WSIA's Return to Work Summit

An Insider's Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation in Washington

Swedish Medical Center, Glaser Auditorium, Seattle, Washington
7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

After healing an injured worker, providing safe and effective return to work is the paramount goal of the workers' compensation system. Often that requires vocational rehabilitation.  

It can be a complex process that requires a high level of cooperation, trust, professional judgment, and collaboration between the many different participants in a workers' compensation claim. 

For our first annual RTW Summit, we have assembled a group of experts from the vocational services and employer communities to explore these topics in depth and through interaction and audience engagement, provide take-home tips for getting the best return to work experience for your workers. 

The day also includes ethics content that explores aspects of professional responsibility in the delivery of high quality rehabilitation services as well as legal and regulatory updates affecting vocational rehabilitation.

Full agenda below.


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
  • Attorneys & Paralegals
  • Health Care Professionals


Friday, July 28 2017

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. — 9 a.m.
Successful Vocational Outcomes: Understanding the Differences between Self-Insurance and State Fund
  • Cory Turner, M.Ed., CRC (Vocational Connections, Inc.)
9 a.m. — 10 a.m.
Effective Vocational Testimony in a Court of Law
  • Brett Schoepper, Attorney (Law Office of Gress and Clark)
  • Craig Bock, VRC (Bock Consulting)
10 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.
Outside the Box: A Place and Purpose for Enhanced Vocational Services
  • DT North & Kim North, VRCs (Achieve Consulting Team, Inc.)
11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
Ethics in Play - Cultural Differences in RTW: Barrier or Opportunity?
  • Nicole Hernandez, VRC (Advanced Vocational Solutions)
12:15 p.m. — 1 p.m.
1 p.m. — 2 p.m.
TBI: Signs, Symptoms and Overcoming Barriers to Return to Work
  • Maria Ratcliff, MPA, CBIS (Rehab Without Walls)
2 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Ethical Decision Making and Conflicts of Interest in the Vocational Process
  • Julie Busch, VRC (Strategic Consulting Services, Inc.)
3 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break
3:15 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.
Designing A Return to Work Program - Best Practices from the Workplace
  • Ivy Kennedy, RN (Hexcel Corporation)
  • Michelle Jensen, VRC (Eastside Vocational Services, Inc.)
  • Robyn Marshall Sande, Workers' Compensation Director (ESD 105)
  • Krista Kilpatrick (Eastside Vocational Services)
  • Lori Black-McIntosh (Eastside Vocational Services)
4:15 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.
Vocational Law Updates
  • Brett Schoepper, Attorney (Law Office of Gress and Clark)
  • Craig Bock, VRC (Bock Consulting)

Venue Information

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Glaser Auditorium
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122


Driving Directions/Map

Parking is available in the Broadway parking garage at the main entrance to the hospital at 747 Broadway.

Follow signs to the Glaser Auditorium in the main hospital building, past the east elevators.

Continuing Education Credits

WSIA will award 7.25 continuing education credits for the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) recertification. The following additional professional development credentials will be available to attendees:

  • L&I CEU - We have applied for 7 claims management/legal/general credits
  • CDMS and CRC - We have applied for 7.25 credits including ethics
  • SHRM/HRCI recertification 7.25 creditsHCRI-SHRM 165px