Author: Les Kertay

R3 Speaks: Human Resilience in Response to Disruptive Events

Posted by Les Kertay on September 5, 2017

The natural state of living organisms is resilience. In the face of disruption, after the initial shock the most common reaction by far is to adapt, resolve, and recover. Many modern approaches to behavioral treatment, including those crisis response methodologies that say they are rooted in the concept of resilience, continue to focus on preventing […]

Behavioral Factors in Integrated Absence Management

Posted by Les Kertay on July 11, 2017

Read R3 Continuum’s chief medical officer, Dr. Les Kertay, column in the July issue of DMEC’s @Work magazine entitled “Behavioral Factors in Integrated Absence Management” by clicking here. About the Author: Dr. Les Kertay, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist, provides clinical direction and perspective to all areas of R3 Continuum […]

R3 Speaks: Work as a Health Behavior

Posted by Les Kertay on June 19, 2017

The mental and physical health benefits of working are well documented, as are the health risks of being out of work.  In fact, the negative health consequences of worklessness are substantially worse than a number of other well-recognized health risks. Why, then, does there remain an epidemic of needless worklessness in this country, and why […]

Improve Productivity by Reducing Stigma

Posted by Les Kertay on May 17, 2017

Read R3 Continuum’s chief medical officer, Dr. Les Kertay, column in the May issue of DMEC’s @Work magazine entitled “Improve Productivity by Reducing Stigma” by clicking here. About the Author: Dr. Les Kertay, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist, provides clinical direction and perspective to all areas of R3 Continuum as […]

We need to manage behavioral health risks, but how?

Posted by Les Kertay on April 21, 2017

Don Ritchie was a most unusual sort of hero. He wasn’t a soldier or a first responder. His heroism lay in simple acts of kindness – and watching out the window. Ritchie lived in Australia, next to the Gap, a cliff in Sydney that was a spot where people often came to attempt suicide by […]

Can we afford to manage behavioral health risks?

Posted by Les Kertay on April 12, 2017

On March 24, 2015, the captain of Germanwings flight 9525 left the cockpit to use the restroom, while the flight was at cruising on the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. In what was clearly a premeditated act, copilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit, and set the autopilot to 100 feet. The […]

We believe in active networks

Posted by Les Kertay on February 24, 2017

One thing that differentiates R3 Continuum is the breadth of our services – the continuum of our name. It also provides us a unique perspective into optimizing networks, as each service that requires a network has different needs. Some of the needs and providers cross over, but they are, essentially, networks customized specifically to each […]

Atypical events that aren’t so atypical

Posted by Les Kertay on February 15, 2017

When we think “atypical” event, we tend to think sensationally. We think beheadings, brutal violence, mass shootings, terrible accidents, natural disasters. But those are the rarest things that disrupt our lives and work. Much more common are deaths of people we know, lay-offs, simple car accidents. They are atypical, but not rare. Last year we changed our language […]

Talking to injured and ill employees is easy, once you know how

Posted by Les Kertay on January 18, 2017

In the world of worker’s compensation and disability, we all learned to “talk about return to work early and often.” We’ve heard it so much that it makes sense and feels natural. The only problem is that it’s wrong. Ok, I overstated it. There is indeed good evidence that being at work is an important […]