Preventing Needless Disability A 2-Day Skills Training Workshop for the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP®):
24-Nov-2017 8:30 AM - 4:30 AM - -Preventing Needless Disability A 2-Day Skills Training Workshop for the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP®):
The PGAP is considered one of the most empirically supported interventions for targeting
psychosocial risk-factors for disability.  This training workshop is designed to equip 
Occupational Therapists and other rehabilitation 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/mental health conditions.  To date, clinical
trials have supported the effectiveness of the PGAP for reducing disability and promoting
return to work in individuals who have sustained work injuries, individuals with whiplash
injuries, individuals with fibromyalgia, and individuals with mental health conditions such
as depression and PTSD.

The demand for the PGAP has increased dramatically over the past few years and is
considered a preferred service by many injury and disability insurers in North America.
The PGAP has been included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines
(Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidence-based approach to the management
of disability.

The PGAP would be considered a CBT intervention, with a primary focus on behaviour
change. One of the advantages of the PGAP is that it can be offered by clinicians
from a variety of rehabilitation disciplines, such as occupational therapy, physical
therapy, kinesiology, vocational rehabilitation, nursing, social work and psychology.
Traditionally, CBT interventions have been provided primarily by clinicians with a
background in mental health. The wider range of disciplines able to provide the PGAP
greatly increases the accessibility of the program. The standardization of the PGAP
is an additional strength. The PGAP is standardized such that all PGAP providers
follow a specific set of intervention guidelines designed to have the greatest impact
on reducing the client’s psychosocial risk profile. In the PGAP, CBT techniques have
been adapted such that ‘disability reduction’ is the central objective of treatment
as opposed to symptom management. Finally, the evidence base speaks clearly in
favour of the PGAP, particularly as it pertains to return-to-work outcomes. In all
clinical trials of the PGAP, return to work has been the primary outcome variable.
A list of scientific publications supporting the use of the PGAP as a return-to-work
intervention can be accessed through the website.
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