Coaching in Context as Tool for School-based Practice

  • Are you suddenly, or maybe for many months now providing virtual services and wondering how to foster progress in this medium?
  • Are you wondering how to give recommendations that are more readily implemented?
  • Are you interested in more effective ways to provide consultative services?
  • Have you heard of Coaching but wondering what it is all about?
  • Or maybe you are just looking for a new tool for your toolbox?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, please join us for our Coaching in Context as a Tool for School Based Practice workshops.   

Coaching is a conversation-based approach to help your students and/or their caregivers identify solutions to make progress towards their goals. Coaching can be a stand-alone approach, or infused within other approaches within your practice. We offer Coaching in Context as a Tool for School Based Practice in a two part series.

Coaching in Context as a Tool for School Based Practice

This introduction to coaching is offered in live workshop and recorded formats. Please note that Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2.

Live Workshop

We offer several live workshops per year online via Zoom. 

Recorded Workshop

Registration instructions follow below.

Cost: $25.00


At the end of this session, participants will be able to…

  1. Explain the role of coaching within school-base practice
  2. Use the basic elements of coaching to engage colleagues, students and parents in identifying effective strategies to make progress toward students’ goals.


  • Role of coaching in school-based practice
  • Coaching principles
  • Elements of coaching: Connect, Barrier/Bridges, Plan
  • Coaching tools: reflective questioning and active constructive responding

Registration Instructions for Part I - Recorded Workshop

  2. Select ADD BILL to begin the Registration and Payment Process
  3. Select "Coaching in Context" from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter your name, email, "Recorded Workshop", profession and practice area and the amount of $25.00
  5. Please register with an email used to access Google Drive, such as an email.  Using your email associated with Google Drive is the only way to access the video.   
  6. Select SAVE
  7. Select PAY to enter your payment information.
  8. You will receive an email confirming your payment.

The recorded workshop link will not be sent to you immediately. Please allow up to three days for receipt.

Once you have been introduced to coaching in the Part 1 workshop (Live or Recorded), come practice coaching skills in Part 2 of this live interactive workshop.  

We offer several Live workshops per year via Zoom.

Please email us to receive updates.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Use the three elements of a coaching session.
  2. Ask reflexive and fine-tuning questions.
  3. Identify when and where they can infuse coaching into their school-based practice.


  • Review the role of coaching in school-based practice
  • Review the coaching principles and the elements of coaching: Connect, Barrier/Bridges, Plan
  • Guide practice of coaching skills

Workshop Faculty

Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in pediatric in various settings and states. She is an experienced instructor who has taught courses and workshops related to interprofessional pediatric topics. Her primary research interests are two folds, one related to the empowerment of children, youth and young adults with disability and their parents to reach their own participation goals, the other related to employing effective teaching-learning strategies. She has published 13 peer-reviewed articles, three professional magazine articles and a book chapter.

MJ Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist over 30 years of experience in clinical care, research and education. Dr. Mulcahey has studied coaching as a complimentary approach to support persons living with and affected by chronic conditions. She has completed formal training in coaching and is a certified competent coach and certified Health Coach. She is currently completing a certification in Positive Psychology Coaching. Dr. Mulcahey has extramural and intramural grant funding to examine the feasibility and outcomes of coaching persons with and affected by chronic conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke, autism, and developmental disabilities. Her interest in coaching is catalyzed by a belief in persons’ capacity to live a great life, despite health conditions.

Nicole Gerhardt, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and clinical research coordinator, who manages multi-center research studies and assists with the development of outcome and fidelity measures. She is a certified competent coach, and is presently enrolled in master coach training, focused on positive psychology. In addition to coordinating coaching studies, Nicole is currently acting as a coach for a research study assessing the feasibility of “Health Coaching-in-Context” for caregivers of individuals with acute stroke. Her clinical experience, both past and current, primarily consists of pediatric inpatient rehabilitation, ranging from orthopedic and neurologic conditions to oncology, and post-acute adult neuro-rehabilitation, with a focus on community reintegration following an acquired brain injury.