Contact Hours:
14 hours





Work Hardening – Work Conditioning

Achieving Successful Outcomes with Challenging Populations

NEWLY REVAMPED, this course is for the therapist or clinical staff member who is responsible for injured workers receiving work hardening or work conditioning services. This NEW training will include a focus on rehabilitating a wide range of clients including the following:

  • Chronic Pain
  • The Aging Worker
  • Cognitive Issues/Impairment
  • Various Musculoskeletal injuries

As with all Matheson courses the workshop will include practical application and collaboration. Case studies will be used for the application of education and program development.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to establish and grow a market for your program
  • Designing and setting-up the physical space
  • How to progress a worker through exercise and work simulation
  • Using circuits to build critical physical demands
  • Organizing circuits for exercise and work simulation
  • How to plan exercise programs to reflect ACSM guidelines
  • Selecting work simulations based on the critical physical demands of the job
  • How to use the Feasibility Evaluation Checklist (FEC) to identify and resolve road blocks to success in rehabilitation and employment
  • Identifying rehabilitation and return-to-work feasibility issues
  • Resolving feasibility issues in the difficult client
  • Using activity control of symptoms to increase physical capacity
  • Buying and using fourteen clean, effective work simulations for under $3,000
  • Documenting progress and case closure through work specific rehabilitation
  • How to deal with the difficult client including role-playing “The Walk and the Talk”
  • Components of a comprehensive work hardening/work conditioning evaluation
  • Writing the treatment plan based on a job description or analysis and functional capacity

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal professionals in the Allied Healthcare fields.

Educational Level

Entry Level – Specialty Course

Contact Hours

14 Hours

Workshop Hours

Course Approvals

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.





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Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 South River Road Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)
603-358-6525 (Int’l)
Fax: 603-358-0116

Louise Lynch, PT, CEES, CWCE

An instructor in industrial rehabilitation around the world, Louise has been guiding patient recovery in orthopedic/manual therapy and industrial rehabilitation and ergonomics for more than 20 years. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders that limit people from working at their maximum potential.

She is a co-owner of Injury & Health Management Solutions Inc. (IHMS), located in Colchester, VT (near Burlington). IHMS provides on-site services at such companies as Burton Snowboards, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Bombardier Transportation, Ben & Jerry’s, State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Twincraft Soap. These services include onsite physical therapy, ergonomic evaluation, all levels of injury prevention and ergonomic training, direct problem solving of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), wellness, Post-Offer employment screenings, ADA job analysis, and computer ergonomics.



Day 1:

8:30-9 Introduction to the course


The Matheson Philosophy & Practice Heirachy

Designing and Setting Up The Physical Space

9:30-10:00  and 10:15-11:30



Understanding and Working with Difficult Clients

11:30-12:00  and 1:00-2:00



Evaluation and Documentation-“Setting up and Progressing the Program” 

  -What you should test

  -exercise and circuit development




Feasibility Checklist (FEC) and Addressing Progression “Issues”


Case Study Introduction and Group Project (Homework)


Day 2

Program Planning of Case Study

   —Initial Evaluation

  –Exercise Circuits

  –Work Simulation Circuits


  — Activity Control of Symptom 

8:00-10 am


10:00-10:15 am

Discussion and Practice of Plan/Role Playing Scenario’s 

   –Chronic Pain/CRPS

  –The Older Worker

  –Cognitively Impaired Worker

  –Potential Surgical Client

  –Symptom Magnifier


Re-Evaluations and Return to Work Strategies

   –Modified Duty

   -Job Coaching

  –Progressive Return to Work

1:00-3:00 pm



Marketing Your Program



“This Ergonomics Evaluation Certification Program is extremely valuable. Dr. LaCourse is an excellent instructor with years of hands-on experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reducing cumulative trauma disorders.”

“Also, I just completed my very first FCE today……. And it was AWESOME!!! I could hear you talking in the back of my head the whole time! Very exciting!! Thanks for such a great learning experience!”

“I was so impressed with my entire Matheson experience.”

“As a provider of FCEs for 12-plus years, I have been through several training programs. I would recommend Matheson without reservation. Thanks to your training, my staff is the best prepared in my area. It has made a difference for my business and has set us ahead of our competition.”

“Far and away the best certification course I have attended in my seven-year professional career. The instructors are knowledgeable and apply all of the information to real-world scenarios. Thank you!”

This Ergonomics Evaluation Certification Program is extremely valuable. Dr. LaCourse is an excellent instructor with years of hands-on experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reducing cumulative trauma disorders.”

“Of all the FCE training I have received, Matheson is the most evidence-based. I like that it is a battery of standardized tests, and not a standard battery of tests. It also requires thinking as an evaluator, unlike other programs that don’t allow you to consider any non-quantitative factors, which results in an opinion of functional capacity lacking in external validity. The Matheson FCE makes the most of what is available right now.”

“The Amended ADA Webinar was outstanding and I really appreciate your willingness to do them.  You have gotten to the heart of the matter in the “gray areas” that people have familiarity with, but are not comfortable discussing.  I treasure every one of these webinars.  They have helped me be a better evaluator and allowed me to speak intelligently to our employers and other referral sources.”

“I just wanted to e-mail you and let you know that I found this webinar to be extremely helpful to me in my position as an the on site PT manager. In my opinion your webinar provided excellent information about the ADA issues we may face and invaluable advice to avoid legal pitfalls related to our work site analysis and testing procedures.”

“We are utilizing the Matheson philosophy not only for Functional Capacity Evaluation, but also for the foundation of interdisciplinary treatment of chronic pain patients at our clinic in Waltham MA, Boston PainCare. The culture of function is throughout all of our departments, interventional, functional rehabilitation, medication management, sleep, and behavioral.
Spending the week training for FCEs in Keene, NH was very exciting as it allowed me to know that we are not only on the…”

The instructors did an excellent job of breaking down the complex concepts into the most simple and understandable pieces of information. My folders of countless papers from various sources, both online and off, have been consolidated into one well-laid out reference book!

Thank you for having the Essential Function Job Analysis course available. I have been doing job analyses and post offer test formulation at my company for 8 years now and this course taught me that we need to (and will) make some adjustments to our procedures to better defend any possible legal challenges. That means a great deal to me as a business owner.

“Your webinars have made me a better evaluator and allowed me to speak intelligently to our employers and other referral sources.”


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