Psychologists and other professionals will explore the world's changing work culture and its effect on workers at an APA co-sponsored conference, "Work, stress and health: new challenges in a changing workplace," March 19-22 in Toronto. The meeting is the fifth in a series of interdisciplinary conferences that examine occupational stress and health.
Open to all professionals whose work touches on occupational health, the conference will offer continuing education, workshops, symposia, paper sessions and interactive poster sessions. The event is also co-sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Queen's University's School of Business.
Among the conference topics are:
Hours of work, such as part-time and flexible work hours, work overload and underload, compressed work schedules and shift work.
Work, family and community, including child and elder care, multiple jobs, work-family conflict, work at home, employee-assistance programs and managed care.
Advances in research methodologies, such as measurement issues, research designs, cross-national comparisons, participatory action research and longitudinal research.
Organizational policies and work redesign, including lean production, downsizing, new technologies and telecommuting.
Mass disaster and terrorism, exploring the health consequences of disastrous events, post-traumatic stress disorder, critical incident stress debriefing, and job performance and productivity consequences.
Other themes include new work contracts, psychosocial factors and health, physical safety at work, bridging from research to practice, prevention and intervention, special populations in the workplace, disability and disability management, legal issues, and training in occupational health psychology.