Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) is an intervention which is person, family- and occupation-centred, enablement-focused and research informed. OPC, an evidence-based practice, was developed by Dr. Fiona Graham (University of Otago, NZ). This approach involves working alongside clients to achieve goals for themselves, their children and/or families. In OPC therapists utilise specific processes of Connection, Structure, and Sharing that facilitate client engagement and goal achievement. 

The OPC approach has been extremely beneficial through the current climate of teletherapy enabling us to coach families in their own settings and being able to journey alongside them in their daily lives. 

This is an interactive course with 3 facilitators and will enable participations to practice and develop their coaching skills.

10 hours of live online training on June 4nd, 9th, 11th, 16th and 18th 2020, 4 am to 6 am (Eastern Standard Time Canada) (9 am to 11 am in the UK; 6 pm to 8 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time)


Participants will:

  1. Learn of the basis of occupational performance coaching (OPC) with reference to other interventions which support the use of OPC
  2. Apply the three domains of OPC (Connect, Structure, Share), session format and therapeutic techniques used during OPC
  3. Identify how to effectively utilise coaching within services delivery contexts.

The workshop will also include practical sessions (i.e. case studies, videos/vignettes and role play) to assist participants in integrating their knowledge and skills.


Lucy Charles, DipCOT NZROT

Choose to Learn - Lucy Charles

Lucy is a British trained Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of Paediatric experience in the UK and New Zealand.

She teaches internationally on knowledge translation, clinical reasoning, F-Words Life Wheel, Implementing Coaching into practice as well as Occupational Performance Coaching.

Lucy is involved in clinical and professional mentoring and supervision. She is co-founder of Paediatric Occupational Therapy, a practice in Auckland, NZ, providing Occupation and Participation focused Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Multidisciplinary input throughout New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands. She has Training in: Neuro-developmental Theory (Bobath), Sensory Integration (Theory and Practice), PRPP (Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform) Information Processing (Assessment and Intervention) (Chapparo and Ranka), International Coaching Federation approved Professional Life Coaching course, Occupational Performance Coaching (trainer programme) Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). She works with children aged 5 to 17 years and their families, carers and educators with a range of neurological, developmental and learning needs, as well as with children with social and emotional needs.

Arul Hamill, NZROT

Choose to Learn - Arul Hamill

Arul Hamill, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, has more that 25 years of Paediatric experience having worked with babies and children since 1989. She has worked in a range of settings including hospital, Child Development services, Babies and children with head injuries services and Private Practice. Arul has experience working with children with Developmental delay, Syndromes, Cerebral Palsy, Head injuries including Shaken baby syndrome, Prematurity, Learning disability, Neurological conditions, Autism, cross cultural support and working in the community including clinic, home and school.

Arul has completed post graduate certifications including, Essentials of Neurobiology,  Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Therapy, (Foundation and Advanced Baby/Bobath/NDT), New born Behavioural Observations, Infant Massage, Occupational Performance Coaching, Supervision and Sensory processing and other trainings linked to working in Paediatrics. 

Arul is completing her training to teach Occupational Performance Coaching and being a PRPP (Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform) Instructor.  Arul along with Lucy have been running Knowledge Translation, Clinical Reasoning and The F-Words Life Wheel workshops in recent years. Arul is passionate about positive mental health, infant Mental Health, Coaching, Parent and child interactions and valuing the child, baby and parents voice. She is originally from Fiji and collaborates and works with children and families within the Pacific Islands, in the Cook Islands and for those that come to NZ for intensive therapy.

Caroline Hui, OT(C), erg., M.Sc.

Choose to Learn - Caroline Hui

Caroline Hui, Canadian pediatric Occupational Therapist, is involved in research, mentoring, clinical treatment, and training regarding self-regulation and Occupational Performance Coaching. She is also a seasonal lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke.

In 1991, Caroline graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and returned to McGill University to graduate with a Master of Science degree in 2014. She has training in sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, craniosacral therapy, Shanker Self-Reg, Therapeutic Listening, SpIRiT Model, Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance, and Occupational Performance Coaching.

Caroline has been a part of Camp Jabiru’s (NSW, Australia) support team since 2017. In 2019, she received the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy award for excellence in clinical supervision at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Caroline has worked in British Columbia and Florida, where she co-founded, Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. Since 2002, she lives in Knowlton, Quebec where she provides client and family centered services to children and their families and does collaborative consulting for educators.