Workshops & Training


Learning for Life

CPEC offers an array of workshops and training for families, education settings, allied health professionals, support workers, and other groups/organisations. Workshop topics all have relevance to those people living with cerebral palsy and similar conditions including those with complex communication needs. 

Our team provides training in local settings as well nationally and internationally, face-to-face or online. Training offered by CPEC is responsive to community need as well as feedback from participants with new workshops being added. 

If you have a specific training request applicable for your school, education setting or organisation, or would like to host one of our workshops, please contact us directly to discuss possibilities. 

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The CPEC Learning Place

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The CPEC Learning Place currently offers three interactive online learning modules, free to all registrants. These modules have relevance for schools and educators and are designed for self-paced learning.


The three courses are:

  • “I have a student with cerebral palsy…what does that mean?”

  • “Learning to move, moving to learn”

  • Enabling learning for students with sensory processing challenges – sensational outcomes!


CPEC Workshops & Training


Training for Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) staff

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These workshops are supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) and available free of charge to all DET (Victoria) staff registrants. 

Learn more about these workshops & register here

PODD workshops and training

A suite of PODD workshops, developed by Gayle Porter and presented by certified PODD presenters, is available to meet the varied professional learning needs of participants including speech pathologists, education teams, other allied health practitioners and family members.

Learn more about these workshops & register here

Parent Training

Workshops specifically created for families by the CPEC team are offered throughout the year. If you are a parent of a child with a disability you can use your child’s NDIS plan – capacity building to purchase a registration for these workshops.  

Learn more about these workshops & register here

Kindergarten and Daycare Training sessions  

This training is for kindergarten teachers, daycare staff, inclusion support staff who have responsibility for the education and support of a young child with cerebral palsy (and like conditions) at your centre. The use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is also included. These sessions, over one day, are free to all registrants. 

Learn more about these workshops & register here

Occupational Therapy Workshop series

These online workshops are aimed at supporting therapists, parents, carers, support workers and education staff working with children who have physical disabilities. CPEC’s philosophy is Learning for Life, meaning that the knowledge you will learn will be practical, applicable and will always consider what is required for the child to have successful long-term outcomes. Each workshop runs for 2 hours and is presented on the Zoom webinar platform.

Learn more about these workshops & register here

Introduction to Multimodal Communication workshops 

This series of three online workshops is open to all practitioners interested in exploring communication for students who use AAC in the school environment. This includes teachers, speech pathologists and allied health professionals. 

Email if you would like this workshop run for you!

Teaching Movements for Communication

This 5-day workshop/course explores in depth how movement differences can affect the development of autonomous communication, and the teaching-learning strategies that support learning to move to communicate. This course has been developed by Claire Cotter and Gayle Porter with content input from Fiona Beauchamp and Linda Burkhart.

5 day workshop: Saturday 21st January - Wednesday 25th January 2023

Supporting Students at School workshops

The topics in this workshop series aim to assist students, teachers and other education team members to support positive learning outcomes for students living with cerebral palsy and similar conditions that result in movement challenges.

Learn more about these workshops & register here

Alternative Access to Technology and Communication

The Alternative Access to Technology workshop provides an understanding of the skills and strategies involved in enabling a child with a physical disability and complex communication needs to access successfully Augmentative and Alternative Communication aids and technology using alternative access methods - switching.

9:00am - 4:00pm Friday 21st October, 2022


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