Special and Advanced Courses

The Special and Advanced Modules cover a range of topics in the field of workplace health and safety, human resources and labour-management relations. They will be useful to those who are involved in returning workers who have incurred injuries and illnesses to jobs, as well as to those working in associated fields. You do not need to be a disability management practitioner to enroll in, or benefit from, these workshops.

While the Disability Management Practitioner Certificate Program covers the breadth of skills and knowledge required by disability management and return to work practitioners, the Special and Advanced Modules provide an opportunity to explore related topics or specific topics in more depth.

The modules vary in length and cost. When offered online, study activities may be carried out over periods ranging from one week to several weeks or in a classroom setting from one to six days.

All courses have been endorsed by the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management (CSPDM) for continuing education credit (CEC) hours for the professional designations of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC). Successful completion of each course provides 12 CEC hours unless otherwise stated.

Participants in this online course will review the Code of Practice for Disability Management and explore the organizational structures, policies, procedures and activities that are required to meet the standards outlined in the Code. Course activities will span 2 weeks and require an estimated 22 hours of study activity including reading, participation in online discussion exercises, and an assignment. This course is designed for people who have a strong background in disability management and return to work. At minimum DMCCA in the Disability Management Practitioner Program (DMPP) or an equivalent background is required. This course has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this course is 22 hours.

$425

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This online workshop is designed to provide a more specialized examination of outcome evaluations—evaluations that measure whether the goals established by a Disability Management Program have been met. It explores evaluation methods and design, and how data can be collected and analysed. On completion of the module participants should be familiar with the steps required to determine whether outcomes such as decreased time away from work, lower insurance premiums or positive cost-benefit ratios have been achieved. The module requires an estimated 22 hours of study activity over a period of 2 weeks including reading, participation in online discussion exercises, and assignments. Prerequisite is Module T from the Disability Management and Return to Work Program or the equivalent background. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 22 hours.

$425

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This continuing professional education course will focus on current issues in accommodation from a legislative perspective with specific emphasis on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Students will be introduced to the AODA and the current context of legislation that supports inclusion of persons with injuries and disabilities in the workplace and in returning to work. The primary emphasis will be on preparing workplaces for meeting and exceeding the Employment Standards that are included within the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation part of AODA.

This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This onsite interactive three-day workshop is designed to introduce participants to strategies and processes designed to achieve a range of negotiated joint Return to Work / Disability Management (DM/RTW) agreements. Participants will obtain a clear understanding of the process from building a foundation for program success to developing specific language and clauses solidifying the joint DM/RTW program language within or outside of the organization’s collective agreement.

Participants having the CDMP and CRTWC designations will receive 20 CEC hours for attending the workshop. An additional 10 hours will be provided by completing the advanced readings and an optional assignment. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for attending the workshop.
Cost: $850

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This module provides an overview of substance use and addiction and its effects on the employability of workers and the productivity of the workforce. It covers the concept of substance recreational use, substance misuse and substance addictions; incidence rates; types of addictions; the challenge of comorbidity; treatment approaches and impacts; and the strategies that can be used in terms of prevention, job retention and return to work. The module overviews, from the unique perspective of the role of the Disability Management professional, the strategies, interventions and supports that can assist employers to establish workplace prevention and promotion programs and assist at risk workers to access appropriate treatment and to remain at work or reintegrate into the workplace. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This module addresses the concept of psychological injury primarily from the perspective of the Disability Management professional who is involved in prevention, job retention, and return to work. The module focuses both on creating psychologically healthy workplaces, and the functional and activity implications of mental distress that arise either from a traumatic event or chronic stress. It also addresses the basis for determining legal responsibility for a mental injury as well as the challenges that arise when a psychological injury occurs comorbidly with another health condition. It covers the range of symptoms, evidence-based treatments, and interventions that are available, and the strategies, supports and interventions that can be used to support job retention or return to work. In addition to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic mental stress, a number of related health conditions are also addressed including chronic fatigue syndrome, post-concussion syndrome, and the psychological implications of a major head injury. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours. It is recommended that participants in this module have completed Module DMCCD or another introductory mental health course.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This module explores chronic and episodic health conditions and the role of the disability management professional in assisting workers who are dealing with such conditions. The module provides people with responsibilities in the area of workplace health with approaches that can be used to retain workers and mitigate the effect of chronic and episodic health conditions on work performance. It also provides an overview of common chronic and episodic health conditions illustrated with practical examples that explore typical challenges and best practices. The module topics include the following: what are chronic and episodic disabilities; what are common impacts on work responsibilities; disability management with episodic and chronic conditions as a bio-psycho-social process; the workplace accommodation process; and supporting the worker who has chronic and/or episodic Health Conditions. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

