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Treating social cognitive deficits after brain injury

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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Anneli Cassel

Synopsis of session: Many clinicians working with clients after brain injury will be familiar with the interpersonal challenges and relationship difficulties individuals often face after their injury. Social cognitive skills are known to impact social functioning yet are rarely formally assessed and there are few evidence-based treatment approaches to drawn upon that specifically target social cognition. 

This session will first explore our understandings of social cognition and present a biopsychosocial model of factors known to interact with core social cognitive skills. Treatment approaches will then be described, with a focus on the components of the SIFT IT social cognition group treatment program. Findings from the SIFT IT pilot RCT will be discussed with a focus on the qualitative feedback from participants and their clinical implications. Practical advice will be provided about how to integrate social cognitive treatment targets within clinical practice.


Learning objectives: By the end of the session, attendees will:


  1. Consider biopsychosocial factors influencing social cognition, and consequently, social behaviour after brain injury
  2. Describe the components of the SIFT IT group treatment program and understand the clinical implications from the pilot RCT trial findings
  3. Learn practical ways to incorporate social cognitive skill targets into clinical practice



The effect of sleep-wake disturbance in relation to cognition and brain degeneration

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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Sharon Naismith

Synopsis of session:

Sleep is critical to alertness, mood and cognition. Basic science data shows that sleep facilitates synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and the promotion of neurotrophins. In addition, recent discoveries show that during sleep, the brain clears away neurotoxins and metabolic waste via the ‘glymphatic’ system. Coupled with epidemiological data, this adds to converging evidence supporting a bidirectional link between sleep and dementia.

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the existing evidence linking sleep-wake disturbances with dementia. It will present evidence linking various forms of sleep-wake dysfunction with cognitive and imaging markers of neurodegeneration within healthy individuals and those with mild cognitive impairment and the mechanisms by which sleep is likely to be important. The links between sleep and overnight memory consolidation will then be discussed as well as possible changes in this process with ageing and neurodegeneration.

The final part of the webinar will provide an overview of current treatment options for sleep disturbance in older people. Future directions for the field will be discussed, particularly with respect to understanding pathophysiological mechanisms, interventions and larger-scale screening of sleep-wake disorders.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about recent developments in sleep science and evidence linking disturbances of sleep to cognitive decline and dementia
  • Become familiar with different ways of assessing sleep
  • Discover new directions for the field of sleep-wake disturbance in ageing and dementia.



An occupation-based approach to facilitating self-awareness after TBI

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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Jennifer Fleming

Synopsis of session:

This webinar will introduce participants to the ways in which engagement in meaningful occupations can be used in therapy to enhance self-awareness in clients with brain injury. Topics that will be covered include self-awareness models, approaches to the assessment of intellectual and online awareness, occupational therapy intervention strategies and relevant research findings.


Learning objectives:

  1. An understanding of the relationship between feedback on occupational performance and self-awareness after brain injury
  2. Exposure to a repertoire of metacognitive training strategies for use in conjunction with meaningful occupations
  3. Knowledge of the type of clients with impaired self-awareness for whom an occupation-based approach is most effective.


Recognising and managing mild TBIs in the community


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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Alice Theadom.


Synopsis of session: People can present to a range of health care services following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). As there is currently no standardised way of assessing a mild TBI, the care and advice people receive following injury can be highly variable. This is an issue as just under a half of people experiencing these injuries go on to  experience persistent symptoms that can affect their ability to function in everyday life. There is also now consistent evidence of early risk factors that can be used to identify those at risk of longer-term difficulties and that early multidisciplinary treatments can improve outcomes. Consequently, we have the opportunity to reduce the long-term impacts of these injuries by facilitating equitable, early access to treatment for those at risk.


Over the last few years, a working group has been developing a brief, Brain Injury Screening and assessment Tool (BIST) to be used by any health professional on first medical presentation following injury. The tool helps clinicians to identify those at low, medium of high risk of longer-term difficulties and provides support with health care pathway decision making (e.g. who to refer to rehabilitation services). The tool has demonstrated good psychometric properties and has proven feasible to administer within busy clinical environments. The symptom scale and impact item can be used as a repeated measure to monitor the recovery journey from beginning to end. This webinar will discuss the current evidence base, development of the tool and initial results from implementation of the tool within primary and secondary care and prison health services.


Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:


1. Understand the predictors of longer-term recovery from mild TBI (concussion)

2. Know about a new brief tool that can assist with initial assessment, health care pathway decision making and measuring recovery.

3. Discuss the feasibility of using a brief screening tool within difference clinical

contexts.


An occupation-based approach to facilitating self-awareness after TBI

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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Alice Theadom 


Synopsis of session:

This webinar will introduce participants to the ways in which engagement in meaningful occupations can be used in therapy to enhance self-awareness in clients with brain injury. Topics that will be covered include self-awareness models, approaches to the assessment of intellectual and online awareness, occupational therapy intervention strategies and relevant research findings.


Learning objectives:

  1. An understanding of the relationship between feedback on occupational performance and self-awareness after brain injury
  2. Exposure to a repertoire of metacognitive training strategies for use in conjunction with meaningful occupations
  3. Knowledge of the type of clients with impaired self-awareness for whom an occupation-based approach is most effective.



Recognising and managing mild TBIs in the community


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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Alice Theadom 


Synopsis of session: People can present to a range of health care services following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). As there is currently no standardised way of assessing a mild TBI, the care and advice people receive following injury can be highly variable. This is an issue as just under a half of people experiencing these injuries go on to  experience persistent symptoms that can affect their ability to function in everyday life. There is also now consistent evidence of early risk factors that can be used to identify those at risk of longer-term difficulties and that early multidisciplinary treatments can improve outcomes. Consequently, we have the opportunity to reduce the long-term impacts of these injuries by facilitating equitable, early access to treatment for those at risk.


Over the last few years, a working group has been developing a brief, Brain Injury Screening and assessment Tool (BIST) to be used by any health professional on first medical presentation following injury. The tool helps clinicians to identify those at low, medium of high risk of longer-term difficulties and provides support with health care pathway decision making (e.g. who to refer to rehabilitation services). The tool has demonstrated good psychometric properties and has proven feasible to administer within busy clinical environments. The symptom scale and impact item can be used as a repeated measure to monitor the recovery journey from beginning to end. This webinar will discuss the current evidence base, development of the tool and initial results from implementation of the tool within primary and secondary care and prison health services.


Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:


1. Understand the predictors of longer-term recovery from mild TBI (concussion)

2. Know about a new brief tool that can assist with initial assessment, health care pathway decision making and measuring recovery.

3. Discuss the feasibility of using a brief screening tool within difference clinical

contexts.



Help Disrupt the Isolation Industry

This Free webinar is brought to you by Caleb Rixon and the GenYus Group


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Synopsis of session:

 In this 2-Part Keynote Address and Fly-On-The-Wall Forum, you'll hear Caleb demonstrate the importance of survivor stories through his own rehabilitation journey after brain injury. Plus, receive a practical and effective process on how you can crease S.A.F.E. spaces for the people you engage with. Lastly, you'll see Caleb demonstrate live, the affect of creating a S.A.F.E. space in a Peer-Led forum, involving ABI survivors from around the world. To see the value and feel impact of their lived experience and wisdom, and to give you the tools to start disrupting the isolation industry.



Better together: Enhancing family-centred care during rehabilitation for children with acquired brain injury


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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Sarah Knight


Synopsis of sessionThe philosophy of family-centred care has been embraced by paediatric rehabilitation services around the world. At its essence family-centred care incorporates collaborative family-provider partnerships, effective communication, responsiveness to family priorities and choices, and interprofessional teamwork. Ongoing challenges in delivering family-centred care for children with acquired brain injury (ABI) are reported by paediatric rehabilitation services both nationally and internationally. This webinar will provide an overview of (a) contemporary models of family-centred care; (b) the evidence supporting a family-centred approach for children with ABI; and (c) the factors influencing implementation of family-centred care from child, family and service provider perspectives. A knowledge translation framework aimed at enhancing family-centred care in paediatric ABI rehabilitation will be introduced and key learnings from a series of projects involving the co-design of interventions targeting different aspects of family-centred care will be shared.


