ICBC, Psychology and Private Practice: Everything you always wanted to know


After you become registered as a psychologist, you may one of many to venture into private practice. If you do so, you will be inevitably working with a client who has psychological problems arising from a motor vehicle accident. This should not be a surprise as the Insurance Company of British Columbia (ICBC) is one of the largest funders of psychological service in British Columbia. While well trained in the practice of psychological treatment, you will be scrambling to find information on how ICBC works; and if litigation is involved, you will be worried about the issues involved in working with the legal community. How well you navigate this field of multiple stakeholders may determine whether you will be reluctant to take another case or develop a highly rewarding career in this area.

The objective of this workshop is to provide an orientation on how to manage such cases – how to work with ICBC, the legal community, and the virtual team of service providers that come attached with your client. Topics covered will include information about the history and organization of ICBC, rates for psychological services, reporting requirements, confidentiality, the role of legal representation, medical legal issues, opportunities in providing treatment and medical legal assessments, educational challenges for brain injury survivors, developing a private practice, practice management, and marketing of services, to name a few. This workshop hopes to provide a foundation of information for graduates students to build upon in their ongoing education before and after their registration into the College of Psychologist B.C. A stellar panel of prominent professionals will be sharing their experience and guidance into this field. This workshop is a unique opportunity to acquire information from experts in the field and from the ground level, an orientation about what you need to know to do the work and the do’s and don’ts.

Presenters include:

  • Ms. Audrey Robertson, Manager, Rehabilitation Department, ICBC
  • Mr. Peter Unruh, Peter Unruh-Trial Lawyer; Kane, Shannon & Weiler
  • Dr. Stephen Anderson, Psychiatrist, VGH and Private Practice
  • Dr. Carole Bishop, Neuropsychologist, Private Practice
  • Ms. Julia Zarudska, Educational Consultant, Chairperson of B.C. Brain Injury Association
  • Dr. Chuck Jung, Psychologist, Private Practice

Event Details:

Who should come: Doctoral-level students in clinical, counselling and rehabilitation psychology with interest in private practice.
Date and Time: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Workshop check-in at 12:30.
Speakers from 1:00 to 4:00.
Social reception from 4:00 to 5:00.
Location: Cypress Room, Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.
Cost: None. The workshop is sponsored by Chuck Jung Associates.

How to Register:

Pre-registration is required as seating will be limited. To attend, students must pre-register before October 26, 2012 by contacting Ms. Jennifer Bellas at Chuck Jung Associates at (604) 874-6754. Seating will be limited, therefore, early pre-registration is recommended.