Online CE Courses

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Dr. Rob Winningham partnered with Mike Studer to bring therapy professionals this cutting edge six hour course.

Motivating Apathetic, Depressed, and Cognitively Impaired Individuals to Maximally Benefit from Therapy

Course Description

Patients with cognitive impairment often have difficulty with functional activities as well as learning or relearning behaviors in the clinic. Attendees will learn what aspects of cognition are most often affected by mild to moderate cognitive impairment and how to overcome some of those deficits with either long term cognitive rehabilitation or short term executive functioning enhancing interventions. Many clients are functioning below their potential, because of fear or other psychological barriers. In addition, depressed, unmotivated, apathetic and/or anxious clients often do not benefit from treatment as much as others. As you know, these patients often pose difficult challenges for therapists.

  1. In this exciting and unique course we will learn and discuss how to increase the efficacy of our treatment with patients who have cognitive impairment, depression, or difficult personality disorders. Therapists will learn how to

individualize their treatment interventions for difficult populations in this intermediate course. Therapists will also get practical ideas, tools, and strategies they will be able to immediately put into practice.

If you treat patients with the following conditions then this course is for you:

Alzheimer’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease
Brain injury from stroke or trauma
No awareness of their impairments Depression
Apathy
Extreme lack of motivation
Multiple Sclerosis
Older adults with memory problems Patients that fall or are fearful of falling

The approaches presented will be evidence-based, supported by research and will focus on improving functional independence, mobility, ADLs, and even memory ability. Videotaped clinical case studies and examples will be used to illustrate and reinforce the ideas and techniques.

We are proud to announce 3 new CE courses, done in conjunction with Mike Studer (2 time APTA Clinician of the Year). This is a 3-part series. There are also 5 other online CE options available.

 

1. Practical Applications To Maximize Attention In Neuroplasticity 

by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS & Robert Winningham, PhD

Intended for all rehabilitation professionals, this course will address the following questions and more: Where is attention stored in the brain? Can attention and multi or dual tasking be improved? How do I document (for my scope of practice) efforts to improve safety and attention? How can I prove that my patient has a measurable impairment, and has made measurable improvement? Participants will learn appropriate examination tools for impaired attention, current evidence in the treatment of impaired attention after neurological injury, and how to develop a logical and stepwise plan to maximize attention for motor learning.  Course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.

2. Addressing Deficit Awareness and Accomplishing Treatment Objectives in Challenging Environments 

by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS & Robert Winningham, PhD

How do motor activities become automatic again? How can I help my patient perform better in distracting environments? How does a patient become aware of his or her impairments, and eventually improve enough to plan-ahead – avoiding past errors? Expect answers to these and many more clinically-relevant questions in this stimulating overview of awareness, dual tasking, and attention in the context of rehabilitation. A course for SLPs, PTs, and OTs individually – or better yet – for the entire rehab team to take.  Course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.

3. Improving Language and Cognition in Distracting Environments

by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS & Robert Winningham, PhD

This course will address the higher level patient who has experienced a brain injury or very early stages of cognitive impairment. Participants will learn the neurological centers for dual tasking, the function and neurophysiology of attention. Presented will be the various modes of and strategies for enhancing dual and multi-tasking: visual, auditory, motor, and cognitive. Described will be how to maximize learning AND attention, including treatment to improve learning and safety awareness in distracting environments. Also explored are topics related to reintegration into daily functions and other vocational activities. Course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1.0 contact hour.

4. Periodically Scheduled Two Hour Webinars:

Maximizing Occupational and Physical Therapy Outcomes in Cognitively Impaired Patients

Patients with cognitive impairment often have difficulty with functional activities as well as learning or relearning behaviors in the clinic. These patients provide unique challenges for physical and occupational therapists, but there are interventions that can help overcome limitations and maximize patient outcomes. In this webinar, participants will learn many techniques designed to enhance attention and concentration during treatment sessions and maximize the patient’s ability to learn new skills and strategies. When patients are unable to make new declarative memories, we need to dramatically alter the approach. We will discuss how to determine the patient’s ability and customize the approach to maximize treatment efficacy in cognitively impaired patients. Finally, attendees will be given dozens of ready–to–use cognitive rehabilitation activities designed to enhance targeted cognitive abilities.

