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Brock University Certificate Training Programs

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The Ontario Brain Injury Association in conjunction with Brock University has developed a Certificate Training Program to provide professionals with the tools and knowledge to assist clients with recovery and function in everyday life following acquired brain injury.


Brock Certificate Training Programs The program is currently composed of two separate levels and feature guest faculty. Both levels are directed primarily at personnel working in community and home based rehabilitation programs that serve individuals with acquired brain injury.

Note: Our Brain Basics course and Certificate Training Programs in Collaboration with Brock University are now approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada for continuing education credit hours. A VRA Canada Attendance Verification form will be issued at the completion of each course.

Please direct all inquiries to: Diane Dakiv, Training and Administrative Assistant Ontario Brain Injury Association PO Box 2338, St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R9 Ph: (905) 641-8877 ext. 231 or 1-855-642-8877 Email: training@obia.on.ca

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Upcoming Courses:

Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury (Level 1)

Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury (Level 1)

Date: September 23-24, 2016

REGISTER ONLINE HERE  or DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Approved by VRA Canada for 11.75 Continuing Education Hours - Certificates available upon request

This Certificate Training Program will focus on providing information about behaviours after ABI that relate to learning and community participation.  Emphasis is on describing the cognitive-communicative problems that affect classroom learning, behaviour and community participation.  Group problem solving activities will develop methods for assessing and treating educational and social challenges for these individuals from a functional perspective.  Some topics covered during this training program include:

  • Characteristics that impact learning and behaviour
  • Environmental scans and communication partners and treatment strategies
  • Transitions, functional outcomes and collaborations
Dr. Roberta DePompei

Roberta DePompei, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Her major area of research and interest is in cognitive-communicative challenges to the individual with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national task forces and committees, as well as co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Children and Adolescents with Brain Injuries for the Brain Injury Association of America. She has helped to develop support groups and a community based collaborative of agencies to problem solve issues for this population. Widely published, and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Her specialty is the impact of brain injury upon speech, language, communication, and learning.

Day 1

  • Who are they? Injury, incidence, prevalence and developmental concerns
  • What is it like? Characteristics that impact learning and behaviour
  • How can we apply what we know? A video exercise
  • How should we plan? Assessment of the individual

Day 2

  • How should we plan? Environmental scans and communication partners
  • How should we plan? Treatment strategies
  • How can we help? Transitions, functional outcomes and collaborations

 

Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (Level 1)

Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (Level 1)

Date: TBA

Approved by VRA Canada for 24.5 Continuing Education Hours - Certificates available upon request

This four day Certificate Training Program will provide you with information, techniques, strategies and interventions that will equip you to better support people with ABI.  Some topics include:

  • Introduction to Neurorehabilitation: Where brain and function meet
  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation
  • Facilitating cognitive function in everyday life
  • Behavioural challenges and facilitating participation in life roles
  • Relationship building: Supporting engagement in social roles and developing adaptive social networks
  • Risk management: Seeking a balance between protection and risk
Dr. Dawn Good

Dawn Good, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in the Department of Psychology (currently, Chair) and Centre for Neuroscience teaching behavioural neuroscience, physiological psychology, and human neuropsychology at both the graduate (Ph.D., Master’s) and undergraduate levels. She holds research grants in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury (ABI) and cognitive functions/strategies for persons with ABI. She also serves as a consultant Psychologist to brain injury rehabilitation programs across Ontario, including a regionally-located community-based program, Anagram Premier.

Dr. Sherrie Beiman-Copland

Sherrie Bieman-Copland, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist who practices in the areas of neuropsychology and rehabilitation. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and is owner of Bieman-Copland & Associates. She also serves as a consultant psychologist to various community-based rehabilitation programs.

 

 

Deidre Sperry

Deidre Sperry M.Sc., S-LP(C) is a registered Speech Language Pathologist and has been practising for more than 15 years. Dee works in private practice and focuses her work on helping people with acquired brain injuries. In addition to working directly with people living with ABI, she has worked with others to develop various assessment and treatment tools that are now used all over the world. She was also a member of the Expert Panel for the development of the Preferred Practice Guidelines for Cognitive Communication Disorders.

