Professionals who have responsibility for stay at work or return to work initiatives need a strong understanding of the mental health conditions that contribute to worker absence. They should also understand a biopsychosocial approach to treatment and intervention, identify types of treatment, intervention and supports to facilitate return to work, and work toward a mentally healthy workplace that can support the return to work plans for employees.
This course provides an overview of mental health issues in the workplace, along with a more in-depth focus on stress and depression. Participants will explore symptoms, treatments and disability aspects of stress and depression, and strategies for assisting individuals with stress, and depression-related illnesses to return to work. Disabilities that may have a mental health component and the biopsychosocial impact of disabilities will be reviewed.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify and describe mental health conditions and disorders that contribute to worker absence or lost time from work.
- Identify the components of a biopsychosocial approach to treatment and intervention for mental health conditions.
- Identify the types of treatment, interventions, recovery, rehabilitation, supports and resources in a biopsychosocial approach that facilitate return to work for workers with mental health conditions.
- Identify and describe the elements of an effective workplace approach to support return to work.
- Identify and describe the elements needed to support the development of a return to work plan for workers who experience anxiety and depression.
Who should attend?
The target audience for the course are those who are tasked with the responsibility related to the workforce such as Human Resources, Disability Management / Return to Work practitioners, Health personnel, Occupational Health and Safety, Claims / Benefit plan administrators.
How it works:
Each offering takes place over the course of one week, requiring participants to read the course manual, participate in the online discussion forum on at least four or five days during the course of the week, and complete and submit an assignment. The course is instructor-lead by an expert in the particular topic area being presented, who not only has a minimum of a graduate degree in their field but must also have practical experience related to Disability Management and Return to Work. Upon successful completion of the course, the University provides the participant with a transcript for 12 continuing education hours.
February 3, 2020 - February 9, 2020
March 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020
October 19, 2020 - October 25, 2020
November 16, 2020 - November 22, 2020
February 1, 2021 - February 7, 2021
March 15, 2021 - March 21, 2021