The purpose of this module is to explore the steps that can be taken to assist and retain workers who have been diagnosed with cancer. Although cancer treatments have improved and many people who have incurred cancer are treated and remain cancer free for the rest of their lives, a worker who is diagnosed with cancer faces a number of challenges including treatment effects such as fatigue and pain, anxiety about the future and financial losses and costs. Apart from a need for income, people who have been diagnosed with cancer may want to continue with all or part of their job because it helps them focus their attention on things other than their illness and because they may “feel more like themselves”. Others may feel too exhausted or too sick to work. For the workplace, the challenge is to accommodate a worker who may be away from work for periods of time, and who may need adaptations to their job when they are at work. However, the organization benefits when they can retain experienced workers and morale is heightened when employees know that their employer will assist them if they run into difficulty. The module covers topics including information on cancer as a chronic and episodic illness, the benefits and challenges related to retaining workers who are dealing with cancer, and the biopsychosocial impacts on individual workers who are dealing with cancer. Students will develop disability management plans that take into account the interplay among a range of factors related to the type and stage of cancer, individual characteristics and situation, and the current job in which the person is engaged and their workplace. Students will also identify work accommodations for workers who are dealing with cancer. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

The purpose of this module is to provide professionals in disability management and workplace health roles with the information and tools required to support workers who are experiencing stress, chronic stress, anxiety and anxiety disorders. On successful completion of the module, participants will be able to explain stress, anxiety and anxiety disorders to others in the workplace; describe the impact of stress and anxiety on the worker; describe the impact on the workplace and organization and the benefits obtained when initiatives are taken to mitigate the effects of stress, anxiety and anxiety disorders; outline employer obligations and workplace initiatives that can be put in place to mitigate stress and anxiety for all workers; and identify factors that could be barriers or facilitators to individual workers remaining at work or returning to work. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

The purpose of this module is to provide professionals with disability management and workplace health responsibilities with an understanding of the causes and experience of pain and with some tools to support workers who are dealing with pain. On successful completion of the module, participants will be able to explain the process through which pain is experienced; describe the types and causes of pain; explain the impact of pain on workers and the workplace; describe common treatments for pain; identify methods for supporting workers with pain both at the organizational and individual level; describe a biopsychosocial approach to return to work for workers whose disability involves pain, as well as remain at work initiatives for workers who remain in their jobs but who are experiencing pain; and identify work accommodations for workers with pain. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

This module focuses on understanding mental health conditions common to workers and frequently part of return to work processes. Conditions potentially of concern in workers recovering from their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic are highlighted. The onus on the RTW/DM professional in identifying and responding effectively is addressed. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

This module addresses the integral and encompassing role of the work environment in supporting the resiliency of workers. Existing evidence-based strategies will be addressed. Opportunities to keep abreast of evolving workplace solutions within core course activities will be included. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

This module provides a bigger picture overview of workers within their environment and offers the opportunity to integrate a systematic approach to remaining and returning to work. Now more than ever, RTW/DM professionals will be looked upon to be leaders. Evidence-based tools provide a means to be a stable force in an environment of ‘new normal’. Opportunities for problem-solving with peers, discussions, and the encouragement to identify the issues within the participant’s workplace are included as well as communication strategies to assist with engaging in collaborative planning. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250.00

Change, both welcome and unwelcome, is inevitable, ongoing and multi-faceted. More than ever, people within organizations need strategies for reacting quickly to problems and opportunities—both external and internal to their workplaces. This course is designed to provide those who are involved with workplace health systems—disability management, wellness, and health and safety programs—with tools and techniques to identify and respond to disruptive events, new situations and changing conditions in the most positive way possible by:
• Recognizing unanticipated or needed changes;
• Generating ideas, innovations and solutions;
• Using change management processes.
The course includes print materials and video, a workbook for trying out tools and techniques, discussion forums and a short assignment. Course activities will span 2 weeks, requires an estimated 22 hours of study activity, and has been endorsed for 22 continuing education credit hours for the designations of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC).

$425

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

An outbreak of an infectious disease can wreak havoc on a workplace and the people who work there. Productivity is impaired and workers can suffer financial consequences—and emotional injury as well. This module is designed to provide strategies for reshaping workplace health and safety programs to ensure they adequately account for the monitoring, assessment, prevention and mitigation of outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. On successfully completing the module, participants will be able to: adapt occupational health and safety plans; assess and adapt wellness programs; assist workers who are returning to work following treatment; and identify organization-wide needs for proactively dealing with the issues arising from outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics, and work with staff in a range of departments to develop effective responses. This module has been endorsed for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) professional development. The number of continuing education credit hours that can be claimed for this module is 12 hours.

$250

* Please note that if this course does not have sufficient registrations it will be postponed to a later date.

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