Advanced Functional Cognition Workshop
The Functional Cognition Model (Allen’s Cognitive Disability Model) aids understanding of the “Can Do” (neuro-biological) aspects of human occupational function and allies this with an understanding of the “Will Do” (relevance to the individual) and “May Do” (social and environmental supports). Therapists strive to find the “best-fit” between the abilities of individuals and the occupational demands of their environment. It identifies changes that can be made so that therapists and carers can assist their client or family member to experience joy and success.
Cathy Hill is a mental health occupational therapist with a wide range of experience in Australia and overseas. She has worked with clients in acute and institutional settings, in day centres and as a community case manager. Cathy attended a Cognitive Disabilities workshop with Delaune Pollard in 2005 and since then has used the Functional Cognition model extensively in her work. In 2008, Delaune invited her to assist in delivering this training and she has become increasingly involved in delivering workshops and mentoring OTs around Australia in using the CDM.