New CAP Course Date

We will hold another public 2 day course for all Educational Psychologists and Specialist Teachers on the 5th & 6th June 2013 at the BPS Offices in London. The cost of training is £295 + VAT.

Please note that everyone attending the training course requires the CAP Guidance Manual and Record Forms (£245 + VAT).

Day 1: 9.00am coffee for 9.30am start. Finish at 4.30pm. There may be reading to do in the evening.
Day 2: 9.00am coffee for 9.30am start. Finish at 4.30pm.

Please visit the CAP course booking page to book your place.

The Cognitive Abilities Profile - a tool for solution focused consultation

The CAP (Deutsch and Mohammed, 2010) is an innovative tool for the use of Psychologists for consultation and observation of children. Through creating a shared language for the use of all those involved with a child, it aims to fill a gap between psychologists’ specialist knowledge of child development and cognitive processes, and the experience of classroom teachers (Deutsch & Reynolds, 2000).

The CAP provides psychologists with a structured framework using rating scales for identifying cognitive (thinking skills) needs within a solution focused approach. This leads to setting joint targets for intervention with teachers and others, both in and outside the classroom. The CAP is based on principles derived from dynamic assessment, without necessarily having to engage in 1:1 assessment.

Cognition and Emotion are two sides of a transparent coin  (Feuerstein, et al. 2003)

(i) multi – professional work, supporting the goals of the Common Assessment Framework and Formative Assessment

(ii) identifying the interaction between cognition, learning behaviours and emotions. Using a cognitive focus to help address behavioural and emotional needs, thus supporting the goals of the SEAL curriculum.

Please contact us for more information or book a place on an upcoming course!

CAP Testimonials

  • “Do this course!” Joanne Moran 1 day course
  • “Directly applicable to a consultation model of service delivery”  Rebecca Sundhu 1 day
  • “CAP will be an essential tool!” Sonia Hilton 1 day course
  • “This toolkit will help you apply psychology in the classroom and facilitate more effective multi-agency working” Gail Bailey 2 day course
  • “Good, practical relevant course!”
  • “You can still be robust reliable and valid WITHOUT psychometrics!”
  • “Come on the course!” Liz Halson
  • “I wish all the teachers and professionals to know about this course because it is such a useful profile” Mona Kazim


p>Launched on 6th November 2009 this site will grow to include details of dynamic assessment training courses and resources available to UK psychologists and teachers. The site also promotes the new Cognitive Abilities Profile published by Real Press. Use this websiste to book a place on a CAP course.

Please contact us with details of links, courses or resources that you would like included.

Announcing the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) by Ruth Deutsch & Michelle Mohammed

p>Based on the concepts and principles of Dynamic Assessment, the CAP is a new versatile tool for consultation and observations of learners, to be used primarily by Educational Psychologists (EPs) working alongside teachers.

The CAP’s comprehensive Guidance Manual, Summary Forms and Record Forms is published by Real Press and costs £245 + VAT. This can be accompanied by a CAP training courses, delivered by Ruth & Michelle and/or on-line mentoring support. (All those attending a CAP course must have access to the above items for the duration of the course).

We regularly run CAP training at the BPS London office and lunch and refreshments are provided.  Look out on our website for the latest course advertisements.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

- Use the CAP to help teachers, parents and others understand the needs of the learner
- Develop recommendations leading to a structured intervention plan
- Understand how to use the profile to  systematically review progress over time

There will be post course support, enabling EPs to  join the authorised users register and access a users website.BPS Learning Centre Approved logo

These CPD courses are approved by the BPS Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development.

For more information:

CAP Training course | About the Authors | CAP FAQs | CAP Order Form | CAP Summary and Record Forms | CAP Training Course Booking Form