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Occupational Performance Coaching

February 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$150.00 – $265.00

Occupational Performance Coaching – Introductory Workshop

Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) is an intervention which is relationship and strength-based, occupation-centred, and research informed. OPC involves working alongside clients to achieve their goals for themselves, their children and/or their families.

Post-pandemic, these intervention strategies may be of heightened relevance, as clients seek to re-engage and return to occupations they once enjoyed. Empowering our clients with the motivation they need is particularly important for those who may be feeling they have lost a sense of personal power over these last many months.

In the OPC introductory workshop, participants will develop an understanding of the basis of OPC. They will be introduced to the three domains of OPC (Connection, Structure and Sharing), OPC session format, and therapeutic coaching techniques used during OPC. At the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding and basic skills to begin to utilise OPC within their services.

The workshop will also include practical sessions (e.g. case studies, videos/vignettes) and discussion of telehealth delivery to assist participants to integrate their knowledge and skills in a virtual setting.

This workshop is suitable for all healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

Through a combination of self-study and online learning, participants will

  • Articulate the theoretical and conceptual foundations of OPC
  • Develop an understanding of the three domains, session format and therapeutic techniques used during OPC
  • Develop and enhance skills in the domains of OPC: Connect (listen, empathise and partner.), Structure (participatory goal setting, and collaborative performance analysis) and Share
  • Develop a repertoire of strategies to situate agency with clients, and maintain this while prompting client reflection, and teaching principles as appropriate.

View the full training schedule HERE.

Registrants are required to purchase the OPC manual in advance at https://www.routledge.com/Occupational-Performance-Coaching-A-Manual-for-Practitioners-and-Researchers/Graham-Kennedy-Behr-Ziviani/p/book/9780367427962

Online Workshop Dates:

February 7, 2022 – 5 – 7:30 pm MST

February 10, 2022 – 5 – 7:30 pm MST

February 26, 2022 – 9 – 11:30 am MST

February 28, 2022 – 5 – 7:30 pm MST

Each preparation session (independent reading and journaling/reflection) will take approximately 1 hour; Zoom sessions will be 2 hours duration.

About the Presenter

Dr. Dorothy Kessler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University, Canada. She trained as an occupational therapist at the University of Manitoba, received her MSc at Dalhousie University and her PhD at the University of Ottawa. For her doctoral thesis she pilot-tested Occupational Performance Coaching with persons living with the experience of stroke

Dr. Kessler has over 20 years of clinical experience in stroke rehabilitation and complex care. Her research focusses on understanding the experiences of people living with chronic health conditions, as well as developing and testing of interventions and models of care to improve community reintegration and participation in personally valued activities among people with chronic health conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s’ disease. Her research is centered on interventions and approaches that engage and empower the person to manage their care.


February 7, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$150.00 – $265.00
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Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
(855) MY1-SAOT
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