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On-line - Speaker Series

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

Course Code:     F1
Course Title:      Regaining Narrative Competence: A Patient-Centered Approach to Recovery from Aphasia
Presenter:           Arthur Frank, Ph.D. 
Date/Time:         March 1: 12-1pmEST

This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Related area)

Course Description

Three decades of research and clinical work in the overlapping fields of illness narratives, narrative medicine, and humanities in medicine have centred on the importance of people being able to tell their own stories, thus becoming capable of reintegrating their sense of self. This webinar will emphasize the linkage between the capacity to narrate and the coherence of self. A subfield of this work has focused on “broken narratives”, that is, conditions that impair narrative competence; these include disorders of speech and/or thought, or extreme trauma. The webinar will present the methodologies of leading researchers including Rita Charon, Lars-Christer Hydén, Cheryl Mattingly, and the presenter, Arthur Frank. We will then talk about what “narrative competence” is; how do people put stories together? That opens the question of how speech-language pathologists can co-construct narratives with their patients, with patients taking increasingly active roles in narrative construction.

Meet the Presenter
Arthur Frank received his Ph.D from Yale in 1975, specializing in medical sociology. His work changed following his own critical illnesses in the 1980s and the publication of his memoir, At the Will of the Body. His book The Wounded Storyteller describes how people utilize culturally available narrative resources to tell stories of illness and thus create experiences—coherent or incoherent—of illness. His later work has continued to study how people narrative illness experience, with links to bioethics and, recently, to narrative therapy. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and, among other awards, was the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Bioethics Society. He is professor emeritus at the University of Calgary and currently is Professor at VID Specialized University in Norway. He continues to lecture internationally.

Financial: Arthur Frank is employed by VID Specialized University, Norway and receives a salary. He also receives book royalty and permissions fees from the University of Chicago Press.  Arthur Frank will receive an honorarium for this webinar presentation.
Non-Financial: Arthur Frank serves on the Council of Canadian Academies. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Other webinar presentations this spring …


Course Code:     F2
Course Title:      Intervention Planning for Aphasia: How to Collaborate in Clinical Settings
Presenter:           Katarina Haley, Ph.D
Date/Time:         April 12: 12-1pmEST

This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
Collaborative goal setting supports motivation and generalization, but can be challenging in clinical settings. In this webinar, Dr. Haley introduces a holistic and integrated planning process that was designed to demystify aphasia intervention for clients and support active listening on the part of clinicians. Intervention goals from rehabilitation clinics illustrate each step of the process.

Meet the Presenter
Katarina Haley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist. Her research and clinical interests are in the areas of client-centered practice with adults who have acquired neurologic communication disorders and in the clinical management of aphasia and apraxia of speech.

Katarina Haley is employed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and receives a salary.
Non-Financial: Katarina Haley is co-author of Life Interests and Values Cards, sold by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Allied Health Sciences. She receives no financial compensation from the sale of these publications.


Course Code:     F3
Course Title:      Providing communication support for aphasia: The legal and moral context
Presenter:           Jennifer Horner, Ph.D., J.D.
Date/Time:         May10: 12-1pmEST

This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
This webinar will articulate the moral basis of our relationship with individuals with aphasia. Drawing from Cassell (1978, Life is a Work of Art), Gawande (2014, Being Mortal), Jennings (1993, Healing the Self), and Sarno (2004, Moral Imperatives), the webinar will discuss the factors that might cause an individual with aphasia to feel depersonalized; explain the moral and ethical reasons why we should provide communication support (using realistic scenarios from law and ethics), and emphasize our responsibility to each individual with aphasia to foster revitalization of his or her sense of self-worth and personhood, despite often devastating communication difficulty.

Meet the Presenter
Jennifer Horner is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2008 to present), College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio). Academic credentials include: B.A. in linguistics, University of Binghamton; M.A. and Ph.D. in speech pathology, University of Florida-Gainesville; J.D., Boston University School of Law.

Jennifer Horner is employed by Ohio University and receives a salary. She receives publishing royalties from Pro-Ed Publishing.
Non-Financial: Jennifer Horner has no non-financial relationships to disclose.


Course Code:     F4
Course Title:      Aphasia Couples Therapy: A conversation-based approach to therapy
Presenter:            Larry Boles, Ph.D.
Date/Time:         June 7: 12-1pmEST

This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
This webinar will introduce Aphasia Couples Therapy (ACT).  This therapy places the significant other (SO) in the role of therapist, while the speech-language pathologist serves as the coach.  Interaction is between the person with aphasia (PWA) and the SO.  Goals are negotiated between the SLP, PWA and SO.

Meet the Presenter
Larry Boles has been an aphasiologist for over 30 years.  He has presented ACT in the US and several other countries.  He is a professor and practitioner at University of the Pacific in California.

Larry Boles is employed by the University of the Pacific in California and receives a salary. He receives royalties from Plural Publishing for Aphasia Couples Therapy (ACT) Workbook.
Larry Boles gets referrals for clinical cases (pro bono) for ACT candidates.


4-Part Series
$100CAD or $140CAD to receive ASHA CEUs

Individual webinars
$40CAD or $50CAD to receive ASHA CEUs

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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.

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