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26/09/2018
Optimizing Functional Cognition and Executive Function: Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Instructor:  Joan Toglia PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dates:         Thursday, October 25 – Saturday, October 27, 2018
Location:    Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront (150 George St. N., Peterborough)
Cost:           $599+HST Early Bird Rate, $675+HST after September 30, 2018 (Canadian $)

Prices include handouts, continental breakfast and lunches. A block of rooms will be held at the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront until September 24, 2018. Contact reservations at 1-866-258-5181 and mention affiliation with MindWorks to receive the discounted rate. 
Note: No refunds after September 30, 2018. Substitutions allowed with written notice. Written requests for refunds received before September 30, 2018 will be subject to a $50 processing fee.

Course Description
This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of assessment and treatment for people with mild to moderate acquired brain injuries. Clinical examples, cases and video clips will be used throughout all 3 days of the workshop.
The first half of the workshop will review the cognitive functional evaluation process. It will provide therapists with the ability to analyze and interpret task errors observed during IADL performance and select or choose the most appropriate assessment tools and outcome measures.
A variety of assessment tools will be discussed including clinician and patient reported rating scales or questionnaires, awareness measures, cognitive screenings, cognitive-IADL assessments and participation measures.
Different performance-based assessment methods will be reviewed with a focus on analysis of and interpretation of performance errors. The integration of findings, measurement of outcomes and use in treatment planning will be described and illustrated.
The second half of the workshop provides in-depth information on clinical treatment of adults with executive dysfunction and other cognitive perceptual deficits. Interventions such as use of everyday technology, Apps, metacognitive strategy training and working memory training will be discussed along with applications, updated evidence and indications for use.
A metacognitive strategy based approach (Multicontext treatment (MC)) that focuses on guiding self-monitoring skills and promoting strategy use and generalization across everyday activities will be emphasized. Treatment activities will be analyzed, and examples of functional cognitive activity modules and guidelines will be illustrated. Participants will practice specific cueing methods and use of a structured metacognitive framework designed to help people understand, anticipate, monitor and control cognitive symptoms.
Specific cognitive performance difficulties in executive function and memory (such as working memory, prospective memory, flexibility, impulsivity, initiation, planning etc.) will be discussed within the context of case scenarios. Participants will practice analyzing and applying treatment guidelines to cases
Clinical examples and applications will focus on adults with acquired brain injury, however implications for a wide range of populations will be discussed.

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