Effective Communication Techniques & Counseling Skills for SLPs, OTs and PTs: Part 1 - Adina Soclof, MS CCC-SLP

Healthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective communication techniques and respectful conversational skills. Clinicians and other professionals who work with children and their families can benefit from adding to their repertoire by learning communication techniques that improve the quality of these relationships. The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical communication and conversational skills to use in the classroom and in one-on-on...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

EBP/PBE: What Do I Do When There is No Evidence - Dr. Rik Lemoncello

This course provides learners with an understanding of the purpose, procedures, and limitations of evidence-based practice (EBP) in clinical decision-making applied to speech-language pathology. Participants will learn about the important role of practice-based evidence (PBE) and how it complements EBP to support management decisions for individual clients. Practical strategies and resources will be presented so that learners can implement course ideas immediately into practice.
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Early Intervention: Feeding and Speech-Language in Children with Cleft Lip and Palate - Dr. Kerry Callahan-Mandulak

This presentation will discuss early feeding difficulties commonly observed in infants and children with cleft palate with or without cleft lip. In addition, early speech and language difficulties will be examined with emphasis on appropriate early intervention approaches to remediating the speech-language difficulties.
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Developing Oral Narrative Skills - Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP

In this participatory and lively workshop, you will engage with new, entertaining ways to develop vocabulary, language processing skills and prerequisite skills for oral narrative in young children. Walk away with a better understanding of the developmental sequence of narrative growth in children as well as over 25 new ways to present children's classic stories through song, movement and hands on visual imagery. Each participant will receive materials and ideas for exciting activities you can...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Dementia in a Nutshell: Background Behavior Management, and Communication Strategies - Amanda Stead, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Many people are unacquainted of the benefits of speech therapy for people grappling with Alzheimers disease.Communication function is always affected when an individual has AD. Speech therapists have a primary role in screening, assessment and treatment, but they can also play a critical role in caregiving training and family counseling. This course will equip practitioners with a basic understanding of AD and dementia. This course will also teach strategies to manage behavioral symptoms, incr...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Current Trends for AAC - Lucas Steuber, MS, MA-T

In this presentation you will gain knowledge of the history and evolution of research and reality in the area of assisted technology. The presenter address the topics of best practices and implementation of AAC based on past and current research. The presenter will illustrate with real world examples given current technology.
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Creative Language Therapy: Systematic Instruction for Language Delayed Children - Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP

This course offers practical how-to language therapy techniques to implement in your "pull-out" therapy as well as your "push-in" instruction in the classroom or clinic. Learn creative organization methods, fun and effective language activities, and how to make your life easier by using common multi-use materials. The information is designed for preschool and elementary-aged language delayed children.
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Creating Solution-Focused Partnership - Lynn E. Fox, PhD, CCC-SLP

This course is targeted for Speech-Language Pathologists in acute and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. Couple and family therapists and some speech-language pathologists have recently begun to use solution-focused brief therapy to promote functional change in their clients lives. This session will illustrate how a solution-focused approach can also facilitate building partnerships between speech-language pathologists and members of their clients social network, including family members, and ...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Counseling Parents: Teaching Effective Parenting Skills - Adina Soclof, MS CCC-SLP

The purpose of this 6 hour course is to teach parents effective and practical methods of discipline to use in their home with their children. Clinicians will learn skills to use with their own clients as well as information on how to counsel parents and teach them the skills as well. The importance of positive communication patterns will be discussed. Parents will be given hands on instruction on how to develop a good and nurturing relationship with their children.
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Continuum of Treatment Approaches for Children with Autism - Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP

There are a variety of educational interventions and techniques that are used to improve the outcomes for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Research suggests that there is evidence to support the effectiveness of educational interventions that vary in theoretical framework and implementation. Overlap between the techniques used in educational interventions that vary in theoretical framework has also been reviewed in the literature. The purpose of this presentation is to briefly review...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Comprehensive Dysphagia - Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP

Comprehensive Dysphagia Interventions: The Esophagus, Acid Reflux Disease, Prevention of Aspiration Pneumonia, Free Water Protocols, Oral Hygiene, Xerostomia and Meds & Dysphagia Swallowing doesn't end at the pharynx. As such, comprehensive dysphagia interventions cannot consist solely of muscle exercises, maneuvers, compensatory postures, and diet modifications. To ensure the highest quality of care is achieved, dysphagia clinicians must consider other factors that contribute to swallowing...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Collaborative Instruction for Students with Autism and Challenging Behaviors - Rosemarie Griffen, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA COBA

