Disability Management

In partnership with the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, AMHSA is offering several learning events related to disability management and successful return to work.

These courses emphasize the skills and knowledge required to return to work individuals who have incurred injuries or illnesses and provide an introduction to the competencies that are required to introduce and administer disability management programs.

Each learning event is presented online, 9:00 am-3:30 pm (MST) at a cost of $250/course.

For more information or to register, email Jessica (jessica@amhsa.net).

Note: Students will have the option of attending the learning event or attending the learning event and completing an assignment. There is no change to pricing. For students that choose to only attend the learning event, a certificate will be issued reflecting 6 hours of participation. For students that attend the learning event and complete the assignment, a certificate will be issued reflecting 12 hours of participation.

Professional Development

These learning events apply towards the Disability Management Practitioner certificate program offered by PCU.

The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta (CPHR Alberta) have identified that these courses have been Pre-Approved for CPD Hours through CPHR Alberta.

Each course has been endorsed by the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management (CSPDM) for continuing education credit (CEC) hours for the professional designations of:


Mental Health Issues, Rehabilitation and Return to Work

A brief overview of mental health issues in the workplace is provided along with a more in-depth focus on stress and depression.

Participants will explore symptoms, treatments and disability aspects of stress and depression and strategies for assisting individuals with stress- and depression-related illnesses to return to work. Disabilities that may have a mental health component and the biopsychosocial impact of disabilities will be considered.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the strategies that can contribute to a mental health promoting workplace ethos
  • Describe the mental health conditions and disorders that contribute to worker absence or lost time from work
  • Identify the components of a biopsychosocial approach to treatment and intervention for stress-related and mental health conditions
  • Identify the types of treatment, interventions, recovery, rehabilitation, supports and resources in a biopsychosocial approach that facilitate job retention and return to work for workers with stress-related or mental health conditions
  • Identify and describe the elements of an effective workplace approach to support return to work
  • Identify and describe the elements needed to support the development of a return-to-work plan for workers who experience anxiety or depression.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (MST)
Format: Online
Cost: $250.00

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Legislation and Disability Management

Participants will examine human rights laws and the requirement for accommodation as it applies to workers with disabilities. Other acts that impact on accommodation and disability will be considered including labor codes and, in some provinces, the requirements of workers’ compensation acts. Related acts such as safety, privacy and health information acts will be discussed.

After successfully completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate the general requirements for accommodation to members of your organization.
  • Determine the requirements for accommodation in specific situations.
  • Explain how the law supports a proactive approach to employment of workers with a disability in a way that engages workers, unions, and employers.

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (MST)
Format: Online
Cost: $250.00

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Disability Management in Unionized Organizations

Various aspects of labour relations impact disability management, including the collective agreement and provincial labour relations act. Memorandums of agreement and letters of intent used in establishing programs and joint committees will be examined. Dispute resolution in a union setting will be explored.

The purpose of this module is to provide an understanding of the rationale for unions, how they are organized, and their activities in protecting workers, including workers with disabilities.

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to

  • Describe how and why unions were established
  • Explain how unions are organized, including membership, workplace representation in the form of the shop stewards, and executive leadership
  • Explain the role of unions in bargaining for wages and workplace conditions
  • Describe how union contracts are enforced
  • Describe how unions provide support for individual workers
  • Outline the role of the union in disability management

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (MST)
Format: Online
Cost: $250.00

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Page updated: April 29, 2022