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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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July 2019
JianLi Wang, Ph.D.-Senior Scientist, Director. Work & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research
Employees with depressive symptoms report more days absent from work and less productivity while at work than those without symptoms. In this webinar, learn about which interventions are most effective in preventing depression and reducing its symptoms.
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May 2019
​Fergal O'Hagan, PhD​-Senior Lecturer Department of Psychology, Trent University, Canada
Working together is the key to success in return to work, but why are communication and collaboration so difficult to achieve and how can we improve the situation? Tune in to this webinar to find out.
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May 2019
Alessia Negrini, PhD-Researcher, Occupational Health Psychology, IRSST, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, and Associate Researcher, Centre de Recherche CSSS Champlain—Charles-Le Moyne
In this webinar the most frequent and effective supervisor contributions to the RTW process (before and during the absence, and during the return to work preparations) of employees diagnosed with depression will be presented.
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April 2019
M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD-Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being.
This webinar will describe the basics of the stress experience, and explain how can we set up workplaces to promote challenges, that help employees to perform and grow.
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April 2019
Hilary Weaver, DSW (Lakota)-Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
This webinar explores meanings of disability within Native American cultures followed by an exploration of the disproportionate impact of disabilities in Native American populations and description of the impact of the colonial context.
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March 2019
Jodi Oakman, PhD and Tea Lallukka, PhD-Associate Professor, Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University and Adjunct professor, Academy Research Fellows
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of pain on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their persistent pain.
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February 2019
Sietske Tamminga, PhD and Michiel Greidanus, PhD Stud.-Assistant professor and PhD Student at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, the Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
In this interactive webinar, health professionals, cancer survivors, employers and other stakeholders, will take home practical tips on how to enhance work participation of cancer survivors from an employer’s point of view.
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Jarna Pasanen, PhD (cand.)-Teacher, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
This webinar will discuss about the probabilities, permanence and connections between return to work (RTW), inability to work and rehabilitation after a severe occupational injury.
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February 2019
Fergal O'Hagan, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, ​Trent University, Registered Kinesiologist, College of Kinesiologists, Ontario and Disability Management & Professional Development Consultant, Lifemark Health​ ​
This webinar will focus on ways to support working age individuals with cardiovascular disease in order for them to enjoy a safe, rewarding and productive work life.
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Diane Lacaille, MD, FRCPC, MHSc-Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Canada
Dr Lacaille will share her expertise as a rheumatologist and scientist, review relevant literature, including her own research findings, and provide practical advice for workers, health care professionals, and employers to support workers with arthritis.
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Kent Anger, PhD-Professor & Associate Director, Applied Research Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Director, Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center
Workplace Total Worker Health (TWH) intervention research was examined to determine how well the Hierarchy of Controls prioritization strategy was applied. The majority employed control tactics or methods classified as Educate.
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Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management, University of Sussex Business School
Workplaces that support staff through training, clear role descriptions, reasonable work demands, and other high quality work practices are also characterized by high levels of wellbeing and better performance outcomes.
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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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