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TIRR Memorial Hermann Continuing Education Courses

TIRR Memorial Hermann Continuing Education

The following are active courses that TIRR Memorial Hermann is offering for Continuing Education. To see a list of our previous courses, visit our past courses page.

Advancing Clinical Practice Techniques for People with Limb Loss

February 8, 2020

This course is designed for PTs, PTAs, OTs and OTAs as part of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy's 2019-2020 Advancing Clinical Practice (ACP) series. This continuing-education series is aimed to benefit advanced level practice for clinicians treating people with neurologic dysfunction.

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Rehabilitation Nursing Review Workshop:
Preparation for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)

February 21, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Course Topics: Dysphagia/Communication Disorders, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Community Re-Entry/Legal Issues, Brain Injury and Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Nursing Theory for Rehabilitation Nursing, Continuum of Care and Outcome Measurement, General Rehabilitation

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TIRR Rehabilitation Solutions 2020: The Changing Landscape in Healthcare, Impacting the Future

March 13, 2020
Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, Houston

Rehab Solutions 2020 is an advanced practice interdisciplinary rehabilitation conference featuring nationally recognized experts in the field of rehabilitation. The one-day program will give you up to date information about the changing landscape in healthcare and how rehabilitation specialists can impact care delivery. Topics covered include population health, value based delivery of care, cancer survivorship, the role of case management and social work in the current health care climate, influencing the future of healthcare through advocacy, current concepts in concussion and the role of rehabilitation nursing in the changing healthcare landscape. A special panel on workman’s compensation and government funding sources such as Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CRS) and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will also be a part of the program.

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R. F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy: Training Institute

March 25-29, 2020
TWU Houston Center, 6700 Fannin St. Houston, Texas 77030

Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Neurologic Music Therapy is research-based. Its treatment techniques are built upon the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.). The 4-day, 30-hour workshop will provide therapists with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the field of NMT.

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Neurobehavioral Changes after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

April 23, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

This course is designed for health professionals working with the brain injury population. Through lecture and discussion, participants will learn to describe common behaviors in the brain injury population, learn to use various outcomes measures, and be able to implement behavior management strategies. The focus of this course is to improve the consistency of communication among health professionals with clearly defined terms of behaviors, and to improve the therapeutic approach to patients with behavioral deficits by providing participants with evidenced-based interventions for this population.

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Mary Massery: Advanced Pulmonary Course: A 3-Day Pediatric and/or Adult Lab Course

April 24 - 26, 2020

Following the framework established in the introductory pulmonary course, the Advanced Course will focus on applying evidence based concepts of multi-system integration to clinical situations with a special focus on the role of the cardiopulmonary system in the patient’s rehabilitation program.

Prior to the course, small groups of participants will be asked to do evaluations with patients who consent to be part of this learning experience, and they will present these cases to the group for feedback and discussions. Following the presentations, the group will do joint treatment sessions to assess whether the proposed intervention strategies were effective when applied to the patient as is, or whether they needed adjustments in planning or execution.

The course will be interspersed with labs to refine handling techniques that were introduced in the basic course as well as labs working on the process of integrating the material into everyday clinical practice. The class is dynamic and interactive and will require the active participation of all clinicians. PT, OT and SLP therapists are encouraged to work in multi-disciplined groups to look at breathing from all 3 discipline’s perspectives.

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Disorders of Consciousness Conference (DoC 2020): Translating Knowledge into Practice

May 20 - 22, 2020

The goal of DoC 2020 is to introduce attendees to the most recent developments in the field, with an emphasis on translating this knowledge into clinical practice.

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Mentoring Workshop: Examining & Expanding Mentoring Practices

June 6, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

The growth and development of clinical programs will depend on enhancing the mentoring skills of clinical mentors for the next generation of expert clinicians. The focus of this workshop is to provide clinicians with the skills and the strategies to mentor and develop mentees toward clinical expertise. This course will facilitate the growth of clinical programs, including residency programs through the advancement of clinical teaching and best practice during clinical mentorship. Clinicians will be more effective and efficient practitioners and clinical mentors by modeling, integrating, and promoting behaviors that are congruent with a mentoring culture.

