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									A 2-Day Skills Training Workshop for the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP):
An Evidence-Based Treatment Program for Reducing Disability Associated with Pain, Depression, Cancer and other Chronic Health Conditions

Evidence-based practice is quickly becoming the expected standard for rehabilitation interventions. The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) is currently considered one of the most empirically supported interventions for targeting psychosocial risk factors for disability. PGAP was originally conceived to target risk factors for pain-related disability and has now been modified to target risk factors for various disabling health conditions including pain, depression, cancer and other chronic illnesses. The PGAP training workshop is designed to equip occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other front-line allied health 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 conditions. PGAP is a 10-week community-based intervention aimed at facilitating return to work following occupational injury. PGAP differs from traditional pain management programs with its focus on disability reduction as opposed to pain reduction. Recent clinical trials have supported the use of PGAP as a cost effective intervention for reducing disability associated with persistent pain. Ongoing clinical trials are assessing the efficacy of PGAP for the management of disability associated with depression and in cancer survivors. One recent study showed that participation in PGAP increased the probability of return to work following whiplash injury by more than 50% (Physical Therapy, Vol 86, Jan 2006). Findings to date, suggest that PGAP can be a cost-effective means of improving function and facilitating return to work in individuals at risk for prolonged disability. (Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, Vol 15, No.4, Dec 2005; Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 17, 305-315, 2007). Visit our website for more information: or use the following link to access the registration form:
Date: November 7 & 8, 2008 Location: Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport, 6257 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario Provider: Dr. Michael JL Sullivan is a Professor of Psychology, Medicine & Neuroscience at McGill University & Scientific Director of the University Centre for Research on Pain and Disability Contact: Heather Adams, Tel: (902) 471-7864; Fax: (902) 421-1292; E-mail:; Website :

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