Psychological Issues in Industrial Injuries: Current Issues and Future Directions – David Schwartz, PhD – 6 CE Credits (3 Ethics)
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While most industrial injuries quickly recover fairly quickly, a small percentage result in long-term work absence and contribute a disproportionate cost. Research shows that psychological factors are powerful predictors of prolonged disability, and respond well to brief interventions if addressed early. Unfortunately, the current Ohio BWC system does not allow for timely intervention. In addition, the current system forces psychologists who aim to help injured workers with unique ethical and professional challenges. Reform efforts are in process to address these shortcomings. This workshop will help participants learn to both navigate the current system and to be prepared to work within the new systems which will be emerging in the next several years.
- Develop a working knowledge of the BWC’s legal and administrative structure
- Understand how the combination of physical injuries and frustration with the complex BWC system contribute to the development of psychological reactions
- Become aware of the complex ethical issues which arise when working with injured workers in the current BWC system
- Become informed as to the current research and clinical work on identifying injured workers who are at-risk to develop psychological issues
- Develop skills needed to become an Early Intervention provider in the BWC’s emerging new provider panel
About the Speaker
Dr. David Schwartz earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1982, specializing in behavioral medicine, and was an intern and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has had medical school ap-pointments at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Cincinnati. He has published and presented extensively in pain management and behavioral medicine. He has been in private practice since 1995 and is currently a partner in Hamilton Health Associates, a multi-specialty practice focused on industrial in-jury. He is a consultant to the Freiberg Spine Institute and a member of the Disability Evaluation Panel for the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC). He presently serves as the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) rep-resentative on the BWC’s Health Care Quality Assurance Advisory Committee and chairs the OPA Task Force on Workers Compensation Reform. In October 2011 he was awarded the OPA Distinguished Service Award.