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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​. ​​

We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series. For our Effective Workplaces webinars we would like to thank Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work who participate in program planning. We would also like to thank the Government of British Columbia for their annual support.

​Please enjoy these webinars.  If you like what we do please consider becoming a member.

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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, WWDPI memberships and donations. 
WWDPI does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.

Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars
Live Event: Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH-Data Center Director CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training
This presentation will provide updated statistics on the trends of aging workforce, fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, and general health status among older construction workers in the U.S.
Live Event: Thursday March 28 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Glorian Sorensen, PhD-Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
This webinar will describe best practice solutions for improving and measuring employee and employer outcomes related to safety, health, and well-being, using a management systems approach shaped by employee input and participation.​
Live Event: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Tuesday April 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Deborah McLellan, PhD, MHS-Senior Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being
This webinar will describe how to implement best practices for improving employee and employer outcomes related to safety, health, and well-being, using a systems approach and case examples.
Live Event: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM ET, 9:30 PM GMT, Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:30 AM NZT
Andrew McCombie, PhD-Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Surgery at the University of Otago in New Zealand
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of IBD on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their chronic disease.
Live Event: Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 AM GMT+1
Barb Neis, PhD and Elise Thorburn-On the Move Partnership, Memorial University of Newfoundland
This webinar explores intersections between precarious employment, work-related mobility, work scheduling and family lives, related consequences, and strategies to reduce family-related impacts across diverse segments of the Canadian labour force.
Live Event: Thursday April 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT+1
Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD, CRC-Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR School
This webinar provides an overview of effective workplace practices and policies known to maximize disability inclusive recruitment and hiring, resulting in a higher likelihood of successfully increasing individuals with disabilities in your workforce.
Live Event: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
​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​
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 4:00 PM GMT, 9:00
Arnold Bakker, PhD-Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Chair of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology.
Arnold Bakker discusses the latest insights regarding job burnout. He proposes a new model and several positive interventions (job crafting, proactive vitality management) that can be used to prevent burnout.
Live Event: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00PM ET
Katherine Lippel, PhD and Dana Howse, PhD-Canada Research Chair in OHS Law, University of Ottawa & Policy lead, On the Move Partnership and Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy and SafetyNet Centre for OHS Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador
This webinar examines strengths and weaknesses of selected workers’ compensation systems in Canada when they are applied to the mobile workforce and looks at some effects on workers’ families.
Live Event: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau and Adam Perry-Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Université de Québec à Montréal and Assistant Professor of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University
Every year, Canadian employers hire temporary foreign workers. Who are these workers? Who employs them? How do various immigration policies concretely affect their experience, and their health and wellness, while they are in Canada and in what way?
Live Event: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Katherine Lippel, PhD -Canada Research Chair in OHS Law, University of Ottawa and Policy lead, On the Move Partnership
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: TBD... Stay tuned!
Margot Joosen, PhD-Senior Researcher, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Learn about barriers and facilitators of work participation after sick leave in workers with common mental disorders, from the perspective of workers, managers, mental health professionals, occupational health professionals and general physicians.
Live Event: TBD... Stay tuned!
Taryl Felhaber, MD-Medical Advisor at WorkSafeBC and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at UBC
A webinar to highlight the risks of worklessness to health and well-being of our patients, with a review of research to date and recommendations for practice.