Learning objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of the key concepts of family-centred care in paediatric rehabilitation 
  2. To gain knowledge of the contemporary models of family-centred care 
  3. To be able to identify factors that influence the implementation of family-centred care in paediatric rehabilitation for children with ABI
  4. To become familiar with knowledge translation methodologies and intervention content that may enhance family-centred care for children with ABI



Helping others: Finding meaning in projects for people with brain injury

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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Nicholas Behn

Synopsis of session: This webinar plans to discuss project-based therapy and how it may help to improve social communication skills and quality of life for people with acquired brain injury. The webinar will review some of the background literature to project-based therapy and describe a 6-week programme used to evaluate the feasibility of the programme.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the relevant literature and essential elements of delivering project-based therapy for people with brain injury.
  2. Learn about setting and achieving individualised social communication goals for people with brain injury within a group setting
  3. Discuss the feasibility of delivering project-based therapy to people with brain injury.


Technology to suport remembering and goal management: Can an ApplTree inprove me PM?

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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Jon Evans

Synopsis of session: The ability to remember to do things is compromised in many neurological and psychological conditions. People with brain injury, dementia, depression or psychosis have difficulties with prospective memory (PM) that makes it more difficult to function effectively in everyday life. Over the last two decades we have demonstrated (in single case experimental design studies, a randomised controlled trial, and meta-analysis) that technological solutions can support PM and improve everyday functioning. But uptake of reminding technology remains low amongst those who need it most. I will discuss our work on identifying barriers to use of ‘off the shelf’ reminding technology and current work on developing and evaluating, in conjunction with people with brain injury, a new reminding app – ApplTree. Our work with voice assistants, which offer an alternative means of supporting learning of new tasks and remembering to do things, will also be described. Digital health interventions have great promise for supporting everyday functioning, but new technologies need to take proper account of the needs of people with cognitive impairment, ideally be co-designed with the people who will use them and be demonstrated to be both usable and useful. 

Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:

  1. Understand how reminding technology can support prospective memory and goal management
  2. Know the evidence for the efficacy of reminding technology for improving everyday remembering in people with brain injury.
  3. Understand the potential barriers to the uptake of reminding technology and potential solutions.



'How to' evaluate mainstream and emerging technologies used for executive function support after Brain Injury


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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by A/Prof Libby Callaway and Prof Grahame Simpson


Synopsis of session:Emerging technologies in the 21st century offer opportunity to change the way support is delivered to people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Smart home, wearable and mobile technologies, and associated mobile applications, can offer new approaches to compensate for executive dysfunction. The growing range of technologies available hold potential to improve independent living in the community. However, tools to guide consideration and selection of technology for compensatory cognitive support are lacking. This ‘How To’ session will present a new framework for scoping and evaluating key features of technology which may be applied to compensate for executive dysfunction following ABI. Key evaluation domains will be outlined and discussed in detail. Workshop attendees will explore use of the framework via a case scenario (contributed by our team’s lived experience collaborators) to evaluate and consider features of a new movement-sensing technology that can be retrofitted into a home to offer audio-prompting support ustomized to a user’s goals and support needs. There will be an opportunity to provide structured feedback about the utility of the framework based on this applied experience.


Level aimed for: Basic to Intermediate


Learning objectives: At the end of this session, participants will have: Learnt about a new technology scoping framework developed by a research team in collaboration with people with lived experience of acquired brain injury; health professionals; researchers and social and injury insurers;Gained greater understanding of the domains of evaluation necessary when a person is exploring the use of technology for executive function support following ABI;


Been offered opportunity to test and provide feedback on use of this framework, using a case scenario contributed by lived experience collaborators;Contributed feedback which will further inform the framework design and utility.



What works for training communication partners of people with TBI? Lessons learnt from a critical trial of the TBIconneCT program


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This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Leanne Togher and Dr Rachael Rietdijk


Synopsis of session: Family members, friends, and carers often find it challenging to communicate effectively and positively with a person who has had a traumatic brain injury. Providing training to these communication partners has been found to be an effective approach. TBIconneCT is a manualised communication partner training program, suitable for delivery over telehealth, which was found to have positive outcomes in a clinical trial. This session will provide an overview of (a) the components of the TBIconneCT program, (b) the findings from the TBIconneCT trial and the clinical implications, (c) qualitative feedback from participants regarding the most important parts of the program, and (d) practical advice about working with people with TBI and their communication partners, including incorporating telehealth.


