Tuesday, April 28, 2009 CAVEWAS Pre-Conference Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Thursday, April 30, 2009 Friday, May 1st, 2009 8:30-10:15a.m. Sean Fitzgerald The Role of the Vocational Evaluator in Life care Planning 8:00-10:00a.m. K1 Opening Ceremonies and Keynote – Margaret Trudeau 8:30-10:00a.m. Keynote – Terry Evansham 8:30-10:00a.m. C13 – I Just Got My Subpoena – What Do I do 10:15-10:30a.m. Break 10:30-12:00p.m. The Role of the Vocational Evaluator in Life care Planning 10:00-10:30a.m Break 10:30-12:00p.m. C1 – Trauma, Rehabilitation and Recovery 10:00-10:30a.m Break 10:30-12:00p.m. C7 – Ethical Decision-Making Balancing Personal & Professional Boundaries and Maintaining Integrity in Practice 10:00-10:30a.m Break 10:30-12:00p.m. K4 Closing Keynote– Captain Kim Fawcett C2 – Conversation about Ethical Challenges – Part 1 C8 – What Works and What Doesn‟t 12:00-1:00 CAVEWAS AGM Luncheon 12:00-1:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting Luncheon All welcome to attend 1:30-3:00p.m. C3 – Conversation about Ethical Challenges – Part 2 12:00-1:00 p.m. Luncheon Atlantic Annual General Meeting 12:00 Closing Remarks and Farewells 1:00-3:00p.m. The Role of the Vocational Evaluator in Life care Planning 1:00-2:30p.m. C9 – Understanding the “STUCK” Claimant – Part 1 C4 - Collaborative Approach to Design and Delivery… C10 – Adaptive Technologies – Part 1 3:00-3:15p.m Break 3:15-4:30p.m. The Role of the Vocational Evaluator in Life care Planning 3:00-3:30p.m. Break 3:30-5:00p.m. C5 – Cost of Care and Needs Analysis 2:30-3:00p.m. Break 3:00-4:30p.m. C11 – Understanding the “STUCK” Claimant – Part 2 C6 - C12 – Adaptive Technologies – Part 2 6:30 Social Event Rally in the Alley Tuesday April 28, 2009 - CAVEWAS Pre-Conference The Role of the Vocational Evaluator in Life care Planning Life Care Planning has evolved as a sub specialty within the Rehabilitation field based upon published standards of practice, data analysis, research and assessment which provide an organized, concise plan for current and future needs and their related costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic medical rehabilitation needs. One important section within any complete life care plan is the vocational component. This section of the plan may influence many other components. Therefore, the role of the vocational evaluator in the life care planning process is very important to the injured person as well as the certified life care planner preparing the report. Sean FitzGerald, FVE, F-ABVE, CLCP, RRP, D-ABDA is a faculty member of the Canadian Institute of Life Care Planners, as affiliated with Carleton University. He has over 20 years of experience working in the vocational/rehabilitation field. He is a Registered Forensic Expert (Vocational Economic Analysis) with the American Rehabilitation Economics Association, a Fellow of the American Board of Vocational Experts, a RRP with VRA Canada, a Certified Life Care Planner with the Commission on Health Care Certification and a Diplomat of the American Board of Disability Analysts in the area of determining ones level of work disability. Sean has prepared reports for workers‟ compensation boards and insurance companies (LTD and/or Auto) as well as law firms throughout Canada as a Vocational Expert and Certified Life Care Planner. The Governor General of Canada conferred the Commemorative Medal upon Sean for his work in the vocational/rehabilitation field. Wednesday April 29, 2009 – Opening Keynote Speaker Margaret Trudeau became the youngest Prime Minister's wife in Canadian history, when she married Pierre Elliot Trudeau at the age of 22. She has led a rich and interesting life, by raising five children and travelling the country and the world extensively. For all her adult life, Margaret Trudeau has suffered from the debilitating effects of her bipolar condition. Now, after seeking medical treatment that has given her life balance and happiness, she advocates strongly on mental health issues, helping people overcome the stigma of mental illness that often prevents sufferers from getting help. She is working with The Royal Ottawa Hospital to raise funds for their new hospital and raise public awareness of mental health issues. C1 – Trauma, Rehabilitation and Recovery Trauma, Rehabilitation and Recovery -- Be Still is Part Two of Val‟s story and chronicles her return to work after catastrophic injury. It follows directly from Part One – Keep Your Fork – which chronicled her acute recovery. Participants are provided with an “insider‟s view” of the experience of shifting from the position of client to practitioner, and coming to terms with permanent physical and cognitive impairments in the workplace. Val‟s book, Be Still, was published in 2008 Val Lougheed, RRP, CCRC, President and Founder of Northern Lights Canada (NLC), has been working in the field of vocational rehabilitation for the past 30 years. Currently, NLC maintains a direct complement of 200 professional and administrative staff, and, as a member of Voc Rehab Canada, is associated with 350 practitioners nationwide. Val has spoken as a Key-Note and Guest Speaker for such organizations as the Association of Workers‟ Compensation Boards of Canada, The Faculties of Medicine and Education -University of Calgary, RehabNet, and the International Vocational Outcomes in TBI Conference. C2 & C3 -A Conversation About Ethical Challenges in Our Work An ethical dilemma….sigh. Nothing can promote more professional anxiety than finding yourself in a sticky situation where the „right thing to do‟ remains elusive despite your best efforts. Join us in a conversation about ethical dilemmas arising in our professional practices and learn about resources available to support you. Deena Martin BCR, MEd, RRP graduated from the Rehabilitation Practitioner program in the early 90s and spent the next decade working across community and institutional settings serving folks from various community groups. After spending 4 years supporting individuals in vocational rehabilitation, Deena returned to university to complete a degree in Community Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary. In graduate school, Deena examined the employability of Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians and worked with the Western Canadian Centre for Studies in Deafness at the University of Alberta for 6 years. Currently, Deena is the program chair for the Disability and Community Studies program at Red Deer College and teach courses in the area of professional practice and leadership. C4 - Collaborative Approach to the Design and Delivery of a Labour/Management Early and Safe Return to Work and Workplace Accommodation Program: A Case Study Using an integrative, interest based workplace model, the Rehabilitation Professional will be provided with a framework on how a multi site employer and their union worked collaboratively in developing strategies for managing injuries, illnesses and disability in the workplace. This session will demonstrate on how a Union can be a valuable asset in the design and development of a Workplace Return to Work and Accommodation Program. Viki Scott is the President and Principal Consultant of Scott & Associates Inc., a Human Resources Consulting firm which provides solutions to Canadian based companies with a concentration in Labour Management Relations, Health & Safety Compliance, Absence & Attendance Management, Business Continuity Planning and Conflict Management. Viki has a particular expertise in labour management relations and has been successful in introducing workplace interest based consensus models for managing identified areas of conflict. She has developed strong working relationships with the various government Labour Agencies and has an indepth knowledge of federal and provincial workplace statutes. She has served on numerous boards. She has developed standardized assessment and diagnostic tools that are used for identifying and minimizing risks. C5 – Cost of Care Needs Assessment Rehabilitation practitioners are often asked by solicitors to provide assessments of future care costs regarding individuals they represent who have suffered bodily injury in motor vehicle accidents. These assessments typically involve the review of medical and other information as well as consulting with physicians and other allied health care professionals in establishing the individual‟s needs which can include medical and therapeutic interventions, equipment, medical supplies, rehabilitation aids and assistive devices, housing, transportation and mobility, among others. This presentation will examine the methodology and structure of Cost of Care and Needs Assessments using the example of the needs presented by an individual who has sustained neurotrauma resulting in spinal cord injury. Warren Comeau, BA, RRP, CCRC, FCARP, has been involved in Vocational Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Case Management since 1980. Warren is President and co-founder of Rehabilitation Alternatives Limited and Vocational Alternatives Software, private sector companies based in Atlantic Canada, which have been providing a spectrum of rehabilitation services since 1992. Although involved primarily with staff mentoring, supervision and service development, Warren also handles special legal assessment assignments, particularly in catastrophic injuries. He has been accepted as an Expert Witness in the field of Rehabilitation by the Court of Queen's Bench, Province of New Brunswick. Warren holds a Registered Rehabilitation Profession (RRP) and a CCRC. He served on the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals as an Atlantic Director and later as the National President. He was a founding Director of CARP Atlantic in 1996. He was honoured with a Fellowship Award by CARP in 2005 in recognition of outstanding services in the field of rehabilitation. Along with Sandra Preeper and others, Warren‟s company is a partner in Voc Rehab Canada, a national consortium of private sector companies providing voc rehab and disability management services across Canada. C6 – Return to Work Ralph Tucker, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission and Leslie Galway, Chief Executive Officer, will deliver a presentation on the Early and Safe Return-to-work program. This program is designed to assist injured workers back to their pre-injury duties while undergoing medical treatment. In their presentation, Mr. Tucker and Ms. Galway will review the process for developing an Early and Safe Return to Work plan and discuss the benefits for injured workers and employers. Thursday April 30, 2009 – Keynote TERRY EVANSHEN - The Man Who Lost Himself He was one of the greats. Member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, twice voted outstanding Canadian in the CFL, Grey Cup champion. And then, on July 4, 1988, in a single second Terry Evanshen nearly lost it all. The victim of a devastating car accident, Terry was so critically injured and so near death that a priest administered the last rites. In a coma for almost a month, when he finally