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Psychiatric Illness in SLP Patients
8/22/2022 - 8/22/2022

Speaker:  Debra Kahn, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where she specializes in Consult-liaison psychiatry.  She works on the inpatient medical and surgical wards, teaching students and residents how to conduct thorough assessments of patients with overlapping psychiatric and medical disease.  Dr. Kahn loves working in  interdisciplinary settings and frequently collaborates with Speech therapists in the assessment of patients with traumatic brain injuries and stroke. She also has worked extensively with kidney transplant patients, helping to optimize their outcomes by achieving pre-surgical psychiatric stability.  Personally, she is the mother of 3 kids and enjoys trail running and playing Words with Friends.
Brief course description: This course includes an overview of psychiatric illnesses commonly seen in SLP patients and a review of cognitive issues typically associated with psychiatric disease.   I will review key features that help differentiate cognitive impairment due to medical illness from cognitive issues due to psychiatric illness.  We will have an interactive discussion of hospitalized patients with comorbid psychiatric disease and cognitive impairment.  Treatments for psychiatric disease and associated cognitive side effects will also be discussed.
Learner objectives:
  1. identify common psychiatric disorders and associated cognitive features
  2. recognize factors that help differentiate confusion due to acute medical illness from cognitive impairment from psychiatric disease
  3. gain familiarity with cognitive side effects of psychiatric medications
  4. apply knowledge of psychiatric illness and associated cognitive features to clinical cases presented
2 CE's  Free to current members                                          Level of instruction:  Intermediate

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Registration ends on 8/22/2022

Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Low Functioning TBI Survivors
9/17/2022 - 9/17/2022

Speaker:  Kim Gully, MS, CCC, CCM, CBIST, is a speech language pathologist by profession who specializes in working with individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, strokes, anoxic episodes and other neurological conditions. She's been a speech language pathologist since 1984, a certified case manager since 2005 and a certified brain injury specialist trainer since 2009. She retired in 2020 after enjoying a 35 year career as an executive director, therapist, case manager, support group leader, local/regional/national speaker, and brain injury advocate. She's currently working to advocate for individuals who need assistance navigating through the recovery process after a traumatic brain Injury. She runs a support group for brain injury survivors and caregivers and is the President of MSCC.

Course Description:  This course is designed to address the unique needs of the slow to recover/low functioning traumatic brain injury patient.  This population is frequently overlooked due the slow progression of their recovery, non-verbal status, ongoing medical complications and lack of therapist experience with this patient population.   Assessment tools, treatment strategies and resources for families, caregivers and support staff members will be provided. 

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

  1. Describe the different types of assessment tools used to identify progress in low functioning TBI survivors.
  2. Learn structured process to provide stimulation to low functioning TBI survivors and determine appropriate Rancho Level.
  3. Demonstrate ability to document medical necessity for providing interventions for low functioning TBI survivors.
  4. Locate TBI resources to provide educational information to families, caregivers and support system members.
Time Ordered Agenda:
9:00 – 9:30      Assessment Tools for Low Functioning TBI Survivors         
9:30 – 10:30    Sensory Stimulation Rationale & Treatment
10:30 – 11:00  Documentation & Resources                         

2 CEs offered. Free to current MSCC Members


Registration ends on 9/17/2022

Assessment/Intervention Considerations & resources for adult patients in need of Augmentative/Alternative Communication.
10/15/2022 - 10/15/2022

Speaker:  Carlene Yonemori, MA, CCC, CBIS is a speech-language pathologist at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  She is the program director at the Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART) at Rancho with over 29 years of experience.  She has extensive experience conducting evaluations and providing treatment in the area of AAC with various populations within the acute rehabilitation, outpatient clinic, and subacute settings.  She has presented at numerous local and community workshops as well as professional conferences including CSHA, CSUN, USSAAC and the State Wide Conference on Acquired Brain Injury on the topic of AAC.

Level of instruction:  Novice-Intermediate
Course description:  When an individual loses the ability to depend on speech to communicate due to injury or illness the Speech/Language Pathologist is responsible for determining the most optimal augmentative/alternative communication option.   These alternatives may be only temporarily established while the patient recovers, or may be part of an ongoing journey for long-term AAC use.  This presentation will provide an overview of the components of the AAC assessment, intervention considerations based on diagnosis and current abilities and potential resources/tools to assist the speech therapist with improving the individual’s communication.  Resources for more in depth assessment considerations will also be discussed.
Learning Outcomes:
  1.  Identify important components of the AAC assessment.
  2. Describe factors to consider when implementing AAC methods.
  3. List available intervention resources to support patients in need of AAC.

9-11am 2 CEs offered

Free to current members

Registration ends on 10/15/2022


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