ICBC, Psychology, and Private Practice 2016:  Everything a psychologist wants to know about an ICBC Case.

In the last 2 years, changes in ICBC’s delivery of rehabilitation and psychological services has resulted in significant growth in funding for psychological treatment. Motor vehicle accidents continue to be a major cause of significant physical and psychological injuries. The range of psychological consequences include: depression, post traumatic stress, anxiety, coping with chronic pain, and adjustment to traumatic brain injury, to name a few. Psychologists play a vital role in helping people return to a productive and happy life with family, friends and the community at large. If you plan to enter the field of private practice, you will inevitably be involved with such cases. How you engage and navigate the field of multiple stakeholders is a major factor in developing a successful and lucrative career in this area.  The key for helping such clients is not only the psychological knowledge and skills that you have acquired in your training but also understanding the numerous factors that affect the delivery of psychological treatment, specifically, the contextual factors involving the insurance and legal systems. This workshop is intended for future psychologists who plan to run a private practice.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a working orientation for psychology graduate students on how to conceptualize their work with individuals who are not only needing treatment but are involved with litigation.  The intention of these different presentations is to provide a foundation for students to build upon in their ongoing education before and after their registration into the College of Psychologists BC. The workshop hopes to demystify the complexity and apprehension of working with clients in litigation. This workshop will provide:

1) A psychologist’s perspective of various stakeholders involved in an ICBC case.

2) Information on day-to-day clinical and case management issues for a psychologist. Topics focusing on managing intakes, fee schedules, conducting assessments and treatment, reporting requirements, and legal obligation.

3) A lawyer’s perspective on the psychologist helping the client.

4) Knowledge on court room procedures and rules. An important walk-through on the court room for those going to trial for the first time.

5) Information on expert testimony in court – understanding your role and strategies for effective court room testimony.


This year we have an outstanding panel of experts and engaging speakers.

Dr. Laura Klubben (Registered Psychologist): Dr. Klubben is a registered clinical psychologist who has been with Chuck Jung Associates since 2014.  She obtained her doctorate degree from the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2014.  Her diverse experience brings a high level of effectiveness to her clients. Dr. Klubben also teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Dr. Tara Learn (Registered Psychologist):  Dr. Learn graduated with her PsyD from Argosy Professional School of Psychology in 2009.  She has been with Chuck Jung Associates since 2011.  In addition to providing treatment in our practice, Dr. Learn is highly experienced and skilled in conducting medical-legal assessments. Dr. Learn is a great communicator and educator, and has presented at a recent medical/legal conference.

Mr. Anthony A. Vecchio, Q.C. (Slater Vecchio): Mr. Vecchio is one of the founders of Slater Vecchio, established in January 1998.  Mr. Vecchio obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1989.  Mr. Vecchio was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2012. He is renowned in his expertise on complicated catastrophic cases. Mr. Vecchio is a frequent and engaging speaker on the topic of personal injury.  He has many distinguished nominations, awards and distinctions.

Mr. Peter Buxton, Q.C. (Panorama Legal): Mr. Buxton obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1981.  He was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2015.  Mr. Buxton is a senior lawyer specializing in personal injury law.  His diverse background in personal injury as well as criminal, family, and commercial employment law provides important insights in how he views law and conducting complex trials.  He is a highly sought-after counsel for advising other lawyers with complex litigation, mediation, and trials.

Mr. Michael G. Thomas (Harper Gray): Mr. Thomas is a partner with Harper Gray LLP.  Mr Thomas obtained his law degree in 1998 from Queen’s University. He practices in health, insurance and critical injury. Mr. Thomas has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Human Rights Tribune, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court in Canada.  Mr. Thomas is well known for his significant contributions in the education of lawyers. He is involved in leadership roles in many legal organizations; and of more recent note, was the President of the Medical-Legal Society of BC (2014/2015).


Who should come: Doctoral and Masters level students in clinical, counseling and rehabilitation psychology with interest in private practice.  Due to the limited seating, this will be restricted to students from the local universities.

Date and time:           Saturday November 26, 2016

Workshop check-in at 12:00.

Speakers from 12:30 to 4:00 pm, with a refreshment break for networking opportunities.

Location: Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

Cost: No charge.  This workshop is sponsored by Chuck Jung Associates.

How to register: Pre‑registration is required as seating will be limited.  To attend students must register by November 21, 2016.  They can register by contacting Jennifer Farrell at Chuck Jung Associates at (604) 874‑6754.  Past workshops have been extremely well attended and enthusiastically received. Due to past demands, we have a larger venue but early registration is highly recommended.