Pre-Conference Schedule


Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

Pre-Conference Schedule

8am - 8:30am - Registration Opens

8:30am - 12pm - Pre-Conference Sessions

12pm - 1pm - Lunch Time (Not Provided)

1pm - 4pm - Pre-Conference Sessions

Session Summaries

Session #1: Writing Plans to Treat Behavioral Issues after Acquired Brain Injury: A Step by Step Workshop
Speaker: Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP, CBIST

Summary: This workshop will review how to write behavior plans that work. Too often plans fail because of insufficient attention to the etiology of the troublesome behavior. Providers fail to adequately account for emotional, cognitive, social and health factors that caused and maintain the behavior. The lack of appreciation of this Phenomenology of Dyscontrol is a major stumbling block to plan design. In addition sometimes the behavior is inadequately defined so as to hinder targeted treatment. This presentation will provide concrete steps to overcome these challenges in treatment planning. It will provide guidance about selecting target behaviors and about environmental, skill building, contingency management, and counseling interventions. The workshop is intended to be interactive with exercises proceeding through the steps of plan development. Although not required, attendees should consider bringing information with them about a challenging case(s) they have so as to work in real time during the workshop on plan development.

  • The participant will be able to explain the behavior planning process
  • The participant will be able to describe the information needed to write a plan that works
  • The participant will be able to analyze the etiology of behaviors and write plans to treat it

Session #2: Solution-focused Interventions for Rehabilitation Professionals
Speaker: Caron Gan, RN, MScN, RP, RMFT, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

Summary: This workshop will be of interest to case managers, social workers, psychologists, nurses, OTs, PTs, SLPs, or rehabilitation counselors who are interested in learning the foundational elements of solution-focused brief therapy (SBFT) and its application with individuals living with brain injury and their families.  Participants will be provided with an overview of the principles and assumptions underlying SBFT and how it differs from the traditional rehabilitation paradigm. Through didactic presentation, live demonstration, case illustration, and role playing, participants will learn and practice SBFT interviewing strategies that orient towards solutions, goals, and possibilities. A special emphasis will be placed on how to use this approach to uncover client resources, strengths, and resilience. This interactive workshop is designed to enable participants to immediately implement the practical skills learned.    

  • Compare the traditional medical/rehabilitation paradigm with a solution-focused paradigm
  • Gain an overview of the principles and assumptions underlying solution focused therapy
  • Discover new ways of asking questions that orient towards solutions, strengths, and possibilities
  • ​​​​​​​Practice solution-focused interviewing skills through role plays and live demonstration