Interventions and Return-to-Work Process

Getting people back to work after an injury or illness is key to any rehabilitation process. Early intervention means little without a return-to-work (RTW) plan that considers all aspects of the individual's recovery.

In this course, we will discuss the models, approaches, and strategies of rehabilitation intervention. You will learn to manage the return-to-work process using a person-centered approach, and explore topics such as the hierarchy of return to work, transitional work, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, and methods for determining the efficacy of new approaches to returning to work.

Course seats are reserved for diploma students until approximately one month before the start date. To take this course individually, click on Register or Join Waitlist below.

Location update: Due to the COVID-19 situation, courses scheduled to start before August 31 in Vancouver or Surrey will move to online-supported delivery.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 3 Diana Vissers $795.00 0 Join Waitlist
Surrey 3 Diana Vissers $795.00 4 Register
Surrey 3 Diana Vissers $795.00 0 -

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain early intervention and why it is important
  • Outline the return-to-work (RTW) process: case management, claims management, and advocacy
  • Describe systems theory and its application to RTW
  • Know what kinds of assessments to order, and when and how to use the information they provide
  • Communicate with all parties involved in RTW, including physicians and other health care professionals
  • Understand general guidance and process for designing interventions
  • Explain the importance of record-keeping and data analysis
  • Perform a cost-benefit analysis

How will I learn?

This course consists of lectures, role-playing and group discussions. Classes are during the day, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at SFU's Surrey campus.

Besides attending all 21 hours of classes, you must participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment.

How will I be evaluated?

We evaluate this course through individual and group exercises, and a final written assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

There is no textbook for this course. We will provide all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

You will access your course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation:

This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations: