Motor vehicle accidents continue to be a major cause of significant physical and psychological injuries. Level of severity can range from mildly debilitating to catastrophic injuries with life-altering implications. Resulting psychological consequences include depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, coping with chronic pain, and neuropsychological injury, to name a few. As clients go through their “life cycle” of recovery, it is important for psychologists to be aware of the “life cycle” of services that are marshaled around the client – when and how they come into play. Not only will these services affect the client, but also impact the delivery of psychological care. If you enter the field of private practice, you will inevitably encounter an ICBC case. ICBC is one of the major funders of psychological services in the province of British Columbia. How well you understand the system will greatly impact whether you can deal confidently and competently with your client’s problems and/or develop a lucrative referral stream of work.
The objective of this workshop is to provide an orientation for working with the “life cycle” of an ICBC case and it’s many unique nuances. The workshop will walk you through the process of working with ICBC, a client’s legal representative, and the array of specialists that often come with your client. A noted addition to this year’s workshop will be an orientation to the do’s and don’ts of providing expert testimony in court. A prominent team of recognized experts have been gathered to share their experience and guidance to help you in this area of work.
The intention behind these workshops is to provide a foundation for doctoral students to build upon in their ongoing education before and after their registration into the College of Psychologists BC.