Coaching for return to work in occupational therapy 
1 day workshop

Coaching is a key enablement skill for occupational therapists (Townsend & Polatajko, 2007, 2013) and is an effective tool in facilitating return to work for clients with various diagnoses (e.g., Audhoe et al., 2018; Donker-Cools et al., 2016; Nieuwenhuijsen et al., 2017). This one-day introductory workshop equips you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to utilize a coach-approach with your clients to empower them to improve their occupational performance and to return to work.  You will explore the fundamentals of non-directive coaching, access an International Coach Federation (ICF) core competency coaching framework, and practice coaching skills to apply immediately in your occupational therapy practice. You will receive handouts that include strategic tools to be effective with clients.

A follow-up webinar will be offered to check-in on progress and next steps for your coaching practice as an occupational therapist. You are encouraged to reflect on and bring with you some case studies for the practical exercises.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Define coaching and its relationship with occupational therapy.

  2. Explain why to use coaching for return to work.

  3.  Follow a framework to apply the coaching core competencies in your clinical practice.

  4. Explain how to use coaching with clients wishing to return to work.

  5. Start to incorporate coaching skills in your clinical practice.

Target audience

Occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) and students in occupational therapy and OTA/PTA programs who wish to start using coaching with clients to empower them to return to work. Coaching has been demonstrated as helpful in facilitating return to work with people with various diagnostics, including acquired brain injury, cancer, depression, psychosis, stroke, and work-related chronic stress. It can be used in outpatient, rehabilitation centres, private practices, community settings, and workplaces.

Areas of practice
Vocational rehabilitation, Mental health, Cognitive, Neurological/Neuromuscular, Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular and respiratory, Digestive/metabolic/endocrine, General physical health

Client age groups
Adults (20-64 years old)

Workshop level
Beginner (0-2 years of experience with coaching