Continuing Education for Support Workers

MindWorks believes that continuing education helps to create the strongest, most knowledgeable players in the industry. We encourage our own staff to always keep learning, and we host workshops and courses open to industry professionals in order to ensure that updated information is easily obtained and implemented. This strategy is in place to ensure that our clients, and the clients of each individual that attends our workshops, has the best chance of recovery.

Upcoming Workshops

June 2 & 3, 2022Functional Cognition: Cognitive Rehabilitation Assessment and Intervention MethodsJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Past Workshops

May 30, 2019Social Communication in Adolescents and Adults with Acquired Brain InjuryLyn Turkstra, PhD
October 25 – 27, 2018Optimizing Functional Cognition and Executive Function: Assessment and Intervention StrategiesJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR
October 1 – 3, 2015Cognitive Rehabilitation: Assessment and Intervention StrategiesJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR
October 2 & 3, 2012Cognitive Rehabilitation Interventions: Promoting Strategy Use & Awareness across Functional ActivitiesJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR
October 1, 2012Cognitive Rehabilitation: Assessment Tools and Performance Based measuresJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR
October 21 & 22, 2010Cognitive Rehabilitation: The Quadraphonic ApproachBeatriz C. Abreu, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
September 24 & 25, 2009Cognitive Rehabilitation and the Multi-context Approach to Executive Dysfunction, Awareness & MemoryJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR
September 5 & 6, 2008Evaluation and Treatment of Visual Perceptual Dysfunction in Adult Brain Injury (Part 1)Mary Warren, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA
November 15, 2007A Practical Guide to Helping Clients with Brain Injury (and Other Neurological Disorders)
Work and Live Productively
Dr. Jeff Kreutzer
June 14 & 15, 2007Understanding, Assessing and TreatingVisual, Perceptual and Cognitive Dysfunction in the Adult with Brain InjuryBarbara Zoltan, MA, OTR, L
October 9, 2006Retraining Cognition: Techniques and ApplicationsRick Parenté, PhD
April 8 & 9, 2005
June 8 & 9, 2006
The Multicontext Approach to Cognitive Rehabilitation: Awareness, Memory andExecutive DysfunctionJoan Toglia, PhD, OTR
November 3 & 4, 2005Practical strategies for effectively supporting, treating, and educating families after TBI and other neurological disordersDr. Jeff Kreutzer
Dr. Laura Taylor
October 2 & 3, 2003Work After Brain Injury Outcomes, Prognosis, and Effective InterventionsDr. Jeff Kreutzer
Dr. Laura Taylor
June 16 & 17, 2003Practical Strategies for Meeting the Challenges in Rehabilitation for Individuals with Traumatic Brain InjuryDr. Mark Ylvisaker
Dr. Tim Feeney

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Beatriz C. Abreu, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is an educator, researcher and master clinician with over forty-two years of experience and widely recognized for her expertise on cognitive rehabilitation. She is an independent consultant and was the Director of Occupational Therapy at the Transitional Learning Center in Galveston, a center specializing in services for persons with brain injury. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she assisted in the development of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science. She has mentored doctoral and postdoctoral occupational therapists, physical therapists, engineers, and physiologists. Dr. Abreu was formerly associated with the USC-University Hospital and the University of Southern California, New York University and Downstate Brooklyn New York State University. Dr. Abreu has presented numerous workshops and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. She has received multiple awards nationally and internationally for her publications, direct care, research and educational endeavors.

Dr. Tim Feeney is the Director of the Wildwood Institute, a not-for-profit organization founded to assist schools in the development of collaborative and cost-effective services.

Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD. A Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Dr. Kreutzer has more than 20 years of clinical and research experience developing, implementing, and evaluating vocational rehabilitation interventions.

Rick Parenté, PhD, has practiced cognitive rehabilitation therapy for over 20 years. His research and theory interests include particular emphasis on group cognitive skills training for brain injured clients. Since1986, he has served as Neuropsychological Consultant at the Maryland Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Parente’ is an active advisory board member of the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation. He has published three books on cognitive rehabilitation and over 50 journal articles on the topic of brain injury rehabilitation and serves as co-editor for PMI’s journal, Cognitive Technology. Dr. Parente’ is Professor of Psychology at Towson University in Maryland and adjunct professor of Physiology at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Laura Taylor, PhD is an Instructor with clinical and research responsibilities in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Campus. Dr. Taylor has given many presentations at national and international conferences, and she has published a number of articles relating to traumatic brain injury. She graduated with honors from the University of Richmond, with a B.A. in Psychology, and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana.

Joan Toglia, PhD, OTR, is Associate Professor and Program Director of the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Dr. Toglia is especially known for her work on the multicontext treatment approach and the use of dynamic assessment methods. She has presented lectures and workshops throughout the United States and Canada and is author of numerous publications. She has contributed extensively to the field of cognitive perceptual rehabilitation as a clinician, educator and researcher.

Mary Warren, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She has presented numerous workshops on visual perceptual dysfunction following acute brain injury and is an internationally recognized authority in this area. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and she has contributed chapters to several rehabilitation textbooks including Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction, edited by Lorraine Pedretti. She is the author of Brain Injury Visual Perceptual Battery for Adults (biVABA) and co-author of Dynavision Guide to Rehabilitation. Her awards include the Cordelia Myer’s Writer’s Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Award of Clinical Excellence from the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association, Outstanding Educator Award from the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association, the Healthsouth Rehabilitation Award for Clinical Excellence in Occupational Therapy from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and the Elsie McKibben Lectureship from the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association.

Dr. Mark Ylvisaker. After an early career teaching philosophy at Carleton College and University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Ylvisaker became a speech-language pathologist. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Communication Disorders at the College of Saint Rose, Albany New York.

Barbara Zoltan, MA, OTR/L, is a consultant in Southern California. She obtained her BS in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and her master’s degree from the University of Southern California. She holds certifications in both sensory integration and neurodevelopmental treatment and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy in Health Care.