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Baycrest offers three train-the-trainer workshops that provide clinicians with the background information and skills to effectively deliver evidence-based group interventions focused on cognitive rehabilitation. Full-day workshops combine interactive lectures and hands-on practice related to the content and delivery of the program of interest. Workshops are aimed at licenced health care professionals and students including occupational therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, nurses, physicians, etc. Continuing Education credits will be available for attendees.

Interventions for Memory and Aging: A Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Memory & Aging Program TM

This workshop is designed for clinicians and students who work with older adults. Participants will learn about age-related memory changes, health and lifestyle factors that affect memory, and strategies that can be used to optimize memory function. Drawing on content from Baycrest’s Memory and Aging Program® for older adults with normal age-related memory changes, workshop participants will learn how to deliver evidence-based memory interventions.

  • Bio

    Dr. Angela TroyerDr. Angela Troyer is the Professional Practice Chief of Psychology and Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest. She is cross-appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the University of Victoria, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest. She has worked as a psychologist at Baycrest since 1997, where she developed and implemented the Memory and Aging Program and provided clinical neuropsychological assessment services. She has an active research program in the area of assessment and intervention of memory changes associated with normal aging and early cognitive disorders.

    Dr. Susan VandermorrisDr. Susan Vandermorris is a psychologist in the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health Program. She received her Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Victoria, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at the Rotman Research Institute. She presently runs the Memory and Aging Program™ and provides clinical neuropsychological assessment services to older adults. Her research involves applications of neuropsychological assessment and intervention to improve diagnostic accuracy and enhance daily functioning.

  • Objectives

    During this workshop, participants will:

    • Review memory changes associated with normal aging and how different health and lifestyle factors can impact memory function
    • Learn evidence-based protocols for memory strategy training and brain health promotion
    • Gain hands-on practice with training others in the use of memory strategies
    • Understand evidence for the benefits of memory interventions for older adults
    • Appreciate common challenges to delivering group memory interventions

Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI®

Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI TMLearning the Ropes for Living with MCI® is aimed at community dwelling older adults experiencing Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their close relative. The focus is on optimizing cognitive health through lifestyle choices, memory training, and psychosocial support. The immediate goals of the program are to improve healthy lifestyle behaviours in all participants, memory strategy knowledge and use in participants with MCI, and adaptive coping skills in close relatives (family/friend). The overarching long term goals are to prevent or delay the onset of clinical dementia in persons with MCI and to prevent or minimize physical and mental health declines in their close relative. The content of this evidence-based program is crafted to meet the specific needs of people living with MCI based on the most current research. This workshop provides healthcare professionals with an in-depth understanding of MCI and the necessary background and training to deliver an effective group intervention targeted to the specialized needs of those affected by MCI.

  • Agenda

    9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    Onboarding to Webinar

    10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Defining Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Kelly Murphy, Ph.D., C.Psych.
    Program overview and evidence
    Kelly Murphy, Ph.D., C.Psych

    11:00 - 11:05 a.m.

    Stretch Break

    11:05 - 11:35 a.m.

    Session – by – session protocol
    Gillian Rowe, Ph.D., C.Psych.

    Promoting Positive Lifestyle Choices
    Kelly Murphy, Ph.D., C.Psych.

    11:35 - 11:45 a.m.

    Stretch Break & Q&A

    11:45 - 12:15 p.m.

    Delivering evidence-based memory training
    Gillian Rowe, Ph.D., C.Psych.

    12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

    Lunch Break

    12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

    Implementing memory strategies (break out groups)
    Gillian Rowe, Ph.D., C.Psych.

    1:15 - 1:40 p.m.

    Psychosocial intervention for family living with an MCI relative
    Renee Climans, MSW, RSW 

    1:40 - 1:50 p.m.

    Stretch Break & Q&A

    1:50 - 2:20 p.m.

    Implementing strategies for managing personal challenges
    (break out groups)
    Renee Climans, MSW, RSW

    2:20 - 2:45 p.m.

    Practical considerations for implementing Learning the Ropes
    Kelly Murphy, Ph.D., C.Psych.

    2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

    Discussion & Feedback

  • Bio

    Dr. Kelly MurphyDr. Kelly Murphy is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and holds adjunct faculty positions in graduate psychology programs at York University and Queen’s University. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1996, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest in 1999, and has held her position as a clinician-researcher at Baycrest since 1999. She heads a clinical service for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that involves clinical assessment and behavioural intervention involving Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI®. Her research focuses are on the cognitive and behavioural characteristics of MCI and cognitive intervention.

    Dr. Gillian Rowe is a Clinical Neuropsychologist (in the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health Program at Baycrest and a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2010 and has worked at Baycrest since 2009. She is involved in running behavioural interventions for persons with mild to severe memory disorders, specifically Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI® and Memory-Link. Her research includes investigations into the influence of normal aging, MCI, and acquired brain injury on attention and memory processes, as well as cognitive intervention in persons with memory impairments. 

    Ms. Renee ClimansMs. Renee Climans is a registered social worker with over 30 years’ experience. She has worked at Baycrest since 1990 where she has been involved in care, research, and education and where she has been actively involved in facilitating supportive counseling groups, both in person and on-line, for family members of people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Her approach is wellness oriented and collaborative and combines cognitive behavioural and mindfulness therapeutic methods. In addition to her work at Baycrest, she has a private therapy practice specializing in the areas of individual, couple, and family counseling and consults to a variety of health care clinics in the Toronto area.  Ms. Climans has also provided and designed wellness training workshops for corporate clients. On topics related to gerontology and health care she has conducted numerous media interviews, lectures, and published in peer-reviewed journals.  

