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Facilitating Therapy Services for Total Worker Health

Course Description

This live webinar is the third required course to complete the Occupational Health Practitioner (OHP) series. The course will assist physical therapists and occupational therapists with implementation of musculoskeletal well-being and therapy programs for workers. Learning is focused on *Total Worker Health® needs of employers and **Direct-to-Employer Services. This interactive webinar allows for discussions about common therapy service opportunities that were previously covered in the OHP independent study courses, and helps the participant prepare for developing an occupational health portfolio and written Program Reflection. Continuing education units (CEUs) and OHP Certificate of Achievement are awarded to therapists upon completion of 1) participation in the full one-day webinar, 2) acceptable individual portfolio submission, and 3) Program Reflection submission that receives a passing score. The Program Reflection is peer-reviewed, and feedback is provided to the participant within 10 weeks of electronic submission. If the participant receives feedback that their Program Reflection requires a revision to obtain a passing grade, the participant revises and resubmits their Program Reflection within 4 weeks. A maximum of 2 resubmissions are allowed to obtain a passing score.

*Total Worker Health® is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.

**Direct-to-Employer Services is defined as providers working directly with employers and employer groups to decrease costs, increase access, and improve quality of healthcare for employees. Direct-to-Employer Services include, but are not limited to, services meeting healthcare needs for prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion, management and rehabilitation of disease and disability, safe work practices, safe return to work, leisure, and activities of daily living.

Course Overview

Course Format: Interactive webinar and independent written project

Contact Hours: 10 contact hours

  • Pre-course preparation requirements
  • 6-hour webinar

State Approval: AOPT courses are accepted in all states plus the District of Columbia, as allowed by the type of course requirements in state regulations. A small number of states require APTA to seek pre-approval of courses. The approval codes for these states can be found here. Always check with your State Licensing Board to confirm contact hours offered.

Course Fee

AOPT/PPS Member: $495
Non-Member: $645

Cancellation Policy

Eligibility for a 100% refund on course registration requires that registrants must cancel their registration at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. To be eligible for a 50% refund on course registrations, registrants must cancel their registration at least 1 week prior to the start of the course. Any cancellation made less than 1 weeks in advance, will not be eligible for a refund or transfer to a different course unless otherwise decided by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. To cancel a course registration, the registrant must contact the office via email (Marci or Sharon) or by voicemail (608-351-2793). Please keep in mind that a $50 Administrative Fee applies to all refunds. 

Course Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss core concepts of Occupational Health PT/OT practice, including the APTA Clinical Practice Guideline to Optimize Work Participation after Injury and Illness
  2. Conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of self-competence and be knowledgeable of available resources for growth opportunities in Occupational Health
  3. Identify barriers of direct-to-employer services 4. Discuss strategies for access, services, and outcomes to build relationships with employers
  4. Discuss strategies for access, services, and outcomes to build relationships with employers
  5. Apply concepts of Total Worker Health to current practice
  6. Conduct an employer needs assessment for Occupational Health and Wellness programs and effectively propose relevant services to meet their needs
  7. Plan and prepare for an individual portfolio and written program reflection, demonstrating proficiency in one or more areas of Occupational Health practice

Topics and Authors

  • Total Worker Health® Protection and Promotion Programs
    Joshua Prall, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, OCS; Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME; Shanna Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S, BS; Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS
  •  Functional Job Analysis and Employment Exams
    Moyo B. Tillery, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Roderick C. Stoneburner, MS, CRS (rtd); Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME
  • Entry Point Care for Workers with Job Participation Barriers
    Jennifer Klose, PT, DPT; Alison Helmetsie, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert MDT; Michael Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT; Jennifer Gaul, PT, OCS, CSCS 
  • Collective Glossary of Occupational Health Terminology
    Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME; Steve Allison, PT, DPT, OCS, CME