Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) is a way of working with caregivers toward achievement of goals for their children and families using their strengths and creativity to find enduring solutions. OPC has relevance when enablement of participation is the outcome of interest, be that in home, school or community settings, particularly when building the capacity of caregivers to self-manage situations is desired. OPC involves highly collaborative goal setting and performance analysis with caregivers. Using OPC’s process of Connection, Structure, and Sharing, the therapist assists clients/caregivers to build on their existing knowledge and resourcefulness. Information is shared between therapist and client/caregiver in ways that their competence is emphasised, readying them to strive towards their goals.


Participants will:

  1. Learn 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, session format, and therapeutic techniques used during OPC
  3. Identify how to effectively utilise coaching within their contexts. 


Dr Fiona Graham (Fi)

Dr Fiona Graham

Dr Fiona Graham (Fi) is a Senior Lecturer in interprofessional rehabilitation at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Fiona has over 25 years’ experience working with children and families in public, private, health, and education sectors. OPC emerged from Fiona’s PhD studies at the University of Queenland examining the effectiveness of coaching parents of children facing occupational performance challenges.

Her current research interests include working with families and caregivers, therapists’ uptake of evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, and interprofessional practice. She travels internationally, speaking and teaching on the use of Occupational Performance Coaching across diverse settings.