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 receive the benefit and skills required to feel ready to return to work.
Research shows that a worker’s confidence in their 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 real integration and common goals.
Without a clear understanding of the worker’s actual behavioural abilities, it was difficult for Jenny’s case manager to determine if she was getting better and identify the type of return to work process would improve Jenny’s chances.
We are proud to introduce more effective ways to help people like Jenny return back to work, sooner. Our program is designed to help patients return to function and work.
Returning To Work is not a simple process for a worker who has psychological disability. Not only do they need to reduce symptoms and suffering, they also need to regain the confidence so that they can successfully return to work.
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 the worker, their employer, and their coworkers.
For example, workers who are absent from work often fear how they will be viewed an treated when they return. Workers need to be taught skills to manage 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 a durable return to work.
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 return to work, we have created a new program that relies on a coordinated set of treatments from 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 return to work.
HIGHLIGHTS of the COPS PROGRAM