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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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Carol Cancelliere, PhD-Post-Doctoral Fellow - UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
By synthesizing evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing RTW outcomes across health conditions, the findings have implications for workers, healthcare professional, work-disability professional, supervisors, employers and insurers.
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Susan Peters, PhD-Research Fellow Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health​
Explore the complex factors that influence return-to-work following a work-related injury, with a focus on workers who have had work-related upper extremity injuries – from the perspective of stakeholders involved in the return-to-work process.
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Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​
This fast-moving and practically-oriented session gives physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work.
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June 2018
Mark Bryan PhD​ -Reader in Economics, University of Sheffield
People who lose their jobs lose their incomes. But what are the broader effects of unemployment on the wellbeing of individuals and their families?
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May 2018
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation
This webinar will focus on what workers, employers and claims payers can do to help increase the accuracy and helpfulness of physician guidance in the SAW/RTW process.
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April 2018
Arif Jetha, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
A chronic episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges Millennials face in finding and sustaining employment.
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March 2018
Ewan B Macdonald, MD-Professor & Head of the Healthy Working Lives Group Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
While ill health is a common cause of worklessness it is also the case that worklessness contributes to ill health and this seminar will explore the consequences of worklessness for health and wellbeing.
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March 2018
Paul A. Farnan MD-Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia
North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment.
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February 2018
Glorian Sorensen, PhD-Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
This presentation will describe an approach to protecting and promoting worker safety and health through improvements in the conditions of work, including the physical work environment as well as the organization of work.
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February 2018
Marloes Vooijs, PhD (cand.)-Coronel Instituut voor Arbeid en Gezondheid - Coronel Institute of Occupational Health (K0-109)
Marloes Vooijs, researcher at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health in Amsterdam, presents her research focusing on the perspectives of people with a chronic disease regarding their role in work participation.
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February 2018
Ellen MacEachen, PhD-Associate Professor / Associate Director, Graduate Research Programs, University of Waterloo
This presentation will provide a qualitative researcher’s lens on three main challenges found when researchers and stakeholders measure RTW.
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January 2018
Sara Saunders​, PhD-Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Occupational Therapy Program with McGill University
This webinar will explore the meaningfulness of work for people living with long-term work disability and chronic pain, and the role meaning plays in return to work effort.
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December 2017
Anne Foreman, PhD-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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November 2017
Cherisse L. Seaton, PhD and John L. Oliffe, PhD-University of British Columbia
This webinar describes 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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November 2017
Lynn E. Shaw, PhD, 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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Monday, August 14 at 4:00 pm PDT, 7:00 pm EDT
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, PhD- 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, PhD-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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