Online Course
ICF and Application in Clinical Practice
Learn about the practical application of the ICF in rehabilitation settings

1-1.5 hours





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Patricia Saleeby
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Dr Patricia Welch Saleeby is internationally recognised for her role in promoting the ICF

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a comprehensive tool that has many uses in clinical practice. It views functioning, disability, and health from a holistic perspective. Through the ICF, health professionals can look at many aspects of a person, including their health condition, body functions and structures, activities and participation, and contextual factors. The holistic nature of the ICF helps health professionals be more informed in their assessments, develop more effective interventions, and achieve good patient outcomes. This course discusses the practical application of the ICF. It provides an overview of clinical forms and an explanation of ICF cross-walking to existing clinical instruments.


This course aims to review the practical applications of the ICF in clinical practice.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • differentiate the components of the ICF
  • discuss the ICF Core Sets
  • categorise two ICF-related clinical forms available in clinical practice
  • explain the concept of ICF cross-walking to existing clinical instruments

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Patricia Saleeby: I have several grants related to education/training, clinical practice, and research regarding the WHO classification systems (ICD and ICF) from different funders.
Financial: I receive some financial compensation from these grants in terms of salary supplements. I am developing a clinical course with a focus on the ICF and WHODAS for social workers
Non-financial: I receive some non-financial compensation from these grants in terms of travel support.
Additionally, I am a member of several WHOFIC working groups and committees related to the international classifications.


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Featured reviews
This course gave me more background to what I had self-researched when requiring the ICF classification system for a post-graduate course!
South Africa
Everyone involved in rehabilitation should take this course as it will help you decide on appropriate treatment and improve good outcomes and quality of rehabilitation services!
Anna Ignas Mella
This course is concise and straightforward if you want to know about ICF and its codes. It helped me a lot to understand.
Fasiha Shah
The course is excellent. It provides basic knowledge about ICF and its codes and benefits me in my clinical practice!
Syeda Arfa Fatima
Occupational Therapist
(Translated) In this course, I have increased my skills a lot. It will help me make sound assessments for the patients, get good information, make a suitable treatment plan, and help the patients be more autonomous in their activities and occupations.
Charles Gaëlle