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Effective Workplaces Webinar Series


These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for researchers to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic and episodic health challenges (e.g. muscle and joint disorders, chronic pain, mental health, respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes, etc.) stay at work and 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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For professionals seeking Certificates of Attendance for accreditation please register on our professional learning portal​ and view the catalogue of recorded webinars. By viewing the recorded webinars on this learning platform you can request a Certificate of Attendance for an administrative fee of $15.  Professionals Members of WWDPI using the professional learning platform receive Certificates of Attendance at no charge.  We welcome your membership​. ​

Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars
Live Event: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Nancy Carnide PhD-Post-Doctoral Research Fellow , Institute for Work & Health
The use of opioids for low back pain is a controversial practice and their impact on work-related outcomes should be an important consideration.
Live Event: Friday June 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
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?
Live Event: Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Eleonor Fransson, PhD-Associate Professor School of Health and Welfare, ​ Jönköping University, Sweden
This webinar will present what is known about established risk factors for stroke and what has been found in recent research on the associations between psychosocial work environment and the risk for stroke.
Live Event: Thursday June 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Alison Collins, PhD-Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK
As employees, we sometimes go into work despite not feeling well, known as sickness presenteeism. But what are the consequences of sickness presenteeism on our health and wellbeing?
Live Event: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Thursday July 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Lauren Strober, PhD-Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Friday August 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Catherine Loughlin, PhD-Associate Dean, Research and Knowledge Mobilization, Sobey School of Business Management​, Saint Mary's University
Dr. Loughlin will walk us through how to identify toxic behaviours in the workplace and discuss how leaders can take initiative to maintain healthier atmospheres for their workers.
Live Event: Thursday August 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday August 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Susan Peters, PhD-Research Fellow Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health​
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Thursday August 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kent Anger, PhD-Professor Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Professor OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center​
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Thursday September 20, 2018 8:00 AM PT, 11:00 AM ET
Margot Joosen, PhD-Senior Researcher, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
More details and learning objectives coming soon.

​Recorded Webinars
Live Event:
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.
Live Event:
May 2018
​Jodi Oakman, PhD-Associate Professor, Head of Department, Public Health​
Work place risk management of musculoskeletal disorders need to change. A substantial evidence base supports the role of psychosocial and physical hazards in the development of MSDs but this has not translated into practice.
Live Event:
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.
Live Event:
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.
Live Event:
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.
Live Event: February 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: DATE CHANGE - Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday, February 9, 2018, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Cristina M. Caperchione, PhD and Joan L. Bottorff, PhD-Professors, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
This presentation will describe men’s preferences for workplace health promotion programs and the effectiveness of tailored approaches.
Live Event: Thursday, February 8 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday January 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
January 2018
JianLi Wang, PhD-Senior Scientist, Director. Work & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research
There are many strategies for reducing the burden of workplace depression. The BroMatters project is a national project, aiming to identify and evaluate solution for early prevention of depression in men.
Live Event: Thursday January 25, 2018 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
January 2018
Kevin Daniels PhD CPsychol FBPsS-Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Norwich Business School
The webinar summarizes research on workplace social environments and discuss activities to improve wellbeing through improving the social environments at work.
Live Event: Thursday December 7, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Thursday, November 23, 2017, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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
Live Event: Wednesday October 25, 2017, 9:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM EDT
October 2017
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.
Live Event: Thursday September 28, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
September 2017
Caroline Biron, PhD-Assistant Professor, Université Laval
In this webinar, Caroline Biron presents the results of a research project that aimed to identify the conditions facilitating and hindering the adoption by managers of management practices promoting the psychological health of their staff
Live Event: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm PDT, 7:00 pm EDT
September 2017
Mark Deady, Ph.D.-Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of New South Wales
This webinar aims to provide an overview of current research into workplace depression prevention strategies and interventions and a broad framework around creating mentally healthy workplaces.
Live Event: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
September 2017
Emile Tompa, PhD-Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
In this webinar Dr. Emile Tompa presents findings from a synthesis of evidence of studies that evaluated the effectiveness of OHS regulatory enforcement measures.
Live Event: Monday, August 14 at 4:00 pm PDT, 7:00 pm EDT
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.
Live Event: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
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.
Live Event: Thursday, July 20th 2017, 2:00 PM PDT, 5:00 PM EDT
Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT and Joanne Park PhD, BScOT -University of Alberta
Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach designed to facilitate behavior change.
Live Event: Thursday June 22, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Kate McCleary, MS, CHES-Institute for Health & Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Past research on workplace health promotion (WHP) programs has discovered considerable differences between the perceptions of employees and employers regarding program effects, sources of stress, and job satisfaction.
Live Event: Thursday, June 8 at 11:00am PST, 2:00 pm EST
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.
Live Event: May 26, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
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.
Live Event: May 11th, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Ivan Steenstra, PhD-Manager Research & Analytics, Morneau Shepell
The workforce in Western society is ageing. A shortage of workers is predicted. Many ideas are put forward to keep older workers in the workforce but do we actually know what is effective? This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence.
Live Event: April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 PM ET
Debra Dunstan, PhD-Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program at the University of New England, Armidale Australia
Managers view co-workers as having little relevance to RTW most of the time, but identify them as contributing to poor outcomes in some circumstances which are challenging to manage.
Live Event: March 30, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
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
Live Event: March 23rd, 2017 - 5:00pm PST, 8:00pm EST, March 24th - 8:00am Australia
Justine Leavy PhD - Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Curtin University
Dr. Leavy discusses research on the health risks of prolonged sedentary behaviour and how sit-to-stand workstations are effective in breaking up prolonged sitting time, improving work performance and mood, and positively influencing some health outcomes.
Live Event: March 10, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
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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