ASSBI - OT Training Workshop






by Jessica Trevena-Peters, Jennie Ponsford and Adam McKay

Summary of the workshop:

Assessment and management of individuals in the state of posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) following brain injury varies greatly and there is little evidence to guide best practice. In Australia, rehabilitation requiring active participation is commonly delayed until after emergence from PTA. Overall, investigation of rehabilitation opportunities and their efficacy during PTA are lacking. In light of this, a randomised controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of manualised activities of daily living (ADL) skills retraining during PTA. In addition to other positive results, the study revealed greater advances in functional independence over time when ADL retraining is commenced during PTA as opposed to following PTA emergence.

This one-day workshop provides occupational therapists with the necessary background and training to deliver an evidence-based intervention; activities of daily living (ADL) skills retraining. The intervention is based on procedural and errorless learning principles and the neurofunctional approach. A manual has been developed to guide the intervention delivery. Workshop participants will be trained in delivery of the intervention and have access to free supervision sessions when implementing the intervention clinically. The workshop will be conducted in Melbourne, however, interstate participants will be able to participate by streaming into the workshop.

Who the workshop is aimed at:

This workshop is suitable for occupational therapists working with individuals who have sustained a TBI and are in PTA. It is also suitable for occupational therapists working with individuals with various diagnoses (e.g., acquired brain injury / stroke, other neurological conditions) who have significant cognitive and memory difficulties.

Synopsis of the workshop structure:

This one-day workshop will be presented by Jessica Trevena-Peters, Professor Jennie Ponsford, and Dr Adam McKay. Throughout the workshop, case studies will be presented and there will be opportunities for active participation in discussions and case formulation.

Relevant background regarding PTA and development of the skills retraining intervention will be presented, in addition to the study’s research findings. The focus will then shift to training workshop participants in the intervention. This will involve education of the approach (structure of the intervention, strategies etc.), presentation of cases and case formulation participation opportunities. Goal setting using goal attainment scaling will also be discussed. An intervention manual will be provided to all participants accompanied by complementary resources.

Following the workshop, participants providing the intervention will have access to three free supervision sessions (group or 1:1 depending on setting). Supervision sessions will be conducted through online means for interstate therapists.

Goals of the workshop:

Following this workshop participants will:

  • Have greater knowledge regarding posttraumatic amnesia and memory systems
  • Be aware of the current practice of PTA management and evidence-base for this
  • Understand the theoretical framework of the ADL skills retraining intervention
  • Feel confident to trial or implement delivery of the ADL skills retraining intervention
  • Feel confident in engaging cognitively impaired / agitated individuals in intervention
  • Have access to the manual and resources to best support delivery of the intervention in addition to supervision sessions

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  • When

  • 09/10/17
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    E. Australia Time

  • Where

  • Monash University City Campus
    Room 29
    271 Collins St
    MELBOURNE, Victoria 3000

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