Neuro Institute

Learn more about our Neuro Institute for brain injury rehabilitation professionals and register for our next live webinar and future CEU opportunities. 

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Past Events & CEU Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in our Neuro Institute! We're delighted to offer continuing education opportunities to brain injury professionals throughout the country. 

Below you will find a list of Neuro Institute courses along with webinar recordings or presentation materials so you can continue learning whenever it is convenient for you. In the future we hope you can join us for one of our live webinars, which are offered the last Friday of every month. To learn more or if you want to suggest a topic for our faculty members, email us at institute@neurorestorative.com.

The Art & Science of Neurorehabilitation: Converging Person-Centered Care with Evidenced-Based Modeling

Faculty: Frank Lewis, Ph.D., National Director of Clinical Outcome Services, NeuroRestorative

Gordon J. Horn, Ph.D., National Deputy Director of Clinical Outcome Services, NeuroRestorative

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand the principle of person-centered care.
  • Participants will be able to understand evidenced-based rehabilitation modeling.
  • Participants will learn how to use evidence to develop individualized care.
  • Participants will learn to use these concepts to advocate for patients rehabilitation needs.

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Applied Behavioral Economics for Clinicians Serving Individuals with Brain Injury 

Faculty: Karl Gunnarsson, M.S., BCBA, Program Director, NeuroRestorative Illinois

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have a basic understanding of applied behavioral economics.
  • Participants will be able to define choice impulsivity.
  • Participants will have a basic understanding of delay and probability discounting.
  • Participants will understand clinical implications of discounting research.

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Spinal Cord Injury, From Dependence to Adaptive Independence

Faculty: Colm Roe, PTA, CBIS, Clinical Evaluator, NeuroRestorative Florida

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define the most common causes of spinal cord injuries.
  • Participants will be able to describe the rationale behind post-acute rehab in spinal cord injury.
  • Participants will be able to identify a variety of adaptive-based therapies and their functional benefits (e.g., activities of daily living and functional mobility).
  • Participants will be able to discuss spinal cord issues and therapy intervention (e.g., hypertonia, autonomic dysreflexia.

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Brain Injury Medicine: Pituitary Insufficiency and Hormone Depletion That Can Influence Recovery and Progress in Rehabilitation

Faculty: Jennifer Doble, MD, Medical Director, NeuroRestorative Michigan & NeuroRestorative Florida

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the pituitary gland and its susceptibility to injury with TBI.
  • Participants will be able to Identify the patients appropriate for pituitary hormone screening.
  • Participants will understand the principle pituitary hormones and how deficiency can lead to symptoms that interfere with rehabilitation progress and potential.
  • Participants will understand the time frame for treatment with growth hormone supplementation.
  • Participants will understand interpretation of pituitary testing.
  • Participants will understand the Endocrine Society guidelines for pituitary gland evaluation in TBI.

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Low Vision and TBI - Treatment, Considerations, Adaptations

Faculty: Andrea Hubbard, OTD, OTR/L, LDE, Occupational Therapist, NeuroRestorative Kentucky 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about interventions involving specialized equipment to adapt an environment for clients with low vision.
  • Participants will learn about the most typical low vision presentations/conditions.
  • Participants will gain increased knowledge of eye anatomy.

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TBI as a Chronic Health Condition

Faculty: John D. Corrigan, Ph.D., Director, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ohio State University

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to delineate sources of increased mortality following moderate or severe TBI.
  • Participants will be able to describe change in the first five years following moderate or severe TBI.
  • Participants will learn about components of a disease management approach to chronic TBI and the research needed to implement same.

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Functional Approaches to Managing Memory and Cognitive Deficits in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

Faculty: Janice Osborne Dowdy, M.S., CCC/SLP, CBIS, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, NeuroRestorative Ashland

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about cognition.
  • Participants will learn how deficits "look."
  • Participants will learn strategies to improve and compensate for deficits.

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Family Dynamics and Adjustment Following Brain Injury 

Faculty: Robin McInnis, M.A., Case Manager, NeuroRestorative Avalon Park

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about traumatic brain injury incidence.
  • Participants will be able to identify the types of challenges associated with traumatic brain injury.
  • Participants will be able to identify the stages the family goes through.
  • Participants will be able to identify the stages the patient goes through. 
  • Participants will examine the treatment considerations for patient care.

