Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

New group rate! When four or more individuals from the same organization are interested in registering for the CO-OP workshop in Kelowna or in Kingston, please contact with your preferred workshop location and the number of people in the group to receive a coupon code valid for $60 off the registration fee for each member of the group. This discount can be combined with the CAOT Member/Associate rate and with the CO-OP publication bundle, but cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon code.

Strategies for Success: Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP)



Kelowna, British Columbia
Friday, May 27, 2016 and Saturday, May 28, 2016 and Friday, August 26, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This practical three-day workshop is designed for therapists who wish to expand their knowledge of the CO-OP approach and how it can be helpful with a variety of client populations (both with children and with adults). During Part 1 (May 27 and 28, 2016), participants will learn the rationale for using the CO-OP approach in their practice and learn its key features. Through examples from clinical practice, participants will have the opportunity to apply the framework and practice the key features. Part 2 (August 26, 2016) is a consolidation day which will focus on the participants’ experiences with implementing the approach in their practice, addressing learnings and challenges.

CO-OP is an evidence-based treatment approach that has been researched extensively with many client populations, including developmental coordination disorder (DCD), stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebral palsy (CP) and autism. Please click here for a reference list.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance electronically following the workshop.


May 27, 2016

May 28, 2016

August 26, 2016

  • Review of evidence to support using CO-OP as treatment – developmental coordination disorder (DCD), stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebral palsy (CP), autism
  • Principles and theory supporting CO-OP
  • Process of setting client-centred goals
  • Dynamic performance analysis (DPA)
  • Skills acquisition through cognitive strategies
  • Putting DPA and strategy use together
  • Guided Discovery and enabling principles
  • Putting it all together
  • Application of CO-OP to other populations and formats
  • Participant experiences of using CO-OP
  • Case presentations of CO-OP applications
  • Discussion and practice on DPA and Guided Discovery
  • Discussion on applying CO-OP in your practice: successes, challenges and opportunities
  • Discussion on managing change in service implementation: challenges and opportunities

Goals and Learning Objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will:

  • Be aware of evidence-informed knowledge and rationale for using a top-down approach and for using cognitive approaches with children and adults.
  • Understand the theoretical background, key features, development and application of CO-OP.
  • Be able to complete dynamic performance analysis.
  • Be able to identify and utilize the global and specific cognitive strategies.
  • Be aware of the potential application of the CO-OP approach to different client populations.
  • Increase skill in applying CO-OP key features.
  • Be aware of CO-OP enablers and barriers.
  • Become confident in using CO-OP!

Target audience:

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, health professionals and teachers


Angela Mandich, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), OT(C)

Dr. Mandich is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. She is recognized internationally as a skilled clinician and researcher with extensive experience in pediatric occupational therapy. She has published extensively in the area of intervention for children with coordination difficulties and has been instrumental in the development of CO-OP.

Helene J. Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), OT(C), FCAOT

Dr. Polatajko is an internationally acclaimed researcher, educator, and practitioner. Her clinical experience is primarily in the area of pediatrics, most especially with children with learning based performance problems. She has held close to $10,000,000 in research funding, given over 400 presentations in over 20 countries, and has over 200 publications. Her primary research interest is the role of cognition in motor-based performance. Her work in this area has led to the development of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance approach which combines task-specific and cognitive-strategy-based training with collaborative client-centred practices that promote client-initiated performance problem solving. The approach has demonstrated efficacy not only for skill acquisition but also the elusive generalization and transfer of skill. Dr. Polatajko has received numerous national and international honors and awards including being inducted to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Associated Publication:

Enabling Occupation in Children: The COOP Approach

Written by Helene Polatajko and Angie Mandich
Further details at:

Registration Fees:

 Early bird rates: By March 11, 2016

 CAOT Members: $595  – Non members: $895

 Workshop + Publication: CAOT Members: $625 – Non members: $935

 Regular rates: Between March 12 and April 29, 2016

 CAOT Members: $645 – Non members: $970

 Workshop + Publication - CAOT Members: $675 – Non members: $1010

 Plus applicable taxes

 Registration deadline: April 29, 2016

*If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 231.

** Limited registrations available: Maximum 60 registrants

Workshop Location

Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
2402 Highway 97 North
Kelowna, BC V1X 4J1
(250) 979-6920

Hotel Accommodations

A special room rate is available at the hotel venue for May 26, 27 and 28, 2016 and August 25 and 26, 2016 for participants who book by April 23, 2016. The special room rates are $149.00 plus taxes based on single or double occupancy for the May dates and $179.00 plus taxes based on single or double occupancy for the August dates. These rates include a hot buffet breakfast served daily from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. Please contact the hotel directly at (1-888-860-1212) and mention that you are with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists meeting.


To offer this workshop at a competitive price and to allow each one to choose food items that best suits their needs and preference, lunch and refreshments are not included in the registration fee. Participants will either bring their lunch or they can go to one of the nearby restaurants.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:

All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

For additional information, contact us at or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 231.

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