Improve your treatment outcomes by acquiring the skills necessary to effectively target psychosocial risk factors for delayed recovery.

Course Date;
CALGARY, AB – June 2-3, 2019

PGAP is considered one of the most empirically supported interventions for targeting psychosocial risk factors for disability. Reducing disability-relevant psychosocial risk factors has been shown to promote recovery, improve quality of life and increase return to work outcomes.

Clinical trials have supported the use of PGAP for improving occupational outcomes in individuals with a wide range of debilitating health and mental health conditions. PGAP has been included in the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Institute) as an evidence-based intervention for managing risk for prolonged disability.

PGAP combines behavioural activation and cognitive behavioural techniques within an activity re-integration framework that aims to:

  • Reducing psychosocial barriers that may impact rehabilitation and recovery
  • Increase quality of life
  • Facilitate return to work

Participants will:

  • Learn what is currently known about psychosocial risk factors for delayed recovery
  • Learn how to administer and interpret the results of psychosocial screening tools
  • Learn intervention techniques designed to reduce catastrophic thinking, fear of symptom exacerbation, disability beliefs and perceived injustice.

About the Instructor:
Dr. Michael Sullivan is a clinical psychologist who is currently Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Neuroscience, Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia).
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Sullivan has worked as an educator, director, consultant, clinician, and department chair. He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organizations, veterans’ administration organizations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes. Dr. Sullivan’s research on non-medical determinants of work disability contributed to the conceptual foundation for the development of PGAP. Dr. Sullivan also developed several tools to assess psychosocial risk factors such as the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ). Dr. Sullivan has published more than 190 peer reviewed scientific articles, 2 books and 23 book chapters.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join a growing network of rehabilitation professionals who have been trained to deliver this intervention throughout North America.