Master Class Knowledge Exchange Speaker Series – Season 20

An online series distinguished by its focus on aphasia and real-life participation. The webinars provide an opportunity for practicing clinicians to hear from a prestigious group of international aphasia researchers. Webinars will be available Live and Archive (Recorded).

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specific products or clinical procedures.

Please refer to each course description for instructional level and ASHA CEUs

Mark Jayes

LIVE: March 18, 2024 – 12pm to 1pm ET | ARCHIVE: March 19 – April 2, 2024
ASHA CEUs: 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level)

Webinar Description
This webinar will use international research evidence to argue that, due to our unique expertise in communication disability, SLPs can play a range of important roles in supporting people with aphasia to protect their decision-making rights and to maintain their autonomy. Furthermore, this presentation will describe practical resources and approaches to support SLPs to do this work.

Meet the Presenter
Mark Jayes is a Speech and Language Therapist and Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His applied research explores how people with communication disabilities access information, participate in decision-making, and can be involved and participate meaningfully in research. In 2022, Mark was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the relationship between aphasia and decision-making capacity.
  • List three practical approaches that can be used to support people with aphasia to make decisions.
  • Identify different roles that SLPs can play in supported decision-making and mental capacity assessment.


12:00pm – 12:05pm: Introductions / housekeeping
12:05pm – 12:15pm: Decision-making support for people with aphasia: the why and the how
12:15pm – 12:25pm: Aphasia and decision-making capacity
12:25pm – 12:35pm: The SLP role – challenges and opportunities
12:35pm – 12:45pm: Resources to support practice
12:45pm – 1:00pm: Question and answer session


Financial: Mark Jayes receives salary from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Mark Jayes also receives an honorarium for his work as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

Non-Financial: Mark Jayes is the creator of and retains copyright for the “Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit (MCAST)” and the “Supporting People with Communication Disabilities to Communicate and Make Decisions” e-learning package, but does not receive any financial compensation for their use. His employer owns the intellectual property rights for these resources.

Jerry Hoepner

LIVE: April 8, 2024 – 12pm to 1pm ET | ARCHIVE: April 9 – April 23, 2024
ASHA CEUs: 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level)

Webinar Description
This webinar will address the need for counselling and psychological care in aphasia. Attendees will learn techniques and strategies to adapt counselling in a manner that is accessible to such individuals. This will include how to approach talk therapies, such as motivational interviewing and similar approaches. This begins with communicatively accessible, collaborative goal setting and monitoring.

Meet the Presenter
Jerry Hoepner is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He teaches courses in anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy, acquired cognitive disorders, dysphagia, and counselling. He co-facilitates 3 brain injury groups and the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp. Research includes video modeling, aphasia camp, motivational interviewing, counselling training, undergraduate research, and teaching.

Learning Outcomes
– Explain principles of self-determination as it applies to counselling
– Identify permission giving approaches
– Modify core counselling techniques to make them accessible to individuals with aphasia

12:00pm – 12:10pm: Underlying counselling theories
12:10pm – 12:20pm: Building therapeutic alliance
12:20pm – 12:30pm: Permission to talk about tricky topics, agenda mapping
12:30pm – 12:40pm: Ramps to make talk therapy accessible (rating scales/rulers, tangible sorts, keywords for affirmation, identify maps)
12:40pm – 12:50pm: Making your discussions tangible, multi-modality OARS and steps
12:50pm – 1:00pm: Question and answer session

Miranda Rose

LIVE: May 6, 2024 – 12pm to 1pm ET | ARCHIVE: May 7 – 21, 2024
ASHA CEUs: 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level)

Webinar Description
This webinar will summarize evidence for effective aphasia rehabilitation, highlighting linguistic & communication targets and psychosocial & environmental domains cross-continuum and into long-term self-management; describe interprofessional approaches to improve outcomes; and explain how clinicians can maximize intervention effectiveness via attention to intervention dose & innovative approaches.

