Seminar Detail

Cognitive Rehabilitation: Therapeutic Strategies for Effective Intervention

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

The rehabilitation of cognitive impairments is becoming more and more complicated. Patients in your care are presenting with complex, multi-faceted cognitive deficits, and at best you have 48 minutes, five days per week to understand and improve upon their cognition. Keeping up with the ever-changing evidence on assessment and interventions for acquired cognitive disorders can feel daunting. Your previous learning in graduate training programs may already be obsolete. Furthermore, you are now better equipped to apply knowledge to the clinical context. We will revisit applications of anatomy and physiology to everyday practice, affirm relevance of current-effective clinical practices, and adapt new practices supported by contemporary evidence. Join Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP, and gain a clear understanding of the functional manifestations of cognitive impairments, organize cognition into a manageable paradigm, and establish functional goals to guide your effective therapy.

Drawing on over 15 years of clinical experience and more than 10 years of teaching, Dr. Hoepner will teach you skills to appropriately create a plan of care and realistically facilitate improved function in your patients. Attend this information-packed seminar and systematically understand the anatomy of each component of the cognitive-communication system and move quickly into specific management techniques for intervention. Walk away with practical and useful techniques which can be implemented immediately within your practice. Through examples from experience and case studies, Dr. Hoepner will go beyond lecturing and facilitate learning through a collaborative exchange of ideas relating to therapy techniques.
  1. List the six types of attention and their connection to cognitive-linguistic impairments.
  2. Connect behavioral manifestations with specific cognitive and/or linguistic disorders.
  3. Identify appropriate tools for the assessment of attention, memory function and visuospatial function.
  4. Summarize the attributes of executive functions and explain their connection to other cognitive processes.
  5. Formulate functional short-term and long-term patient goals for the remediation of cognitive-linguistic impairments.
  6. Distinguish impairments to the arousal, attention, and awareness continuum across etiologies (right hemisphere damage vs. dementias and traumatic brain injury).
  7. Integrate the appropriate therapy tasks, exercises and games in patient treatment programs.


Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has 15 years of clinical experience and more than 10 years of teaching experience in the areas of acquired cognitive disorders, dysphagia, neurological aspects of communication, aphasia and related disorders, anatomy and physiology, research and speech and hearing science.

Dr. Hoepner’s research interests include self-assessment, video self-modeling, and coaching everyday partners of individuals with traumatic brain injuries and aphasia. He also researches teaching pedagogies and self-assessment in university students. Dr. Hoepner’s clinical interests include utilizing everyday routines to reduce demands on working memory and optimize executive functions. He is actively involved in community-based brain injury, aphasia groups and aphasia camp. In addition, Dr. Hoepner acts as a clinical supervisor and is active in student-faculty collaborative research projects.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato in psychology and his master’s degree from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in communicative disorders. Dr. Hoepner completed his doctorate in communicative sciences and disorders at UW Madison with an emphasis in neurosciences and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Jerry Hoepner is an assistant professor and researcher at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Jerry Hoepner is on the board of directors for the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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