Advanced Concepts in Functional Capacity Evaluation
This Advanced FCE course with Ralph Cheesman is designed to encourage you to analyze your current habits and perspectives within your FCE methodologies. The course will be both provocative and collaborative in nature, challenging participants to express their knowledge and opinions pertaining to critical aspects of FCE testing while considering direction from available research literature and other colleagues. This course will assist your growth and potentially change your practice!
- Determine statistical thresholds for effort analysis based on sound understanding and debate of the available research literature.
- Improve the validity of your FCE and thus improve the defensibility and ultimately the utility of your opinions.
- Consider the pitfalls when framing work tolerance frequencies and improve methodology to better defend your metrics.
- Review your use and the clinical relevancy of Repetitive Movement Tests. Are these really the best repeat metrics to determine work place tolerances?
- Refresh or challenge your clinical view pertaining to pain and its influence on function. Consider whether you are effectively measuring, analyzing, and convincingly illuminating your opinion pertaining to the reliability of a client’s pain reports
- Examine the available literature pertaining to safe lifting. Are you intervening with lift testing prematurely?
- Discuss and develop strategies to handle a difficult client and report on such in a manner that has clinical balance and relevancy.
- Learn to incorporate work simulation in your testing methodology. Yes it takes more work, however, it is more creative, meaningful, and convincing.
- Develop a critique path to best address deficiencies in case work and ultimately your own work!
- Develop and practice strategies to manage common cross examination challenges.
Who Should Attend
This course requires participants to have completed entry level FCE training followed by delivery of FCE services in clinical practice. It is designed to stimulate critical analysis of fundamental tenets of FCE testing using experience and layered perspective (familiarization with research literature and multiple clinical permutations).
This is a high-level course. It is intended for evaluators who have completed the Matheson FCE Certification Program and/or all experienced clinicians who work in the field of disability.
Health clinicians with at least a bachelor’s degree and familiarity with reading and evaluating research literature.
14 Hours (Lecture & Group Work)
The Matheson Difference; in order to enhance the learning experience, these learning tools will be used in the curriculum:
The resource will be available through the Matheson web site. Students may visit the site to review evaluation tests and techniques at their own pace.
Registration on the first day is from 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Subsequent day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break at 12 noon and two 15 minute breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
AOTA CEU’s awarded based upon completion of the course in its entirety.
Matheson Education and Training Solutions is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.
Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 South River Road Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)
Ralph Cheesman is the CEO and Managing Partner of Re:Function Health Group Inc. He is an Occupational Therapist by training. Ralph has specialized in the provision of Functional Capacity Evaluations within the vocational rehabilitation health sector for 23 years. He has been a clinical instructor within the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of British Columbia and developed the vocational rehabilitation training module for the Masters of Occupational Therapy curriculum. As well, Ralph provides lectures pertaining to FCE services to a wide variety of conferences/organizations – Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference, WorkBC, ICBC Defence Counsel Forum, Victoria Bar Association, Managing Employees with Disabilities Conference, WorkSafeBC vocational rehabilitation consultant training, BCIT, and the Canadian Institute’s Forum on the Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Conference. Ralph provides expert witness testimony in the Supreme Court of BC, at union arbitration hearings, and at WCAT tribunals.
8:30 – 8:45
Introductions – Instructor and class participants
8:45 – 9:00
FCE Philosophy – The pursuit of validity
9:00 – 10:00
Effort – The Jamar Controversy: Can you defend its use
Break 10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 11:15
Effort Thresholds – Can we achieve marketplace consistency
11:15 – 12:30
Workplace Frequencies – A cautionary case 11:15
Lunch 12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:30
Repetitive Movement Tests – Their use and misuse
2:30 – 3:00
Test Selection and Order – A customary approach?
Break 3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 5:00
Pain – Measurement and its role in the FCE process: A discussion
8:00 – 9:00
Lifting – Biomechanics and safety end points
9:00 – 10:00
Work Simulation – Why is it missing?
Break 10:00 – 10:15
Productivity – The case for repeat functional testing
11:15 – 12:00
The Difficult Client – Behavioural overlay and how to deal with it
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
1:00 – 3:00
Break 3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:15
Witness Testimony – Common challenges
4:15 – 5:00