Meet the Presenter
Miranda Rose leads the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation. A qualified speech-language pathologist, Miranda holds a PhD from La Trobe University investigating aphasia treatments. She has AUS $17 million of grant income and 185 peer-reviewed publications. Miranda’s research focuses on finding effective treatments and management approaches for aphasia across the continuum of care and developing evidence translation tools.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe high-level evidence for the effectiveness of aphasia rehabilitation
  • Analyze aphasia rehabilitation as necessitating multifaceted approaches that focus on linguistic, communicative, psychosocial and environmental domains
  • Modify intervention targets, doses and modalities to enhance treatment effectiveness

12:00pm – 12:05pm: Overview and discussing the need for a bio-psychosocial approach to aphasia management
12:05pm – 12:20pm: Review high-level evidence to support aphasia interventions
12:20pm – 12:25pm: Highlight the issue of dose in treatment effectiveness
12:25pm – 12:40pm: Review innovative approaches to enable greater treatment effectiveness
12:40pm – 12:55pm: Consider interdisciplinary practice in managing aphasia across the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health (ICF) and the continuum of care
12:55pm – 1:00pm: Identify ways clinicians can take action to improve treatment efficacy

Financial: Miranda Rose receives a salary from La Trobe University. She is in receipt of NHMRC grant funds, and funds from philanthropic trusts including The Stroke Foundation in Australia.
Non-Financial: None.

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis

LIVE: June 10, 2024 – 12pm to 1pm ET | ARCHIVE: June 11 – 25, 2024
ASHA CEUs: 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level)

Webinar Description

Aphasia choirs are singing around the world. This webinar will describe this global community, review the growing evidence-base supporting choir participation for adults with aphasia, and report the outcomes from a qualitative research study emphasizing how long-term choir participation can facilitate rebuilding a positive post-stroke identity.

Meet the Presenter

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, M.A. CCC SLP, Director Emeritus of the Aphasia Treatment Program at CSU East Bay, launched the Aphasia Tones Choir in 2009. She facilitated conversation groups at the Aphasia Center of California for over 10 years and helped to develop the Book Connection. She has over 25 years of experience in group treatment emphasizing a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.

Learning Outcomes
– Identify at least three unique evidence-based benefits of choral singing
– Describe at least three themes contributing to rebuilding identity associated with long-term participation in an aphasia choir
– List at least three ways the themes generated by this study support the factors for living well with aphasia identified in the literature

12:00pm – 12:15pm: Introduction of Aphasia Choirs and highlight of current literature supporting benefits of choral singing
12:15pm – 12:20pm: Outline methodology and adaptive procedures of a qualitative study on long term choir participation in the Aphasia Tones choir
12:20pm – 12:40pm: Discussion of themes supporting how aphasia choir participation contributes to renegotiation of a positive post-stroke identity
12:40pm – 12:45pm: Clinical implications and future directions of research

12: 45pm – 1:00pm: Question and answer session

Financial: None
Non-Financial: Member of Aphasia Access; Advisory Board Member of SingWell Project

Registration Details

Individual Registration (4 Webinars Series): $120 CAD
Group Rate for 12 Participants (4 Webinars Series): $250 CAD
Group Rate for 30 Participants (4 Webinars Series): $350 CAD

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External Educational Opportunities

We are proud to share the following educational opportunities offered by other organizations.

Date/Time: October 26 & 27, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET) daily

This CCCABI Course integrates research evidence, clinical insights, and the lived experience of those with ABI and provides tools and resources to enhance clinical practice. Praised by both new and seasoned clinicians, sought after by employers, and acclaimed nationally and internationally, the CCCABI course is a “must attend” for speech-language pathologists working in ABI.
The CCCABI Course was initially offered as Cognitive-Communication Disorders Level 1 (CCD Level 1), then expanded to include Level 2 (CCD 2), and a Mild/Concussion course. Sheila MacDonald has designed and regularly updated the course based on feedback from participating colleagues.

Meet the Presenter
Sheila MacDonald is an internationally recognized presenter, and researcher who has developed standardized assessment measures (FAVRES, SFAVRES), a referral checklist (CCCABI), a guiding model of cognitive- communication competence, practice guidelines, and publications on evidence-based practice. Her courses draw on research evidence, insights from clinicians around the world, and the lived experiences of those with brain injuries and their families shared at bedside and kitchen tables in over 30 years of speech-language pathology clinical practice.

For more details and to register, please click here.

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