In this course participants will learn about effective strategies for providing collaborative services for students with autism and for those with challenging behavior. We will discuss evidenced based assessments for helping to get a better understanding of this learner’s overall communication skill set. In addition, we will focus on understanding the variety of communicative functions and why working on requesting for early learners is so very important for helping students acquire a functi...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Building Self-Regulation Through Communication - Chris Wing CCC-SLP, PhD

Language and communication skills play an important and unique role in the development of self-regulation. Words that describe the internal state of self and others predict the development of self-regulatory skills and should be fostered as part of education and intervention. Children with emotional/behavioral disorders may have undetected language delays/disorders. Strategies to foster self-regulation for these children include building strong relationships, emphasizing words to describe emot...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Body, Mind & Heart Interventions for ADHD: A Family Approach - Dr. Aaron Tobacco and Bridget O'Boyle-Jordan, CPNP, MSN

This course will discuss the most current scientific evidence about ADHD, interventions, and finding family health and balance amid the challenges and joys of children with ADHD. He will also discuss the types of ADHD related disruptions and family management styles. Studies show the frontal lobe involvement with ADHD, including working memory, internalizing speech, self-regulation, perceptions of time, and inhibition of responses. Bridget O'Boyle-Jordan, CPNP, MSN will discuss the different...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Navigating the Gray: Ethical Practice - Laurel Kirby, MS, CCC-SLP

Presenter: Laurel Kirby, Ms CCC-SLP Rehabilitation professionals are dedicated to working with human beings in complex academic and medical settings, which naturally results in conflicting priorities, unclear boundaries and overlapping relationships. In order to serve client populations well, and to maintain ethical integrity, the rehab professional must be able to recognize, navigate and mitigate ethical dilemmas to the best of their ability. This 2-hour course provides practical informat...
Speech Therapy Professional Development

Leveraging Adversity: Turning Setbacks into Springboards

Leveraging Adversity: Turning Setbacks into Springboards is a 6-hour online continuing education (CE) course that gives clinicians the tools they need to help their clients face adversity from a growth perspective and learn how to use setbacks to spring forward, and ignite growth. While clients can seek the help of a psychotherapist for numerous reasons, one thing that all clients face is adversity. Whether in their own lives, or within the training program itself, adversity and setbacks ar...
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Motivating Children to Learn

Motivating Children to Learn is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides strategies and activities to help children overcome their academic and social challenges. This course describes the various challenges that can sidetrack children in their developmental and educational processes, leaving them with a sense of discouragement and helplessness. Such challenges include learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, behavior disorders, and executive function...
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Aging: Challenges for Clinicians

Aging: Challenges for Clinicians is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides a review of the aging process, illustrating potential challenges and effective solutions. Americans are living longer and there are proportionately more older adults than in previous generations due to the post-World War II baby boom. Many Americans are now living into their eighties and beyond. In healthcare, the volume of older people may soon outnumber the supply of healthcare professionals...
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Building Resilience in your Young Client

Building Resilience in your Young Client is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers a wide variety of resilience interventions that can be used in therapy, school, and home settings. It has long been observed that there are certain children who experience better outcomes than others who are subjected to similar adversities, and a significant amount of literature has been devoted to the question of why this disparity exists. Research has largely focused on what has been...
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Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides evidence-based behavioral interventions for the minimally verbal child with autism. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently seems to be holding steady at one in 68 children (or 1.46 percent). The communication challenges of these children are widely known and require specialized early interventions to overcome them. This course presents evidence-based strategies ...
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Suicide Prevention: Evidence-Based Strategies

Suicide Prevention: Evidence-Based Strategies is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews evidence-based research and offers strategies for screening, assessment, treatment, and prevention of suicide. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In 2015, 44,193 people killed themselves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, “Suicide is a serious but preventable public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on ...
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Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that focuses on behavioral interventions for children with anxiety disorders. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (2017), it is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children, but is often not diagnosed. Untreated anxiety can lead to substance abuse, difficulties in school, and depression. Professionals who work with childr...
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the diagnosis, assessment and treatment strategies for OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by intrusive, unwanted, and anxiety-provoking thoughts, images, impulses and rituals that are performed to alleviate the accompanying distress. Because OCD is a heterogeneous disorder with several subtypes, assessing, diagnosing, and treating it can be challenging. Further, th...
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Effects of Digital Media on Children’s Development and Learning

Effects of Digital Media on Children’s Development and Learning is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the research on media use and offers guidance for educators and parents to regulate their children’s use of digital devices. Today’s world is filled with smartphones used by people ignoring their surroundings and even texting while driving, which is criminally dangerous. Are there other dangers that may not be as apparent? Media technology (e.g., smart p...
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Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017

COURSE ABSTRACT Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course comprised of select articles from the May/June 2017 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep mental health professionals informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Advocates in Field of Aging Hear Strong Call to Action - Highlights focus points of the ASA conference in March: critical social and politic...
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Nutrition and Addiction: Advanced Clinical Concepts

Nutrition and Addiction: Advanced Clinical Concepts is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines addiction from a nutritional perspective. Drug addiction is an alarming problem in America, and one that is not receiving the treatment it needs. Compounding the problem is that addiction often leads to nutritional deficiencies, which predisposes the addict to a host of related health complications. Treatment recovery programs that also offer nutritional education have been fou...
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Executive Functioning: Teaching Children Organizational Skills

COURSE ABSTRACT Executive Functioning: Teaching Children Organizational Skills is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that will enumerate and illustrate multiple strategies and tools for helping children overcome executive functioning deficits and improve their self-esteem and organizational abilities. Executive functioning skills represent a key set of mental assets that help connect past experience with present action. They are fundamental to performing activities such ...
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Why Diets Fail: The Myth of Willpower

Why Diets Fail: The Myth of Willpower is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that explains why diets fail and provides strategies for what does work. Clinicians continue to recommend diets to their patients, even though diets don’t lead to long-term weight loss. In this course, Dr. Mann will describe the evidence on why diets don’t work in the long term, give the biological reasons why diets fail, explain why willpower is not the problem, and then give strategies for healthy ea...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that summaries proven approaches to screening, assessing and diagnosing ASD in children and young adults. Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, children and youth with mild to moderate symptoms ...
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Clinical Supervision for Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Supervision for Healthcare Professionals is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that will outline best practices in psychotherapy supervision and review the structure of the supervisory relationship. Topics presented include developmental models of supervision, goals of the supervisory experience, ethics and risk management in the supervision process, using technology in supervision, and diversity awareness training for the supervisee. The vital and, at times, challenging...
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Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children

Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers a valuable compilation of practical and ready-to-use strategies and techniques for achieving more effective communication through active listening. One of the fundamental tools of clinicians who work effectively with children and adolescents is the art of listening. Without this set of skills, clinicians are likely to miss essential pieces of information their c...
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What is Sepsis?

There are currently multiple definitions of sepsis in use, and each continues to drive certain aspects of research, quality, and improvement. This course covers the evolving definitions of sepsis, and the controversies therein, to aid providers in understanding the diagnosis, coding, and regulatory aspects of sepsis. At the conclusion of the activity, attendees will be able to: Define the symptoms of sepsis. Discover the evolution from Sepsis 1 through the release of Sepsis 3. Describe ...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

DSM-5 and ICD-10: Uses, Challenges, and Documentation

Explore DSM-5 Coding issues, uses and misuses in the world of ICD-10. Dr. Peck will define the clinical dilemmas in the use of DSM-5 or ICD-10 and the important changes Psychologists need to know in certain clinical diagnoses. Examine clinical documentation improvement efforts in transitioning to ICD-10. MHMD Memorial Hermann’s journey to improve documentation and coding. At the conclusion of the activity, attendees will be able to: Explain the correlation of DSM-5 and ICD coding as...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss

Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that exposes the many thought errors that confound the problem of weight loss and demonstrates how when we use behavioral strategies – known as commitment devices - we change the game of weight loss. While obesity is arguable the largest health problem our nation faces today, it is not a problem that is exclusive to those who suffer weight gain. For therapists and counselors who work with those who w...
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Physician Leadership Development and Challenges

Physician leaders are essential to improving the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of health care. Where do you find such a leader and what are the keys for success? This session advises on the selection, development, support, challenges, and accountability of successful physician leaders. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of what is required to be a successful practitioner under the ACA. Protect your practice and improve the health of both your patients and community i...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Leveraging Physician Engagement

Discover what motivates physicians and health care professionals to work together to create an improved patient experience. Physician engagement seeks to reduce suffering for patients and improve upon safety and quality measures. This session discusses the importance of culture and communication in driving physician engagement, and how to measure success. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of what is required to be a successful practitioner under the ACA. Protect your pr...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

The Expanding Role of the Physician Advisor and Utilization Management

As the landscape and focus on health care changes, key players will emerge as important factors in securing safer, more effective practices in the realm of quality and patient safety. In support of our alliance with the American College of Physician Advisors and in conjunction with the Physician Advisor sub-specialty of the HCQM Certification, this activity explores the importance and roles of the Physician Advisor in our remodeled culture. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Evolving Practices in Patient Health & Safety

Learn about two initiatives that seek to improve patient health and safety by targeting practitioners. Huddle for Care is an online environment that brings health care professionals together to collaborate on transitional care. Psychological assessment is then discussed as it pertains to predicting outcomes and how this can contribute to safety for both the practitioners and the patients. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of what is required to be a successful practitioner ...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice

Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that focuses on the interdisciplinary team approach to identifying, treating and managing dysphagia. Dysphagia is a wide spread problem in the elderly, with many going untreated. Older adults are at an increased risk due to having many factors that lead to swallowing difficulties. Some of these are a diagnosis of stroke, dementia, pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease. Many have generalized weakn...
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Ethics for Occupational Therapists

Ethical and moral issues pervade our lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Occupational Therapists are frequently confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas, and their decisions can have long-range effects both professionally and personally. Why does one decision win out over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact those involved? This course will address these questions from the framework of ethical decision models and the American Occu...
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Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents

Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents is a 4-hour online continuing education course that will discuss the need for children and adolescents to develop the social skills they will need to be successful in school and beyond. It will demonstrate the challenges and difficulties that arise from a deficit of these crucial skills, as well as the benefits and advantages that can come about with well-developed social skills.
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Cyberbullying

Bullies have moved from the playground and workplace to the online world, where anonymity can facilitate bullying behavior. Cyberbullying is intentional, repeated harm to another person using communication technology. It is not accidental or random. It is targeted to a person with less perceived power. This may be someone younger, weaker, or less knowledgeable about technology. Any communication device may be used to harass or intimidate a victim, such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer. Any...
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Caffeine and Health

Caffeine is a rapidly absorbed organic compound that acts as a stimulant in the human body. The average amount of caffeine consumed in the US is approximately 300 mg per person per day - the equivalent to between two and four cups of coffee - with coffee accounting for about three-fourths of the caffeine that is consumed in the American diet. This is considered to be a moderate caffeine intake, which, according to many studies, can promote a variety of health benefits. But some studies clai...
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When Your Young Client is Defiant

When Your Young Client is Defiant is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides practical strategies for managing challenging and defiant behavior in young clients. Adults are often at a loss when it comes to handling defiance and power struggles. Some lecture the child on disrespectful behavior. Others ignore it, hoping it will go away. All parents find it a frustrating and annoying part of the parenting experience (the same may be said for many clinicians). For cli...
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Medical Marijuana

In spite of the fact that nearly half of the states in this country have enacted legislation legalizing marijuana in some fashion, the reality is that neither the intended “medical” benefits of marijuana nor its known (and as yet unknown) adverse effects have been adequately examined using controlled studies. Conclusive literature remains sparse, and opinion remains divided and contentious. This course is intended to present a summary of the current literature on the various medical, legal...
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West Virginia: Mental Health Care of American Veterans and Their Families

This course fulfills the West Virginia requirement for training on mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans and includes information about inquiring whether your patients are veterans or family members of veterans, screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), risk of suicide, depression and grief, and prevention of suicide. *Describe veterans’ healthcare challenges and identify how to find the locations of VA health centers in ...
ATrain Education Inc.

Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness...
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HIV/AIDS: Adherence Issues

People who live with HIV can live almost normal lifespans and have little risk of transmitting the disease if they use antiretroviral therapy appropriately under medical care. However, only 30% of HIV-infected people follow their antiretroviral regimen well enough to achieve viral suppression. This course will discuss adherence issues in populations at high risk for HIV infection, as well as strategies for healthcare professionals to encourage patients to seek and maintain medical treatment.
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Caregiver Help: Sex and Dementia

Care providers need to understand that Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases impact the brain in ways that can cause some surprising, challenging and inappropriate behaviors. Some people with dementia may develop a heightened interest in sex – even to the point of aggression; experience a waning or complete loss of interest in sex; become addicted to pornography; lose the ability to understand what kind of behavior is acceptable; have a different perception of place and time and ...
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Communication with Elders

With the increasing number of older people in the United States, it is vital for healthcare professionals to communicate effectively and respectfully with elders. Effective, appropriate communication with elders is important for many reasons. For psychotherapists and other mental health professionals, communication is the foundation of service delivery. Communication is required for assessment of the person prior to treatment. Symptoms are, after all, subjective and must be reported by the per...
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