​Recorded Webinars
Live Event: Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jamie Gruman, PhD-Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph
This webinar is an introduction to positive psychology and positive organizational psychology. It will be of interest to people who would like to know how positive psychology can be applied in their own lives and workplaces.
Live Event: Thursday February 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
February 2019
Heid Nøkleby, PhD and Kristin Vold Hjerpås-Researcher in the Division of Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Directorate
This will be a presentation of a systematic review of international research on the effects of Supported Employment, included Individual Placement and Support (IPS), supported by experiences from Norway.
Live Event: Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Ann Marie Dale PhD-Assistant Professor of Medicine and Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Construction is dangerous with many workers suffering from injuries and illnesses, yet there are large differences in health conditions and behaviors among those working in residential versus commercial projects.
Live Event: Friday February 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 5:30 PM GMT+1
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.
Live Event: Tuesday January 29, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday January 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Philip Bigelow, PhD and Nicolette Carlan, PhD (Cand.)-University of Waterloo
This webinar presents findings and experiences emanating from over 6 years of effort by CRE-MSD researchers to reduce MSDs in the construction sector in Ontario.
Live Event: Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM PT, 4:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday January 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday December 7 at 11:30 AM PT, 2:30 PM ET
Christina Welter, MPH, DrPH, Dr. Lorraine Conroy, MS, ScD, and Tessa Bonney, MPH- University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
The Center for Healthy Work will share the evidence-based development of the Healthy Work Collaborative, a capacity-building process connecting intersectoral partners to address policy, systems, and environmental change for workers in precarious jobs.
Live Event: November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Linda Sharp, PhD-Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK​
This webinar will discuss the experiences of work participation after cancer in people who are self-employed – an area which has largely been neglected in research.
Live Event: Tuesday November 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Bronson Du, MSc and Marcus Yung, PhD-Washington University School of Medicine and Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)
In construction, exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) is common in daily working life. Vibrations transmitted from the vehicle to an occupant, can be problematic if the exposure is excessive.
Live Event: Tuesday November 20, 2018 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Marc White, PhD-CEO and President, Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
In a series of reviews of systematic reviews, we identified worker, workplace and system-based factors contributing to prolonged work absence. Following this syntheses, we then identified interventions that impacted some of these risk factors.
Live Event: Thursday November 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM PT, 12:00 PM ET
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.
Live Event: Friday October 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Natalie Schwatka PhD and Erin Shore MPH-Assistant Professor & Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Denver
You will learn what Total Worker Health is, how we apply this framework to small businesses, and how we are helping small businesses in Colorado develop a culture of health and safety through the Small+Safe+Well Study.
Live Event: Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kent Anger, PhD-Professor, Oregon Health & Science University, Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, A NIOSH Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health®
A Total Worker Health® (TWH) intervention for construction crews comprised of computer-based training and self-monitoring, and scripted wellness education will be described.
Live Event: Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
October 2018
Ziv Amir, PhD-University of Salford · School of Health Sciences
Given the importance of the role-played by the employer in managing their employees affected by cancer, this webinar explores the factors affecting this role, using evidence derived from a systematic review of the literature.
Live Event: Thursday October 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Karen Harlos PhD and Darren Hardy-Professor, Department of Business, University of Winnipeg
With legislative changes calling for psychologically and physically safe workplaces, we describe our dual practical/regulatory and research/scientific perspective to generate evidence for improved wellbeing and worklife quality for educators.
Live Event: Friday September 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jessica MK Streit​, PhD Cand.​-Research Psychologist, NIOSH
This session is structured as a primer on the practical uses of social network analysis techniques in workplace safety and health research and programming.
Live Event: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Saskia Duijts, PhD-Program Leader, Oncology - University Medical Center in Groning, NL
What is the state of ‘cancer and work’ research, and what are the necessary next steps? This question as well as ‘are we getting any closer to sustained employability of cancer survivors’ will be addressed.
Live Event: Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jack Dennerlein, PhD-Professor, Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Worksite approaches to Total Worker Health® for construction workers provide potential benefits for worker safety, health, and wellbeing. Given the dynamic nature of the industry the worksite approaches can be integrated with other efforts.
The Costs and Benefits of Recruiting and Retaining People with Mental Illness
Live Event: Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
September 2018
Rebecca Gewurtz PhD and Krista Benes -Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University and Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
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Live Event: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Learn about the connections between work and health, and current research on improving worker health. This work has been featured in a special issue of Health Affairs.
Live Event: Thursday August 30, 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​
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.
Live Event: Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, PhD-Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
This webinar describes the common challenges employees with arthritis face at work, and the strategies they use to maintain employment.
Live Event: Friday August 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
August 2018
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 July 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Lauren Strober, PhD-Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
More effective management of symptoms and work place accommodations can greatly assist individuals with MS in staying in the workforce.
Live Event: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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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