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Professional Learning Institute

Each of the classes below are linked to a page which includes more information about the course and class registration. Watch for more information or call 630-909-6923.


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Winter / Spring 2015 Course Registration



Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Health Care Professionals

February 20-21, 2015

Prescribed and over-the-counter medicines influence how and whether patients benefit from rehabilitation therapies. This course will examine drug families and drugs commonly used in rehabilitation across spectra of illness, disease, and disability. It will begin with foundational principals in pharmacology and then focus on body systems that are treated with common pharmaceuticals used for inflammation and pain, as well as diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and nervous systems. Content will include contemporary issues in women’s health; use of internet-based free-ware resources that enhance understanding for prescription and non-prescription medication use; and common over-the-counter drugs and herbals focusing on their hazards, interactions with prescription drugs, and adverse effects influencing successful rehabilitation.

Presenter: Mark S. Nash, Ph.D., FACSM

Intended Audience: PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP, Rehabilitation Nurse

Contact Hours: 13 hours

Registration Deadline: 2-6-15

Fees: Single Registration: $450; Group Registration Fee: $430 (2+ from one facility)



Training the Clinical Eye: Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Dysphagia

March 7, 2015

This course is designed to train the practicing clinician’s eye for pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. This course will include video examples of clinical assessment, instrumental assessment, and treatment. Participants will be actively involved in assessing clinical disorders and determining treatment strategies given video examples and case study information. Your active involvement is required in order to complete the course and to ensure a dynamic learning experience.

The Illinois EI Training Program has approved this course for credential credit.

Presenters: Top Doctor Mary Keen, MD; Rima I. Birutis MA, CCC-SLP;
Michele Wesling MA, CCC-SLP

Intended Audience: OT, OTA, SLP, Nurse

Contact Hours:
7.5 hours

Registration Deadline: 2-20-15

Fees: Single Registration: $275; Group Registration Fee: $255 (2+ from one facility)


Preparing for the CRRN Exam: You Can Do It!

March 11-13, 2015

This course is designed for the nurse preparing for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse examination or nurses new to the field of rehabilitation nursing. Topics included in the 2 ½ day course are: challenges associated with community re-entry, legal and ethical issues pertinent to rehabilitation nursing and the nursing care required by individuals with a variety of disabilities.  The participant will be able to use the knowledge gained to prepare for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse Exam. Contact hours will be available for nurses who have not previously taken the course.

Presenters: Sally Strong, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Course Coordinator, RN, APN-CNS, CNRN, CRRN; Aneesah Anani, Staff Nurse, RN, BSN, CRRN; Stacy Berendt, Case Manager, MSW, LSW; Cindy Bright, Clinical Development Coordinator, Nursing, RN, CRRN; Angela Daniels, Clinical Dietitian, RD, LDN; Teresa Nardini, Staff Nurse, RN, CRRN; Paula Eppenstein, Manager of Education for Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital,PT, MS; Mary Jensen, Clinical Development Coordinator, Speech Language Pathology, MA,CCC-SLP; Patty Roberts, Director, Spiritual Care; Leslie Rogers, Ph.D., Psychologist

Intended Audience: Nurses

Contact Hours: 18 hours

Registration Deadline: 3-4-15

Fees: Single Registration: $350; Group Registration Fee: $330 (2+ from one facility)



Defensive Documentation: What You Don’t Know May Hurt You

April 10, 2015

This up-to-date course will cover and review the necessary components of documentation required to support the need for therapy services and the provision of skilled treatment by the clinician. With ongoing changes to regulatory and third party payer requirements, healthcare providers must stay current with the criteria utilized for determining medical necessity and the provision of reasonable and necessary services when documentation is audited. It is essential for therapists to critically select, effectively utilize and succinctly document objective tests and measures. Definitions of key documentation items will be reviewed and tips will be provided to help strengthen the content of your documentation. Additionally, education will be provided on how to minimize your legal risk as an organization and practitioner through use of audits and quality improvement activities. This interactive course will utilize case studies and small group discussion to provide opportunities to apply and integrate techniques discussed throughout this course. A documentation tool-kit will be provided to pull the information together and allow the clinician to immediately implement these strategies in clinical practice. Your active involvement is required in order to complete the course and to ensure a dynamic learning experience.

Presenters: Paula Eppenstein, PT, MS; Emily Becker, PT, MS; Sharon Seitzinger, OTR/L

Intended Audience:

Contact Hours: 7 hours

Registration Deadline: 3-27-15

Fees: Single Registration: $179; Group Registration Fee: $159 (2+ from one facility)



Therapeutic Touch: A Healing Modality

May 15-16, 2015

Therapeutic Touch (TT) promotes a sense of balance, peacefulness and relaxation, along with decreased pain and anxiety. Additionally, for the practitioner, TT helps to create a sense of peace and centeredness during stressful times. It enriches one’s life both professionally and personally. This course establishes a foundational knowledge base for the beginning of your TT practice. For those who continue on for the credential of QTTP (Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner awarded by the Therapeutic Touch International Association), this is the first of the two required courses. Contact hours will be available for nurses who have not previously taken this course.

Presenters: Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD, QTTP, QTTT and Donna Pilkington, RN, CRRN, MSML, QTTP

Intended Audience: Nurses; Chaplains

Other disciplines are welcome to attend, however CE credit will not be granted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, or social workers.

Contact Hours: 12 hours

Registration Deadline: 5-1-15

Fees: Single Registration: $125; Group Registration Fee: $105 (2+ from one facility)




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Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

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