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Victoria Park Function Centre, Herston Rd, Herston, Qld, 4006, Australia
  •  July 15, 2024 - July 17, 2024
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Maintaining relationships and interacting socially are essential aspects of successful participation in almost all areas of occupational performance of childhood and adolescence. Social competence is a complex, interconnected and negotiated set of sensory, cognitive and emotional strategies which are unique to each child. They enable children to independently navigate their social world, to know how to act in different social situations, to interact with peers and adults, to form/maintain friendships, to understand the needs of others and to handle challenging social situations effectively.

Children and young people who struggle with social competence are more likely to experience difficulties in forming lasting and supportive relationships and be at greater risk for bullying, peer/social rejection and loneliness. Over time, this may lead to the development of detrimental outcomes, such as poor academic achievement, behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, and poorer outcomes in mental health & wellbeing as teens and adults.

Rather than viewing use of social strategies in isolation, or within a ‘normal/typical’ framework, this workshop will assist participants to utilise their knowledge of the interaction of individual contextual, psychosocial, and performance factors to assess and support social participation in an occupation-centred manner.

Workshop Objectives – At the end of this workshop, participants will:

    • Understand the various components that underpin social competence, including
    • Learning how to regulate personal behaviour when needed
    • Acquisition of effective interpersonal and relationship knowledge
    • Development of self-awareness and a positive self-identity
    • Development of cultural competence
    • Adoption of social values
    • Know how to use a variety of instructional strategies to help children to develop planning and decision-making thinking strategies which support social interaction
    • Acknowledge the need to be respectful of diversity in social interactions
    • Use an occupational performance framework to understand the strengths and challenges which children experience as they participate in daily occupations which have a social component
    • Design strategic interventions that provide tools for children/teens to develop their social capabilities and enhance their participation across environments

This three day workshop is suitable for occupational therapists.

About the PresenterAssoc Professor Chris Chapparo PhD, MA, DipOT

Dr Chapparo is widely recognised on an international level for her contributions to occupational therapy through teaching, research and community service activities. Dr Chapparo has co-authored the Occupational Performance Model (Australia). Dr Chapparo has interests in cognition, management of sensory/ motor problems in children and adults and occupational therapy theory.

Dr Chapparo is a founding member of Sensory Integration International and the Australian SI Faculty and she is a neurodevelopmental therapy instructor. Her research interests lie in the areas of children’s information processing and social participation.

Videoconferencing/Online Format – Zi Mei Events is committed to provide high quality professional development, opportunities for participants. Due to the content and multi-day format of this workshop we have decided that a face to face presentation is the best option for this particular workshop. Unfortunately the ability to link to this workshop via an online format or to record this workshop is NOT an option.

Event Location


Victoria Park Function Centre, Herston Rd, Herston, Qld, 4006, Australia


Transport: Victoria Park Function Centre is well serviced by public transport.

  • Bus – 450m from  Inner Northern Busway (Herston bus stop).
  • Rail – 2km (approx 30 min walk) from Fortitude Valley Railway Station. Information re timetables can be obtained from Translink on 13 12 30 or .
  • Airport – Victoria Park Function Centre is a short commute from Brisbane airport. Approximately 15kms (30 mins). It maybe possible to do an early fly in on the first day of the workshop and out on the final day of the workshop. Approximate taxi fare $40-50.


Parking: Parking at Victoria Park Function Centre is free of charge. There are 250 complimentary car parks available to guests.


Accommodation: Victoria Park Function Centre is a short commute from many accommodation options within the Brisbane CBD and Southbank Precincts. Accommodation Suggestions