Contact Hours:
14 hours over two days




Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluation

What is a Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluation? 

How can a Cog FCE, conducted by a trained and experienced evaluator, assist in answering questions about physical, cognitive and behavioral factors that influence capacity and suitability for return to work? 

How are critical elements of ecological validity considered in the Cog FCE? 

How do you define and measure your client’s capacity for executive functioning? 

How do you define and measure your client’s mental stamina and work endurance?

How do you ensure defensibility of your findings and opinion?

The Cog FCE workshop addresses these questions through a practical methodology that highlights a step-wise approach to functional evaluation, test selection, and clinical reasoning. Focusing on assessment of work-related executive function, it will assist the evaluator in formulating opinions, conclusions, and recommendations regarding feasibility for employment, overall work capacity, and return-to-work goals.

While traditional FCE protocols typically address physical capacity and potential limitations for work capacity and employability, they do not naturally accommodate for the broad range of cognitive and / or behavioral challenges faced by individuals with traumatic brain injury or mental health conditions. Following completion of this course, you will be able to structure your assessment to account for the physical, functional cognitive, psycho-emotional and behavioral issues faced by these diagnostic groups.

This course is designed for those evaluators who have completed the Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Program (or have undertaken comparable functional training) and have a sound understanding and practice applying the primary principles of safety, reliability, validity, practicality and utility and have a sound understanding regarding the evaluation of Effort and Reliability of Pain and Disability Reports.

The primary objective of this course is to develop and refine skills for planning, performing and documenting safe, reliable, valid and defensible FCE’s for individuals with acquired or traumatic brain injury or functional cognitive deficits stemming from other diagnoses (i.e. mental health).

Learning Outcomes

Section I – Foundations and Models of Practice

Students will have knowledge of the foundations of FCE Test Hierarchy, Models of Practice, Cog FCE Flowchart, and a Cog FCE Process Model to guide best practices and standardized methodology.

Section II – Cognitive Job Demands Analysis, Work Simulation, Tests & Measures

Students will have knowledge of how to complete Cognitive Job Demands Analysis (overview), evaluate using structured work simulation, and select and administer appropriate quantitative and qualitative standardized tests and measures.

Section III – Clinical Reasoning and Reporting

Students will consider application of the Cog FCE Process Model to case studies, review data analysis and report writing, and review factors to consider when offering Cog FCE in the clinical setting.

Who Should Attend

The course is specifically designed for occupational therapy practitioners. Physical therapists, Kinesiologists and other rehabilitation professionals will find the information applicable to clinical practice if they have a clinical background in neurology and / or have experience working with individuals with acquired or traumatic brain injury or mental health diagnoses resulting in cognitive and / or behavioral deficits.

The course is designed for experienced evaluators and clinicians. Prior experience performing FCEs or functional evaluation is a preferred. Prior completion of the Matheson FCE Program or comparable training is recommended. Experience in working with clients with traumatic brain injury, stroke and / or mental health diagnoses is recommended.

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Educational Level


Contact Hours

14 Hours (Lecture & Group Work)

The Matheson Difference; in order to enhance the learning experience, these learning tools will be used in the curriculum:

The resource will be available through the Matheson web site. Students may visit the site to review evaluation tests and techniques at their own pace.

Workshop Hours

Registration on the first day is from 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Subsequent day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break at 12 noon and two 15 minute breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Course Approvals

AOTA CEU’s awarded based upon completion of the course in its entirety.

Approval by APTA is available through individual states.

Cancellation Policy

Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 South River Road Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)
603-358-6525 (Int’l)
Fax: 603-358-0116

Advanced FCE

                                                   Tania Percy, B.A., Reg. OT (BC), CWCE,

Certified CFC/LCP (Advanced)

Tania started consulting with Progressive Rehab in 1997. Her practice involves work capacity evaluations, cost of care assessments, and community-based rehabilitation. She also trains and mentors at Progressive Rehab for WorkSafeBC FCEs to ensure quality and consistency.

Tania is highly skilled in dealing with the difficulties that traumatic brain injury sequela can bring to families, particularly when a child or adolescent is involved (she previously worked in adolescent psychiatry and brain injury rehab). During a stint in Ontario, she coordinated legislated multidisciplinary assessments and provided training and mentoring to other team members.

Day One

Introduction to course and overview

8:45 – 10:00
FCE/ABI, Neuroanatomy


COG FCE Methodology/ Relevant Literature


1:15 – 3:00
Cognitive Job
Abilities Profiler


3:00 – 5:00
Task Analysis of FCE Tests/ Video Analysis/Work Simulation

Day Two

Assessment Tests and Measures

9:45 – 10:00

Tests/Measures Continued
10:15 -12:00
Assessment Tests and Measures/COG FCE Sample Report


Clinical Application
1:00 – 2:30
Large Group Case Study

2:30 -3:45

Clinical Application
2:45 – 4:30
Small Group Case Studies
Overview/Review of Objectives/Discussion

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“Also, I just completed my very first FCE today……. And it was AWESOME!!! I could hear you talking in the back of my head the whole time! Very exciting!! Thanks for such a great learning experience!”

“I was so impressed with my entire Matheson experience.”

“As a provider of FCEs for 12-plus years, I have been through several training programs. I would recommend Matheson without reservation. Thanks to your training, my staff is the best prepared in my area. It has made a difference for my business and has set us ahead of our competition.”

“Far and away the best certification course I have attended in my seven-year professional career. The instructors are knowledgeable and apply all of the information to real-world scenarios. Thank you!”

This Ergonomics Evaluation Certification Program is extremely valuable. Dr. LaCourse is an excellent instructor with years of hands-on experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reducing cumulative trauma disorders.”

“Of all the FCE training I have received, Matheson is the most evidence-based. I like that it is a battery of standardized tests, and not a standard battery of tests. It also requires thinking as an evaluator, unlike other programs that don’t allow you to consider any non-quantitative factors, which results in an opinion of functional capacity lacking in external validity. The Matheson FCE makes the most of what is available right now.”

“The Amended ADA Webinar was outstanding and I really appreciate your willingness to do them.  You have gotten to the heart of the matter in the “gray areas” that people have familiarity with, but are not comfortable discussing.  I treasure every one of these webinars.  They have helped me be a better evaluator and allowed me to speak intelligently to our employers and other referral sources.”

“I just wanted to e-mail you and let you know that I found this webinar to be extremely helpful to me in my position as an the on site PT manager. In my opinion your webinar provided excellent information about the ADA issues we may face and invaluable advice to avoid legal pitfalls related to our work site analysis and testing procedures.”

“We are utilizing the Matheson philosophy not only for Functional Capacity Evaluation, but also for the foundation of interdisciplinary treatment of chronic pain patients at our clinic in Waltham MA, Boston PainCare. The culture of function is throughout all of our departments, interventional, functional rehabilitation, medication management, sleep, and behavioral.
Spending the week training for FCEs in Keene, NH was very exciting as it allowed me to know that we are not only on the…”

The instructors did an excellent job of breaking down the complex concepts into the most simple and understandable pieces of information. My folders of countless papers from various sources, both online and off, have been consolidated into one well-laid out reference book!

Thank you for having the Essential Function Job Analysis course available. I have been doing job analyses and post offer test formulation at my company for 8 years now and this course taught me that we need to (and will) make some adjustments to our procedures to better defend any possible legal challenges. That means a great deal to me as a business owner.

“Your webinars have made me a better evaluator and allowed me to speak intelligently to our employers and other referral sources.”


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