did wake up, the news was devastating...he had lost his memory. With 44 years erased in an instant, he was without a past and his future looked bleak. The comeback trail has been slow and has met its share of setbacks, a veritable rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. But with the support of his family, Terry has managed to rebuild his shattered life. Terry inspires you to look at your own life in a way you have never done before. He gives a moving account of how he re-establishes his identity every day by rebuilding his confidence and purpose one step at a time. He shows you the never-ending power of the human mind to overcome obstacles. He shows you the incredible perseverance of the human spirit. C7 – Ethical Decision-Making Balancing Personal and Professional Boundaries and Maintaining Integrity in Practice This interactive session will explore the components of ethical practice with an emphasis on boundaries and self-awareness. An ethical decision-making model is presented and participants will be engaged in a small group exercise to examine case scenarios and provide reflections. Annette graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University in 1998. She immediately began employment with the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador in the position of Program Coordinator. In 2001 Annette took the position of Executive Director with Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2004, Annette began employment with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers as Social Work Consultant where she is currently employed. Annette convocated with a Master of Social Work from Memorial University in 2006. C8 – What Works and What Doesn’t Using a qualitative approach (case studies), this presentation will illustrate from an insurer‟s perspective variable that: a) work in a successful resolution/outcome where voc rehab has been involved and why; and b) does not work and why. Pina Zervas, RRP, RVP, CCRC, CVE has been employed in the field of voc rehab since 1994. She has extensive experience working with individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents, work-related and through sickness and accident. She obtained her Psychology Degree with a specialization in Rehabilitation from York University in 1996. She obtained her Graduate Degree in Science in 2007. Her credentials include: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE), Registered Vocational Professional (RVP), Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), Certified Valpar Operator (CVO). Robert Sheppard - Team Leader, Disability Management and Life Insurance: Rob has been with SSQ since 2005 as a Senior Disability Case Manager and then transitioned into the role of Team Leader. He has worked in disability services for several different Group Insurer Carriers prior to SSQ. C9 & C11 – Understanding the “STUCK” claimant In this workshop Dr Allan Abbass will review a brief method of assessing the conscious versus unconscious processes that keep a person stuck on claim despite your best rehab efforts. He will describe with a videotape illustration, patterns of patients and how they present symptoms, personality problems and behavioral problems that undermine the rehab process. The underlying emotional drivers of stuck states of disability will be illustrated with a videotape example. He will review a brief emotion-focused treatment method that has produced a high rate of return to work from long-term claims. Finally, he will provide pointers on how to interact with the stuck claimant so as not to activate more pathology, depression or regression while performing your rehabilitative functions. Dr Allan Abbass is currently a Professor, Director of Psychiatric Education and Founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University. He completed medicine at Dalhousie, Family Medicine at McGill and Psychiatry residency at University of Toronto. He currently practices, teaches and researches in the area of Intensive Shortterm Dynamic Psychotherapy. He provides brief psychotherapy training programs and workshops to local, Canadian and International audiences in the area of anxiety, depression and a range of somatic disorders. He has been the recipient of 3 teaching awards including a national teaching award in Psychiatry and the Wayne Putnam Award for Outstanding Contributions to Continuing Education. C10 & C12 – Aroga Adaptive Technologies Advances in Assistive Technology have allowed many people with disabilities to gain and maintain employment. It is more common now than ever to see people with disabilities succeeding and thriving in the workplace with the help of specialized aids. Learn more about assistive technology and how it can be used to help people with low vision, blindness, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. Aroga's state of the art mobile lab consists of 12 laptop computers pre-loaded with dozens of leading assistive technology software programs. Join us in an informal discussion of assistive technology options. We are ready to discuss the needs of your clients, and suggest technologies that may help address those needs. Steve Barclay is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Aroga Group, Canada‟s largest independent distributor of assistive technology. He has been working in the assistive technology industry for more than 17 years. He is widely experienced in assistive technology for low vision, blindness, physical disabilities, augmentative communication, and learning disabilities. Friday