Shepherd Center presents

Annual Courses in
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Shepherd Center courses in spinal cord injury rehabilitation are designed to broaden the clinical skills of professionals who treat people with spinal cord injury.

These professionals include nurses, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, case managers and exercise specialists.

The Courses

May 3, 2014

Finally Hands On! A Lab-based Course for Spinal Cord Injury Functional Progressions for Bed Mobility, Dressing and Transfers

May 4, 2014

Teaching Advanced Wheelchair Skills post Spinal Cord Injury*

Oct 18, 2014

Restorative Surgical Interventions and Rehabilitation of the Neurologically Involved Upper Extremity*

Continuing Education Credit: A Certificate of Completion will be issued upon completion of the course. Contact hours for each course have been approved by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association.

See contact hours for each course in the course within the course description.

Location

Shepherd Center

2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following presenters for this year's courses.

  • Emily Buchman OTD, OTR/L

    Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Cathi Dugger PT, DPT

    Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Catherine Farrell PT

    Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Shannon K. Ferguson MS OTR/L, CHT

    Upper Extremity Clinic
  • Bryce T. Gillespie MD

    The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia
  • Rebecca Hammad MHS, OTR/L, CLT

    Post Acute OT Manager
  • Jill Kellner OTR/L

    Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Ashley J. Kim MPT, ATC

    Outpatient Day Program
  • Drew Oswald PT, DPT

    Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Allan E. Peljovich MD, MPH

    The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia
  • Sherry Turner OTR/L

    Upper Extremity Clinic

Schedule

May 3, 2014

Finally Hands On! A Lab-based Course for Spinal Cord Injury Functional Progressions for Bed Mobility, Dressing and Transfers

Course Description

This course is designed to broaden the clinical skills for functional mobility training, problem-solving, and knowledge base of therapy staff working with individuals with spinal cord injury. A focus will be on therapeutic techniques for enhancing functional progressions and body handling skills that will be highlighted through lecture, case studies and labs.

Contact Hours: (PTAG and GOTA) 6 hours

Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify criteria for the introduction of bed mobility, transfers & dressing skills
  2. Identify progressive skills for bed mobility
  3. Identify progressions and body handling skills for dressing
  4. Identify progressive strategies for transfer training to a variety of surfaces
Schedule
7a - 8a
Registration
8a - 9a
Preparing for Functional Progressions: Evaluation and Interventions
9a - 11a
Bed Mobility and Body Handling Skills Lab
11a - 12:15p
Dressing Strategies Lab
12:15p - 1p
Lunch
1p - 3p
Progressive Transfer Training Lab (Bed, Toilet, Tub/Shower, Floor)

Faculty

  • Emily Buchman OTD, OTR/L

  • Cathi Dugger PT, DPT

  • Catherine Farrell PT

  • Jill Kellner OTR/L

  • Ashley J. Kim MPT, ATC

May 4, 2014

Teaching Advanced Wheelchair Skills post Spinal Cord Injury*

Presented by Drew Oswald, PT, DPT, Shepherd Center

Course Description

This course is designed to broaden the clinical teaching skills for basic and advanced wheelchair skills when working with individuals with spinal cord injury. This course is primarily lab-based with an emphasis on patient demonstrations and participant application of skills for wheelies, curbs, floor transfers, up-righting, and stair training.

*Participants must bring a gait belt to this course.

Contact Hours: (PTAG and GOTA) 6 hours

Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define two strategies for teaching wheelies
  2. Verbalize instructions and demonstrate safely spotting a client with SCI in ascending/descending curbs
  3. Verbalize instructions and demonstrate safely spotting a client with SCI while performing up-righting the wheelchair
  4. Identify at least two ways to perform and safely spot a client with SCI for floor to chair transfers
  5. Identify two different methods to appropriately spot a client with SCI to ascend/descend stairs
Schedule
7a - 8a
Registration
8a - 8:30a
Importance of Wheelchair Skill Training and Philosophy
8:30a - 11a
Essential Teaching Components & Task Analysis of Wheelies and Curb Training, with Lab
11a - 12p
Lunch on own
12p - 1:30p
Key Components and Problem Solving Floor Transfers, with Lab
1:30p - 3p
Stair Training: Approaches & Options with Lab

Presenter

  • Drew Oswald PT, DPT

October 18, 2014

Restorative Surgical Interventions and Rehabilitation of the Neurologically Involved Upper Extremity*

Course Description

This course is designed to broaden the knowledge base of intermediate to advanced medical staff working with individuals with a cervical spinal cord injury. A focus will be on the prevention of medical complications, preservation and enhancement of function through surgical intervention, and rehabilitation treatment strategies for the partially innervated upper extremity.

Contact Hours: (PTAG and GOTA) 7 hours

Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of nonoperative management in the acute and chronic phases of recovery of SCI
  2. Identify characteristics for patient selection for tendon or nerve transfers
  3. Name three types of tendon transfers to improve distal use of the UE
  4. Identify two outcome measurement tools for distal UE function
  5. Describe the principles of post-surgical management for Tendon or Nerve Transfers and Contracture Release procedures.
Schedule
7a - 8a
Registration
8a - 8:45a
Overview of Terminology, Biomechanics, and ICSHT Scale
8:45-10:15a
Surgical Interventions for the Partially Innervated UE
10:30-12:30p
Rehabilitation Considerations for the Partially Innervated UE (Pre/post Surgical)
12:30-1:30p
Lunch
1:30p - 2p
Patient Selection and Considerations for Candidacy
2p - 2:30p
Case Study
2:45 - 3:45p
PN Injury & Brachial Plexus Injuries
3:45 - 4:30p
Rehabilitation Considerations for Post Nerve Transfers and Nerve Graft Procedures for Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Injuries

*Required Reading

The following reading is required prior to the course:

1. Peljovich, A. E., Bryden, A. M., Malone, K. & et al. (2011). Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity in tetraplegia. In T. M. Skirven, A. L. Osterman, J. Fedorczyk & P. C. Amadio (Eds.), Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity(6th ed.). (pp. 1684-1705). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

2. Peljovich, A. E., Bryden, A. M., Bohn, A. & Keith, M. W. (2011). Surgical restoration of the hand in tetraplegia: tendo transfers. In D. I. Campognolo, S. Kirshblum, M. S. Nash, R. F. Heary & P. H. Gorman (Eds.), Spinal cord medicine(2nd ed.). (chapter 28). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

3. Brand, P. W. (2002). Mechanics of tendon transfer. In E. J. Mackin, A. D. Callahan, T. M. Skirven, L. H. Schneider & J. M. Hunter (Eds.), Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity(5th ed.). (pp. 779-791). St. Lewis, MO: Mosby.

Faculty

  • Shannon K. Ferguson MS, OTR/L, CHT

  • Bryce T. Gillespie MD

  • Rebecca Hammad MHS, OTR/L, CLT

  • Allan E. Peljovich MD, MPH

  • Sherry Turner OTR/L

Register

May 3rd
$195
May 4th
$195
Oct 18th
$225

Discount of $75 ($25 per course) for individuals attending all three courses. Discount of $25 per person if registering three or more people for the same course.

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