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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 or two day workshops (Introductory or Advanced) delivered by Dr Fiona Graham, or an endorsed OPC trainer. All endorsed OPC trainers will be listed on this website soon. OPC training is provided on request from hospitals, universities, other organisations or professional development providers. It is at the discretion of the host whether an OPC training event is accessible only to members of the organisation or to the wider 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 will be available mid 2020. Information about this course will be available on this website.

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 (such as children, people with disabilities) for any reason. 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 2-days 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) to the OPC Network (email to fi.graham@otago.ac.nz) 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.
  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.

It is recommended that all OPC interventions sessions are video and audio recorded and that a random sample of complete sessions are rated for fidelity, ideally by two raters familiar with OPC using the OPC-FM and related resources. The intervention therapist should not be one of the fidelity raters. For a copy of the most up to date OPC FM resources, please contact Dr Fiona Graham directly (fi.graham@otago.ac.nz)

Upcoming public training on OPC

Date Location Workshop Level Trainer Enrol
13 Nov 2019 Montreal, Canada Advanced Fiona Graham Register
14 Nov 2019 Montreal, Canada Introductory Part A Fiona Graham Register
15 Nov 2019 Montreal, Canada Introductory Part B Fiona Graham Register

OPC endorsed trainers

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