Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Course

Presented by Dr Dido Green & Ann Somers MSc., BSc., MISCP

Three day course 1st & 2nd November 2017 and 23rd February 2018

The Solas Bhride Centre, Kildare Town, Ireland

About CO-OP
CO-OP is a therapeutic treatment approach for people who have difficulties performing skills. From children with DCD to adults recovering from stroke, CO-OP is a highly individualized approach designed to enable the use of cognitive strategies to reach his or her performance goals. It is a therapy that guides individuals to discover and develop cognitive strategies to enable the performance of personally important skills such as writing, skipping, bicycling, shopping, laundry and other necessary or important activities of everyday living.

his comprehensive course is offered in two parts.

Part 1 is a two day course, on 1st and 2nd November 2017 to familiarise occupational and physiotherapists with the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach including the key elements, background theory and practical application. Please note that this course is a ‘lifespan course’ and will cover using CO-OP for service users in many settings. Delegates will divide into groups to carry out tasks relevant to their clinical specialty.

Part 2 – a one day course on Friday 23rd February 2018 focused on consolidation. This compulsory day is scheduled a few months after the introductory course to allow participants to use CO-OP with their own patients in their own settings and come back with film (where possible) and case scenarios to discuss, review and consolidate their knowledge and demonstrate their skill.

Participants who successfully complete the certification process will be listed as certificated CO-OP therapists with the CO-OP Academy.

Part One: Course Description – Two day Introduction

The two day workshop on 1st and 2nd November 2017,  is an introduction to the basics of CO-OP and provides a foundation for its application to various clinical populations. In CO-OP the client is taught to identify cognitive strategies that help them to acquire skills and improve performance in areas of personal importance. The CO-OP involves a paradigm shift in the therapist’s general approach to intervention from component based to performance based; from explicit instruction to guided strategy, and all within the context of client-centred cognitive strategy use.

Course objectives:

Following the 2 day workshop participants will understand:
1. The rationale for using cognitive approaches
2. The evidence for the CO-OP
3. The seven key features of the CO-OP
4. The use of dynamic performance analysis
5. The use of global and domain specific strategies
6. The use of guided discovery to teach clients to find cognitive strategies that support occupational performance
7. An evidence framework for practice

Part Two Course Description: Follow up one day consolidation workshop 

Friday 23rd February 2018

The second stage allows participants time to use CO-OP with their own clients in their own settings and return with film and case scenarios to discuss this experience and review and consolidate their knowledge with the facilitator. Participation in this training provides an opportunity to consolidate knowledge from Part 1 with opportunities to explore and expand the challenges of implementing CO-OP in daily practice. The day is designed to promote discussion; participants setting the agenda for discussion and practice.

Course objectives
Following the one day consolidation workshop participants will:

1. The rationale for using cognitive approaches

Who is CO-OP for?
The CO-OP approach has been shown to benefit:
• Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
• Dyslexia
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Asperger’s syndrome

• Acquired brain injury
• Cerebral Palsy
• Drooling
• and other learning disabilities

• Stroke to re-acquire motor skills and adapt to life with different physical abilities
• Acquired brain Injury
• Mental Health

Objectives of the CO-OP Approach

  • Enabling individuals with problems performing the everyday tasks of living, in particular motor-based tasks to improve their performance through a process of problem solving, dynamic performance analysis, guided discovery and strategy use.
  • This approach is highly verbal and consists of three important objectives:
  • Skill acquisition
  • Development of cognitive strategies
  • Generalization and transfer of learning

Who Should Attend?

The COOP Academy wishes to inform you that

  1. The course was designed for individuals with a background in OT.
  2. Moreover, participants will be expected to understand the concepts/terminology being discussed (e.g. client centeredness).

Note that the certification course is primarily designed for occupational therapists and physiotherapists; however, other qualified rehabilitation specialists (registered with a professional body) may contact the Academy to apply for registration in the certification course.


  • Early Bird Ticket €550 on sale until 26th June 2017
  • Standard Ticket €575 on sale 27th June 2017 – 17th November 2017
  • Late Registration €595 for tickets purchased after 17th November 2017

Included In Your Ticket:

  • Attendance Certificate
  • High Quality Expert Training
  • Lunch & refreshments during break times
  • Free Car Parking



Please note that places on this course are strictly limited to 30 so we advise early booking to avoid disappointment


  • Wednesday 1st November 2017
  • Registration 8.30am – 9am
  • 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 
  • 9am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 23rd February 2018
  • 9am – 4.30pm

Dr Dido Greene

Dido joined Oxford Brookes University in 2012, coming from the Department of Occupational Therapy, Tel Aviv University where her responsibilities included directorship of the motor learning laboratory and delivery of courses on Neuroscience Foundations for Behaviour, Motor Control / Motor Learning and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Her transition to academia followed 20 years working in the National Health Service, UK.

Recognised as a leading clinical expert in the field of paediatric movement disorders, Dido has contributed to numerous texts for researchers and clinicians and is an invited/nominated member to a number of Department of Health initiatives and European committees developing Clinical Guidelines for children with movement disorders. She has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her contribution to Neuroscience and Innovations in Health Care Approaches and her work translating research into clinical practice was cited in 2012 by Dame Sally Davis, Chief Medical Officer as an exemplar case study. Dido’s seminal research exploring the inter-relationship between social and motor disorders influenced changes to the diagnostic criteria of Developmental Coordination Disorder in the recent publication of DSM-5. Research interests focus on translational medicine and evidence based practice, emphasizing an ecological approach to understanding challenges to performance and participation.

Ann Somers MSc., BSc., MISCP
Senior Physiotherapist, Ireland CO-OP Tutor

Ann Somers (MSc. BSc. MISCP) graduated in 2004 with a BSc. in Physiotherapy from Trinity College, Dublin. She completed her MSc. in Clinical Therapies, with a paediatric emphasis, at the University of Limerick in 2014. Part of this course included a postgraduate certificate on DCD through the University of South Wales. She was invited to become a CO-OP tutor in 2015, and subsequently served as the Networking Coordinator for the CO-OP Academy Executive Committee for the following year. She currently holds the position of Senior Physiotherapist, working in a paediatric physical, cognitive and developmental disability setting, with experience with both early intervention and school aged populations. She also has experience working with a PCCC paediatric caseload.

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Event Date: 01-11-2017
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