If you are looking to build upon your skill set and earn credits towards recertification, we offer two additional engaging programs that focus on best practices in Workers' Compensation.
Workers' compensation professionals need specialized knowledge and skills in many diverse areas, including law, claims handling, disability management, safety, and medicine. The Certified Workers' Compensation Professional (CWCP) is the premier national program that organizes into a single comprehensive program the knowledge and skills you need as a workers' compensation professional.
Professionals from all parts of the workers' compensation field, including claims handlers, attorneys, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, nurses, therapists, agents, and union representatives will find this workers' compensation training program helpful.
The course is recommended for those employed by individual employers both insured and self-insured, insurance companies, third-party administrators, agents, brokers, and state agencies. Attendees should have experience in some area of workers' compensation and be familiar with workers' compensation law in at least one jurisdiction.
Attendance at each seminar will be limited to about 30. The relaxed class atmosphere stimulates participants to learn from each other as well as from the instructor. At times, attendees will break into small groups to work on problems or exercises and to discuss issues. Courses are designed to allow individuals to raise questions and get answers.
Attendees take examinations to evaluate their knowledge and proficiency. The take-home exams are available online and due two weeks after the class. Applicants will also be evaluated on their participation in certain activities during the seminar.
Module One: Principles of Disability Law
The first day covers the workers' compensation system including the basic principles of state workers' compensation laws. It doesn't teach the law of any specific state but instead points individuals to the questions they must ask to understand the law in their state. This segment briefly reviews the history of workers' compensation and the basic economic issues involved.
Module Two: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Other Disability Laws
This session examines federal employment legislation that affects your workers' compensation policies and practices.
Module Three: Claims Management
You'll learn the steps for managing a claim from beginning to end; the procedures for handling routine claims; and problem issues including litigation, settlements, and attorneys. This portion is rich with handouts including checklists and forms that attendees can use in their workplace.
Module Four: Insurance & Self-Insurance
We'll discuss insurance and self-insurance, the various alternatives, and their advantages and disadvantages.
Module Five: Safety, Disability Prevention & Management Issues
You'll learn the latest strategies for preventing injuries. The best employers have moved beyond the traditional safety contests ad now focus on hazards and near misses. We discuss how they do this.
Disability prevention involves the entire structure of a business. It includes wellness, employee selection practices, fraud prevention, and perhaps most important of all, management commitment.
Early return-to-work is one of the most successful strategies employers can use in dealing with workers' compensation. We discuss the reasoning behind this approach and provide specific details for creating a RTW Program.
Module Six: Medical Issues
You'll gain a basic understanding of the medical issues related to workers' compensation, learn how to review and understand medical reports, recognize the severity and importance of certain diagnoses, gain a reasonable understanding of what treatment is appropriate, and develop skills for dealing with doctors and other healthcare providers.
The session includes a videotape of a physician performing a back examination of a claimant.
|John J. Bernick, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Michigan Occupational Health Associates, a clinical occupational medicine practice, and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. He received his BS and MS in microbiology at Wayne State University. Prior to receiving his MD from Wayne State University, he attended the University of Michigan where he completed a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Bernick is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.|
|Jeff Biddle, PhD, serves as Associate Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Economics at MSU. A specialist in labor economics, he has for several years taught undergraduate courses on the economic aspects of government programs for workers, including workers' compensation. Dr. Biddle is an instructor for Certified Workers' Compensation Professional.|
|Steven J. Pollok, JD, is president and senior partner of Rapaport, Pollok, Farrell & Waldron, P.C. of Lansing, Michigan. He has specialized in practicing workers' compensation law for almost 30 years as a claimant's attorney. He has also taught workers' compensation law as an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School since 1992. Steve has lectured frequently on numerous topics involving workers' compensation issues to unions, management representatives, and attorneys. Steve has a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and also a master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1977. Mr. Pollok is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.|
|M. Melissa Moon, MD, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and works near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in general adult rehabilitation, IMEs, and musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Moon is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.
|Michael Sanders, JD, serves as President at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., and devotes his law practice to the defense of employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Sanders teaches Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional, Follow-Up Program for Certified Workers' Compensation Professionals, and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.|
Professional credentials are more important today than ever before. Earning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected Human Resources/Labor Relations Schools in the country, demonstrates mastery of content and commitment to the field of human resources management.
Stay up to date in this ever-changing field through biannual recertification. MSU's recertification program provides recognition and validation for lifelong learning and professional development in which HR professionals regularly engage.
Mastery of course content will be evaluated via an online or take-home examination. Participants will also be evaluated on their participation in various activities during the workshop. Certification is achieved by participating in the entire workshop and passing the certification examination.
When you successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass a comprehensive examination, you will be recognized by Michigan State University as a Certified Workers' Compensation Professional. You are then entitled to use the designation CWCP after your name.
Certification is only given to those who attend the entire program and pass all examinations. They will be notified four to six weeks after the seminar by letter and will receive a certificate.
The seminar fee includes:
|Registration & continental breakfast:||8:00 - 8:30am|
|Program time Monday - Thursday:||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Program time Friday:||8:30am - 1:00pm|
|Networking lunch each day:||12:00 - 1:00pm|
|August 15-19, 2016||San Diego, CA
|November 14-18, 2016||St. Louis, MO
MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.
Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling HR Executive Education at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.