or 6th)

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 Dr Sara McEwen, Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program, Sara McEwen Health Research & Education Consulting, Canada, Dr. Hortensia Gimeno, Evelina Children’s Hospital and Anne Corbett MSc, trainer and an independent occupational therapist, will conduct on-line 4 -sessions of  CO-OP workshops.

Dr McEwen’s clinical background is in physiotherapy, and her research focuses on developing and evaluating combined cognitive and motor interventions for people living with stroke and cancer, as well as implementing and evaluating interventions and programs.

Dr. 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 previously a therapy manager within the NHS and has 25 years experience working with a paediatric population in the community .

2. Course Content

You will be introduced to the basics of CO-OP and provided with a foundation for its application to children with neurodisability including developmental coordination disorder, ADHD and autism. This course is also be suitable for adult therapists working in neurology. including adult stroke and acquired brain injury

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 3-4 months after the initial workshops.  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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