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Older Adults’ Perceptions of Automated Vehicle Technologies

In this course, the author provides an overview of older adults’ transportation needs, the potential benefit of autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) to their health and safety, and results from a study conducted to determine older adults’ perception before and after being exposed to AVT (i.e. a driving simulator driving in autonomous mode and an automated shuttle). The presentation highlights implications for practice, policy and research.

Therapeutic Communication

This is an introductory course in therapeutic communication for rehabilitation professionals. Students taking this course will receive an overview of basic verbal and nonverbal therapeutic communication skills and application within a rehabilitation setting.

Faculty Spotlight: Jamie Pomeranz, PhD, CRC, CLCP

Recently, Dr. Jamie Pomeranz was appointed as the Director of the Social and Behavioral Science concentration in the PhD program in Public Health and as the Coordinator of the Social and Behavioral Science Program Faculty.

Case Management: An Introduction for Rehabilitation Professionals

In this course, the author author provides an overview of the case management. Definitions and roles among health professionals are included. The training also includes the types funding supporting case management and why rehabilitation professionals make great case managers.

The Fitness to Drive Screening Measure: Case Studies

The Fitness to Drive Screening Measure (FTDS) is a web-based questionnaire for screening senior drivers who are potentially at-risk. The FTDS is completed by a family member or caregiver of the senior driver. The results of the FTDS provide recommendations for the next steps as well as resources. However, occupational therapists who are generalists or specialists in driving rehabilitation can also use the results of the FTDS to better manage their clients' plan of care. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the FTDS development and application. Through case studies, participants will learn how to analyze the FTDS results with clinical findings to inform their decisions about whether an on-road assessment is necessary. Participants will also learn how to use the FTDS key form results to complement the on-road assessment and as such provide a more comprehensive treatment plan and recommendations.

Driving Cessation and Alternative Transportation: The Challenges and Opportunities

Occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals play an important role in helping seniors adjust to driving cessation and use of alternative transportation. This presentation provides foundational knowledge about driving and the use of alternative transportation among seniors in North America. Participants will learn about assessment and intervention tools that can be used to assist seniors transitioning to alternative transportation. Through the presentation and observation of a role play, participants will learn about key strategies to use when having these potentially challenging conversations with seniors.

Driving Rehabilitation: Considerations for Private Practice

This course is designed for the healthcare professional who has experience in driving rehabilitation and is considering starting a private practice. The presenter provides an overview of information that needs to be gathered in order to make an informed decision about pursuing private practice. Participants will learn about business tools and strategies to guide their decision. In addition, the course includes a spreadsheet to create a financial plan for a driving rehabilitation practice.

Drive Focus: A Driving Intervention Tool

This course will provide an overview of the development and use of a driving intervention tool, Drive Focus. The presenter will describe the tool’s evolution from an experience with a driving rehabilitation client to a visual-cognitive training application for driving. Participants will learn of the usability and efficacy studies that have been completed with the tool. In addition, participants will learn how Drive Focus may be used with clients in an in-patient, out-patient, or driving rehabilitation practice setting.