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The conference will be held on the convention level, 3rd floor.

Friday 26 April, 2024

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
8:00 AM
8:30 AM
8:30 AM PDT - 8:35 AM PDT | 5 minutes
8:35 AM
8:35 AM PDT - 8:50 AM PDT | 15 minutes
8:50 AM
8:50 AM PDT - 9:50 AM PDT | 1 hour

The future is fragile and dramatic change is inevitable. These are lessons Tyler has learned the hard way. One day he was on top of the world and the next, he lost not just his legs, but his entire identity. Through this experience he has learned what it takes to overcome adversity and redefined the meaning of resilience. Faced with extreme hardships, Tyler persevered and garnered the tools he now shares to lead you on a transformative journey to reignite your spirit and achieve unimaginable ...

9:50 AM
9:50 AM PDT - 10:10 AM PDT | 20 minutes
10:10 AM
10:10 AM PDT - 11:10 AM PDT | 1 hour

This talk will explore new research paradigms that are all different manifestations of the biopsychosocial model. Clinicians can be easily overwhelmed with pressure to stay up to date on current research. This talk aims to simplify this process by taking different clinical approaches, dissecting them, and presenting the common pragmatic components of those approaches. Research on what mediates recovery will be presented. When common threads between various approac...

11:15 AM
11:15 AM PDT - 12:00 PM PDT | 45 minutes

CanAssist provides technology solutions to enable injured workers to get back to work, designing easy-to-use and accessible tools that help increase independence, effectiveness, participation, and confidence, both on the job and in daily activities related to work. An overview of CanAssist, our approach to technology development, case studies of assistive devices created for injured workers, and their results will all be covered in this session.

11:15 AM PDT - 12:00 PM PDT | 45 minutes

In this session, Dr. Spetch will give an overview of WorkSafeBC’s Enterprise Mental Health Strategy which launched in September 2023. WorkSafeBC’s Mental Health Strategy sets out where we are now with psychological health and safety in B.C.’s workplaces and where we aim to be over the next few years. You will learn about key initiatives and gain an understanding of the five focus areas of the strategy:1. Bring a greater focus on prevention of psychological injuries2. Engage proacti...

12:00 PM
12:00 PM PDT - 1:00 PM PDT | 1 hour
1:00 PM
1:00 PM PDT - 2:00 PM PDT | 1 hour

Since the original American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) definition of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) published in 1993, many other groups or organizations have proposed alternative definitions. The current state of affairs is widespread variability in how mTBI is diagnosed in clinical and research settings. From 2018-2023, the ACRM mTBI Task Force developed new diagnostic criteria that incorporate scientific advancements from past 30 years and aim to improve the consistency...

1:00 PM PDT - 2:00 PM PDT | 1 hour

Learning objectives:Participants will learn about Wounded Warriors Canada’s approach to supporting and working with trauma-exposed professionals, including military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics, corrections officers, and health care professionals, with specific focus on how to better deal with the impact of receiving traumatic event disclosures as health care professionals. Dr. Black will introduce practical tips for helping health care professio...

2:05 PM
2:05 PM PDT - 3:05 PM PDT | 1 hour

Being an ally is not a static identity, it is not a badge of honor, it is a sign of privilege. Allyship is also not declared but based on the context in which you ACT. This course unpacks the similarities and differences for being an ally to Indigenous peoples in relationship to other ally contexts.Main learning ideas: Define allyship, solidarity, and anti-racismExplore examples of allyship in the Indigenous contextIdentify strategies for talking abou...

3:05 PM
3:05 PM PDT - 3:30 PM PDT | 25 minutes
3:30 PM
3:30 PM PDT - 4:25 PM PDT | 55 minutes

Determining timing and readiness to initiate return-to-work (RTW) discussions and/or activities can be tricky. Ideas about RTW hierarchy preferences and expectations for a full recovery may not be worth holding on to. Individual and systematic assumptions of a predictive, deterministic nature of readiness to RTW are not likely useful. In this session, we will discuss RTW decision making, common pi...

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4:25 PM
4:25 PM PDT - 4:30 PM PDT | 5 minutes
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