May 6-7, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday
Early Bird Special: $495.00
Founded in 2004, SCI Seminars presents a comprehensive approach to the treatment of the spinal cord injured (SCI) client from onset of injury through acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Rehabilitation from moment of injury to “highest potential” is a lengthy, complex and extraordinary process requiring support from all medical disciplines, as well as family and friends. Expert presenters from several nationally-recognized facilities share evidence-based and experienced-based treatment techniques and considerations through lecture, video, discussion and lab activities. Participants with all levels of experience will learn to more effectively and efficiently progress their clients with spinal cord injury to reach their highest functional level. Course is most appropriate for physical therapists (PTs), physical therapy assistants (PTAs), occupational therapists (OTs), and occupational therapist assistants (COTAs), but any health care discipline is welcome.
By the end of this course, participants will:
Laura Wehrli, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS, graduated from Temple University with a Master's Degree and later a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She began her career in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY in 2000. In 2004, she transitioned to Craig Hospital near Denver, CO as a staff PT, supervisor, and currently, serves as the Director of Physical Therapy. She teaches as associated faculty for the University of Colorado's DPT program, is a past-president of the Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) of ASCIP and a current member of the Academy Program Committee. Laura has been a professional educator with SCI Seminars since 2008.
Rafferty Laredo, OTR, MA, is the Executive Director of United Spinal Association of Houston, providing resource education, medical supplies, peer support, and community-based health and wellness opportunities to his local community. Additionally, Rafferty is a community-based occupational therapist for patients living with complex neurological involvement. Prior to these current roles, Rafferty served an 11-year career at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) as clinical staff OT, manager, and clinical coordinator. He has been a professional educator with SCI Seminars since 2011.
Rachael Houtman, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP, graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her career in spinal cord injury rehabilitation began at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She transitioned from the acute care setting to inpatient rehab at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital where she worked as a member of the leadership team on the spinal cord injury service for 7 years. While she continues in both hospital settings per diem, her current practice is in outpatient and community-based environments where she works primarily with individuals who have experienced SCI/D and other neurologic injury assisting patients as they transition home and navigate life within the community. Rachael is a member of the APTA, a current board member of the Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) of ASCIP, as well as a current board member of the United Spinal Association's Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She has given national and local presentations through these organizations and is an adjunct faculty member for Thomas Jefferson University's DPT program.
Day 1, 8-5 pm CST
7:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 Introduction, goals and objectives
8:15 International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI (ISNCSCI) - formerly ASIA testing and classification
9:15 Functional outcomes by level of injury
10:30 Mobility progression for individuals with paraplegia (video demonstration)
11:45 Sexual function after SCI
12:15 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 Lab break-out session (lab time may be changed depending on facility restrictions)
2:30 Management of shoulder dysfunction
3:30 Bowel and bladder management
4:30 Advance transfers and wheelchair skills (video demonstration)
Day 2, 8-4 p.m. CST
7:30 Course Sign-in/Continental Breakfast
8:00 Durable medical equipment and home modifications
8:45 Treatment progression for C6 level of injury (video demonstration)
10:15 Wheelchair seating and positioning
11:15 Psychosocial considerations
11:45 Lunch (on your own)
12:45 OT Intervention (lecture/video demo) ADLs, splinting, UE considerations (lab)
12:45 Treatment considerations for motor incomplete injuries (lecture)
2:00 C6 Mat progression lab
3:15 Advanced wheelchair skills lab
4:00 Questions, Discussion & Wrap Up
Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center
1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030
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THE WESTIN HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER
1709 Dryden Road
Houston, TX 77030
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Nightly rate: $122.00 (price varies based on room availability)
Course is most appropriate for physical therapists (PTs), physical therapy assistants (PTAs), occupational therapists (OTs), and occupational therapist assistants (COTAs), but any health care discipline is welcome. Day 1 may be helpful for nursing professionals, but CMEs are not typically pursued.
Beginner-to-intermediate level course.
14.25 contact hours or CCU's.