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2019 Best Practices in Post-Trauma Community Re-Integration

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Best Practices in Post-Trauma Community Re-Integration

Neuroplasticity – Rebuilding the Brain by Making New Connections

Join us for the 4th annual Ottawa trauma conference - this year's theme will focus on Neuroplasticity – Rebuilding the Brain by Making New Connections. You will hear from passionate leaders and participate in reflective discussions about the brains ability to heal. Change and recovery is possible when we implement best practices and apply targeted rehabilitation intervention. We will learn together and share real life case studies. Our goal is excellence in trauma rehabilitation, from hospital to home.

Who should attend:

  • Hospital staff, hospital discharge teams, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation professionals and allied health professionals

  • Psychologists, neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, vocational specialists, rehabilitation assistants/PTA/OTA, speech language pathologists and other community providers

  • Family Physicians, Emergency Department Physicians, Neurologists, Surgical and Rehabilitation Physicians and Psychiatrists

  • Lawyers, Accident Benefits Insurance Adjusters

  • Patients and anyone who wants to learn more about the brain, and neuro-rehabilitation



08:30-08:50

Registration and Visit Exhibits



08:50-09:00

Welcome

Matilda Amos, Regional Clinical Director, FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Vikas Dhawan, Founder & Chiropractor, DC, Apollo Physical Therapy Centres



09:00-09:45

Keynote Address - The Self and Its Brain - Why Are They Relevant for Our Mental Health

Dr. Georg Northoff is a philosopher, neuroscientist and psychiatrist, holding degrees in all three disciplines. Originally from Germany, he was recruited to head up the Mind, Brain, and Neuroethics Research Unit at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Northoff is one of the leading figures in linking philosophy and neuroscience and is the author of 260 journal articles and 15 books, including Neuro-philosophy and the Healthy Mind (2016, Norton Publishing, New York).



09:45-10:30

Neuromodulation with PoNS (Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator) Treatment™ for Chronic Balance Deficit due to Mild-to-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Harry Kovelman, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Helius Medical Technologies

By the end of this session, participant will:

  • Appreciate the burden of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Learn about chronic balance deficit from mild-to-moderate TBI and the current standard of care

  • Discover clinical studies of PoNS Treatment



10:30-11:00

Wellness Break and Visit Exhibits



11:00-11:45

Panel Discussion - Getting to 55%: Using Brain Injury to Reach Catastrophic Impairment

Dr. Ken Reesor, Reesor & Associates Psychology Services

John Lundrigan, Partner, Nelligan O'Brien Payne

Phyllis Bergmans, Executive Director, Kompass Claims Management Group

Moderator: Frank McNally, Partner, McNally Gervan LLP

By the end of this session, participant will:

  • Understand the methods, evidence and strategies to obtain WPI percentages for brain injuries under AMA Guidelines.

  • Discover lessons and advice on how to distinguish psychological and brain injury symptoms for AMA Guidelines.



11:45-12:30

Feeling Stuck with Your Client: Navigating the Path of Behavioural Change

Heidi Reznick, Occupational Therapist and Manager, Clinical Education and Program Development, FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services
Veronica Takes, Manager of Clinical Services and Education, FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services

By the end of this session, participant will:

  • Learn from the research literature and our clinical experiences about best practices to enable neuroplasticity and functional recovery, which is dependent on a client’s engagement in that “just right challenge”.

  • Regain your inspiration and engage challenging clients to reach their meaningful goals.

  • Examine the most difficult parts of our work in trauma rehabilitation, and access tools for your practice to spark behavioural change.

  • Learn innovative intervention, grounded in evidence-based approaches to get out of that “stuck place", including review of theoretical frameworks and exploration of *resistance, *attachment styles, *stages of change and *motivational interviewing



12:30-13:15

Networking Lunch and Visit Exhibits



13:15-14:00

Inspired Learning Speed-dating Style

Participants will have an opportunity to select and rotate through two (2) 20-minute breakout sessions, providing an opportunity to learn new perspectives in a very short amount of time.


