ICBC, Psychology, and Private Practice 2014: Primer for Future Treating Psychologists

One of the largest services funded by ICBC is the psychological treatment of individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents. Under the provisions of Part 7, individuals are entitled to psychological treatment for injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents. Psychological problems include depression, PTSD, anxiety, pain management, and adjustment to neuropsychological injuries, to name a few. In order to maximize treatment outcome, it is critical for treating psychologists to understand and negotiate their way through the myriad legal and insurance issues which pervade the case. While your graduate training well provide you with the expertise for assessing and treatment of psychological disorders, understanding the numerous stakeholders and the “rules of engagement” can be a daunting tasks. This workshop is intended for those future psychologists who wish to provide treatment for individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents.

The purpose of this workshop is to lay the groundwork to demystifying the many legal and insurance issues that can be easily dealt with or become stressful stumbling blocks for the treating psychologists, particularly for those newly entering the field. We have brought a stellar panel of prominent experts in the field to share their wisdom and guidance. Topics included will include ICBC Part 7 Benefits guidelines for psychological intervention, conducting assessments and treatment of clients, reporting requirements when multiple stakeholders are involved, issues of confidentiality, and maintaining neutrality/ objectivity and professionalism amidst competing role expectations from stakeholders. We will also bring in legal experts to talk about the treating psychologist as an expert witness, as well as introducing guidelines for the medical legal reports required to meet the criteria of admissibility.   While most your clients’ cases are settled and only a small percentage of cases go to court, the workshop will also discuss what to expect in providing court room testimony. Information provided will be provided from the plaintiff and defense counsel perspective.

This workshop is viewed as a primer from which to build your knowledge base.   Even if you do not currently plan to do this type of work; inevitably, you will be faced with this type of referral. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

List of Speakers:

Ms. Audrey Robertson – Manager – ICBC Rehabilitation Department:   Ms. Robertson has been with the Rehabilitation Department for over 25 years, overseeing funding for thousands of cases, including rehabilitation services for traumatic brain injury. Ms. Robertson will be provide an introduction of Part 7 Benefits, particularly the funding of rehabilitation services. She will discuss how referrals are made, pay rates, length of contracts, reporting requirements, and interdisciplinary team work.

Dr. James Schmidt – Neuropsychologist – private practice: Dr. Schmidt is a prominent neuropsychologist, who has done hundreds of assessments in his fulltime private practice. Dr. Schmidt is a former head of the Psychology Department at Vancouver General Hospital.  Dr. Schmidt has regularly testified in the Supreme Court of British Columbia as an expert witness. Dr. Schmidt will talk about his neuropsychologist practice and his perspective of treatment of patients suffering from traumatic psychological injury.

Dr. Tara Learn – Psychologist – Chuck Jung Associates. Dr. Learn graduated with her PsyD from Argosy Professional School of Psychology.   She has been with Chuck Jung Assc. since 2011. Dr. Learn will discuss the role of the treating psychologist, from dealing with conducting assessments, treating modalities, reporting requirements, working with multiple stakeholders, and ethical and boundary issues with team members. In addition to providing treatment, Dr. Learn also conducts medical legal assessments.

Ms. Patricia Armstrong QC – Legal Counsel – Lindsay LLP. Ms. Armstrong is a well established lawyer who specializes in insurance and personal injury law. Ms. Armstrong is also the current president of the Canadian Defence Lawyer Assocation, and she has played a significant role in the mentoring and training of young lawyers entering the field.   Ms. Armstrong will provide an introduction to court room procedures for the new psychologist, as well as what to expect when providing court room evidence and some insight of what to expect from a defense perspective.

Mr. Daniel Corrin – Legal Counsel- Webster Associates, LLP. Mr. Corrin is a prominent plaintiff counsel with Webster Associates LLP. Mr. Corrin has represented clients with varying range of injuries from soft tissue injuries to severe traumatic brain injury. Mr. Corrin will discuss his role as plaintiff counsel in working with multiple treatment providers, including treating psychologists. Mr. Corrin will also go through the requirements and format of medical legal reports often requested from treating psychologist.

Workshop Moderator: Drs. Tigerson Young and Chuck Jung– Psychologists, Chuck Jung Associates

Event Details

Who Should Come:   Doctoral level students in clinical, counseling and rehabilitation psychology with interest in private practice.

Date and Time: Saturday – November 22, 2014. Workshop check-in at 12:30. Speakers from 1:00 to 4:30. Social Reception from 4:30 to 5:30.

Location: Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway – Vancouver

Cost: None. The workshop is sponsored by Chuck Jung Associates

How to Register: Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To attend, you must register before November 13, 2014 by contacting Ms. Jennifer Farrell at Chuck Jung Associates at 604‑874‑6754. The last two workshops have been well attended and enthusiastically received, and it is strongly recommended that you register early.