Level aimed for: Basic to Intermediate


Learning objectives: By the end of the session, attendees will: (i) be able to describe the TBIconneCT program, (ii) understand the clinical implications of the TBIconneCT trial findings, (iii) identify the aspects of the TBIconneCT training most valued by people with brain injury and their communication partners, and (iv) learn clinically applicable strategies for working for communication partners of people with TBI.



Improving services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury: Current initiatives and findings to date


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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Beth armstrong and Prof Juli Coffin


Synopsis of session

Recent research has provided insights from Aboriginal people with brain injury and their families around their journeys of recovery that involve geographical, cultural and linguistically diverse issues. One of the biggest barriers is communication, and without a culturally secure care in place, many Aboriginal Australians are simply not recovering to their full potential.   The webinar will discuss the notion of cultural security in clinical practice. We will explore the journeys of Aboriginal Australians after stroke and traumatic brain injury, highlighting ongoing challenges faced, as well as family and community resources that assist recovery, and new service initiatives aimed at improving access to rehabilitation. The presentation will also outline a program of research informed by Aboriginal people with brain injury and their families. The research involves the co-design of all new initiatives by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, clinicians and Aboriginal community members. The presentation will provide the background to, findings to date and current initiatives to improve service delivery including the WA based Healing Right Way clinical trial – the first of its kind in brain injury involving Aboriginal people specifically.


Level aimed for: Basic to intermediate


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding of the concept of cultural security.
  2. Understanding of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people after brain injury as well as community resources available.
  3. Practical ways forward for the implementation of culturally secure care for Aboriginal Australians with brain injury.


Research for Clinicians: How to combine work with research


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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Barbara A. Wilson


Synopsis of sessionClinicians need to evaluate their work in order to ensure its effectiveness; and they need to be in a position to inform other members of their own and other relevant professions of progress in their work. For every patient or client we see, we should ask ourselves: “Is this patient changing and, if so, is the change due to what we are doing (or have done) or would it have happened anyway?” This workshop discusses ways in which we can make research part of our clinical work. All clinicians plan their treatment sessions and make notes afterwards. From this we can take further measure in planning, measuring, evaluating and recording our interventions so that we are in effect conducting research. We need to begin with a question, posed in such a way that it can be answered. General questions, such as:“Does medicine work or do drugs work?’ are essentially unanswerable. Instead of asking the question ‘Does rehabilitation work?’ we should ask specific questions such as “Do people learn better when prevented from making mistakes during learning?” With regard to methodology, we consider surveys, observations and experiments.We look at group designs and single case experimental designs (different from single case reports), which allow us to tease out the effects of treatment from natural recovery, extra attention or other non treatment related effects. Clinical examples are provided to illustrate good use of surveys, observations, group experiments and SCEDs.


Webinar outcomes: By the end of this webinar participants will: (1) have a good understanding of the different types of research employed in rehabilitation; (2) be aware of the use of surveys, observations and experiments to evaluate clinical effectiveness; (3) realise the importance of posing answerable questions; (4) learn about the use of group designs and single case experimental designs (SCEDs) that can be employed in clinical work.(5) know how to tease out the effects of treatment from the effects of spontaneous recovery and other non-specific factors.

Target audience:  Any health care professional working in adult brain injury rehabilitation plus interested others such as students, family members and some survivors of brain injury


Investigating social cognition in dementia syndromes


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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Olivier Piguet


Synopsis of session: Dementias are progressive neurodegenerative brain disorders which manifest clinically in many different forms, depending on the type, location and severity of the underlying pathology. With the ageing of the population, it is becoming urgent to ensure an early and accurate diagnosis. Clinical diagnostic criteria have been proposed in recent years, but these do not generally include social cognition despite the fact that social cognition processes are supported by many of the brain structures that undergo pathological changes in dementia.

This webinar will provide an overview of social cognition (i.e., emotion processing, understanding of social norms, empathy and theory of mind) and review the recent literature pertaining to dementia. It will also highlight how investigations of these features will improve early and accurate diagnosis and inform therapeutic interventions that can have a positive effect, not only on the individual diagnosed with the disease but also on their family members.

Level aimed for: Basic to Intermediate

Learning objectives: By the end of the webinar, attendees will: (i) have an understanding of the main aspects of social cognition, (ii) be able to identify the profiles of social cognition deficits in the main dementia syndromes, and (iii) understand their neural bases.



