In Australia, in order to deliver the COPE program, health professionals must have successfully received training from a COPE Master trainer.
The training consists of:
- two days face to face training for occupational therapists, and
- a half day session for nurses.
Following training, heath professionals may participate in:
- three group telephone coaching calls to support mastery of the program;
- an online, facilitated COPE community to practice; and
- certification for COPE trained occupational therapists who show evidence of delivering three complete COPE programs in their workplace.
COPE training costs $890 for occupational therapists and $50 for nurses
COPE training is being delivered across Australia by training company TREAT (trainers in evidence-based approaches in dementia for occupational therapists), in response to demand. COPE training and program implementation support is also available to whole organisations.
Information to support you and your organisation to prepare to adopt the COPE program available here COMING SOON
COPE training, pre-reading and coaching calls are all eligible for continuing professional development (CPD)
COPE Community of Practice
All COPE trained health professionals are invited to join the COPE Australia community of practice. This is a supportive, safe place for occupational therapists and nurses trained in the COPE program to share and validate knowledge and experiences of the COPE program so the community as a whole can develop and disseminate COPE best practice in Australia. All members are expected to make a positive contribution to the collective learning of the group.
Community of practice (link https://copeaustralia.slack.com/)
If you are having difficulty accessing the community of practice please email email@example.com
For many organisations delivering a program like COPE – an occupational therapy led, multi-session intervention – requires a change in practice. During the COPE Australia research project we learnt that organisations may require support to adopt, deliver and sustain the COPE program and through the research project an “Implementation Support Strategies” document was developed. This includes program outcomes, potential referral sources, costs, funding options and practical steps to adopting COPE in your organisation.
The Implementation Support Strategies document is coming soon.
We are also able to offer personalised implementation support for your organisation, if required, through the training company TREAT (trainers in evidence-based approaches in dementia for occupational therapists). This may consist of:
- telephone or video support calls;
- implementation meetings; or
- facilitated implementation workshops for staff
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to further discuss your organisation’s needs
COPE training is designed for people working with people with dementia in their community. It is expected that you have knowledge and an understanding of dementia prior to attending.
If you would like to know more about dementia, short courses are available through:
Dementia Training Australia https://www.dta.com.au/
Dementia Australia https://www.dementia.org.au/learning
University of Tasmania http://www.utas.edu.au/wicking/understanding-dementia