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8th Annual Return to Work Summit

9:00 a.m. to Noon PDT
An Online Event

"Employer of Injury Not an Option? What's Next?"

Join us for an insightful summit dedicated to the critical topic of helping injured workers successfully return to work (RTW) when their original employer is unable to accommodate their needs. This event is designed for employers, third-party administrators (TPAs), vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs), and other stakeholders involved in the RTW process. We will explore innovative strategies and best practices to ensure that injured workers can transition smoothly into new roles and employers, maximizing their potential and minimizing litigation risks.

Why Attend?

  • Gain Expertise: Understand the latest trends and techniques in RTW strategies.
  • Network with Professionals: Connect virtually with industry experts, peers, and potential collaborators.
  • Practical Insights: Leave with actionable knowledge and tools to improve RTW outcomes for injured workers.

Event Agenda

9:00 – 10:00 AM | Injured Worker Unable to RTW with Employer of Injury? What Next?

Presenter: Cory Turner, CRC, Vocational Connections, Inc.

Kick off the summit by exploring the critical steps and considerations when an injured worker cannot return to their original employer. Cory Turner will discuss strategies for creating effective RTW plans that align with the worker's skills and aspirations, ensuring a smooth transition to new employment opportunities.

10:00 – 11:00 AM | HB 2127 - The Benefits It Can Provide to Support Actual Return to Employment Outcomes

Presenter: Cory Turner, CRC, Vocational Connections, Inc., and Julie Busch, MS, CDMS, Strategic Consulting Services, Inc.

Dive into the details of HB 2127 and how it can facilitate better RTW outcomes. This presentation will highlight the key provisions of the legislation and how the new law might be leveraged to support injured workers in their journey back to employment as well as some key components of the legislation to be on the lookout for.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Behavioral Health Support in Return to Work Efforts

Presenters: Dr. Gregory Dorris

Conclude the summit with a comprehensive look at the role of behavioral health in RTW efforts. Dr. Dorris will share insights on the importance of addressing mental health and well-being as part of the RTW process, offering practical strategies to support injured workers in overcoming psychological barriers to reemployment.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Got news, updates, services, or anything you want to share with Washington's 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 seminar, including opportunities on camera during the event. See the Sponsorship Opportunities and if you would to work out a custom package that's perfect for your company contact Kari Heinold.


This workshop is perfect for all vocational service providers in the State Fund and Self-Insurance, as well as workers' compensation professionals who work with vocational counselors and want to know more about the vocational rehabilitation system: 

  • Workers' Comp risk & program managers
  • State Fund & Self-Insured claims managers
  • Human Resources 
  • Safety Professionals
  • Attorneys & Paralegals
  • Health Care Professionals

Continuing Education Credits

WSIA will award 3 continuing education credits for the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) recertification. The following additional professional development credentials will be sought for attendees:

  • L&I CEU - We have applied for 3 credits
  • CDMS and CRC - We have applied for 3 credits
  • SHRM recertification 3 credits

Cancellation Information

No credit will be given for cancellations made after July 12, 2024.