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Achieving Excellence in Conducting Ohio Industrial Commission Examinations
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When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: William Green Building | BWC-OIC
30 West Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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6 CE for psychologists

Doors opens at 8:15 a.m... Workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration Information:

Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.

Registration deadline is October 3, 2017.

Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students (No CE)

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Program Description:

Workers who are injured on the job receive treatment under the management of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Ultimate decisions about the treatment and compensation of these workers are made by magistrates of the Ohio Industrial Commission. Some workers, in spite of treatment, do not return to work. Decisions to be made at that time involve whether the injured worker is at maximum improvement; whether allowed psychological conditions prevent employment; and the percentage of any psychological impairment. Psychologists conduct independent examinations and prepare reports to assist magistrates in their decision-making. This workshop offers psychologists a detailed template for conducting such an exam and crafting a report that offers a high level of useful information. Workshop providers include OIC executive staff members as well as psychologists who are experienced in conducting these exams. This workshop will focus on providing practical, detailed information to participants.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  • Conduct a high-quality psychological examination on behalf of injured workers referred by the Ohio Industrial Commission.
  • Accommodate and understand the legal structure within which an ICO examination is conducted.
  • Assign a percentage of permanent impairment for an injured worker, using the formula approved by the Ohio Industrial Commission.  

About the Speakers:

Steven Van Auken received his PhD from the University of Akron, and completed internships at Fallsview Psychiatric Hospital and with the Child and Adolescent Service Center before entering private practice in 1983. His primary area of specialization for many years was in the treatment of disorders of childhood and adolescence. He has consulted at Massillon State Hospital, for the Ohio Department of Youth Services, the U.S. Probation/Parole Office, and as clinical director for Tri-County EAP. He has conducted independent examinations of injured workers for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Ohio Industrial Commission for over twenty years. In recent years he has specialized in the assessment and treatment of injured workers. He serves on the Bio-ethics Committee of Barberton Hospital and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. 

David Aronson received his PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University. He completed his clinical internship at the Albany Psychology Internship Consortium (Albany, NY). He is licensed as a psychologist by the State of Ohio and Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. His professional career has been primarily in the public sector including direct service and serving as director of psychology at a state psychiatric hospital as well as serving as mental health administrator for a Department of Youth Services facility. He has been involved in training of psychology interns and has served as the ombudsperson for a local APA approved psychology internship program. His current clinical work involves private practice in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; about 50% of his practice is evaluation and treatment of injured workers.

Tom Connor, JD was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Tom began his legal career working with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, where he provided legal advice to the Administrator/CEO. He then worked in private practice until December of 1994, when he accepted the position as Director of Hearing Services for the Industrial Commission of Ohio. Since his arrival at the IC, Tom championed the implementation of the Workflow and ECM applications, which have made paperless hearings possible. He is now overseeing the reduction in PTD processing timeframes, the revamping of hearing officer training, and the continued automation of the hearing process.

Sara Castle serves as the Peer Review Coordinator for Medical Services at the Industrial Commission of Ohio. She received her Bachelors of Science from Mount Union University in athletic training and education as well as completed her Masters of Education degree in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation from Cleveland State University. Sara spent many years working in the physical therapy realm as an athletic trainer and clinic manager. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with injured workers in the development of individualized programs focused on functional strength and return to work goals. Sara began work as the Peer Review Coordinator for the State of Ohio over a year and a half ago working closely with our Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. John McGrail, to enhance our peer review program for quality and standardization. In her current position, Sara is responsible in assisting with our goal of obtaining expert, impartial medical specialty examinations pertaining to permanent total disability. 

John W. McGrail, MD is an orthopedic surgeon in Delaware, Ohio; he currently serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Ohio Industrial Commission. Dr. McGrail is a member of the Ohio Health Sports Medicine Institute and previously served as the Chief of Surgery at Ohio Health, Grady Memorial Hospital. He has been active in orthopedic education and served as a teaching faculty member at The Ohio State University and the University of Virginia. Dr. McGrail earned his bachelor's degree from Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin to earn his medical degree, he completed his residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Orthopedic Surgery. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Fellow. He is also a member of the Ohio Orthopaedic, Columbus Orthopaedic, Irish Association of Orthopaedics, and the Mid-American Orthopaedic Societies.

Key Literary References:

  • The AMA's Guides to the Evaluation of Impairment, Editions II and V
  • Official Disability Guidelines, Evidence-Based Medical Treatment and Return to Work Guidelines- http://www.worklossdata.com/
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Editions IV and V (and ICD-10)
  • Ohio Industrial Commission Medical Examination Manual 

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. 
Photo Consent: Registration and attendance at OPA events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OPA for use of the attendee’s image in photographs.
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:  This workshop is NOT approved for CE for Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapists.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.