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Understanding the Impact of Functional Deficits Following Brain Injury 

Faculty: Gordon J. Horn, Ph.D., National Deputy Director of Clinical Outcome Services, NeuroRestorative

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about pathophysiology and deficits associated with varying types of neurological injury.
  • Participants will learn about the use of the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory – 4 as a standardized measure of outcomes.
  • Participants will learn about post-hospital levels of care and differences in outcomes.
  • Participants will learn about research outcomes.

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Brain Injury Psychopharmacology

Faculty: A.J. Zolten, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychology and Psychology Services, NeuroRestorative TimberRidge

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about brain injury dynamics and neuroanatomy of brain injury.
  • Participants will learn about syndromes specific to brain anatomy.
  • Participants will learn about medication interventions for differing syndromes related to brain injury deficits and dysfunction throughout the recovery process.

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Neuroplasticity and Brain Injury Recovery

Faculty: Frank Lewis, Ph.D., National Director of Clinical Outcome Services, NeuroRestorative 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define neural plasticity and ways in which neurons are altered to effect human performance.
  • Participants will be able to identify benefits of neural plasticity to your clinical practice or profession.
  • Participants will be able to identify two conditions that must be present for neural plasticity to occur. 
  • Participants will be able to discuss the impact of age on neural plasticity.
  • Participants will be able to identify limitations of neural plasticity. 

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A Model of Care for Neurobehavioral and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation

Faculty: Austin L. Errico, PhD, CBIT, Neuropsychological Consultant, NeuroRestorative 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss at least two techniques for better understanding the program participant. 
  • Participants will be able to discuss at least two techniques for therapeutic rapport building and conflict resolution. 
  • Participants will be able to discuss at least two techniques for supporting a program participant. 

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) after TBI

Faculty: Lilly Brussow, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Speech-Language Pathologist, NeuroRestorative Avalon Park

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of what AAC is.
  • Participants will be able to understand the role of AAC after TBI.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of who makes up the AAC team and the evaluation process.
  • Participants will understand funding of an AAC device.

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Neurological Rehabilitation: Remediation vs. Compensation

Faculty: Gordon J. Horn, PhD, National Deputy Director of Clinical Outcome Services, NeuroRestorative

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define remediation of deficits following neurological injury.
  • Participants will be able to define compensation of deficits following neurological injury.
  • Participants will be able to define how to switch from remediation to compensation for improved outcomes. 

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Sobering Thoughts About TBI and Substance Abuse

Faculty: Bob Hogan, MS, Program Development Specialist, NeuroRestorative Florida 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the societal, individual and financial consequences of substance abuse for individuals with TBI
  • Participants will better understand how substance abuse complicates and compromises basic brain/behavior relationships and frontal lobe functioning
  • Participants will learn the ways in which substance abuse can negatively affect individuals who have suffered a mild brain injury
  • Participants will learn the importance of "taking control" to avoid possible complication 

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Behavioral Rehabilitation Following Pediatric Brain Injury* 

Faculty: Rob McDaniel, MS, Vice President of Operations, South Central Region, NeuroRestorative 

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of why learning and behavior problems often have long-term implications for children who have sustained traumatic brain injury 
  • Differentiate behavioral management versus behavioral change
  • Identify at least three common behavioral functions

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*This presentation is only approved for GNA/SCNA and NASW CEU credits. All other attendees will receive a general certificate of attendance.

Essentials of Nursing Care after a Spinal Cord Injury 

Faculty: Patti Dorrell, RN, MS, CBIS, Executive Director - NeuroRestorative Florida, Goergia and Lousiana 

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide baseline information of primary nursing challenges after a spinal cord injury 
  • Identify 2 different types of bowel management post spinal cord injury 
  • Identify most common types of bladder management post spinal cord injury 
  • Relate three common medications used post spinal cord injury 
  • Identify secondary nursing challenges after a spinal cord injury

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The Power of Engagement: Using functionally engaging activities to improve therapeutic outcomes

Faculty: Jim Para-Cremer, MA, BCBA, LBA, Executive Director for Northern Region, NeuroRestorative

Learning Objectives:

  • The attendee will learn the primary benefits that engagement activities provide to participants and support staff alike. 
  • The attendee will learn how to capitalize on both novel and mundane activities found across any environment to enhance the levels of active therapy. 
  • The attendee will learn when engagement can be utilized to the greatest therapeutic effect. 

