International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Workshop


Pre/Post Conference Events
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Start Time: 

8:00 AM

End Time: 

12:30 PM
Hawaii Convention Center

Registration Fee: 

International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health

This workshop will provide an overview of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework, classification, and utility across disciplines and settings. Developed by the World Health Organization and endorsed by the United Nations, the ICF has increasingly been implemented in countries worldwide for special education, clinical practice, data collection, and policy determination. Currently, the ICF has been endorsed by multiple professional associations in the U.S. and is being considered by U.S. federal agencies including Social Security Administration.

The ICF emphasizes the importance of functional status rather than diagnosis, and this shift has been adopted in countries as a better measure of ability/disability for eligibility and benefits determination. This workshop will explain fundamental concepts from the ICF including the bio-psychosocial model of disability. The ICF structure and coding will be explained including body functions/structures, activities and participation, and the environment. Current and potential applications of the ICF across diverse groups, clinical settings, and other areas will be discussed. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to practice using the classification and coding with cases.

At the end of the workshop, the  audience will be able to:

  • Describe how the ICF framework enhances the understanding of disability as a dynamic, interaction of the person in his/her environment;
  • Discuss how the ICF definition of disability embraces and promotes human rights;
  • Explain how the ICF's emphasis on functional status, rather than diagnosis is a better mechanism for understanding the impact of impairment on individual's lives;
  • Explain how the ICF improves disabilities and health status indicators and measures;
  • Explain how the ICF facilitates more appropriate, effective, sustainable services and policies.

About the Trainer

Photo: Patricia Welch Saleeby

Patricia Welch Saleeby, Ph.D. holds an academic position at Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, School of Social Work. Her primary professional interests include disability and chronic conditions, health disparities, health and mental health policy and practice, and international health systems. Dr. Saleeby was one of only a few social workers worldwide involved in the ICIDH revision process that led to the ICF and the designated professional representative of the National Association of Social Workers in the development of the ICF Clinical Manual. She has served as a consultant for the American Psychological Association and the World Health Organization on ICF projects, and she has presented around the world including at Cambridge University in the UK, East China University of Science and Technology in China, and the University of Pavia in Italy. Dr. Saleeby has held numerous leadership positions locally and nationally including her current appointments as Chair of the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Diversity, and Social and Economic Justice and previous Chair position of the Council on Disability.

About ICF (From the World Health Organization)

Please Note: Registration fee is $75 after April 30, 2015.

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