Day 1

  • Introduction to ABI: Who am I now?
  • Etiology of ABI. What happens to the brain during a traumatic event?
  • Brain and function
  • Introduction to Neurorehabilitation: Where brain and function meet
  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation I: Functional assessment
  • Personal adjustment after brain injury: Acceptance, self-esteem and personal identity

Day 2

  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation II: What do you want to accomplish? Defining dreams, goals and outcome measures
  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation III: How will you accomplish the what? Treatment planning
  • Introduction to cognitive rehabilitation: Assisting abilities and activities
  • Facilitating cognitive function in everyday life
  • What do I do when…? Discussion of class generated examples

Day 3

  • Behavioural challenges and facilitating participation in life roles ·
  • Neurorehabilitation on the front line: Collaboration, prevention and consistency
  • Using behaviour change principles in Neurorehabilitation: The importance of doing no harm
  • What do I do when…? Discussion of class generated examples

Day 4

  • Relationship building: Facilitating participation in social roles and developing adaptive social networks
  • Risk management: Seeking a balance between protection and risk
  • Family Issue

Neurobehavioural Disorders: Their Origin, Nature and Rehabilitation (Level 2)

Neurobehavioural Disorders: Their Origin, Nature and Rehabilitation (Level 2)

Date: October 20 – 21, 2016

REGISTER ONLINE HERE  or DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Approved by VRA Canada for 11.0 Continuing Education Hours - Certificates available upon request

Program Description:

Brain Damage is not a unitary phenomenon. The nature of neuropathology, the pattern of disability it produces, the probable course of recovery and the most likely outcome, in respect of long-term sequelae, can to some extent be predicted from a knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the injury. For this reason, this module on neurobehavioural issues, their nature and rehabilitation starts from the premise that an understanding of the mechanisms of brain damage, in its early states, is a good basis for understanding some of the sequelae.

Dr. Andrew Worthington

Andrew Worthington Ph.D., C.Pysch. is Director of Clinical Services at Headwise, a rehabilitation and assessment centre in Birmingham, UK. He has extensive clinical experience in neuropsychological rehabilitation and psychological adjustment to disability. Andrew is involved in a number of research projects and has published many academic journal articles and book chapters. He is also a well respected speaker at clinical conferences both nationally and internationally.

Andrew is the Program Director for the M.Sc. in Brain Injury Rehabilitation/ Brain Injury Case Management Program and an Honourary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Behavioural Brain Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. For the past 14 years, he has acted as an independent expert witness on brain injury, rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress conditions in personal injury, clinical negligence and criminal cases, on a joint and single instruction basis.

Day 1

  • Pathophysiology of Neurobehavioural Disability
  • Disorders of Inhibitory and Regulatory Control
  • Disorders of Emotional Perception and Expression

Day 2

  • The Role of Attention Control in Human Social Cognition
  • The Frontal Paradox
  • mTBI: Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome

Neuropsychological Assessments: Beyond Testing (Level 2)

Neuropsychological Assessments: Beyond Testing (Level 2)

Date: TBA

Approved by VRA Canada for 18.0 Continuing Education Hours - Certificates available upon request

Program Description

Individuals who have sustained a brain injury have varied skills and abilities intact and/or altered and these changes will directly affect their functional recovery and social reintegration. Due to the complexity and individuality of acquired brain injury, often a neuropsychological assessment will be required in order to assist in understanding, planning and operationalizing programming and treatment for these persons. This course will present an in depth discussion on ‘Neuropsychological Assessment’ including the approaches and tools used in assessment and how to make use of an assessment in practice and/or everyday life. This will be achieved through both lecture and case study formats. There will also be an opportunity to review special issues related to assessment and recommendations including malingering and vocational re-entry. NOTE: Review of the Neuroanatomy Section of the Level 1 training manual is recommended prior to taking this course.

Dr. Dawn Good

Dawn Good, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in the Department of Psychology (currently, Chair) and Centre for Neuroscience teaching behavioural neuroscience, physiological psychology, and human neuropsychology at both the graduate (Ph.D., Master’s) and undergraduate levels. She holds research grants in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury (ABI) and cognitive functions/strategies for persons with ABI. She also serves as a consultant Psychologist to brain injury rehabilitation programs across Ontario, including a regionally-located community-based program, Anagram Premier.

Dr. Sherrie Beiman-Copland

Sherrie Bieman-Copland, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist who practices in the areas of neuropsychology and rehabilitation. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and is owner of Bieman-Copland & Associates. She also serves as a consultant psychologist to various community-based rehabilitation programs.


