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Fall Conference 2021

Mental Health Awareness and Support in the Workplace


9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Morning, Afternoon, and Lunch Breaks

Facilitated by MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions' Lee Pyfrom and WSIA's Lloyd Brooks

Let's face it, the pandemic has been tough on everyone and the impact to work and mental health has been a subject of constant discussion. The workplace has had many notable examples of grace, accommodation, and compassion amongst employers and employees, while at the same time outbreaks of violence and rattled nerves have also grabbed headlines. What can we do to help our injured, healthy, and “silently struggling” workers get through this weird storm, and what are the implications of workplace mental health right now for risk management and workers' compensation?

For one low price, this conference offers great content and continuing education credits for professionals in: 

Self-Insured & State Fund Claims Handling | Safety & Health | TPAs | Law, Legislative & Regulatory | Nurse Case Management | Disability Management | Vocational Rehabilitation | Human Resources

Conference Program

Recognizing and Addressing Early Warning Signs
Jenny Haykin, MA, CRC, Integrated Leaves & Accommodations Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy

As we all experience increased stress during this pandemic, the people around us may be acting out in ways that are not typical. This session will cover what behaviors to keep a look out for both virtually and in person, how to address concerns and offer support, and, in the workplace, when fitness for duty assessments are appropriate.

Preventing & Addressing Violence in the Workplace
Carol Tresca, City of Yakima (ret.)

Carol Tresca , recently retired from the City of Yakima, will present on processes employers may put in place to protect employees AND visitors from potential violence in the workplace.

Critical Incident Response in the Aftermath of Workplace Crises
Cal Beyer, VP Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing, CSDZ
Bob VandePol, Executive Director of EAP, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Cal Beyer, formerly of Lakeside Industries and now with national construction risk management firm CSDZ, will team up with employee wellbeing expert Bob VandePol to cover the elements of successful and resilient response to workplace incidents, including the involvement of workers' compensation claims professionals as part of the team, along with operations, safety, and human resources.

Managing Mental Health Counseling under the WC Claim
Dr. Michael Harris, Pacific Rehabilitation Centers

Dr. Harris will provide info employers and claims managers need to be aware of to engage workers in the conversation about mental health counseling resources in the midst of a claim, including pre-approved counseling sessions to assist in the Return to Work process.

New Mental Health Guidelines for Transitioning Employees Back to Work
Darcy Gruttadaro, Esq., Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation

National workplace well-being expert Darcy Gruttadaro will present on considerations employers should take to safeguard the all-around well-being of workers upon returning to work from pandemic work-from-home or from temporary disability.

Q&A with L&I's Knowrasa Patrick
With about three months into her tenure as L&I's recently appointed Program Manager for Self-Insurance, Knowrasa Patrick will provide an overview of current program initiatives and philosophy, and a roadmap of where things are headed in the near term, along with some Q&A with participants.

Multi-State Reciprocity Agreements and Claim Jurisdiction
With Washington-based workers now working out of state in any number of scenarios, we'll team up with L&I's Employer Services staff for a primer on benefit and insurance reciprocity principles, with an eye toward keeping the jurisdiction of a claim straight.

Legislative and Regulatory Updates Affecting Self-Insurance (This will be a per-recorded session that you will receive a link to after the conference)
From lump sum settlements, COVID-19 presumptions, IME restrictions, TPA licensing, claims handler certification, to State Fund premium rates and Supplemental Pension Fund Assessments -- there's a lot going on. WSIA's Kris Tefft will provide a brief overview of where things stand to help you follow along in the action this fall and winter.

Conference Sponsorships

Got something to advertise to the self-insured community? Want to support the event and WSIA's broader work? We've got sponsorship recognition space throughout our lead-up to the conference, including opportunities during the event. Contact Kari Heinold to work out a custom package that's perfect for your company or click here to view our sponsorship packages.

Continuing Education Credits

WSIA will award 6 continuing education credit hours for the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) recertification. The following additional professional development credentials will be available to attendees:

  • L&I CEU - Applied for
  • CRC/CDMS - Applied for
  • WSBA CLE - Applied for
  • SHRM  recertification credits
  • CCMC - Applied for


WSIA Members - $199

Additional members from same organization - $150 each

Non-members - $349 (Not a member? Click here to join today!)

Cancellation Information

No refunds will be given for cancellations made after September 13, 2021.