 

5. Rehabilitating Your Approach: Maximizing Outcomes in Patients with Cognitive Impairment and Evidence-Based Approaches to Cognitive Rehabilitation: SLPs/SLPAs (12 Hour Video Course Hosted by Advanced Healthcare Education)

Patients with cognitive impairment often have difficulty with functional activities as well as learning or relearning behaviors in the clinic. Many clients are functioning below their potential, because of fear or other psychological barriers.  In addition, depressed, unmotivated, apathetic and/or anxious clients often do not benefit from treatment as much as others. As you know, these patients often pose difficult challenges for therapists.

In this exciting and unique course we will learn and discuss how to increase the efficacy of our treatment with patients who have cognitive impairment, depression, or difficult personality disorders. Therapists will learn how to individualize their treatment interventions for difficult populations in this intermediate course. Therapists will also get practical ideas, tools, and strategies they will be able to immediately put into practice.

Brochure for 12 Hour Course

 

6. Cognitive Rehabilitation and Memory Enhancement: Evidence-Based Interventions for Older Adults (Cross Country Education (6 Hour DVD or Audio Course Hosted by Cross Country Education)

Evidence-Based Techniques to Slow, and Even Reverse, Memory Problems
Millions of older adults are suffering from impaired memory and attention. These deficits can affect where people can live, how much support they will need and their quality of life. Although recent research has found that memory enhancement interventions are effective at preventing further decline and improving memory abilities, these resources are not widely available to professionals who work with older adults or people who have experienced traumatic brain injury. In addition, very recent research has found that physical exercise, nutritional changes, and social support interventions can improve cognitive ability and quality of life. Once again, however, the necessary resources have not always trickled down to the people who can use them.

In this cutting-edge course, participants will learn up-to-date information about memory, aging and dementia. They will learn how to implement evidence-based interventions to slow, or even reverse, memory problems. Participants will get web access to over 300 cognitive rehabilitation activities and social support interventions for community settings. Most of these activities and interventions are appropriate for people who want to be proactive in preventing memory loss as well as those who have mild cognitive impairment, early stage dementia, or cognitive deficits after a stroke. Workshop participants will learn how to take advantage of preserved cognitive abilities that allow even mid-stage dementia patients to learn new skills. Finally, attendees will learn how to motivate their apathetic and unmotivated residents and patients so they can take advantage of these breakthroughs.

 

7. Rehabilitating Your Approach: Maximizing Outcomes in Patients with Cognitive Impairment, Depression, and Dementia (4.5 Hour Screen Capture Course Hosted by Northern Speech Services Presented with Mike Studer PT, MHS, NCS)

This online speech therapy CEU course is offered for .45 ASHA CEUs (4.5 contact hours).  Cognitive impairment directly impacts all functional activities, from speaking to dressing to walking. Relearning these activities can be challenging for both geriatric and cognitively impaired patients. For successful outcomes, these patients need an individualized approach that addresses their specific cognitive abilities. This intermediate level course was developed to help rehabilitation professionals individualize their approach for each patient, with focused consideration on the patient’s abilities and barriers. The approaches presented will be supported by research and will focus on improving functional independence in communication, mobility and ADLs.

Sections Include:

  • Physiology of the Brain’s Executive Function (39:22)
  • What Do We Know About Learning? (1:19:20)
  • Maximizing Attention and Frontal Lobe Activation (53:03)
  • Personality and Mental Health Factors (53:07)
  • Executive Functioning: Thoughts, Behaviors and Disorders (53:18)

 

8. Cognitively Impaired Patients: Maximizing Skill Development and Overcoming Psychological Barriers (3 Hour Video Course Hosted by Northern Speech Services)

This online speech therapy CEU course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 contact hours). Clients with cognitive impairment often have difficulty with functional activities and difficulty learning or relearning behaviors. Many function well below their potential because of fear or other psychological barriers. Depressed, unmotivated, apathetic and/or anxious clients typically do not achieve the same level of benefit from treatment, relative to other populations.  These patients often pose significant challenges for therapists.

This dynamic and unique e-course presents evidence-based strategies focused on improving functional independence, ADLs, and even memory ability.  Participants will learn to increase treatment efficacy with patients who have cognitive impairment, depression, and/or difficult personality disorders. Participants will also learn to individualize their treatment interventions for difficult populations. Discussed will be executive functioning and how to rehabilitate attention in an effort to improve overall cognitive functioning and independence.   Participants will take away numerous cognitive rehabilitation activity ideas, as well as other practical ideas, tools, and strategies that can be immediately put into practice.

This e-course is ideal for rehab professionals treating patients with:

  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain injury from stroke or trauma
  • No awareness of their impairments
  • Extreme lack of motivation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Memory problems (older adults)
  • Falls or fear of falling