Course Overview

Description: To earn completion credit, you will be required to: (a) read the article, (b) make a minimum of one post in the discussion forum that follows the format described in the prompt, and (c) pass a 10-question quiz about the article. 

Article: Olson, R., Cunningham, T. R., Nigam, J. A. S., Anger, W. K., Rameshbabu, A., & Donovan, C. (2022). Total Worker Health® and organizational behavior management: Emerging opportunities for improving worker well-being. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Advance online publication.

Abstract: We draw artificial boundaries between our lives at work, at home, and in the community. Each person is living an integrated life where all of their environments (resources, physical environment, psychosocial environment, responsibilities/demands) interact to impact their safety, health, and well-being. Total Worker Health® is an approach developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to address such interactions, and to advance science and practice for protecting workers’ safety, health, and well-being. The Total Worker Health (TWH) approach represents an expansion of traditional occupational safety and health research and practice, with strong safety protections for workers as its foundation. The current paper provides an introduction to TWH, including: (1) Significance, (2) Historical Background, (3) Hierarchy of Controls, (4) Review of TWH Interventions, and (5) Future Opportunities. The reciprocal and interactive perspective of TWH is consistent with Skinnerian and other approaches to behavioral science, as well as organizational systems analysis approaches. With its behavioral and systems analysis roots, and associated historical emphasis on environmental conditions and interventions, the Organizational Behavior Management community can make great and important contributions in the TWH domain.

*Note: This article is available as Open Access via the publisher.

Number of Learning CEUs: Certified behavior analysts can earn 1 Learning CEU for (a) reading the article, (b) making a minimum of one post in the discussion forum, (c) passing a 10-question quiz about the article, responding to the Evaluation and Feedback form, and completing the CEU Certificate Information form. 

Course Covers the Following Behavior Analysis Content:  Practice, Research

Course is Designed For: Professional Behavior Analysts, BCBAs/BCBA-Ds, and BCaBAs. This event is also open to others with an interest in behavioral interventions for organizational and worker well-being, including students in graduate-level ABA programs.

Course Level: Intermediate

Access Duration: Course is available to purchasers for a duration of 90 days.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define the concept of Total Worker Health®

  • List at least 3 methodological strengths of OBM that can add value to TWH initiatives

  • Describe the Hierarchy of Controls from a TWH viewpoint

  • Provide at least 3 examples of topics outside the OBM "comfort zone" that provide opportunities for OBM research and practice

Course Curriculum

  1. 1
    • Overview

  2. 2
    • Olson et al (2022)_Total Worker Health and Organizational Behavior Management_Emerging Opportunities for Improving Worker Well-being

    • Don't Forget! Post in the Online Discussion Forum

  3. 3
    • Total Worker Health® and OBM: Article Quiz

  4. 4
    • Total Worker Health® and OBM: Course Evaluation and Feedback Survey

  5. 5
    • Total Worker Health® and OBM: CEU Certificate Information Form


Lead Instructor

Julie Slowiak

Julie M. Slowiak, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Executive Director of the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness SIG, a non-profit organization, and Founder of InJewel LLC, a values-focused coaching and consulting company. Julie earned a B.A. in Psychology and Organizational Communication, M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. Julie's research, teaching, and applied work focus on designing physical and social environments to support individual and organizational health, performance, and wellbeing. Her research blends her training in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management with topics studied in the fields of occupational health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and applied sports psychology.