Neurologic and Geriatric Rehabilitation: Maximizing outcomes in those with impairment in cognition and motivation

Course description

This presentation will include practical clinical applications for the physical and occupational therapist to best rehabilitate patients with cognitive impairment from stroke, brain injury and other neurological impairment.

Participants completing this course will be ready to recognize the common cognitive impairments, individualize their care during exam and treatment and set appropriate goals. We will reveal how to systematically evaluate and prescribe an individualized program for each of the cognitive impairments addressed: awareness, attention, memory and perceptual impairment, including neglect. Additionally, this course will reveal some of the latest developments in motivational and other psychological considerations for therapists.

Feb. 28, 2015
Providence Portland Medical Center
Cancer Center Amphitheater

Learning objectives

Through attendance of this course, participants will: 
  1. Be aware of recent evidence-based advances in cognitive rehabilitation, recovery of self-efficacy, motivation and the psychological variables in rehabilitation
  2. Recognize clinical applications, functionally relevant documentation, and measurement applications in awareness, attention, dual task and problem-solving
  3. Describe available resources in psychology and executive function for clinical use in rehabilitation
  4. Describe modalities and interventions designed for optimal motivation, autonomy, competence and self-efficacy.


Registration fee:

  • $225 per person covers continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate and course manual. 
  • Early-bird registration fee is $200 per person if registered online on or before Feb. 7, 2015. 

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*If registering by mail, registration must be postmarked by Feb. 7, 2015 to receive the early bird price. 

Refund policy: Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by Feb. 14. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

About the speaker

Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his post-professional masters of health sciences degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis.

He is recent past chair of the Geriatric Section’s Balance and Falls Special Interest Group and is now the vice chair of the same group for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He has served as vice president of the Neurology Section of the APTA for two terms and has been board-certified as a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy since 1995. Studer recently earned the Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) designation by the geriatric section of the APTA.

He is a fulltime therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Oregon. Having presented courses on cognitive processing in mobility and activities of daily living (ADLs) since 1995, Studer has additionally published over 19 articles on the subjects of balance, stroke, cognition and geriatric rehabilitation. His work has appeared in “PT Journal,” “Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy” and “Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.” He has been a guest lecturer at multiple state and national conventions as well as universities, presenting multiple times on an international basis. In 2011, Studer received the Neurology Section Clinician of the Year – a national award from the APTA. In 2014, he received the same award from the geriatric section of the APTA, making him the only clinician to have received these awards from two different sections on a national level.