More than 1.5 million concussions occur each year in the US; most recover quickly but a "miserable minority" do not. Speech and occupational therapists are among the medical professionals who provide therapies to those with slow or stalled recoveries. This workshop will provide information about helping patients interpret somatic symptoms accurately and empowering them to take charge of their recovery by seeing how specific factors such as stress, PTSD or other anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain affect cognitive functioning and slow functional recovery. Specific information will be presented about “words that work” for building hope and educating patients who have a range of health literacy, working within the medicolegal context, and identifying and working with conversion symptoms.
Dr. BJ Scott is a rehabilitation neuropsychologist at Legacy Emanuel’s Neurology Department, where she works with patients who have experienced concussion and are having intense and/or prolonged symptoms. In this context, she has provided early small-group post-concussion psychoeducational sessions, individual consultation and treatment, supervision and training of psychology doctoral students, and 8-week small group psychoeducational treatment for those with entrenched symptoms. She also works at Legacy Good Samaritan’s Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO), with inpatients with a variety of medical conditions. She was previously a tenured professor at Pacific University’s School of Graduate Psychology, where she taught neuropsychology and rehab/health psychology classes. She has taught workshops locally and nationally for psychologists and allied health professionals and is writing a book on recovering from concussion.
Following participation in this workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Identify at least one factor associated with iatrogenic (treatment-caused) progression or maintenance of symptoms.
- Identify at least one factor associated with prolonged symptoms within the medicolegal context.
- Identify at least one behavioral stress management strategy that may be used with a variety of patients.
- Use a specific pacing strategy with patients who are having difficulty being overwhelmed as they return to activities.
- Screen for and identify patients with symptoms of PTSD who need early psychological intervention for best recovery.
- Screen for and identify patients with depression who need treatment in order to have best recovery.
- Identify behavioral strategies for sleep and pain management that may be used with a variety of patients.
- Identify potential complications when working with specific patient populations including veterans, the elderly, and those with multiple concussions.
- Identify, work with, and refer appropriately when there are potential functional neurological symptoms (aka conversion symptoms).
7:45am Zoom opens
8:00 to 9:30: Overview of concussion, factors in recovery, and opportunities
9:30 to 10:00: Breakout rooms--Application to cases
10:00 to 10:15: Break
10:15 to 10:30: Debriefing the cases
10:30 to 11:40 Working through the steps
11:40 to 12:00: Breakout rooms--Trying out strategies to manage stress & anxiety
12:00 to 12:30 Lunch
12:30 to 12:45: Debrief of anxiety/stress management exercises
12:45 to 1:10: Working through the steps
1:10 to 1:30: Breakout rooms: Trying out strategies to manage pain
1:30 to 1:45: Break
1:45 to 2:00: Debrief of pain management exercises
2:00 to 3:00: Tying it all together & challenging cases
Online via ZOOM June 19th
Target Audience: This course will benefit Occupational Therapists and Assistants and Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants treating patients with concussions.
Registration Fee: The registration fee is $99 for Providence caregivers, $199 for all other registrants.
Refund Policy: Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by June 5th, 2021. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.
Contact Hours: This course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours for Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants in Oregon.