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Aerial UTS Function Centre, Level 7, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo - Sydney, NSW, 2007, Australia
  •  November 6, 2023 - November 8, 2023
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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** please note REGISTRATIONS HAVE CLOSED for this workshop to allow sufficient time to print, collate and courier workshop material to Sydney – we do have a workshop vacancy – please contact info@zimei.com.au to see if we can accommodate a LATE REGISTRATION **

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.

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.

About the PresenterDr 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.

Event Location


Aerial UTS Function Centre, Level 7, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo - Sydney, NSW, 2007, Australia


Aerial UTS Function Centre is  well serviced by public transport. For further information visit https://transportnsw.info/

  • Via Bus –  a short 5 walk from Broadway Shopping Centre
  • Via Train  – a short 5 minute walk from Central Station
  • Airport – 30 minute drive (allow for traffic)


  • University of Technology Carpark is $16.00 per hour, or $30 full day
    These details were correct at time of publishing – please check specific details (eg online or drive up) with individual parking stations prior to accessing.
  • Car Park entrance is accessed from Thomas St (traveling West), with lift access to Aerial Function Centre – Building 10, level 7. If you park in the car park, and you end up in building 11, exit the building on level 2 (ground floor) and turn left and walk to building 10.


Aerial Function Centre is only a short distance from many accommodation options within the Sydney CBD.