New rehab progam launched

March 24, 2005, vol. 32, no. 6

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An unusual collaboration between continuing studies, the school of kinesiology and the centre for labour studies has resulted in a new, non-credit diploma program in rehabilitation management.

Judy Denham, director of applied sciences programs for continuing studies, says the new diploma program ties in well with the university's new faculty of health sciences, and is included in the first academic goal of the President's three-year plan.

She says it answers an urgent need for ongoing training in this increasingly important area, especially as the working population ages.

“We have a huge target market of people working in the rehab field who need continuous training but who have very little choice of courses,” says Denham, who notes that the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals has been extremely supportive.

Participants can choose to enter the program as part of a cohort of fellow students, or to participate in individual modules. The program uses theoretical and practical hands-on activities in a broad series of topics, and is delivered over an 18 month period.

Courses, which start in October, include topics such as return-to-work, universal design, ethics, labour relations, ergonomics, as well as mental and physical disabilities.

Denham is also exploring an online program with assistance from SFU's learning and instructional development centre to service the many rehab professionals working independently in small communities. It also responds to a nationwide demand for high-calibre rehabilitation management programs.

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