Innovations in NeuroRehab

The goal of this workshop is to introduce and promote the exciting advances and innovations in neuropsychological rehabilitation that allow practitioners to expand their understanding of the field and even incorporate elements of rehabilitation into their own practices.


This two-day virtual workshop is designed to introduce attendees to new knowledge and ideas through talks that cover innovations in neuropsychological rehabilitation and rehabilitation technology and the importance of addressing social cognition changes following brain injury. Attendees will participate in a practical workshop that presents a model for incorporating rehabilitation into daily practice and they will learn how rehabilitation is applied in the special populations of those with post-COVID sequelae and aging. Attendees will be inspired by the many ways we can expand our horizons in patient care through incorporating more elements of the care pathway into our practices. The event offers a range of topics that are highly relevant to neuropsychology and related fields presented by nationally and internationally known experts across multiple disciplines. 
 
Target Audience
Health practitioners are the primary audience, including clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists.

Instructional Level
Introductory to intermediate

Pricing
Member:
$145
Nonmember:
$175
Trainee: $75

Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can only attend one day of the event? 

You will receive CE credit for any sessions attended live – any sessions not attended live you will be granted access to the recorded version and will need to take a post-test to receive CE credit

Can I purchase sessions individually? 
Not at this time. If you are not able to attend any session live, you will be enrolled in the recorded version once it becomes available

What time zone are the event times listed? 
All times on the schedule are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Event Speakers - View financial disclosures 
Professor Barbara A. Wilson, OBE, Ph.D., D. Sc., CPsychol., FBPsS, FmedSC, AcSS, Lance Trexler, Ph.D., FACRM, Lyn S. Turkstra, Ph.D.
Jill Winegardner, Ph.D., William Garmoe, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Douglas Whiteside, Ph.D., ABPP /CN
George W. Rebok, Ph.D., MA, Jessica Fish, Ph.D., DClinPsy, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D.

Learn more about each speaker under presentations! 
When
3/24/2022 - 3/25/2022

Program

   

March 24 - Thursday

 
Following a definition of neuropsychological rehabilitation (NR), this presentation addresses some recent developments in the field. It stresses that cognition, emotion, and psychosocial problems are intertwined and hard to separate, as illustrated through examples, and all should be addressed in NR. We consider ways to improve new learning for people with an insult to the brain before looking at some of the new compensatory techniques to help those with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral impairments. We also think about environmental modifications to help those with severe and widespread difficulties. These approaches are not, of course, mutually exclusive. The need to include theories and models from different sources in order to avoid poor clinical practice is considered.
Track
March 24 - Thursday
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3/24/2022 10:00 AM

Social Cognition and Communication in Acquired Brain Injury in Adolescents and Adults: "Social thinking" and social communication have been targets of acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation for decades, with limited evidence of generalizable benefits. The lack of benefit may be due in part to the historical assessment and intervention focus on social symptoms, without considering underlying neuropsychological mechanisms. Research on social cognition in other clinical groups, particularly in autism, has spurred a growing interest in mechanisms underlying social problems in individuals with ABI and has informed rehabilitation targets and methods. In this session, we will summarize current research on social cognition and communication in adolescents and adults, and critically apply findings to rehabilitation of individuals with ABI. As social communication is, by definition, context-dependent, participants will also evaluate their own communication skills and styles and reflect on the contribution of communication partner behaviors to social symptoms in people with ABI. We also will consider other contextual factors that intersect with social cognition skills, such as sex, gender, race, and ethnicity. The aim of the session is to provide participants with a framework for assessment of, and intervention for, social cognition and communication problems in adolescents and adults with ABI.
Track
March 24 - Thursday
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3/24/2022 11:30 AM

Filling a Huge Void and Expanding Your Practice: Feasible and Practical Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: This course is for clinical neuropsychologists who want to offer more than just assessment to their patients. A model to guide rehabilitation that starts with assessment, formulation, and goal setting; incorporates current evidence and follows international guidelines; sees rehabilitation as both art and science; and ends with outcome evaluation will be presented. We will provide practical and clinically useful information on interventions including enhanced feedback, psychoeducation, evidence-based cognitive and mood strategies, and more comprehensive rehabilitation. All recommendations will be theoretically driven and evidence-based, and billing information will be discussed. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate the model and techniques that we describe. You will receive access to resources that will allow you to develop and build your rehabilitation skills in order to confidently offer more comprehensive care in your clinical service.
Track
March 24 - Thursday
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3/24/2022 1:00 PM