Practical help for people with memory problems following non-progressive brain injury


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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Barbara A. Wilson


SynposisThis webinar examines the key components of memory rehabilitation and discusses ways in which they can be employed in clinical practice. Although restoration of memory functioning to pre-injury levels is unlikely to occur, there is a much that can be done to enable memory-impaired people and their relatives to come to terms with their difficulties and surmount a number of them by using various strategies and aids. External memory aids such as diaries, notebooks, tape recorders and mobile phones, widely used by the general population, are often problematic for memory-impaired people simply because their successful use involves memory. However, use of these aids is possible through carefully structured teaching. Internal strategies such as mnemonics and rehearsal techniques can be employed to teach new information. Errorless learning is more effective than trial-and-error learning for memory-impaired people. This is because, in order to benefit from our mistakes, we need to be able to remember them: a task which is difficult or impossible for memory-impaired people to achieve. In addition to poor memory, many brain injured people will have other cognitive problems that need to be addressed. The emotional consequences of memory impairment such as anxiety, depression and loneliness should also be dealt with in rehabilitation through counselling, anxiety-management techniques and treatment in memory or psychotherapy groups. The webinar concludes with a structure for designing a treatment plan to reduce everyday problems for memory impaired individuals.


Target audience: Any health care professional working in adult brain injury rehabilitation plus interested others such as students, family members and some survivors of brain injury.



A changed landscape: Managing complex behaviour at home following brain injury

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This 90 minute webinar was presented by Prof Skye McDonald, Dr Alinka Fisher, Ms katherine Cameron &  Nina Wegener, and Ms Jaycie Bohan and was followed by a live Q & A.

Speakers:

Prof Skye McDonald: The Carers Way Ahead. A new on-line resource to assist families of people with traumatic brain injuries and challenging behaviour

Dr Alinka Fisher: Navigating the challenges in conducting behaviour intervention research with families

Ms Katherine Cameron and Nina Wegener: Now we’re home, how do we keep the conversation going?  An interdisciplinary approach to communication partner training

Ms Jaycie Bohan: “All the things that you don’t think about when you’re leaving hospital…”: client and family member experiences of an ABI transitional rehabilitation service pilot

LIVE Q & A


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Digital technologies in neuro assessment and rehabilitation


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This 100 minute webinar was presented by Dr Elizabeth Beadle, Prof Tamara Ownsworth, Dr Michelle Kelly, Ms Megan Topping and Ms Melissa Brunner


Speakers:

Dr Elizabeth Beadle: Understanding the role of telehealth and implementation into a community brain injury service;

Prof Tamara OwnsworthUse of a telehealth platform to provide psychological support to people with glioma: The Tele-MAST pilot study;

Dr Michelle Kelly: Telehealth-based assessment of cognition, social cognition, mood and functional independence in older adults;

Ms Megan ToppingTraining sector professionals to support people with disability to develop participant led videos: an independent evaluation;

Ms Melissa BrunnerHow can we help people with traumatic brain injury to use social media during rehabilitation and beyond

LIVE Q & A



How to plan and implement single-case designs.

Part 1: an introduction to the method.

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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Robyn Tate


Synposis: The past three decades have seen an exponential rise in the number of single-case designs (SCD) reported in the neurorehabilitation literature.   SCDs use a prospective, quantitative, experimental methodology for the intensive study of an individual who serves as his or her own control.  They are thus to be distinguished from the uncontrolled, anecdotal case description or observational study.  SCDs use a specific methodology and are applicable to both the clinical setting and the research environment.


This practical “how-to” webinar provides an introduction to SCD methodology.  A more advanced learning module is provided in Part 2 of this series. This webinar first introduces basic concepts used in SCDs.  It then describes the common types of designs encountered in the literature.  The third section presents a 10-step procedure for designing and implementing a SCD, described in Tate and Perdices (2019).  This procedure covers the types of issues involved in selecting the dependent variable/s (target behaviour/s) and independent variable (the intervention), as well as design selection and monitoring progress.  Finally, the webinar concludes with description of a framework for conducting SCDs in clinical practice using the Model for Assessing Treatment Effect (MATE).


