Training workshop – Disability Management

29 October 2020, 9.30-12.30

Evidence based practice highlights the need to use an integrative approach in maintaining people at work or to reintegrate them in the labour market. One of the most critical success factors is having an actor coordinating the Return To Work (RTW) progress. The Disability Management (DM) represents a response to this need.

The National Institute for Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR, Canada) developed this integrative approach over many years and a related curriculum to certify professionals in DM. DM is built on 2 pillars (systematic approach for companies and coordination effort among individuals) and is organized by 10 principles.

The Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI) concluded an agreement with NIDMAR to use the methodology, materials, qualification and started in 2014 with the implementation of DM adapted to the Belgian context with the aim to provide professionals new skills in DM.

Who was this training workshop designed for?

  • Job coaches working in the field of employment of people with disabilities
  • Labour market inclusion professionals

Webinar objectives

The participants learnt:

  • how the Disability Management approach works,
  • what the principles on which it is based are and through which it is applied
  • how to plan and implement a DM-based intervention , and how to put in place an intervention based on it.

The trainers:

Dr.Saskia Decuman is OT and MSc in medical-social sciences. In 2014 she achieved a Phd degree for the work she performed on “work participation in people with systemic sclerosis” at the department of Rheumatology of the Ghent University. Currently, she is head of the cell R&D withi n the Department of Benefits of the National Institute of Health & Disability Insurance (Belgium). These cell coordinates the disability management training in Belgium and the Knowledge Centre, focusing on research in return to work.

Mr. Théo Brunois works within the R&D cell of the department of Benefits of the National Institute of Health & Disability Insurance (Belgium). He holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in public health and is certified as Return to Work coordinator (Disability Management). He is involved in some research projects to monitor and improve the management of work incapacity and the return to work program.



  • EPR members from: France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Malta, Ireland, Austria, Czechia, Slovenia, Estonia: 45€
  • EPR members from other countries: 35€
    The fee covered the participation of one or two persons
  • Non-members 59€

This activity followed up the employment benchlearning workshop from 2019, continuing the exchange and discussing approaches building partnerships with employers.


This event receives financial support from the European Union, from the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). For further information please consult: