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We have planned a series of webinars on Fridays at 1pm and 5pm (EST) to the end of 2021 and I hope that you register for one or more.

All the webinars will be going out live and will be available as an MP4 in our ONLINE STORE no more than 2 days afterwards.

Please see below for dates, topic and speakers and CLICK HERE for costs, synopsis' as well as speakers bios. You can also register via this link.

Technology to suport remembering and goal management: Can an ApplTree inprove me PM?

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Jon Evans

Synopsis of session: The ability to remember to do things is compromised in many neurological and psychological conditions. People with brain injury, dementia, depression or psychosis have difficulties with prospective memory (PM) that makes it more difficult to function effectively in everyday life. Over the last two decades we have demonstrated (in single case experimental design studies, a randomised controlled trial, and meta-analysis) that technological solutions can support PM and improve everyday functioning. But uptake of reminding technology remains low amongst those who need it most. I will discuss our work on identifying barriers to use of ‘off the shelf’ reminding technology and current work on developing and evaluating, in conjunction with people with brain injury, a new reminding app – ApplTree. Our work with voice assistants, which offer an alternative means of supporting learning of new tasks and remembering to do things, will also be described. Digital health interventions have great promise for supporting everyday functioning, but new technologies need to take proper account of the needs of people with cognitive impairment, ideally be co-designed with the people who will use them and be demonstrated to be both usable and useful. 

Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:

  1. Understand how reminding technology can support prospective memory and goal management
  2. Know the evidence for the efficacy of reminding technology for improving everyday remembering in people with brain injury.
  3. Understand the potential barriers to the uptake of reminding technology and potential solutions.

Helping others: Finding meaning in projects for people with brain injury

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Nicholas Behn

Synopsis of session: This webinar plans to discuss project-based therapy and how it may help to improve social communication skills and quality of life for people with acquired brain injury. The webinar will review some of the background literature to project-based therapy and describe a 6-week programme used to evaluate the feasibility of the programme.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the relevant literature and essential elements of delivering project-based therapy for people with brain injury.
  2. Learn about setting and achieving individualised social communication goals for people with brain injury within a group setting
  3. Discuss the feasibility of delivering project-based therapy to people with brain injury.

The effect of sleep-wake disturbance in relation to cognition and brain degeneration

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Sharon Naismith

Synopsis of session:

Sleep is critical to alertness, mood and cognition. Basic science data shows that sleep facilitates synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and the promotion of neurotrophins. In addition, recent discoveries show that during sleep, the brain clears away neurotoxins and metabolic waste via the ‘glymphatic’ system. Coupled with epidemiological data, this adds to converging evidence supporting a bidirectional link between sleep and dementia.

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the existing evidence linking sleep-wake disturbances with dementia. It will present evidence linking various forms of sleep-wake dysfunction with cognitive and imaging markers of neurodegeneration within healthy individuals and those with mild cognitive impairment and the mechanisms by which sleep is likely to be important. The links between sleep and overnight memory consolidation will then be discussed as well as possible changes in this process with ageing and neurodegeneration.

The final part of the webinar will provide an overview of current treatment options for sleep disturbance in older people. Future directions for the field will be discussed, particularly with respect to understanding pathophysiological mechanisms, interventions and larger-scale screening of sleep-wake disorders.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about recent developments in sleep science and evidence linking disturbances of sleep to cognitive decline and dementia
  • Become familiar with different ways of assessing sleep
  • Discover new directions for the field of sleep-wake disturbance in ageing and dementia.

Better together: Enhancing family-centred care during rehabilitation for children with acquired brain injury

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Sarah Knight

Synopsis of sessionThe philosophy of family-centred care has been embraced by paediatric rehabilitation services around the world. At its essence family-centred care incorporates collaborative family-provider partnerships, effective communication, responsiveness to family priorities and choices, and interprofessional teamwork. Ongoing challenges in delivering family-centred care for children with acquired brain injury (ABI) are reported by paediatric rehabilitation services both nationally and internationally. This webinar will provide an overview of (a) contemporary models of family-centred care; (b) the evidence supporting a family-centred approach for children with ABI; and (c) the factors influencing implementation of family-centred care from child, family and service provider perspectives. A knowledge translation framework aimed at enhancing family-centred care in paediatric ABI rehabilitation will be introduced and key learnings from a series of projects involving the co-design of interventions targeting different aspects of family-centred care will be shared.

Learning objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of the key concepts of family-centred care in paediatric rehabilitation 
  2. To gain knowledge of the contemporary models of family-centred care 
  3. To be able to identify factors that influence the implementation of family-centred care in paediatric rehabilitation for children with ABI
  4. To become familiar with knowledge translation methodologies and intervention content that may enhance family-centred care for children with ABI

Help Disrupt the Isolation Industry

This 90 minute FREE webinar will be brought to you by Caleb Rixon and the GenYus Group

Synopsis of session: In this 2-Part Keynote Address and Fly-On-The-Wall Forum, you'll hear Caleb demonstrate the importance of survivor stories through his own rehabilitation journey after brain injury. Plus, receive a practical and effective process on how you can crease S.A.F.E. spaces for the people you engage with. Lastly, you'll see Caleb demonstrate live, the affect of creating a S.A.F.E. space in a Peer-Led forum, involving ABI survivors from around the world. To see the value and feel impact of their lived experience and wisdom, and to give you the tools to start disrupting the isolation industry.

This webinar is free. Click Here to Register

Recognising and managing mild TBIs in the community

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Alice Theadom

Synopsis of session: TBC

Learning objectives: TBC

An occupation-based approach to facilitating self-awareness after TBI

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Jennifer Fleming

Synopsis of session: This webinar will introduce participants to the ways in which engagement in meaningful occupations can be used in therapy to enhance self-awareness in clients with brain injury. Topics that will be covered include self-awareness models, approaches to the assessment of intellectual and online awareness, occupational therapy intervention strategies and relevant research findings.

Learning objectives:

  1. An understanding of the relationship between feedback on occupational performance and self-awareness after brain injury
  2. Exposure to a repertoire of metacognitive training strategies for use in conjunction with meaningful occupations
  3. Knowledge of the type of clients with impaired self-awareness for whom an occupation-based approach is most effective.

Treating social cognitive deficits after brain injury

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Anneli Cassel

Synopsis of session: Many clinicians working with clients after brain injury will be familiar with the interpersonal challenges and relationship difficulties individuals often face after their injury. Social cognitive skills are known to impact social functioning yet are rarely formally assessed and there are few evidence-based treatment approaches to drawn upon that specifically target social cognition. This session will first explore our understandings of social cognition and present a biopsychosocial model of factors known to interact with core social cognitive skills. Treatment approaches will then be described, with a focus on the components of the SIFT IT social cognition group treatment program. Findings from the SIFT IT pilot RCT will be discussed with a focus on the qualitative feedback from participants and their clinical implications. Practical advice will be provided about how to integrate social cognitive treatment targets within clinical practice.

Learning objectives: By the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Consider biopsychosocial factors influencing social cognition, and consequently, social behaviour after brain injury
  2. Describe the components of the SIFT IT group treatment program and understand the clinical implications from the pilot RCT trial findings
  3. Learn practical ways to incorporate social cognitive skill targets into clinical practice


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