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Training in Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC)

How do I get training in OPC?

Training in OPC can currently be accessed through one, two or three day workshops delivered by Dr Fiona Graham, or an endorsed OPC trainer. All endorsed OPC trainers are listed on this page. OPC trainers or training courses not listed below are not recognised by the OPC Network and would not meet fidelity requirements for research in OPC. The certificate in OPC offered by AOTA from 2019 is not an OPC Network recognised qualification, nor is Diana Gantman Kraversky trained in OPC. A self-study course on OPC hosted by Dr Fi Graham is available below.

OPC training is provided on request, pending the availability of trainers. Six months advanced booking is usually required. It is at the discretion of the host whether an OPC training event is accessible to the general public.

To host an OPC workshop, please contact Dr Fiona Graham (fi.graham@otago.ac.nz) or one of the endorsed trainers listed on this website. If wishing to host a workshop that is open to the public in your local city, we can advertise the workshop via the OPC website.

An online, self-directed study course in OPC is also available. The OPC self-study introductory coaching course includes 5 modules, each with fun, interactive ways to learn coaching skills over 90 days of course access. Modules include: an introduction to OPC, Connect, Structure and Share domains, and translation of OPC into rehabilitation settings. Multiple video and audio demonstrations of coaching by Dr Fi Graham illustrate coaching methods. Extension material provided enables the learner to continue their learning journey. A personal certificate on course completion provides evidence of study. The cost of the course is NZ$500. No additional tax certificate is available.

How do I become an endorsed trainer?

Endorsed OPC trainers have undertaken a series of Introductory, Advanced and Train-the-trainer workshops in OPC delivered by the OPC Network trainers; and have demonstrated application of OPC to a high standard, as assessed using the OPC fidelity measure by OPC Network members. All endorsed OPC trainers are members of the OPC Network.

Endorsed OPC trainers receive regular supervision, training and education in the latest developments and research on OPC. Endorsed trainers teach from standardised training materials and have demonstrated competence in the use of experiential teaching methods to OPC Network members.

The next OPC Train the Trainer workshops are listed here.

How do I make sure I am using OPC safely?

Explicit and written shared understanding of the focus of intervention, length of planned intervention and outcomes that are aimed for should be undertaken with clients when attempting use of OPC , consistent with best practice rehabilitation. Professional ethical principles and other local rules governing practice (such as local professional registration rules) should be adhered to when considering whether to use OPC.

Understanding of the specific health populations that OPC is applicable to is still emerging. OPC is not recommended when there is an immediate concern for the safety of a client or others in their care. Monitoring of the effect of OPC is recommended at every client contact.

Information for Researchers

The OPC Network welcomes engagement with researchers internationally and encourages independent research of OPC. In order to ensure fidelity to OPC as it is intended, the following fidelity process is recommended.

  1. A minimum of 24 hours of in-person training is provided by an Endorsed OPC trainer. All endorsed OPC trainers are listed on this website.
  2. Certification as an advanced OPC practitioner through submission of five or more audio/video files of the use of OPC for rating against the OPC Fidelity Measure (OPC-FM) by a member of the OPC Network (see Trainer contact details listed below), along with a self-rating of each session using the OPC-FM. At least five sessions rated at 80% or higher fidelity are considered adequate for intervention therapists within a study of OPC. Further details on fidelity requirements are outlined in the OPC Manual. Network members will usual charge for their time in undertaking fidelity assessment thus this will need to be budgeted for by requesters.
  3. Certification must occur prior to commencement of the intervention period of any study.

Consistent with good practice in establishing and monitoring of fidelity during any intervention research, fidelity checks are required throughout the intervention period given that drift and variation can occur over the life of a study.

Research regarding OPC is evolving rapidly. Independent researchers are invited to contact Dr Fiona Graham (fi.graham@otago.ac.nz) for the most up to date information prior to commencing their study.

Upcoming public training on OPC

Date Location Workshop Level Trainer Enrol
January–February 2021 Live Online Introductory Fiona Graham Enrol now
8 hours of self-study anytime Online Introductory Fiona Graham Enrol now

OPC Endorsed Trainers and Network Members

Name Location Contact details Profile
Fiona Graham Christchurch, New Zealand fi.graham@otago.ac.nz Fiona's profile
Dorothy Kessler Kingston, Canada dk75@queensu.ca Dorothy's profile
Melissa Nott Albury, NSW, Australia mnott@csu.edu.au Melissa's profile
Charmaine Bernie Melbourne, Australia Charmaine.Bernie@rch.org.au  
Caroline Hui

Canada
(French and English)

caroline.hui@usherbrooke.ca Caroline's profile
Lucy Charles Auckland, New Zealand lucy@paediatricot.co.nz Lucy's profile