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Positive Approaches to Behavior Management in Rehabilitation
Thursday, May 23, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MossRehab at Elkins Park
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Wallace, Sheila
Fee: $50.00

Positive Approaches to Behavior Management in Rehabilitation

Date:  Thursday, May 23, 2024
Time:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Speaker:   Sheryl Berardinelli, PsyD, ABPP
Online Event 

No matter the clinical setting, most therapists have worked with patients exhibiting challenging behaviors. How can busy clinicians foster client engagement, accomplish the goals of a treatment session, and manage complex behaviors at the same time?

This introductory-level webinar will provide participants with a new mindset about their distressed patients and a toolkit for managing unwanted behaviors with compassion. This new understanding – that behaviors are influenced by a person's interaction with their environment and communicate unmet needs – will help clinicians address problems before sessions and in real time.

The course will introduce evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing behaviors commonly observed in rehabilitation settings – namely aggression, anxiety, and irritability. This toolkit of strategies is universally applicable to any rehab setting and neurological condition.

The needs of a person with neurological dysfunction can change during the course of their rehab stay, even during a single therapy session. The program looks at who’s most at risk for agitation. Clinicians will examine the critical factors – from type and severity of brain injury, age, pre-injury coping skills to social and financial resources. They will identify how and when to use verbal and nonverbal interventions, de-escalation, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and environmental modifications to improve therapy participation.

The course will explore how a clinician’s understanding of behavior – its origins and modification - will impact rehabilitation and specific interventions. The program highlights relaxation exercises, mirror therapy, graded motor imagery, and the four-step DICE Approach which is being adopted nationwide.

Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss how behaviors can be influenced by the person's interaction with their environment.
    • Describe evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing behaviors commonly observed in rehabilitation settings
    • Summarize therapeutic practices that include verbal and nonverbal interventions, de-escalation and cognitive-behavioral techniques, and environmental modifications to address behaviors that affect patient engagement.

Click here for a copy of the brochure with agenda

Delivery: Live Webinar

Target Audience: Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

CEU Applications:

This program has been approved for 0.3 CEUs by:

PA State Board of Physical Therapy: Thomas Jefferson University College of Rehabilitation Sciences is an approved provider of continuing education credits for the PA.

CEUs have been submitted to:

American Occupational Therapy Association

NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

3 Contact Hours | 0.3 CEUs

Jeffeerson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved provider of professional development. This Distance Learning-Interactive Course is offered at 0.3 CEUs, educational level Introductory, OT Service Delivery and Foundational Knowledge categories. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


General Admission - $50

Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation Per Diem Employees - $25

Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation Full-time/Part-time Employees - Free

Requirement for successful course completion: Satisfactory completion of the continuing education units consists of full attendance with monitored online sign in and completion of an online course feedback form (self assessment) and post test.

Speaker Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Sheryl Berardinelli is an employee of Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation and will receive a fee for speaking. She does not have a non-financial disclosure.

Conflict of interest statement: Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activities sponsored by Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be submitted to Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation in writing. Please explain the circumstances of the cancellation in a fax or e-mail to ensure a timely response. Requests received 3 days or 72 hours prior to course start will result in a full refund. Requests received less than 3 days (72 hours) prior to the course start will result in a non-refundable administration processing fee of $50.00 or 50% of registration cost (whichever is less). No shows or cancellations within 24 hours of the course start will be ineligible for a refund. Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation will reimburse you the cost of the registration, if we have to cancel a course due to low enrollment, weather, or an emergency situation. We are not responsible for any other costs associated with attending a conference. If you are on the waiting list of a course and do not get in, we will not charge your credit card; if you paid by check we will send the check back to you. In the event that a course is rescheduled we will provide you the option of applying the tuition towards the rescheduled course in lieu of a full refund.

Complaint policy: Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation views complaints as an opportunity to improve. As an institution we are open to feedback from staff, course participants, speakers, and patients/clients. Course participants and speakers are asked to notify course coordinators of any urgent issues, either small or large, so they may be resolved in a timely fashion. Complaints may be communicated either verbally during a course or upon its conclusion through the Course Evaluation Form.

Non-discrimination statement: Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation unconditionally complies with Americans with Disabilities Act, endorses and supports the intent and objectives of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which together prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation and physical or mental disability. In fact, this institution has, throughout its existence, taken a leading role in the effort to make services, accommodations and employment opportunities available to persons in all of the above categories. Additionally, Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation complies with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 and the Governor's Code of Fair Practices (1967).

Special needs statement: Contact Sharon Manas at sharon.manas@jefferson.edu or 215-663-6530 with any special needs that you have which would limit full participation in this event.


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