The Thirteenth Annual North American Collaborating Conference on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

Pre–Conference Workshop

The Workshop

This all–day workshop will provide an orientation and overview of the ICF system and a discussion of issues encountered in its clinical application. The basis for the workshop is the Procedural Manual and Guide for Standardized Application of the ICF: A Manual for Health Professionals (Manual). Several professional organizations representing U.S. health professionals have collaborated over the past several years on the development of this manual. The goals of the Manual include providing a standard approach to the classification that is clinically grounded, providing consistent interpretation of concepts and operational definitions of terms, and facilitating reliable, valid, and clinically useful classification using the ICF system. Through this collaboration, numerous issues related to reliable and consistent coding have been identified and solutions have been proposed. The structure and content of the Manual will be reviewed and an orientation to the Manual as a source of additional guidance for the coding of clinical cases will be provided.

Participants will receive a hard cover copy of the full ICF Red Book, continental breakfast and lunch.

Who Should Attend?

The intended audience of the workshop includes health professionals who diagnose mental and physical disorders, those who are accredited, licensed or certified to provide professional treatment or rehabilitation, as well as supervisors, teachers, and advanced students. Participants will have an opportunity to practice and discuss coding of clinical cases based on written vignettes and videotaped case presentations.


Faculty for the workshop will be two health professionals actively involved in creation of the Manual and/or implementation of the ICF in applied settings. These individuals bring content expertise and experience in working with the World Health Organization and the ICF and extensive knowledge regarding application of the ICF in health care settings and with individuals with health conditions.


  1. Understand the conceptual organization of the ICF and the basic mechanism for coding clinical encounters.
  2. Understand the conceptual issues that interfere with reliable use of the ICF by clinicians
  3. Understand the purpose and conceptual organization of the ICF Manual for Health Professionals (Manual)
  4. Practice applying ICF codes to clinical case examples using the ICF system and the Manual.

For more information regarding the content and methodology of the workshop, you may wish to contact:

Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D.
Director, Professional Development Demonstration Projects
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 336–5869
(202) 336–5797 (fax)