PGAP® helped me get my life back. After my injury, all I thought about was the unnecessary suffering I had to live every day, and the bleak future that awaited me. I am still in pain, but I have my job, my family and my quality of life. (injured worker)

When I received the call from the PGAP clinician, I had been planning to end my life. After coming back from Afghanistan, everything was downhill. I was out of the military, I was strung out out on pain meds, and had lost everything that was dear to me. Even though I only ever talked to her on the phone, she became my lifeline and helped me put my life back together. Today my life is not perfect, but I feel alive and I plan to stay alive. (military veteran with PTSD)

I was hesitant at first. I could not see how PGAP would make a difference to my life. The first challenge was realizing that I would have to live with pain for the foreseeable future. The next step was making choices about what I planned to do with my life, in spite of the fact that I was in pain. I’m now back at work, and back at being the mother my children need me to be. (woman with a whiplash injury)

I had been off work for almost 5 years. I spent almost everyday alone in my appartment; I was either watching television, surfing the net, or resting on the couch. My life was empty. When I got the call from the centre asking if I might be interested in participating in PGAP, I said no. But the PGAP clinician was not ready to accept no for an answer. I’m glad he was persistent. Within three months, I was back at work and my depression seemed to become part of the past. That was two years ago, and I feel like I’m part of the real worked again. (work-disabled client with depression)

In my experience, PGAP has augmented the rate of recovery from injury and illness, shortened the work-disability period, and ultimately increased the quality of life of many of my clients. It is very focused on function, which as an OT, I really connect with. It is an intervention that offers recipients hope that in spite of ongoing symptoms, that life-role reintegration is possible. The standardization of PGAP assists me in ensuring that my staff follow a specific set of intervention guidelines. I also appreciate that PGAP is not just evidence-based, but also practice-based. (PGAP Provider, Tamra Ellis, B.Sc., Hon. B.Sc. OT, MBA, Centre for Rehabilitation & Health, Toronto, Ontario).

I cannot say enough good things about the life changing resource that PGAP has become for many of our clients. This comprehensive, evidence-based intervention has tremendously enhanced my ability as a Registered Nurse, to assist clients with a wide range of health and mental health conditions and challenges. All of which typically present with a common theme: day-to-day functional disability in major life roles. PGAP lends itself to therapeutic relationship building, confidence progression, goal setting, and goal achievement. Our organization has witnessed the successful life role re-integration, including return to work, of many PGAP clients. Dr. Sullivan, is to be commended for his invaluable contribution to the field of rehabilitation for the development, introduction and ongoing research of PGAP (PGAP Provider, Victor Andres, RN BN, Independence Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba) .

I was lucky enough to attend this course in Canada in 2008. Of all the courses I have attended (and I have attended many) this has maybe been the most useful. It added a skill to my clinical toolbox that allowed me to fill the gap that is left when traditional strategies were not being as effective as I had hoped. I cannot recommend it highly enough. (PGAP Provider, Beverley Bolton, BSc PT; MScMed Pain Management, Port Elizabeth, South Africa).

I've had the privilege of training in PGAP twice (1st edition, 2004 & 3rd edition 2010) and have found this to be the most valuable training that I've received in providing clear information about factors that impact disability. This protocol is so practical and well structured. It truly addresses the issues that we see with individuals who have experienced a disabling condition and the importance of taking back as many of the parts of their life as they can. Over and over, I see individuals increase their function and control to regain their abilities, which translates into reduced disability and greater success with their entire recovery. (PGAP Provider, Sandra Preeper, RRP, CCRC, MCVP, Sage Rehabilitation & Management Consulting, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia).

I just want you to know that I've been able to develop my role at my facility to predominantly provide PGAP!!! Amazing for a publicly funded hospital! I've received a lot of support from my profession as well as the other disciplines on my team to provide this service. I've had some very surprising treatment responses from my clients....so, thank you for helping me to develop a role that I love!! I've always thought we waited too long to get our clients back to work. PGAP gives me the proof I need. (PGAP Provider, Marie Dusecina, OT, Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Thanks for delivering the best most succinct workshop on work disability I have ever attended. The team at the Centre are contributing important, practical and relevant information to the healthcare and rehabilitation community. (PGAP Provider, Mark Hyland, OTR/L, CHT, STI PT and Rehab, Phoenix, Arizona).