May 1st, 2009 C13 – “ I Just Got My Subpoena – What Do I do” Alf Kwinter, a founding partner of Singer, Kwinter, is recognized as one of Canada's premier legal experts in the practice of Personal Injury and Insurance Law, and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has dedicated his practice to representing victims of; accidents, those denied insurance claims for both personal and property, as well as individuals involved in medical and dental malpractice. Alf has dedicated his career to affecting change in the law to ensure that the rights of all individuals are protected. Closing Keynote Speaker Captain Kimberly Y. Fawcett, B.A., M.Arch, OAA(I) Air Force Logistics – Transport, Air Movements & Movement Control Captain Kimberly Fawcett grew up in a military family with two brothers (who also joined the CF) and a cat named Gilligan. She joined the Canadian Forces in 1996 in Winnipeg, Manitoba following completion of her Masters degree in Architecture and Engineering. While earning her master degree, Captain Fawcett worked for the Manitoba Department of Labour and gained extensive experience in workplace health and safety. Following completion of basic training she was immediately enrolled as a Combat Arms Field Engineer --one of the first female combat engineering officers to serve in the Engineering Support Regiment. She has served in the Middle East and is the recipient of the Deputy Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for her expertise, knowledge and commitment to supporting all elements in the theatre of operations, notably for Canada‟s Special Forces unit; the JTF2. On 21 February 2006, after only 2 weeks of her return to work following maternity leave, Captain Fawcett and her 91/2 month old son, Keiran, were hit by a careless driver as pedestrians. Captain Fawcett lost her right leg above the knee and her infant son Keiran was killed instantly. Captain Fawcett has vowed to carry on and celebrate life to its fullest with her husband Major Curtis J. Smith, in memory of their son. With every breath and step her little boy didn‟t get a chance to take, she will endeavour to live in his spirit. Some of Captain Fawcett‟s athletic achievements include a Bronze medal at the World Triathlon Championships in Vancouver, BC on 7 June 2008. Future goals include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, completion of Ironman Lake Placid in 2009, and to make the Canadian National Triathlon Team for the Paralympics Games in London, UK in 2012. Captain Fawcett recently founded the Canadian Forces Injured Soldier Network; a peer support program for CF injured and ill soldiers with moderate to severe physical injuries. Exhibitors The Discovery Centres are a network of schools that specialize in the delivery of Adult Basic Education (ABE). Since early 1993, we have offered ABE in a number of communities throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Many adults have completed their high school education at the Discovery Centre and continued on to experience success at the post secondary level. “To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities to achieve independence, self reliance and full community participation.”In 1945, a group of determined WWII veterans with spinal cord injuries formed the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA). CPA has since expanded across Canada to reach out to Canadians with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities and their families. Here in our Province, CPA Newfoundland & Labrador has been a strong presence for more than four decades. Through eight (8) offices, our staff are available in every corner of the province to assist every Newfoundlander and Labradorean in need. Fit For Work is a leader in the injury prevention and injury management industry. Behind FIT For Work is a network of occupational health and safety specialists who are committed to providing quality medical care and treatment that minimizes disability and restores functioning for the injured person, so they can resume pre-injury activities. We help injured workers, employers, insurers, lawyers, and claims managers meet their goals of resolving the impact from disability claims. Keyin College is the oldest independent College in Newfoundland and Labrador. We currently offer over 30 post secondary, post graduate and independent career related programs. We have been providing quality education for over 29 years and continue to have a positive influence on individuals, families and communities within our province. In Motion Health Centre Inc - InMotion Health Centre is a multidisciplinary health care facility providing Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, and Massage Therapy. We are staffed with an experienced group of 11 health care professionals providing a variety of assessment and rehabilitative services to employers and the insurance industry in Newfoundland and across Canada. Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS) is a private assessment and rehabilitation centre dedicated to treating injured and disabled clients with both physical and mental health conditions. In addition to clinic based assessment/treatment services, we perform assessments at the work site, in the home and in the school environment. Serving over 16,000 employers and approximately 12,000 injured workers, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission is an employer-funded no fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and fair compensation to injured workers and their dependants.