Many education professionals need to be able to assess student progress effectively. This Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course will bring the unique benefits of Dynamic Assessment and cognitive education into the mainstream work of practitioner psychologists, specialist teachers and therapists. This will not only teach you how to use CAP to structure an in-depth individualised assessment but will also show you how to use CAP for systematic consultation and observation – which may mitigate the need to carry out individual direct work with a particular student.
This course is designed to train professionals in the comprehensive use of CAP. As a detailed evidence-based tool for consultation and structured data collection, it can be used by a range of professionals, including:
CAP’s advantage is that it is not a psychometric test with age-specific norms. This makes the use of CAP particularly appropriate for a wide variety of students and is not limited to school/academic settings. Within SEN legislative framework, CAP can be used for students from early years into adulthood, providing a flexible tool for work in the new extended age range for education, health and care plans (EHCPs) up to the age of 25 years.
The Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) is grounded in developmental psychology and underpinned by DA and cognitive approaches to teaching and learning. For example, it emphasises the importance of metacognition in teaching and learning, which has been widely shown in modern education research to be a key factor in the understanding of what works most effectively in the classroom.
Dr Ruth Deutsch is the author of the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) and is recognised as the leading UK trainer in dynamic assessment and cognitive education programmes. Having trained and worked as a child psychologist in the USA and Canada, before returning to the UK, Ruth has worked in an SEN Support Unit and a residential school for youngsters with severe learning difficulties. She has since been teaching on the Educational Psychology Doctorate Programme at the University of East London and at Queen’s University, Belfast and providing CPD and CAP training to many local authorities. As a Chartered Educational and Child Psychologist, Ruth combines the training of psychologists, therapists and teachers with active clinical practice. To find out more please see here.
The Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course will enable you to:
This will strengthen your confidence in the:
Next available dates:
The course is delivered via a series of 4 webinars. The dates below will take space in Spring 2024. All sessions will run from 9.30am-12.00pm.
Please note: To ensure you are able to get the most out of the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course, there will be preparation (reading, tasks and videos) before each session. Please ensure when you enrol, you have sufficient time to complete the preparation tasks and have access to a CAP manual.
The CAP course is delivered through a mixture of online videos, reading and activities via four 2½ hour webinars. As you will be aware, many activities and all kinds of communication have been increasingly benefitting from online media not only as forms of social communication but as important channels for learning, sharing and working.
People undertaking the forthcoming CAP online course will be able to:
We also organise bespoke national/international courses for those organisations wishing to train up a cohort of staff.
See ‘How much does it cost?’ below for more detail.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
An introduction to the aims and objectives, the content listed will be covered during the four webinar sessions together with all the course materials on a dedicated CAP campus.
This course is not formally assessed. However, clear staging posts over the four interactive webinars will ensure that your learning and practice are embedded every step of the way.
Access to the course will be highly relevant to psychologists, therapists, and teachers.
Those who do not work in one of these professions are also welcome – as long as they work in the learning and development of children, adolescents, and adults.
Please note: If you do not have access already, we strongly advise everyone attending a CAP training course has access to the CAP toolkit (consisting of the CAP guidance manual, Summary forms, and Record forms).
If you, or your organisation, would like to book a bespoke CAP training course for up to 20 participants, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss available dates and prices.
CAP International Online
Are you based in an international setting and would like a bespoke CAP course for you and your colleagues in your own time-zone? Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss an online international CAP training course. Whether you’re in Australia, the USA or Madagascar, we can discuss a course with dates and times that suit you.
We advise you to purchase a CAP toolkit in advance of the event.
You can purchase the CAP Toolkit from the Dyslexia Action Shop.
Speak to us on +44(0)1273 35 80 80 or send us a message.
‘I found the course inspirational. It made me think about my practice, principles and priorities. I learnt so much and it was good to reaffirm much of what I do value.’ – Helen Nation
‘Ruth was so engaging, knowledgeable and truly inspiring. As a trainee, I have learnt so much and feel excited to have a go at using this tool.’ – Emma Lynch