Date: Friday November 10, 2017 State: VIC

Skills training workshop for the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (2 days) - Melbourne

The PGAP® is considered one of the most empirically supported interventions for targeting psychosocial risk-factors for disability. This training workshop is designed to equip rehabilitation professionals with skills in psychosocial intervention strategies such that they may be better able to assist their clients in overcoming the challenges associated with debilitating health/mental health conditions. To date, clinical trials have supported the effectiveness of the PGAP for reducing disability and promoting return to work in individuals who has sustained work injuries, individuals with whiplash injuries, individuals with fibromyalgia, and individuals with mental health conditions such as depression and PTSD. The PGAP has been included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidenced-based approach to the management of disability.

Through didactic presentation, video demonstrations and case studies, attendees will:

  • Learn what is currently known about psychosocial risk factors for delayed recovery,
  • Learn how to administer and interpret the results of psychosocial screening evaluations.
  • Learn numerous intervention techniques designed to reduce psychosocial obstacles to rehabilitation progress.

Workshop topics include:

  • Screening for psychosocial risk factors such as catastrophic thinking, fear of symptom exacerbation, perceived injustice, disability beliefs:
  • Targeted intervention techniques such as guided disclosure, validation, constructive communication, anger reduction, distress reduction, motivational enhancement, structured activity scheduling, risk-specific goal setting, progressive exposure, and changing disability beliefs:
  • Occupational re-integration: Engaging the involvement of relevant stakeholders including the physician, the insurer and the employer to maximize successful return to work.

Date:  November 10 & 11, 2017

Venue:  RACV Club, Melbourne  Australia

To register click HERE

Instructor: Michael JL Sullivan, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.