Webinar outcomes:  at the end of this webinar, delegates will have knowledge of: 1. situations in which to use a SCD; 2. basic concepts involved in SCD methodology; 3. common types of single-case designs, 4. a structure to implement a SCD for an applied research study; and 5. a framework for using single-case methods in clinical practice.


Target audience:  researchers; clinicians in allied-health and medicine; advanced students


How to plan and implement single-case designs.

Part 2: Ensuring scientific rigour.

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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Robyn Tate


Synposis:  This practical “how to” webinar builds on information presented in Part 1 of this series.  It assumes the delegate has knowledge of basic concepts pertinent to single-case design (SCD) methodology, the common types of designs, a procedure to implement a SCD, and a framework for using single-case methods in clinical practice. 

This webinar focuses on how to ensure a SCD is scientifically sound.  It first addresses threats to internal validity and how they apply to SCDs.  It then describes Standards of Design as published by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC).  The third section presents the internal validity subscale of the Risk of Bias in N-of-1 Trials Scale and shows how it can be used in the planning stage of a study to maximise scientific rigour and minimise threats to internal validity. Finally, the webinar concludes with a description of WWC Standards of Evidence for establishing evidence-based treatments.


Webinar outcomes:  at the end of this webinar, delegates will have knowledge of: 1. common threats to internal validity as encountered in SCDs; 2. the four WWC Design Standards for SCDs; 3. the seven internal validity items of the Risk of Bias in N-of-1 Trials Scale and how they can be used to minimise threats to internal validity; and 4. WWC Standards of Evidence.


Target audience:  researchers; clinicians in allied-health and medicine; advanced students


A novel intervention to increase leisure, social and community activity after brain injury; the Programme for Engagement, Participation and Activities (PEPA)

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This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Robyn Tate


Synopsis: This 60-minute webinar describes a novel intervention to address problems of diminished activity levels experienced by many people with severe impairment after brain injury. The Programme for Engagement, Participation and Activities (PEPA; Tate et al., 2019) is a goal-directed, individually-based intervention. It was designed for people with substantial functional disability who are generally not able to engage in ongoing, open employment. The aim of the PEPA is to facilitate goal-directed behaviours to plan, implement, monitor, and problem solve around participation in leisure, social activities, and other meaningful occupation. The PEPA has been shown to be an efective intervention for people with severe traumatic brain injury (Tate et al., 2018).

This practical webinar draws upon the PEPA manual to guide the webinar delegate through the PEPA intervention. It describes the step-by-step procedure for implementing the three stages of the PEPA: set-up, implementation, and forward planning. This includes information on suitable assessment instruments to measure activity and participation, formulation of individually-tailored goals, ways of measuring progress on goals, the session structure for the implementation phase, and strategies used in the PEPA. The webinar concludes with case illustrations.


Webinar outcomes: At the end of this webinar, delegates will have knowledge of:


1) the types of assessment instruments suitable to measure activity and participation

2) principles of goal setting in the PEPA and use of goal attainment scaling

3) methods of recording performance towards goals

4) strategies used in the implementation phase to facilitate goal-directed behaviour


Target Audience: occupational therapists, clinical/neuropsychologists, recreation/diversional therapists, social workers, nurses, rehabilitation councellors, case managers.


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Learning after Brain Injury

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This 90 minute webinar was presented by Prof Caroline van Heugten.


Synopsis of session:

‘After my brain injury I had to learn everything all over again, even the simplest and automatic activities such as walking and talking’. Learning is a central theme in the rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury such as stroke or traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation is relearning of old skills, learning of new skills, learning to compensate for, live with, deal with and manage the (neuropsychological) consequences of brain damage. Learning to adapt to a changed life is probably the most challenging experience people with brain damage and their informal caregivers need to face in their lives.

Learning can be considered from many different perspectives. From a neuropsychological point of view, the brain-behaviour relationship is leading in the development of rehabilitation programs. Many evidence-based neuropsychological rehabilitation programs are available. However, learning can and should be considered from different perspectives as it is multi-factorial in nature. In this webinar learning after brain injury will be discussed from different perspectives.


