Megan Shields, BSc, MOT
Megan Shields is an Occupational Therapist Clinical Advisor within the Mental Health Claims Unit at WorkSafeBC, where she is working to further develop how occupational therapy can support workers with psychological injuries to return to work. Her career to date has focused on mental health, providing comprehensive treatment to persons living with PTSD, mood, anxiety, depression, and persistent mental illness. Megan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from McGill University and received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Megan is passionate about mental health and return to work, and has completed ongoing education in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. In previous years Megan has worked in both the private and public sectors, which gives her a broad perspective of how mental health conditions are approached within our BC health care system. Practice areas included Early Psychosis Intervention, community based treatment including vocational rehabilitation for clients with a variety of injuries such as soft tissue, complex orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, mental health and mild traumatic brain injury. Other professional interests include incorporating a coach approach to her occupational therapy practice, and improving financial literacy for youth and young adults. Beyond her work, Megan enjoys hiking with her husband and 1 year old daughter, sewing her own clothes and multi-destination travelling.
Presentation: The Impact of Early Occupational Therapy Intervention for Workers with Mental Health Injuries
- How to facilitate early intervention for return to work
- Why early conversations about return to work, and maintaining relationships with employers matter
- How to clearly assess and document compensable and non-compensable return to work barriers