  • Objectives

    During this workshop, participants will:

    • Review how MCI differs from normal aging and dementia, and gain an appreciation of how cognitive processes are typically affected in these groups
    • Acquire first-hand experience with utilizing practical strategies for improving everyday remembering and learn how to effectively communicate this knowledge to others
    • Learn how to engage individuals in a group intervention in a manner that facilitates their ability to make behavioural changes targeted to promote positive cognitive health outcomes
    • Gain an understanding of how lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, and social involvement impact brain health
    • Develop an appreciation for how MCI impacts the lives of people experiencing the condition AND about the impact of MCI on the lives of close relatives
    • Understand how to capitalize on flexibilities built into the program protocol to facilitate skill in best meeting the needs of those served
  • Venue Locations & Directions
    Upon registration, online participants will be provided with a link to the BrainXchange for assistance in onboarding to the webinar. Please ensure you have contacted the BrainXchange one week prior to the scheduled event.

Goal Management Training®

Executive or frontal lobe functions mediate the control, direction, and regulation of cognitive and mental processes. These skills are affected in conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and psychiatric disorders. This workshop will provide the latest clinical-scientific information concerning the assessment of executive functions and their evidence-based rehabilitation with Goal Management Training® (GMT). The workshop will be led by Dr. Brian Levine, primary developer of GMT, clinical neuropsychologist, and senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute.

In the morning session, Dr. Levine will review the neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience of executive functions, including psychological and neuroanatomical background, neuroimaging findings, diagnostic considerations, and clinical assessment. Although grounded in neuroscience theory, the emphasis will be applied, with use of clinical cases. The afternoon session will consist of an interactive train-the-trainer session for GMT, including a presentation on GMT for telemedicine, co-facilitated by Charlene O'Connor (Homewood Health) and Dr. Susan Vandermorris (Baycrest). 
Workshop attendees who are registered practitioners who have purchased a GMT kit are eligible for a badge designation on the therapist page of the GMT website
This workshop through the Rotman Research Institute is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer 6 continuing education credits for psychologists.

The Rotman Research Institute maintains responsibility for the program.

  • Agenda
    Workshop Agenda
    Friday, December 11, 2020
    Brian Levine, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABPP-cn

    Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00 PM
    Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    8:50 - 9:00 AM


    9:00 - 9:15 AM

    Welcome and overview

    9:15 - 9:45 AM

    Theories of executive functioning

    9:45 - 10:15 AM

    Neuroanatomy of executive functioning

    11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Overview of research on rehabilitation of executive functions and 
    other “brain training” approaches

    10:15 - 10:30 AM


    10:30 - 11:00 AM

    Clinical neuropsychology of executive dysfunction: Traumatic brain injury,
    unhealthy brain aging, stroke

    11:00 - 11:30 AM

    Overview of research on rehabilitation of executive functions and other
    “brain training” approaches

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Q & A

    12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Lunch Break

    1:00 - 1:15 PM

    Overview of GMT kit

    1:15 - 2:15 PM

    Session-by-session review of GMT

    • Raising awareness to goal management deficit
    • Mindfulness
    2:15 - 2:30 PM Break
    2:30 - 3:30 PM
    Session-by-session review of GMT (con’t)
    • Stopping the automatic pilot and mental blackboard
    • Splitting tasks, checking
    3:30 - 4:00 PM
    Delivery of GMT through telemedicine with:
    • Susan Vandermorris, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health Program
    • Charlene O’Connor, MA, MSc, Senior Manager, Research and Innovation, Homewood Specialized Services, Homewood Health Centre
    4:00 - 4:30 PM Q & A
  • Bio
    Dr. Brian LevineDr. Brian Levine is a senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences and a professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto. He is an expert in the areas of executive and prefrontal function, memory, psychometrics and test development, multimodal brain imaging, the relationship of brain imaging findings to behaviour, real-life outcome following brain injuries and diseases, and cognitive neurorehabilitation. Levine has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in high impact peer-reviewed journals and texts, and one book, Mind and the frontal lobes: cognition, behaviour, and brain imaging (2012, Oxford University Press).

    His research converges on the goal of improving assessment and treatment of executive functioning, attention, and memory in patients with brain disease, incorporating cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience methodologies. Levine’s research has been cited nearly 20,000 times. He has shared his expertise with the general public (e.g., the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Washington Post, Wired, CBC radio, USA Today, Psychology Today, Scientific American, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Discovery Health). Although he is a full-time scientist, Levine is clinically active. As a board-certified neuropsychologist, he is frequently called upon to provide independent expert neuropsychological consultation for evaluation of psychiatric or neurological conditions, including occupational assessments and personal injury cases.

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  • Objectives

    During this workshop, participants will learn:

    • Identification of the nature and causes of syndromes of executive (frontal lobe) dysfunction
    • Why executive functions are so affected by frontal lobe brain damage as well as by other syndromes (psychiatric disorders, diffuse damage)
    • The theory underlying GMT and the evidence base that supports the use of GMT in treating executive dysfunction
    • The core elements of GMT (or GMT concepts)
    • Step-by-step instruction and background for GMT sessions.
    • Discuss the application of GMT for telemedicine.