Day 1

  • Brain and Functions
  • Approaches in Neuropsychology

Day 2

  • The Tools of the Neuropsychologist
  • Introduction to Case Study
  • Case Study Review using Neuropsychological Reports

Day 3

  • Translating Assessments into Recommendations·
  • Special Topics: Malingering, Vocational Re-entry, Social Integration
  • Discussion Period

Cognitive Interventions for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury (Level 2)

Cognitive Interventions for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury(Level 2)

Date: June 2 – 3, 2016

REGISTER ONLINE HERE or DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Approved by VRA Canada for 12.0 Continuing Education Hours - Certificates available upon request

Program Description:

Advances in the medical treatment of individuals who sustain traumatic brain injury have resulted in greatly increased survival. The long-term quality of life for these individuals and their potential for functional independence and community integration often depends on the degree of residual problems with cognitive function and their capacity for emotional and behavioural self-regulation. This program will review some basic principles and theoretical underpinnings for working with individuals who demonstrate cognitive impairments. It will provide techniques for teaching problem-solving, decision-making, concept learning, organization, planning and reasoning skills in general. The course covers issues such as:

  1. What is Cognitive Neurorehabilitation (including the history, models of recovery, transfer and generalization of cognitive skill and theories of forgetting).
  2. The dynamics of attention: implications for cognitive rehabilitation (including retraining sensory memory, training attention and maintenance rehearsal, retraining memory strategies, mnemonics and imagery, retraining working memory, retraining organization, retraining problem-solving and decision-making, retraining conceptual learning, retraining reasoning and comprehension and retraining social and executive skills).
  3. Emotional issues and post-traumatic stress
  4. Incentives and CNR
  5. Cognitive enhancing nutrients and drugs
  6. External aids to cognition
  7. Fostering hope after acquired brain injury
  8. Efficacy and Effectiveness of Cognitive Neurorehabilitation Treatment
Dr. Rick Parenté

Rick Parenté, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University in Baltimore MD, a position he has held for 40 years. Rick received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1975. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Physiology in 1981. Rick has done individual and group cognitive skills training with traumatically brain injured persons since 1980. He teaches graduate course work in Neuropsychological Assessment and Neurotraining. Rick is a licensed Psychologist with a clinical practice specializing in rehabilitation of cognitive functions after brain injury. He has authored three books and over 50 journal articles on Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Day One:

  • What is Cognitive NeuroRehabilitaiton (CNR)
    • History CNR
    • Varieties of CNR
    • Models of Recovery
    • Transfer and generalization of cognitive skill
    • Theories of forgetting
  • The dynamics of attention: implications for CRT
    • Retraining sensory memory
    • Training attention
    • Maintenance rehearsal
    • Retraining memory strategies
    • Mnemonics and Imagery
    • Retraining working memory
    • Learning to forget
    • Retraining organization
    • Retraining problem solving and decision making
    • Retraining conceptual learning
    • Retraining reasoning and comprehension

Day Two:

  • Retraining social and executive skills
  • Emotional issues and post-traumatic stress
  • Incentives and CNR
  • Cognitive enhancing nutrients and drugs
  • External aids to cognition
  • The problem-solution treatment planner
  • Neurotraining
  • Using the treatment planner
  • Fostering hope after acquired brain injury
  • Efficacy and Effectiveness of CNR

  • Questions and Answers 

 


Advanced Brain Injury Rehabilitation (Level 2)

Advanced Brain Injury Rehabilitation (Level 2)

Date: TBA

Approved by VRA Canada for 17.0 Continuing Education Hours - Certificates available upon request

This Certificate Training Program is designed to increase your knowledge of brain injury across the lifespan and to appreciate factors which make brain injury rehabilitation more challenging.  The training program will provide insight into important aspects of advanced Neurorehabilitation including:

  • Brain Injury and the Lifecycle including the Aging Brain
  • Brain Injury and Emotional Dysregulation, Dual Diagnosis and Suicidal Behaviour
  • Issues and Interventions for Mild to Moderate Brain Injury

This program is an extension of OBIA’s Neurorehabilitation:  Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury program.

Faculty

Dr. Sherrie Beiman-Copland
Dr. Dawn Good
Sherrie Bieman-Copland, Ph.D., C.Psych. Dawn Good, Ph.D., C.Psych.

 

Day 1

  • Brain Injury and the Life Cycle
  • Brain Development
  • Effect of Brain Injury on Infants and Children
  • Brain Injury and Adolescents/Young Adults
  • Brain Injury and the Aging Brain

Day 2

  • Brain Injury and Emotional Dysregulation
  • Structures Associated with Emotion and Emotional Regulation
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Neuro-Psychopharmacology
  • Suicide Behaviour

Day 3

  • Mild and Moderate Brain Injury
  • Metabolic Changes
  • Reactive Emotional Conditions
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Vestibular Issues
  • Somatization
  • Interventions for Mild/Moderate Injuries