The next ICF workshop that will take place on Thursday and Friday, 12-13 February 2015 at the Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) located in the Guido A. Zäch Institute in Nottwil, Switzerland - on beautiful Lake Sempach about 20 minutes from Lucerne. This two-day interactive training comprises of lectures and exercises (single and group work) that provides the basics of the ICF for participants, with no or little knowledge of the ICF. It also provides participants who already have experience with the ICF, the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the ICF, insight in potential practical application of the ICF, opportunity for networking and structured workshop materials that can be used for training others. Each participant will also receive a certificate of participation.
Since workshop participants may have varying levels of ICF knowledge, the workshop covers a range of topics. Day 1 of the workshop focuses on the basics:
- the biopsychosocial model of the ICF
- need and aims of ICF
- structure & codes of ICF
- qualifiers and ICF Core Sets
and day 2 covers specific modules like:
- the linking methodology
- ICF in rehab management
- joint use ICF with other classifications
- real-life examples
- and depending on the participants, disability evaluation, ICF in research, etc...
The workshop fee (including accommodations with breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and all workshop material) is approx. EUR 700 / CHF 830 depending on the number of hotel nights required.
If this workshop sparks your interest and you would like to participate, please complete the registration form (click here) , and email it to me at the latest by Thursday, 18 December 2014. If a visa is required to enter Switzerland, we require a confirmation of the visa approval at the latest by 16 January 2015.
Participants who require a letter of invitation as mandated by his/her institution/organization or for visa purposes, please indicate this on the registration form (click here) under "comments". NOTE: Kindly allow enough time for the application/visa processing.
Handbook of Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Evaluation: Application and Implementation of the ICF - NOW Available !
Since its approval in 2001 the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) has increasingly shown utility in various application areas including vocational rehabiitation and disability evaluation.
Geared to the ICF, the book entitled Handbook of Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Evaluation: Application and Implementation of the ICF outlines current science-based methods in assessing impairment and capabilities and emerging approaches to management specifically relating to work participation. It is part of the series "Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability" of the Springer Publishing Company and was launched at the European Union of Medicine in Assurance and Social Security (EUMASS) Congress in Stockholm, Sweden on 12 September 2014.
Details about the book can be found on the Springer website: http://www.springer.com/medicine/book/978-3-319-08824-2.
It can also be ordered on various online portals.
The very first ICF Core Sets for the pediatric population i.e. for children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP) was developed in June 2013 under the leadership of Dr. Veronica Schiariti, University of British Columbia, Canada. To ensure that the special characteristics of children and youth are taken in consideration, the consensus and decision-making methodology employed was adapted to address the developmental stages of a child or young person living with CP and age-specific ICF Core Sets were established. For details, go to the section on ICF Core Sets for neurological conditions.
The ICF Core Sets are now available for downloading. To access the ICF Core Sets go to the ICF Core Sets for neurological conditions in the download section.
Non enim vivere bonum est sed bene vivere - What is good is not just living, but living well...(Seneca, Epistulae Morales 70,4)
Since its establishment in 2003 the ICF Research Branch has contributed to the further development of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the creation of ICF-based practical measurement tools and user-oriented applications as well as education and training. The ICF Research Branch has been striving to achieve its mission through international collaborative activities ranging from research to education and knowledge transfer. The team at the ICF Research Branch has been privileged to work in partnership with many outstanding individuals and committed institutions worldwide.
In this spirit, the ICF Research Branch encourages practitioners and scientists with an interest in the ICF to join our international collaborative efforts.By contributing to the further development of the ICF, we pave the way for securing this common international language of disability and health and for optimizing the functioning of people with health conditions.
- Applying the ICF to rehabilitation goal-setting
- What explains functioning from the perspective of people with multiple sclerosis?
- Content validity of the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for multiple sclerosis from the perspective of speech and language therapists
- Towards comprehensive and transparent reporting: context-specific additions to the ICF taxonomy for med. evaluations of work capacity involving claimants with chronic widespread pain and low back pain
- Content validity of the work rehabilitation questionnaire-self-report version WORQ-SELF in a subgroup of spinal cord injury patients