This course will be presented via an interactive didactic course format. Discussion and active participation in case presentations/scenarios related to mentorship will engage the audience in reflection and problem-solving. Current literature will be used to discuss teaching and learning styles in clinical mentorship. Participants will actively engage in role playing, peer feedback and dialogue with the instructors on the roles of the mentor and mentee in achieving a successful and reciprocal relationship in an advanced practice setting.

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1st Annual Dysphagia Day

June 27, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Assessing and treating dysphagia is one of the most complicated and challenging processes an SLP does each day. This course will focus on assessment and treatment according to the most recent evidence with an emphasis on standardizing the language and procedures of instrumental assessments. Additionally, the course will focus on the most recent treatment recommendations found in the current literature.

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Translating the Science to Practice: Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning in Neurological Rehabilitation

July 11, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, 2nd floor Research Building

This course will provide a brief focused review of current literature of neuroplasticity and the clinical research demonstrating the occurrence of neuroplastic changes following injury. In this course, participants will review the models of motor learning along with the supporting and contradictory evidence related to each model. Current treatment approaches will be discussed in the light of the motor control and motor learning models. Pertinent evidence related to feedback, practice, motivation, attentional focus, and other contributors to motor learning will be discussed. This course will review the necessary ingredients to drive neuroplastic changes and offer practical examples of creating rehabilitation interventions integrate these into a plan of care that is evidence based to maximize recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge through written and video case studies.

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Neuro-IFRAH Certification Course in Treatment and Management of Adults with Hemiplegia for a Stroke and Brain Injury

Part One: July 18-24, 2020
Part Two: September 12-18, 2020

This 98 Hour certification course is specifically designed for occupational and physical therapists who work with adults with hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury. The main emphasis in this course is on assessment and management in functional activities to develop excellence in maximizing functional outcomes throughout the continuum of care. This course utilizes an integrative whole person approach with emphasis on restoring function and making it functional for a return to independent living and the resumption / assumption of life roles. Challenges encountered by therapists in meeting their patient’s needs throughout the continuum of care, are addressed throughout the course. The course consists of lecture, laboratory practice, demonstrations and patient treatment. Individual attention by the instructors will be provided to enhance participant’s observation, handling and problem solving skills. This course includes the practical application of current basic to advanced concepts sequenced in a creative manner to help all participants meet the course objectives as well as their individual objectives. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be Neuro-IFRAH Certified®.

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Neurobehavioral Changes After Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

July 30, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

This course is designed for health professionals working with the brain injury population. Through lecture and discussion, participants will learn to describe common behaviors in the brain injury population, learn to use various outcomes measures, and be able to implement behavior management strategies. The focus of this course is to improve the consistency of communication among health professionals with clearly defined terms of behaviors, and to improve the therapeutic approach to patients with behavioral deficits by providing participants with evidenced-based interventions for this population.

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Rehabilitation Nursing Review Workshop:
Preparation for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)

September 25, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Course Topics: Dysphagia/Communication Disorders, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Community Re-Entry/Legal Issues, Brain Injury and Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Nursing Theory for Rehabilitation Nursing, Continuum of Care and Outcome Measurement, General Rehabilitation

Learn More »


Neurobehavioral Changes After Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

October 29, 2020
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Research Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

This course is designed for health professionals working with the brain injury population. Through lecture and discussion, participants will learn to describe common behaviors in the brain injury population, learn to use various outcomes measures, and be able to implement behavior management strategies. The focus of this course is to improve the consistency of communication among health professionals with clearly defined terms of behaviors, and to improve the therapeutic approach to patients with behavioral deficits by providing participants with evidenced-based interventions for this population.

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