 Learning objectives:

  • Increased awareness of the multi-factorial nature of the learning process after brain injury
  • Recognition of the different perspectives on learning and their role in the rehabilitation process


Target audience: physicians in neuro-rehab, nurses, social workers, and therapists (OT, PT, Speech and Language Therapists, Neuro-psychologists)



Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for individuals with ABI in Community-based Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Settings


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This full day workshop was presented by Dr Alinka Fisher.


Synopsis of session:

Positive behaviour support (PBS) is the recommended framework for addressing challenging behaviours and improving the quality of life of individuals with brain injury, with a number of intervention experiments demonstrating its effectiveness with this population. However, it seems the foundations of PBS are often misunderstood, which could result in interventions that are not consistent with its theory and practices. The purpose of this session is to provide a clear outline of the PBS framework, and discuss this in the context of community-based support following brain injury.


Learning objectives:

  • To gain a basic understanding of a PBS framework for supporting individuals with ABI
  • To consider the relevance and applications of PBS in community-based rehabilitation/therapeutic settings.


Target audience: This workshop is aimed at allied health professionals (e.g., OTs, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Developmental Educators, Social Workers), GPs, support staff and families who want to learn more about PBS and its application in community-based rehabilitation/therapeutic settings.



Evidence-based Management of Vision Deficits following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)


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This 90 minute webinar was presented by Dr Neera Kapoor.


Synopsis of session:

This webinar provides an overview of why vision may be impacted following traumatic brain injury (TBI) along with common ophthalmic terminology. Regarding TBI, evidence will be provided for the occurrence and rehabilitation of vision deficits. An evidence-based, high-yield vision screening for those with TBI will be presented along with the criteria for when and to whom to refer for detailed evaluation and management of the presenting vision deficits. Aspects of vision rehabilitation along with the providers of vision rehabilitation will be outlined. Lastly, the abbreviated underlying neurology, primary associated symptom, and possible treatment options for the typical vision conditions evident following TBI will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

Attendees will become familiar with and be able to apply the following evidence-based aspects regarding vision deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in clinical care:

  • Why vision might be impacted along with the associated role of vision care providers
  • Common ophthalmic terminology
  • Evidence for the occurrence and rehabilitation of vision conditions
  • An evidence-based, practical high-yield vision screening protocol for rehabilitation professionals
  • Criteria for referring for detailed vision evaluation and management
  • Aspects of vision rehabilitation, types of vision rehabilitation providers, and generalized vision rehabilitative approaches including: abbreviated underlying neurology, primary associated symptoms and possible treatment options


Target audience: physicians in neuro-rehab, nurses, social workers, and therapists (OT, PT, Speech and Language Therapists, Neuro-psychologists)



The Nature and Treatment of Sleep disturbance and Fatigue following Brain Injury


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$60 (Members $40) Buy here

This full day workshop was presented by Prof Jennie Ponsford, Dr Adam McKay and Dr Dana Wong.


Synopsis of session:

Brightwater Care Group is pleased to partner with ASSBI and Monash University to bring you a full day workshop that reviews and presents findings on the role of cognitive behavioural therapy for fatigue and sleep difficulties post-ABI; upskills participants in delivering therapy; and evaluates alternative therapy options for fatigue and sleep, namely light therapy for fatigue and melatonin for sleep disturbance.

 

Learning objectives:

  • Address the nature and treatment of sleep disturbance and fatigue following brain injury
  • Review and present findings on the role of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for fatigue/sleep difficulties post ABI
  • Explain the content and structure of the manualised CBT program for fatigue/sleep difficulties post-ABI and show videos of CBT in action
  • Upskill in how to apply CBT adapted for people with cognitive impairment
  • Evaluate alternative therapy options for fatigue and sleep; namely, light therapy for fatigue, and melatonin for sleep disturbance
  • Be presented by Professor Jennie Ponsford, Dr Adam McKay and Dr Dana Wong from Monash University


Target Audience: people working in health, mental health and disability; in particular allied health and clinical health and service providers, planners and LCs.




An Evidence-based Intervention for Activities of Daily Living Skill Retraining


AU$120 (Members $80) Buy here

Student AU$80 (Members $60) Buy here

This full day training workshop was presented by Dr Jessica Trevena-Peters, Prof Jennie Ponsford and Dr Adam McKay.