1. Neuro-Plasticity: The Good, The Bad and The Misused

Jacquie Levy, Registered Physiotherapist, Clinical Specialist Neurosciences, Action Potential Rehabilitation

By the end of this session, participant will:

  • Understand the impact that neuro-plasticity has on recovery and function
  • Describe several treatment techniques that are used to optimized the brain's ability to change
  • Understand the role of intensity of practice (dose) and how it influences brain change


2. Re-Friending Your Brain by Re-Wiring Your Connections
Lynette Monteiro, Sea Glass Psychological Services & Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Learn how the pre-trauma brain functioned
  • Understand about the relationship between trauma and the neural system's naturally protective response
  • Discover ways to craft a new relationship with the post-trauma brain


3. Helius and a Success Story
Dr. Harry Kovelman, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Helius Medical Technologies

Paula Devine

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Learn how Helius works, through a demonstration
  • Hear a post treatment success story from a recovering patient



14:00-14:45

Care Planning in the Aftermath of Brain Injury – Insurers and Legal Perspective

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand future care planning for brain injury patients

  • Learn what is acceptable to insurer and courts



14:45-15:00

Break and Visit Exhibits



15:00-15:45

Closing Presentation - Modulators of Neuroplasticity: How Physical Activity, Mental Engagement, and Socialization promote Cognitive Health

Dr. Tarry Ahuja, Manager of Program Development (Drug) and RWE lead, Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Have an overview of the biopsychosocial model of health and neuroplasticity

  • Discover the influence of modulators of health on neuroplasticity

  • Learn about neuroplasticity and functional recovery



15:45-16:00

Closing Remarks



Exhibitors

We are very grateful for the support of our exhibitors and we look forward to seeing them at the conference:

2Beinflow Neurofeedback Services - 2beinflow.com

Apollo Physical Therapy Centres - apolloptc.ca

FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services - function-ability.com

Home Instead Senior Care - homeInsteadOttawa.ca

Kennedy Nutrition - goodfoodadvice.ca

McNally Gervan Lawyers - ottawa-attorneys.ca

Opticalm Visual Stress Clinic - opticalm.ca

Qualicare Family Home Care - qualicareottawa.com

Vista Centre Brain Injury Services (VCBIS) - vistacentre.ca

Waterhouse & Associates - waterhouseassociates.ca


Please contact:

Liette Philippe, Conference Manager

Tel: 613-825-3587; Email: liette@liettep.com



Speakers profile


Dr. Tarry Ahuja, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health

TARRY AHUJA, PhD (Neuroscience) is currently the Manager of Program Development (Drug) and RWE lead at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health, the leading HTA agency for Canada. Prior to this he was a senior medical real-world evidence scientist for Eli Lilly for Europe and Canada. He is currently a lecturer at Carleton University teaching “Biological Foundations of Addictions” and “Health Psychology”. He graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience with a specialty in electrophysiology and pharmacology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

He has worked for over 10 years in the hospital setting in the area of sleep disorders and he has over 10 years of clinical research in the areas of otolaryngology, Alzheimer’s, stroke and ischemia with the National Research Council of Canada.





Matilda Amos, BSc., MSc. (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.), Clinical Director, FunctionAbility

Matilda has been working in community-based rehabilitation for over 15 years. Following her graduation from her clinical masters degree, she undertook extensive continuing education in the areas of child cognitive rehabilitation, and adult neuro and psychosocial rehabilitation.

Both as an OT and case manager she has provided leadership to multi-disciplinary teams of professionals and worked collaboratively with individuals and families. She has been involved in service coordination from an early stage in inpatient hospital, to rehab and finally community-based settings - acting as a creative team leader, a supportive liaison between clients and their rehabilitation, medical and community providers.

Since 2010, Matilda has been Regional Clinical Director of FunctionAbility in Ottawa. She is passionate about collaborative health care, community rehabilitation and mentoring innovative therapists to reach their full potential.


Dr. Vikas Dhawan, Founder & Chiropractor, DC, Apollo Physical Therapy Centres

I graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2002, and have since attained an even greater respect for the phenomenal healing powers of the human body. Through my 13 years in practice, I have had great success in treating patients suffering from injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, chronic or repetitive strain, sports, and postural imbalances, as well as headaches, and numbness & tingling in the extremities, using soft-tissue techniques in combination with the highly effective Pro-Adjustor technology.


I’m a health coach to my patients and a mentor to my team, with the goal of enabling them to live more fulfilling lives by breaking down their barriers to change and living life with positivity and purpose.


Through my own personal experiences, as well as those of my patients, I have come to firmly believe in a holistic healing approach and a wellness-based practice. True health involves optimal functioning on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. My motto is: try new things, test your limits, and push yourself to always give your best to people. Be the best you can be. Be healthy and keep it that way!



Dr. Harry Kovelman, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Helius Medical Technologies

Dr. Kovelman is the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Helius Medical Technologies where he focuses on treatments and educational initiatives that help patients affected by neurological symptoms caused by disease or trauma. Dr. Kovelman has over 25 years of experience in building, leading and developing medical affairs teams appropriate for the evolving needs of organizations in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries.

Dr. Kovelman received his Doctor of Medicine degree through the fifth pathway program at University of Maryland, University Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. His undergraduate work was completed at University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.



