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2019 Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

  • Prince Conference Center at Calvin College 1800 East Beltline Avenue Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49546 United States (map)

Course Description:

 Lisa Beck, APRN, CNS, MS, Mayo Clinic

Topic:  Nursing Role in Rehabilitation  Objectives:

Describe an SCI health care system without rehabilitation nursing

Identify the multiple roles of rehabilitation nurses

Discuss models of care for rehabilitation nursing

 Rory Cooper, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Topic:  Advancing Technology for People with Disabilities


Identify new technologies that may influence medical rehabilitation

Explain basics of Participatory Action Research·

Describe the basics of assistive robotics technology

Discuss the basics of wheelchair ergonomics

 Wise Young, PhD, MD, W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience

Topic: Umbilical Cord Blood Therapy of Chronic Complete SCI


Identify intensive exercise is essential for recovery

Summarize mechanisms by with UCBMNC are beneficial for SCI

Describe the rationale for clinical trial to assess lithium effects

Discuss progress in regeneration of the spinal cord

 Lisa Beck, APRN, CNS, MS, Mayo Clinic  
Topic:  Sexual Function, Pregnancy, and Parenting after SCI



Discuss approaches to deliver patient education related to sexual health

Identify sexual function changes for men and women after SCI

Identify SCI related concerns/issues during pregnancy, labor/delivery, and post partem

Describe psychosocial aspects of parenting after SCI and possible adaptations

 Jeri Morris, PhD, ABPN, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Roosevelt University

Topic: Sex Issues and Rebuilding the Injured Self  


Identify the threats to self that arise from spinal injury

Distinguish between self-esteem and “other” esteem

Compare how one might develop self-esteem after SCI

 Michael Reiffer, LMSW, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Topic: Family Communication Strategies


Identify micro skills of communication

Describe negotiation and apology skills needed for conflict resolution

Describe and facilitate a clinical session with families



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CE Value (credits): 6.5
CE Type: Standard, Pain

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