But it’s not that simple.
Jenny is just one of the many people in our community who suffer from a temporary psychological disability. The most common psychological conditions that can impact work ability include Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jenny tried some of the common treatments for her psychological condition such as medications and weekly individual counselling, but she did not really get the benefit and skills needed to feel ready to return to work.
Research shows that worker’s confidence that they have the ability to return to work is the best predictor of return to work success. Jenny’s experience is too common. Traditional approaches to these types of cases lack of focus on skill development and the application of these types of cases lack a focus on skill development and the application of these skills in the worker’s actual environment. Even when occupational therapists are used to facilitate community functioning along with a counsellor, the services often lack the real integration and common goals.
Without a clear understanding of the worker’s actual behavioral abilities, it was difficult for Jenny’s case manager to know if she was getting better and what type of return to work process would improve Jenny’s chances.
We are proud to introduce more effective ways to help people like Jenny to get back to work, sooner. Our program is designed to help patients Return to Function and work.
Returning To Work (RTW) is not as simple process for a worker who has psychological disability. Not only do they read to reduce symptoms and suffering, they also need to regain their confidence that they can successfully RTW.
Confidence is only achieved through successful skill acquisition in real world contexts. Learning to manage one’s anxiety in the counsellor’s office is not the same as managing it in the community or the workplace. Psychological related work disability has a psychosocial context including worker, co-workers, and the employer.
For example, workers who are off work often fear how they will be viewed an treated when they return. Patients need to be taught the skills in managing their fears in this regard. Existing solutions tend to focus on symptom reduction which often does not provide enough psychological tools for a patient to feel confident in achieving durable RTW.
We believe that effective solutions begin with a clear understanding of the challenges ahead in restoring a worker’s function and then increasing their function. In order to provide faster and more durable outcomes for RTW, we can have created a new program that relies on a coordinated set of treatments form qualified Occupational Therapists (OT) and a Mental Health Clinician. These professionals will work closely with patients to ensure their functional capabilities are restored before and during their RTW.
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