Jacquie Levy, Registered Physiotherapist, Clinical Specialist Neurosciences, Action Potential Rehabilitation

Jacquie Levy is a physiotherapist with more than 20 years experience in the area of neurology, and in working with clients with complex rehabilitation needs. She is the co-owner and a co director of Action Potential Rehabilitation, a physiotherapy practice that provides in home and in clinic treatment for patients with complex rehab needs including brain injuries.

Her special interests include the transition and re-integration of patients with multiple needs into the community and fitness programming for the differently abled. Jacquie, provides physiotherapy consultation and teaching to many of the community exercise programs for these clients in Ottawa, including the Acquired Brain Injury Program (City of Ottawa) and the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa. She continues to co - teach course and workshops for rehab professionals working with patients recovering from acquired brain injuries and other neurological conditions




Frank McNally, Partner, McNally Gervan LLP

Frank has been practicing personal injury law for over twelve years and has devoted his practice to representing individuals who have been victims of serious personal injury accidents. As a founding partner of McNally Gervan, Frank is a passionate lawyer committed to protecting accident victims’ rights and providing assertive legal services to his clients and their families. Frank has successfully represented clients in personal injury jury trials. He has also represented injured victims at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Financial Service Commission of Ontario and the Social Service Tribunal.

Frank has developed a comprehensive knowledge of insurance law and is committed to ensuring that his clients maximize their compensation and obtain the necessary rehabilitation they need to rebuild their lives.

He is also actively involved in the local community. He is Vice-President, Lawyer Referral Committee Chair and member of the Board of Directors for Reach Canada which offers pro bono legal services and legal education to people with disabilities. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Brain Injury Canada.



Lynette Monteiro, Sea Glass Psychological Services & Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

Dr. Lynette Monteiro, C.Psych. is a psychologist in private practice, Clinical Professor (University of Ottawa), and co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic (OMC).

She is trained in MBSR, MBCT, MiCBT, Buddhist Chaplaincy, and is Certified as a Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion. As Director of Professional Training and a Clinical Supervisor, Lynette has developed a comprehensive training program for professional training in Mindfulness Interventions.




Dr. Georg Northoff, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)

Dr. Georg Northoff is a philosopher, neuroscientist and psychiatrist, holding degrees in all three disciplines. Originally from Germany, he was recruited to head up the Mind, Brain, and Neuroethics Research Unit at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Northoff researches the relationship between the brain and mind in its various facets, focusing on the neural and biochemical mechanisms related to higher-order mental functions like consciousness and self in both healthy people and in those with such mental illnesses as depression and schizophrenia. “The question driving me is: why and how can our brain construct subjective phenomena like self, consciousness, and emotions,” he said.
Dr. Northoff is one of the leading figures in linking philosophy and neuroscience and is the author of 260 journal articles and 15 books, including Neuro-philosophy and the Healthy Mind (2016, Norton Publishing, New York).



Dr. Ken Reesor, Reesor & Associates Psychology Services

Dr. Ken Reesor received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He has held positions as a psychologist at the Rehabilitation Centre and as Assistant Director of Psychology at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. He has also held clinical positions in the Schools of Medicine, Psychology, as well as Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Ottawa. He has been on multiple Designated Assessment Centre rosters. He has sat on the executive board of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment and on the WSIB Pre-1990 Claims Advisory Committee in Ottawa and is a past President of the Ottawa Academy of Psychology.



Heidi Reznick, Occupational Therapist and Manager of Clinical Education and Program Development at FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services

Heidi Reznick is an Occupational Therapist and Manager of Clinical Education and Program Development at FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services. She has a special interest in acquired brain injury rehabilitation. Through her work in community and inpatient rehabilitation over the past 15 years (and as a parent over the past 6 years) she has become passionate in learning about the “art” of navigating challenging relationships and facilitating behavioural change.



Veronica Takes, Manager of Clinical Services and Education, FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services

Veronica Takes is the Manager of Clinical Services and Education at FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services. In this role, she provides ongoing education services to all clinical staff and manages rehab support services in the Greater Toronto Area. Veronica also works directly with clients as an Occupational Therapist, specializing in cognitive rehabilitation as well as physical and mental health issues. She is passionate about education, evidence based practices and advancing clinical work within the rehabilitation community.




FAQs

What are my parking options?

St. Elias Centre has free onsite parking

Is lunch included?

Meals are included as specified in the program schedule.

Is my registration transferrable?

Yes, but the deadline is Monday, November 18, 2019

Other questions? Please contact the Conference Manager:

Liette Philippe - Tel: 613-825-3587; Email: liette@liettep.com



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