Ethics Salon - Vancouver (February 27, 2018)

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Martin Willemse, LLB.

Date & Time
February 27, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Meeting Room 2
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4


TOPIC: Disability Claims - How insurers and courts deal with subjective conditions when it comes to a disability claim, and where the focus should lie when completing forms for insurers

** Please note that this Ethics Salon is identical to the one held in Surrey on October 28th, 2015 by Martin Willemse. Attendees from the 2015 salon may not wish to attend this one.

Readings: There are no assigned reading materials.

Topics covered:

  • Legal definition of total disability
  • Different examples of how "total disability" is defined in insurance policies
  • "Own occupation" vs. "own job" in a long term disability claim: potential pitfalls when completing medical forms for long term disability patients in cases of workplace harrassment/bullying
  • Duties of an insured person who is making a claim for long term dsiability benefits, including a duty to mitigate and being under the regular care of a physician
  • What does the term “physician” mean in an insurance policy
  • Diagnosis vs. function in a long term disability claim: what to focus on when completing medical forms and providing updates to insurers
  • What are subjective conditions and what evidence is required in support of a long term disability claim based on a mental health illness or condition
  • Limitation periods
  • A case study: a 2014 decision of a denied long term disability case based on anxiety and depression and how the Court assessed the evidence
  • Changes to the Worksafe BC legislation with respect to workplace harassment and bullying claims together with a case study

Restrictions: Attendance is restricted to registrants of the College of Psychologists of BC.


About the Ethics Salons

  • Underground Parking is available at $5 flat rate (located at the west side of the building, Lot#68).
  • The Salon is an informed discussion of ideas, theories, dilemmas, and ways to evolve and become more mindful in the pursuit of an ethical practice of psychology. The setting is informal, with guided discussion from the facilitator.
  • Salon registrants will not be receiving a Continuing Education certificate from the BCPA office after registering for and attending the Ethics Salons. You may keep track and submit your hours to the College for credit.
  • Registrants are responsible for accessing and printing the paper that will be discussed during each Salon. A link to the discussion materials will be provided in an e-mail reminder that you will be receiving few days before the Salon you registered for.
  • Registrants are responsible for reviewing the Ethics Salon Guidelines before attending each Salon.

Cancellation Policy
All registrations are final. Registrations are non-transferable, and there will be no refunds. However, if you realize that you will not be able to attend the Salon, please let us know at least two business days in advance to allow psychologists on the waiting list to attend.

By Registering for this event, you understand and agree that your name will be submitted to the College of Psychologists of BC by all those seeking Continuing Education Credits for attendance at this event.

February 27th, 2018 6:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
Creekside Community Recreation Centre
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1
Phone: 604-257-3050
Non-member fee $ 15.00
Member fee $ 10.00