ASORC Sydney workshop with internationally renowned Prof Sullivan

14th Mar 17

Don't miss this one-off opportunity to work with Prof Sullivan, who is on a brief visit to Australia, and participate in an interactive workshop.

Workshop Description

Perceptions of injustice arising after injury have been shown to predict problematic recovery outcomes. Perceived injustice has emerged as a powerful predictor of prolonged work-disability associated with a wide range of debilitating health and mental health conditions. Clients at risk for delayed recovery often hold misconceptions about the nature of their injury are excessively symptom focused, and are prone to anger reactions in their interactions with case managers and health professionals. High levels of perceived injustice have also been shown to contribute to delayed recovery of the mental health consequences of injury such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Workshop Outcomes

By attending this interactive workshop participants will become aware of:

  • methods of identifying individuals with elevated perceptions of injustice
  • tools necessary to effectively manage perceptions of injustice in individuals who are work-disabled due to a debilitating health or mental health condition
  • novel intervention techniques

Presenter Profile

Professor Michael Sullivan is a clinical psychologist who is currently Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology and Neuroscience at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). He has also held appointments in Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Over the past 25 years, Professor Sullivan has worked as an educator, director, consultant, clinician, and department chair. He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organizations, veterans’ administration organizations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes. Most recently, he was Director of Recover Injury Centre in Queensland, Australia. In 2011, he received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession by the Canadian Psychological Association.

He is best known for his research on psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability, and for the development of risk-targeted interventions designed to foster occupational re-engagement following injury. One such intervention, the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP), was included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidenced-based approach to the management of work-disability. Professor Sullivan developed the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ). The PCS has been used in more than 3000 scientific studies. The PCS has been translated into 25 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related to pain. Professor Sullivan has published more than 180 peer reviewed scientific articles, 2 books and 23 book chapters.

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