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Effective Workplaces Basics Webinars

These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for professionals to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic pain or disability to stay at work and to return to work. The free webinars are offered as live, online events and then posted as recordings. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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Anne Foreman, Ph.D.-Associate Service Fellow Health Effects Laboratory Division National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Dogs can be a welcome addition to the work environment, but careful consideration should precede their introduction.
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Cherisse L. Seaton, Ph.D. and John L. Oliffe, Ph.D.-University of British Columbia
This webinar will describe a new workplace mental wellness program for men (“HEADS Up”), based on a systematic review of the literature and recommendations from working men and workplace representatives.
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Lynn E. Shaw, Ph.D., OT(Reg)NS-Professor and Director and Assistant Dean Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
An overview of the importance of collaboration among stakeholders in RTW will start this session. The primary focus will be on what is known in the literature about employers and supervisors needs in the hiring and retention of persons with disabilties
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Dwayne Van Eerd PhD and ​Ron Saunders PhD-Scientist, Institute for Work & Health​
This presentation will describe a comprehensive approach to KTE that targets worker health and safety.
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Ian Cameron, PhD-Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney​
Motor vehicle crashes are recognized as an important cause of death and disability worldwide. There is increasing knowledge of factors associated with recovery and these are largely psychosocial in nature, with some biological aspects.
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Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), FCAHS, FACRM and Dr.Tatyana Mollayeva MD PhD-Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
The focus of the presentation will be discussion of the relationship between sleep and relevant clinical and non-clinical factors and outcomes in a sample of Ontario workers with delayed recovery from an established diagnosis of wrTBI.
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Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT and Joanne Park PhD, BScOT -University of Alberta
Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach designed to facilitate behavior change.
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Dr. Kim Cullen and Emma Irvin-Dr. Kim Cullen, Associate Scientist, Institute for Work and Health, Emma Irvin, Director, Research Operations, Institute for Work and Health
A recent systematic review of the scientific literature suggests that to effectively help injured and ill workers return to their jobs, workplaces should offer different kinds of help that simultaneously aim to improve worker health, coordinate RTW.
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Graham Lowe -President, The Graham Lowe Group Inc.
​Successful leaders have the capacity to thrive in the face of adversity and feel confident, optimistic and hopeful about the future. These traits – which can be learned – contribute to leaders' personal well-being, and a more successful organization.
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Julia Kaisla - Canadian Mental Health Association – British Columbia
​Julia discusses the benefits of having a Workplace Peer Support Program and the steps you can take io implement one
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William S. Shaw, Ph.D - Senior Research Scientist, Center for Disability Research
Dr. Shaw shares highlights from recent research on the most effective policies and practices for preventing disability in the workplace.
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Janet Parsons PhD, MScm, PT, BSc, BA - Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Dr. Janet Parsons discusses research on the importance and effectiveness of using drawings for health and safety messages to assist immigrant workers in staying safe. ​In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
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Juliann C. Scholl, PhD, James Grosch, and Bermang Ortiz - National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)
This webinar will advance the concept of productive aging and present evidence-based methods for facilitating an age-friendly workplace.
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Kelly Williams-Whitt, PhD - Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Williams-Whitt discusses the current state of research on workplace interventions that affect job demands and control and how they impact absenteeism, productivity, and financial outcomes.
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Åsa Tjulin-Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Care, and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University
In this webinar, we will discuss research on workers' expectations upon return to work and stategies for touching base with workplaces while on long-term sickness absence.
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Nora Spinks-CEO, Vanier Institute of Family
Ms. Spinks will discuss how organizations are responding in order to keep their employees productive at work and engaged while they fulfill their caregiving responsibilities at home.
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Shelly Campo, PhD-Director of Outreach, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa
Dr. Campo will look at research about programs that expand the traditional focus of occupational safety and health from protecting workers from work-specific safety and health hazards to include the promotion of health and well-being.
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Agnieszka Kosny, PhD-Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Dr. Agnieszka Kosny will discuss current research about the role that healthcare providers play in return to work after an injury and how to improve communication to improve outcomes.
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Mieke Koehoorn, PhD-Professor and Head, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, University of British Columbia
​Gender and sex can have an impact on the outcomes of workplace disability. Dr. Mieke Koehoorn will discuss recent research on how gender and sex affect disability outcomes and will provide some practical steps for handling the differences.
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June 8, 2016
Monique Gignac, PhD-Associate Scientific Director and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
Monique Gignac will discuss current research on understanding the interplay between accommodation and chronic diseases so employers can better retain older workers.
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Sang D. Choi, PhD, CPE, CSP -Director, Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, University of Wisconsin
In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation - Dr. Choi will review the literature on work-related musculoskeletal hazards and risks associated with handling overweight and obese patients.
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Michael Rouse, PhD & Michelle Ashworth-Associate Professor, Strategy and Organization, Ivey Business School, Western University & Senior Specialist, Health & Wellness, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial
Dr. Michael Rouse and Ms. Michelle Ashworth will discuss the key elements in effective workplace wellness programs.
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December, 2015
Felicity Lamm PhD-Co-Director, Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Auckland University of Technology
This webinar explores the Pike River Coal Mine explosions as an example of the importance of Occupational Health and Safety compliance when working with independent contractors.
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November, 2015
Glenn Pransky, MD, M.Occ. Health -Director, Center for Disability Research, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
Dr. Glenn Pransky will discuss current research on some of the essential competencies for success in the Return to Work Coordinator role.
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October, 2015
Mary Stergiou-Kita-Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Drawing from her research and work experience as an occupational therapist, Dr. Stergiou-Kita will examine effective strategies for ensuring return to work success in complex populations.
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September, 2015
Dwayne Van Eerd-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto
In this webinar, Dwayne van Eerd will discuss organizational facilitators necessary for effective Participatory Ergonomics programs.
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June, 2015
Rob Gründemann, PhD-Professor, Research Centre for Social Innovation, HU UAS Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Gründemann will present some important factors concerning the sustainable employability of workers with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
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May, 2015
Saskia Duijts, PhD-Senior Researcher, VU University Medical Center
Dr. Duijts will discuss current research into workers who return to work after cancer diagnosis and treatment. The research involves three elements: work, cancer, and the individual.
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March, 2015
Heinrich Beukes-Specialist, HSE Management Systems, EPCOR
This two-part webinar will feature Heinrich Buekes, as he talks about the importance of a healthy workplace safety culture and a roadmap for building one.
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December, 2014
Karin Maiwald, PhD-Owner, Work-Health Connexion Consulting
In this webinar Dr. Karin Maiwald presents a study into the managers’ (frontline managers, supervisors) experiences with return-to-work policy in a Canadian setting. This is published in a public-access article in WORK (Epub, open access).
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