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Evaluation Module: The OPA-Ohio BWC Early Intervention Initiative
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When: 10/01/2016
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Where: Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo - (419) 381-6800
3100 Glendale Ave
Toledo, Ohio  43614
United States
Contact: Ohio Psychological Association

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6 CE - Psychologists 

Registration Opens at 8 AM - Workshop begins at 8:30AM
Snacks and lunch included

Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students




In partnership with the BWC, OPA is rolling out a 24-hour program for certification as a BWC provider. This workshop, a module of this program, will focus on specific training to perform independent evaluations as a BWC disability evaluation panel member, based on the most recent Disability Evaluator Panel (DEP) manual revision. The workshop will also include specific training on doing presurgical evaluations on injured workers who are candidates for lumbar fusion or spinal cord stimulators (both will be mandated by the BWC beginning in 2017). The BWC will be requiring continuing education for their DEP evaluators, and this workshop will meet their requirements.

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the BWC’s 2016 revision of the disability evaluator panel manual
  •  Become knowledgeable and competent with the specific requirements of BWC independent evaluations
  • Become knowledgeable and competent with the process of psychological evaluations for fusion surgery and spinal cord stimulator trials for injured workers

OPA is offering this training as one of several workshops to prepare psychologists to become certified early intervention providers for the Bureau of Workers Compensation. OPA cannot guarantee that you will be accepted by BWC to provide services, however, documentation of this training will be one of the criteria used by BWC.

We are particularly interested in training psychologists who have a  background in short term psychotherapy in health care settings. However, any psychologist willing to study, train, practice, and consult is welcome. We want to have a robust list of qualified Ohio psychologists to make this work an effective part of the services that will be offered to injured workers. If you have questions about participation, please contact David P. Schwartz, PhD, Chairperson dschwartz2@cinci.rr.com

About the Speakers:

Dr. David Schwartz earned his PhD from VanderbiltmUniversity in 1982, specializing in behavioral medicine, and was an intern and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has had medical school appointments at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Cincinnati. He has published and presented extensively in pain management and behavioral medicine. He has been in private practice since 1995 and is currently a partner in Hamilton Health Associates, a multi-specialty practice focused on industrial injury.   He is an associate medical director of a leading Ohio BWC MCO and a member of the Disability Evaluation Panel for the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC). He presently serves as the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) representative on the BWC’s Health Care Quality Assurance Advisory Committee and chairs the OPA Task Force on Workers Compensation Reform.

Dr. Robert Kaplan earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1983. He specializes in Forensic Psychology and is President of Kaplan Consulting and Counselling, an evaluation and treatment group practice.

Dr. Thomas Heitkemper has been a psychologist at the Pain Evaluation and Management Center of Ohio in Centerville since 1996. He graduated from the University of Toledo with his Ph.D. in 1988. He began training in health psychology at the Cincinnati VAMC in 1982 and joined the Pain Center at Jewish Hospital in 1986. From 1993 through 1996 he was the Director of Psychology Services at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He has taught classes on pain management at Xavier University, UC Blue Ash and Kettering College of Medical Science. He serves on the OPA Task Force on Workers Compensation Reform and is a member of the Disability Evaluators Panel for the Ohio Industrial Commission.

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Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
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Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.