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On-line - Speaker Series

Please refer to each course description for instructional level and CEUs

Upcoming webinars …

Course Code:       F6
Course Title:       Helping people with aphasia tell richer stories using the words they want to use: Language Underpins Narrative in Aphasia(LUNA)         
Presenter:            Madeline Cruice, Ph.D.
Date/Time:         Originally presented Monday, October 15
ARCHIVE now available until October 29th

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Course Description
Rehabilitation needs to address outcomes that are meaningful for people with aphasia, specifically everyday talking. This webinar will explore Language Underpins Narrative in Aphasia (LUNA), a novel discourse treatment that targets personal narratives, integrating word, sentence, and discourse treatments in a theoretically sound and person-centred way.

Meet the Presenter
Madeline Cruice is a speech pathologist and Associate Professor at City, University of London, with 20 years of experience in aphasia education, research and service.  Her key focus is improving quality of life for people with aphasia: clinical interests in language treatment, technology-enhanced treatment, and digital participation; and research interests in applying quality of life measures in clinical practice and goal-setting.


Course Content: This presentation will focus exclusively on LUNA and will not include information on other discourse treatments.

Financial: Madeline Cruice is employed by City, University of London and receives a salary. She also received a grant from The Stroke Association, UK for a proof-of-concept study of LUNA. Madeline will receive an honorarium from the Aphasia Institute for this webinar presentation.
Non-Financial: Madeline Cruice is a member of the Aphasia Advisory Committee and is also Lead for Working Group 5 of the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists.


Course Code:       F7
Course Title:        Supporting motivation and self-determination in clinical aphasia practice
Presenter:             Michael Biel, CScD.
Date/Time:           Monday, November 5: 12-1pmEST 
This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
Clinicians often rely on their intuition when attempting to motivate clients.  Unfortunately, many common “motivating” practices can make clients feel more controlled.  This webinar will review motivational concepts and approaches that support positive, autonomous forms of motivation in a wide variety of populations and contexts in clinical aphasia practice.

Meet the Presenter
Michael Biel is Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge and a senior speech-language pathologist at UCLA Medical Center.  He is also the current chair of the ANCDS Certification Board and host of the ANCDS Podcast.  Michael began practicing in 1993.  His current practice focuses on outpatient aphasia rehabilitation.

Financial: Michael Biel is Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge as well as Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, UCLA Medical Center and receives a salary. He will receive an honorarium from the Aphasia Institute for this webinar presentation.
Non-Financial: Michael Biel serves as Chair, Certification Board, Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. He is also a member of the Education Committee, Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.


Course Code:      F8
Course Title:        Promoting success of personal stories in conversation: Some clinical guidelines
Presenter:             Gloria Streit Olness, Ph.D.
Date/Time:           Monday, December 3: 12-1pmEST 
This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
Interlocutors weave personal stories of many types and lengths into everyday conversation.  This webinar introduces a practical framework for clinicians to assess and promote the pragmatic functionality of personal stories embedded in conversation by narrators with aphasia. Behavioral, criterion-referenced observation in natural contexts guides subsequent design of intervention.

Meet the Presenter
Gloria Streit Olness is Associate Professor at the University of North Texas.  She engages in basic and clinically applied research and teaching in neurolinguistics and rehabilitation, with special focus on discourse-based communicative profiles of individuals who have aphasia.  Olness collaborates to advance evidence-based intervention, support, and advocacy for people with aphasia.

Financial: Gloria Streit Olness is Associate Professor at the University of North Texas and receives a salary. She will receive an honorarium from the Aphasia Institute for this webinar presentation.
Non-Financial: Gloria Streit Olness is an affiliate of AphasiaAccess (North America) and the Aphasia Collaborative (North-central Texas.)


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$40.00CAD or $50.00CAD to receive ASHA CEUs

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You will receive a webinar link and handouts the morning of each webinar

Always remember that while we hope you can join us for the live presentations we understand that occasionally you might have a scheduling conflict or time zone challenge. No problem!  Once registered, you will receive a link to the recorded presentation after each webinar. The link will expire two (2) weeks after each live presentation.

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On-line - Self-Directed Learning

An introductory learning module to help you understand the basics of facilitating Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCATM ).

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We welcome opportunities to discuss taking our Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) workshops to you. We will review your particular learning objectives and timeline, suggest the workshops that fit best and then provide a quote that will include requirements and costs to make this happen.

The Aphasia Institute offers training sessions for health care professionals on how to work with clients with aphasia and to help them overcome communication barriers. Health care professionals will be shown how to apply training techniques to clinical situations such as assessment, counselling, group therapy and working with clients and their communication partners.

Resources, materials and manuals are provided in many of the workshops.

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Two-day and three-day core training workshops

Half-day and full-day workshops

*Attendance to B4 and D3 workshops are restricted to Speech-Language Pathologists

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Your Life: Looking Back, Moving Forward Workshop for Recreationists & Activationists
Tuesday November 27, 2018
9:00am – 4:00pm (includes two breaks + lunch break)

$340.00 (Includes the Your Life Tool Kit)
$240.00 – For participants who already own the Your Life Tool Kit. (You will be required to bring your Tool Kit with you)

Course Description
This one day workshop will provide Recreationists and Activationists with the knowledge and skills to work with clients with communication challenges to co-construct their own personal narratives/stories – their past, present and future. You will learn how to use the Your Life Tool Kit to carry out a successful client-telling program.

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