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Managing Cognitive and Mood Issues in Neurodegenerative Disorders

From 10/20/17 8:15 am until 10/20/17 3:30 pm
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Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is intended for behavioral health and other health care professionals with an interest in the latest treatment options for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Workshop Objectives

Learn about the range of cognitive and emotional changes that can occur in normal aging as well as various neurodegenerative disorders (i.e. Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, stroke and more). Learn recommended behavioral treatments for managing cognitive and emotional changes in different stages of various neurodegenerative disorders. Learn about the usefulness and limitations and challenges of using screening instruments for detecting cognitive and emotional changes in individuals with neurodegenerative disorders.

Participants will be designated as “Parkinson’s Proficient Providers” in Parkinson Foundation database of primary referrals for the estimate 12,000 people living with Parkinson’s in Western PA.

Workshop Agenda

8:15 am -Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:55 am-Welcome and Introductions

9-9:45 am-Introduction to cognitive and mood changes in healthy aging and various neurodegenerative disorders.

9:45-10:45 am-Newly Diagnosed Issues, Patient Vignettes with a focus on mood and adjustment issues. Education about factors impacting mood presentation.

10:45-11 am-Break

11 am-12 pm-Developing Your Assessment Toolbox.

12-1 pm-Lunch

1-2 pm-Cognitive Changes – Mild Cognitive Impairment. Patient Vignettes with a focus on mild cognitive issues and chronic mood issues. Recommendations and a review of strategies for managing mild symptoms, including a review of the latest literature findings

2-3 pm-Impact on Functioning and Family Roles – Early Dementia. Patient Vignettes with a focus on more significant cognitive issues and caregiver perspectives/needs. Review of executive dysfunction and caregiver needs.

3-3:30 pm-Wrap-Up and Final Q&A. Importance of daily/personal management of cognitive and mood health and wellness

Guest Speaker

Sarah Lageman, PhD, ABPP-CN
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Neuropsychology Program Director and Huntington’s Disease Program Neuropsychologist of VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center

Registration fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, CEs and parking. NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 5.25 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Fee: $75

For questions or to register by phone, please contact 412-837-1357 or

The deadline to register is October 13, 2017.

A special thank you to the following organizations for providing funding in support of this important workshop:

Staunton Farm Foundation

Acadia Pharmaceuticals

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    Pittsburgh, PA 15202
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