Summary of the workshop:

Assessment and management of individuals in the state of posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) following brain injury varies greatly and there is little evidence to guide best practice. In Australia, rehabilitation requiring active participation is commonly delayed until after emergence from PTA. Overall, investigation of rehabilitation opportunities and their efficacy during PTA are lacking. In light of this, a randomised controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of manualised activities of daily living (ADL) skills retraining during PTA. In addition to other positive results, the study revealed greater advances in functional independence over time when ADL retraining is commenced during PTA as opposed to following PTA emergence.


This one-day workshop provides occupational therapists with the necessary background and training to deliver an evidence-based intervention; activities of daily living (ADL) skills retraining. The intervention is based on procedural and errorless learning principles and the neurofunctional approach. A manual has been developed to guide the intervention delivery. Workshop participants will be trained in delivery of the intervention and have access to free supervision sessions when implementing the intervention clinically. The workshop will be conducted in Melbourne, however, interstate participants will be able to participate by streaming into the workshop.


Who the workshop is aimed at:

This workshop is suitable for occupational therapists working with individuals who have sustained a TBI and are in PTA. It is also suitable for occupational therapists working with individuals with various diagnoses (e.g., acquired brain injury / stroke, other neurological conditions) who have significant cognitive and memory difficulties.


Synopsis of the workshop structure:

This one-day workshop will be presented by Jessica Trevena-Peters, Professor Jennie Ponsford, and Dr Adam McKay. Throughout the workshop, case studies will be presented and there will be opportunities for active participation in discussions and case formulation.

Relevant background regarding PTA and development of the skills retraining intervention will be presented, in addition to the study’s research findings. The focus will then shift to training workshop participants in the intervention. This will involve education of the approach (structure of the intervention, strategies etc.), presentation of cases and case formulation participation opportunities. Goal setting using goal attainment scaling will also be discussed. An intervention manual will be provided to all participants accompanied by complementary resources.

Following the workshop, participants providing the intervention will have access to three free supervision sessions (group or 1:1 depending on setting). Supervision sessions will be conducted through online means for interstate therapists.


Goals of the workshop:

Following this workshop participants will:

  • Have greater knowledge regarding posttraumatic amnesia and memory systems
  • Be aware of the current practice of PTA management and evidence-base for this
  • Understand the theoretical framework of the ADL skills retraining intervention
  • Feel confident to trial or implement delivery of the ADL skills retraining intervention
  • Feel confident in engaging cognitively impaired / agitated individuals in intervention
  • Have access to the manual and resources to best support delivery of the intervention in addition to supervision sessions


A manual has also been produced which stands alone and also compliments this workshop. It can be bought for $155.


Click here to check out the manual


Aboriginal Australians' experiences of brain injury and ways to move forward in providing culturally secure rehabilitation services


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Beth Armstrong.



Treatment for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Dr Maurice Finn.



Evidence-based Management of impaired self-awareness following brain injury


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Jennifer Fleming.

Synopsis: Impaired self-awareness is relatively common following severe traumatic brain injury, and poses a major obstacle to engagement in rehabilitation and recovery. This webinar will overview methods of conceptualising awareness with this population and describe methods of assessment of self-awareness for use in clinical practice. Different approaches to facilitating the development of self-awareness in rehabilitation will be discussed including the use of feedback, education, metacognitive skills training, and occupation-based approaches, along with recent research evidence to support interventions. The implications of developing self-awareness for emotional adjustment and psychosocial outcomes will also be discussed.


Overview of the neuropsychology of MS: For health professionals working clinically with people with MS


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Dr Wendy Longley.



Addiction and the brain: What do we know?


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Dr Valentina Lorenzetti.



Stem Cell Interventions: Hype or Hope?


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Iona Novak.



Understanding self-identity change after brain injury and implications for clinical practice


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Tamara Ownsworth.

Click here to check out Tamara's manual



Rare and Unusual Syndromes


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Michael Perdices.



Suicide prevention in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Prof Grahame Simpson.



Beyond Cognitive Rest: Treating Patients with Persistent Cognitive and Somatic Symptoms following Concussion


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by McKay Moore Sohlberg.



Long-term outcome following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Three-factor cognitive reserve structure


AU$100 (Members $60) Buy here

Student AU$50 (Members $30) Buy here

This 60 minute webinar was presented by Eli Vakil.


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