Learning About CO-OP & Courses

If your goal is to practice CO-OP with clients, then ICAN offers a variety of courses on the CO-OP ApproachTM. The CO-OP course series allows learners to study CO-OP Basics either online or in a workshop environment, then improve and refine their skills through Consolidation and Certification. There are three options leading to the Certification course, Certification is not required for a learner to gain a good understanding of CO-OP, although it is required for those wishing to become a certified CO-OP therapist. If you are interested in hosting a CO-OP course, please contact ICAN directly.

Becoming Educated in the CO-OP ApproachTM

If your goal is to KNOW what CO-OP is and for whom it may be appropriate (but not be able to actually DO it), we refer you to the following three opportunities to learn more: 

Introduction to CO-OP

Aim: Provide participants with novice-level knowledge about the basic concepts and methods used in the CO-OP intervention.

Format: In person, in a variety of languages by a certified CO-OP Instructor (a list of certified instructors is available here) OR it is available anytime in English online for free. NO certificate of attendance is provided.  

Target Audience: Recommended for students, clients, family members, or professionals.

At the end of this course: Participants will be able to identify the seven key features of the CO-OP ApproachTM, be aware of theoretical and evidentiary foundations for the CO-OP intervention and distinguish the CO-OP Approach from other intervention approaches. This course does not develop practice competencies and NO certificate is provided.

Prerequisite: None

CO-OP The Basics (Two-day Course Equivalent (CE)

Aim: Provide participants with a fundamental understanding of CO-OP and the practice competencies to apply the approach at a beginner level.

Format: In person in a variety of languages by a certified CO-OP instructor - see upcoming workshops OR it is available in English at any time online through this website.   

Target Audience: Recommended for professionals who wish to have a working knowledge of the key aspects of the CO-OP intervention, apply it at a basic level, and have an appreciation for the complexities of the approach.

At the End of this Course: Participants will be able to explain the seven key features of the CO-OP ApproachTM, do occupation-based, client-centred goal setting, carry out dynamic performance analysis (DPA), identify potential strategies, frame intervention sessions using cognitive strategies (GPDC), apply guided discovery, incorporate basic enabling principles into their sessions, and apply CO-OP in an evidence-based manner all at a beginner level. A certificate of attendance is provided.

Prerequisite: Recognized healthcare professional or a student healthcare professional

CO-OP Consolidation (One day CE – follows on from CO-OP The Basics)

Aim: Build on the knowledge and practice competencies gained in The Basics course so participants can go out and apply CO-OP in their practice context at a competent level. 

Format: In person in a variety of languages by a certified CO-OP instructor - upcoming workshops OR it is available in English at any time online through this website. A certificate of attendance is provided.  

Target Audience: This course is open to health care professionals. The course is taken AFTER participants have completed CO-OP The Basics and have had the opportunity to apply the approach. 

At the End of this Course: Participants will be able to explain the seven key features of the CO-OP Approach, do occupation-based, client-centred goal setting, carry out dynamic performance analysis (DPA), identify potential strategies, frame intervention sessions using cognitive strategies (GPDC), apply guided discovery, incorporate basic enabling principles into their sessions, and apply CO-OP in an evidence-based manner all at a competent level. A certificate of attendance is provided.

Prerequisites: CO-OP The Basics course (online or in-person format)

CO-OP Comprehensive (CO-OP The Basics plus CO-OP Consolidation) (Three-day CE)

Aim: This comprehensive course is offered as a package set of the CO-OP The Basics and CO-OP Consolidation. Although, as described above, these courses can be taken independently, it is strongly recommended that they are taken as a package for those interested in using the CO-OP ApproachTM in their practice, at a competent level. 

Format: Provided in person in a variety of languages by a certified CO-OP instructor see - upcoming workshops OR it is available in English at any time online through this website.

Target Audience: This course is open to health care professionals. The aim of this course is to meet the goals of both The Basics and Consolidation courses, in succession, separated by a period of time to allow for the application of learning from The Basics course. 

At the End of this Course: Participants will be able to explain the seven key features of the CO-OP ApproachTM, do occupation-based, client-centred goal setting, carry out dynamic performance analysis (DPA), identify potential strategies, frame intervention sessions using cognitive strategies (GPDC), apply guided discovery, incorporate basic enabling principles into their sessions, and apply CO-OP in an evidence-based manner all at a competent level. A certificate of attendance is provided.  

Prerequisite: Recognized healthcare professional

CO-OP Certification

Aim: Provide participants with the practice competencies required to go out and apply CO-OP in their practice setting at a proficient level with high fidelity, as well as adapt the approach to varying contexts, populations, formats, and situations.

Format: Available in English, French and Italian online through this website; upcoming course dates are available here

Target Audience: Open to health care professionals who have completed CO-OP Comprehensive, as a package course OR have completed CO-OP The Basics and CO-OP Consolidation, sequentially. 

At the End of this Course: Participants will be able to explain the seven key features of the CO-OP ApproachTM, do occupation-based, client-centred goal setting, carry out dynamic performance analysis (DPA), identify potential strategies, frame intervention sessions using cognitive strategies (GPDC), apply guided discovery, incorporate basic enabling principles into their sessions, and apply CO-OP in an evidence-based manner all at a proficient level. Participants will be able to use the designation Certified CO-OP Therapist.

Prerequisites: CO-OP Consolidation (on its own or as part of the Comprehensive package).

Note: a minimum of 4 participants need to be registered for the same date before the course can take place. A custom course can be organized for a group of 4-6 persons, simply contact ICAN directly.