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Morneau Shepell has launched a new educational initiative for its professionals who counsel clients in disability management (DM). The new Health Management Centre of Learning, which is a partnership with the University of Fredericton in New Brunswick, offers advanced online training in the fundamentals of DM.

“Disability management is constantly changing,” says Zahid Salman, executive vice-president of Morneau Shepell. “DM is not a cookbook approach. It’s important for our people to be at the highest possible level when it comes to the principles and practices of this area.”

The Morneau Shepell Health Management Centre of Learning offers advanced DM education to occupational health and case managers. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion in Disability Management issued jointly by Morneau Shepell and the University of Fredericton. The program involves a facilitated online delivery that is interactive and paced according to the individual’s skills. The training consists of three levels (core, advanced and continuous education) comprising 23 modules.

“This program will help our clients manage the costs and impact of disability through an approach that benefits both the employee and employer,” says Salman.

The benefits to clients include the following:

• reduction in duration of claims;

• reduction in the overall costs of short-term disability;

• enhanced support for employees, HR and managers; and

• integration of DM with an overall health and wellness strategy.

© Copyright 2014 Rogers Publishing Ltd. Originally published on benefitscanada.com

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