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Concussion Management of the Student-Athlete

Faculty: Dr. Neal McGrath, Director of Sports Concussion New England and Neuropsychology New England and Annual Lecturer in Traumatic Brain Injury at Boston University.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of sports concussion signs, symptoms, and risks.
  • Present a 5-step model of school concussion care.
  • Discuss the rationale and process of academic accommodation for recovering students.
  • Review clinical trajectories and treatments in concussion recovery.

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Functional Recovery: A Mixed Methods Study of the Specific Variables Within a Post-Hospital Interdisciplinary Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program 

Faculty: Victoria Harding, Ph.D., MBA, CCC/SLP, Vice President of Development, NeuroRestorative 

Learning Objectives:
Identify 13 contributors to successful outcomes provided by Post-Hospital Interdisciplinary Brain Injury Rehabilitation programs
Describe means for assessing top performers versus lowest performers
Describe a mixed methods research paradigm useful in assessing brain injury rehabilitation programs' environmental of care variables

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Medical Management of Individuals with Brain Injury Living in the Community

Faculty: Dr. Chad Walters, DO, CBIS

Traumatic brain injury survivors are a very diverse and unique patient population. Considered the “snowflakes of medicine," no two are identical—a factor making it very difficult to successfully treat with medication. The most common symptoms our Neuro Institute presenter Dr. Walters has encountered with community-based TBI patients are seizures, spasticity, depression/anxiety, aggression, sleep disorders and attention deficits. There are medications that are commonly used to treat these specific problems.

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*Listeners may not hear the recording for a few minutes upon starting it. 

Beyond Workbooks, Functional Treatment Strategies for Traumatic Brain Injury

Faculty: Rene Mills, M.S., CCC-SLP CBIT

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex and challenging diagnosis. This course will focus on using the Rancho Levels of Cognitive Function to guide treatment planning. Attendees will learn ways to develop creative, engaging therapy tasks organized according to the hierarchy of cognitive skills for individuals with brain injury.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Combat Veterans

Faculty:  Dr. Gregory Nordloh

This presentation is dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States and their families, past and present, to whom we owe a debt we cannot repay. Attendees will learn how post-traumatic stress disorder affects the diagnoses and treatment of traumatic brain injury for military service members and Veterans. NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO GNA/RN LICENSURES. 

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The New Normal - Understanding Individual and Family Dynamics Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Faculty:  Deborah Gutteridge, MA, CBIST

Survivors of TBI and their families each process the occurrence of a TBI through 6 unique stages using “grief theory” as a framework.  There are key factors in the rehabilitation and recovery process that impact their level of acceptance, coping, and adjustment following a TBI. Understanding these stages by professionals, families, and survivors can directly enhance the success of their rehabilitation program and assist in achieving maximized successful outcomes. 

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Cultural Differences and Rehabilitation, a Hispanic View

Faculty:  Marta Ketter, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIT

The United States has the second largest number of Hispanics in the world.  As the number of this part of the population increases, we see an increased need to provide services of rehabilitation to the Hispanic client.  Having information on social customs, traditions, and differences, will impact the designing and delivering of rehabilitation services.  This course has been approved for one hour credit for ACBIS.

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Topic: Understanding the Impact of Functional Deficits following Traumatic Brain Injury

Faculty:  Gordon Horn, PhD, National Deputy Director of Clinical Outcomes and State Clinical Director, NeuroRestorative Florida
Learning Objectives:

  • Define Pathophysiology and deficits associated with varying types of neurological injury.
  • Use of the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory – 4 as a standardized measure of outcomes.
  • Identify post-hospital levels of care and differences in outcomes.
  • Discuss research outcomes.