COPCA® - hybrid
At a glance
course certificate, COPCA (5 ECTS)
6 days contact teaching (live or online)
- ZHAW, Campus Stadt-Mitte, Building MG, Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9, 8401 Winterthur (Show on Google Maps)
- hybrid course design - online participation is possible
Language of instruction:
- English (contact days, individual coaching, peer feedback), German (option for individual coaching, peer feedback)
Objectives and content
- Graduates in physiotherapy from a university of applied sciences or a vocational college, experienced and actually working in early intervention
- Graduates in occupational therapy from a university of applied sciences or a vocal college, experienced and actually working in early intervention
Upon completion of the COPCA® module, students are able to
- explain the two basic theoretical components of the COPCA® early intervention programme (family focusing / theory of neuronal group selection) and put them into practice.
- explain to parents how the two basic theoretical components of COPCA® are put into practice: coaching the actively involved family in their everyday lives and challenging the child with neuromotor developmental disorders to develop active and self-produced movement.
- use the COPCA® assessment to observe the characteristics of a family.
- apply the communication principles of coaching (e.g. active listening, ask the right questions).
COPCA® (abbreviation of COPing with and CAring for Infants with Special Needs) – a family centred program
This module focuses on the planning, implementation and evaluation of family-centred early intervention in infants and toddlers with neuromotor developmental impairments. During the module students will learn how to challenge these infants and toddlers to exhibit active, exploratory and varied motor behaviour with trial-and-error experiences (important foundations for motor learning). Students will be introduced to communication principles applied in coaching (e.g. active listening, asking the right questions) and learn how to accompany families in their everyday lives. COPCA® aims a) to empower whole families in decision-making processes and b) to support the motor capacities of the child so that families can participate optimally with their child in everyday life.
- from current practice to COPCA®
- the coaching approach in COPCA®
- the neurodevelopmental component of COPCA®
- the family-centred component of COPCA®: inclusion of the family
- framework conditions and practical implementation
- communication in the context of COPCA®
- demonstration of COPCA® through videos
- individual coaching and peer feedback on your own COPCA® treatments
The module can be followed as stand-alone module or as part of the CAS Specialities in Paediatric Physiotherapy (specialising in COPCA®).
Blended learning is an integrated learning concept that makes optimal use of the networking options available today via the Internet and the Intranet in combination with traditional learning methods and media in a meaningful learning arrangement. The following teaching methods are used: presentations, group work, coaching in groups, video examples. Teaching during required attendance will generally be in the form of hybrid learning, meaning that students can choose to participate either on site or online via video conferencing. Students should be aware that before and after each block course with compulsory attendance autonomous and guided self-directed study including practical and reflection work is required. In addition, individual coaching sessions will be provided to each student, and held online, in the two intervening periods between the block courses requiring compulsory attendance.
Enquiries and contact
- Institute of Physiotherapy
- Institute of Occupational Therapy
Offered in cooperation with
The curriculum of the COPCA® module was developed in collaboration with the Institute of Developmental Neurology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen (Netherlands), in particular with the founders of COPCA® Mrs. Tineke Dirks and Professor MD Mijna Hadders-Algra.
- prior completion of the on Current Clinical Topic Infant Motor Profile
- prior completion of the on Current Clinical Topic Normal Development of the Child or proof of an equivalent further education (“Admission sur dossier” possible)
- current employment in the field of paediatric physiotherapy or occupational therapy (infant treatment) is necessary
- you should have the opportunity to accompany an infant and the family during the course
Information for applicants
- Next execution: 04./05.05., 24./25.08., 06./07.12.2023
- General teaching hours: 09.15am - 16.30pm (exceptions are possible)
- Note: during the contact days, the language of instruction is English
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