Emerging Best Practices

Activity Coaching

A treatment program that can help workers who have been injured recover by increasing their activity.

What is Activity Coaching?

A standardized intervention delivered by professionals trained in the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP®).

Activity coaching can help:

  • Reduce psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation progress.
  • Promote re-integration into life-role activities.
  • Increase quality of life.
  • Facilitate return to work.
  • Prevent long-term disability.

The Activity Coaching process

  • The client and activity coach meet weekly for approximately 1 hour for a maximum of 10 weeks.
  • Meetings may be over the phone.
  • Initial stages focus on structured activity to help the client resume activities.
  • Final stages focus on activities that facilitate re-integration into the workplace.

Who may be a candidate?

  • Injured workers who have not returned to work around 4 weeks after the date of injury AND have not improved with early interventions such as active physical therapy.
  • Surgery is not likely in the near future.
  • Activity coaching is available for workers who do not speak English.

How to make a referral for Activity Coaching

For State Fund Workers:
  • Attending Providers – Talk to the individual about the program.  Complete and fax the Referral Form (below) to L&I.
  • Vocational Providers, Other Medical Providers, Workers or Legal Representatives – Ask the Attending Provider to consider this program and make a referral.

Once L&I receives a referral, an activity coach will be assigned by L&I to eligible State Fund workers.

For Self Insured Workers:
  • Send the Attending Provider referral directly to the self-insured employer or their third party representative.

Contact the PGAP Program at 360-902-6261 or ActivityCoaching@Lni.wa.gov.


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