March 25 - Friday

 
Part I: Virtual Rehabilitation: A Brief Review of the Future: Virtual reality (VR) has in the last 25 years transitioned from the realm of expensive toy to functional technology. Though VR initially suffered an imbalanced "expectation-to-delivery" ratio, the idea of producing simulated environments for the systematic delivery of ecologically relevant stimulus events and challenges was compelling and made intuitive sense for testing, training, and treatment in neuropsychology. Fortunately, the technology has caught up with the vision and VR assessment/rehabilitation applications now leverage usable, useful, and lower-cost systems. This presentation, which includes live demonstrations, gives an overview of the many ways VR has evolved to shape the future of neuropsychological and physical rehabilitation. Part II: Digital Rehabilitation: Applications in the Present: Digital technologies have transformed the way we work, socialize, shop, spend leisure time, and perhaps even the way we think. Their promise in rehabilitation has long been recognized, but the extent to which they have been incorporated into clinical practice is limited. As the COVID-19 pandemic has given us first-hand experience of technology as a powerful enabler, this trend may be changing. In this session we review the evidence for using digital technologies in neuropsychological rehabilitation and use clinical examples to illustrate a range of ways in which practical technologies, including smart phone apps, can be incorporated into practice to compensate for deficits in memory and executive function and contribute to improved rehabilitation outcomes.
Track
March 25 - Friday
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3/25/2022 10:00 AM

Rehabilitating Cognition in Older Adults to Prevent Cognitive Decline and Dementia: Older adults are more likely to fear losing their mental abilities than their physical abilities. Fortunately, a growing body of research suggests that mental decline isn't inevitable for most people as they age, and may even be reversible through cognitive rehabilitation. However, controversy and confusion still surround the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation efforts with older adults and the impact of these interventions on everyday life function and psychological well-being. The goal of this workshop is to review the current state of cognitive aging and intervention research with older adults and its implications for practice in diverse community and clinical settings. The workshop will cover what the current research says about the effectiveness of various cognitive interventions and recommend specific ways in which older adults can maintain mental vitality with age. Particular attention will be paid to skill-based intervention approaches that target single or multiple cognitive abilities that are known to show significant age-related decline. We will also explore the use of multimodal interventions that combine different intervention approaches such as skill-based cognitive training with cognitive engagement or stimulation approaches as a way of promoting greater transfer. Because the needs of older adults differ, we will discuss how interventions can be adapted for older people presenting with different cognitive profiles, educational and cultural backgrounds, and motivational levels. The use of dementia risk reduction strategies along with cognitive intervention will be included in the discussion. We will also discuss how to increase the access, affordability, usability, and sustainability of cognitive interventions with older adults.
Track
March 25 - Friday
Time
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
3/25/2022 12:30 PM

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-Cov2), which causes COVID-19 illness, has caused considerable economic and social disruption since December 2019. This disruption has stemmed in large part from the highly contagious transmission and high mortality and morbidity rates associated with this novel coronavirus. Broadly, COVID-19 is associated with a range of symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, respiratory failure. The short-term and long-term neurological and psychiatric complications (e.g., stroke/vascular changes; acute respiratory distress syndrome [ARDS]) related to COVID-19 infection and treatment (e.g., Intensive Care Unit treatment) are also associated with cognitive dysfunction. In addition, COVID-19 has been associated with direct effects on the central nervous system as well as the respiratory and cardiac systems. Recently, increasing concern about long-term physical and cognitive symptoms amongst patients with initially less severe COVID-19 symptoms has emerged. This presentation will address the current literature on long-term effects of COVID-19 on cognitive functioning and on strategies for rehabilitation of these difficulties. Data will be presented from two COVID-19 recovery programs.
Track
March 25 - Friday
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
3/25/2022 2:30 PM

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