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Friday, November 23rd 2012

Assessing and Treating Higher Cognitive Deficits in Patients with Brain Disease and Mental Illness

Brian Levine, PhD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars, Inc

9:00 am to 4:30 pm Location: YWCA Elm Centre, 87 Elm Street, Toronto Fee: $199 (+ HST) up to Sept. 13
$209 (+ HST) after Sept. 13

Executive dysfunctions (or higher-order cognitive deficits associated with the brain’s frontal lobes) often go undiagnosed and untreated even though they are highly prevalent and implicated in many neurological and psychiatric disorders including dementia, depression, stroke, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury. Standard methods for diagnosis are limited, particularly when these dysfunctions primarily arise in real-life situations (as opposed to a structured test environment).

In this workshop, Dr. Levine, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, draws on his extensive clinical, research, and teaching experience to translate neuroscientific data into practical guidelines for allied health professionals and students who work with individuals with cognitive and behavioural impairments. He synthesizes information from research with clinical samples, functional brain imaging, and cognitive science with videos of cases and engaging participatory demonstrations to explain the dysexecutive syndromes arising from frontal lobe dysfunction.

As an expert in assessment and rehabilitation, Dr. Levine will illustrate the limitations and strengths of current standards of clinical practice. He will also provide evidence-based recommendations for treatment of executive deficits that can be flexibly incorporated into existing interventions.

You will learn —

Why executive functions are so affected by frontal lobe brain damage as well as by other syndromes (psychiatric disorders, diffuse damage)
How to diagnose different syndromes of executive dysfunction
How to order and interpret cognitive or neuropsychological assessments for executive dysfunction
How to evaluate claims of automated packages to diagnose and rehabilitate cognitive deficits
About application of knowledge concerning executive and frontal lobe function to enhance personal injury or other medico-legal assessments
How to use triage to assign different patients with different executive syndromes to different types of interventions

About the Presenter:

Brian Levine, PhD, CPsych, ABPP-cn, is a senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, and is Professor of Psychology and Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Toronto. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters on brain-behaviour relationships in the area of memory and frontal lobe (executive) function, with a focus on aging, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Levine is co-editor of Mind and Frontal Lobes: Cognition, Behavior, and Brain Imaging, and co-author of Goal Management Training, a leading program for rehabilitation of people with executive dysfunction. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Levine is frequently called upon to communicate research findings to the general public; he has shared his expertise with the New York Times, CBC radio, USA Today, Psychology Today, Scientific American: Mind, and Discovery Health, among other media outlets.


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