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Memory Assessment and Intervention: Practical Help for People with Memory Problems (April 2018)

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Course title Memory Assessment and Intervention: Practical Help for People with Memory Problems
Date(s) Wednesday 11 April 2018
Location Glenside, Salisbury SP2 0QD
Fees £95 per delegate / Student rate £60
At present, we can do little to restore memory functioning in survivors of brain injury but this does not mean that nothing can be done to reduce or moderate the actual problems faced by memory impaired people in their everyday lives.
We begin this full day workshop with a brief discussion of the types of memory problems seen after non-progressive brain injury, in particular the memory difficulties faced by survivors of traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis and hypoxic brain damage.  Following a description of how we assess such difficulties, we consider some general principles to help people with memory deficits. These principles include ways of improving encoding, storage and retrieval. We continue with more specific strategies to help people a) manage without a functioning memory through environmental modifications (this is often the only way to help those with very severe and widespread cognitive impairments), b) learn more efficiently (particularly through errorless learning strategies) and c) enable people to compensate through the use of memory aids. Helping people to compensate for their difficulties has proved to be particularly useful in increasing independence. Clinical examples are provided together with evidence for the effectiveness of these approaches. The impact of memory impairment on emotions is also considered together with the value of memory groups. The overall conclusion is that memory rehabilitation can help people to compensate for, bypass or reduce their everyday problems and thus survive more efficiently in their own most appropriate environments.   Objectives of the workshop Participants will:-
  1. Be introduced to the typical memory problems faced by survivors of non-progressive brain injury
  2. Be familiar with some of the assessment procedures used to determine memory  deficits
  3. Understand which questions these assessments can and cannot answer.
  4. Learn about environmental modifications that can enable those with very severe problems to survive without a functioning memory
  5. Be introduced to the different ways of  enhancing new learning especially how errorless learning can be implemented in practice
  6. Discover some of the aids available to help people compensate for their problems
  7. Acquire information on the value of memory groups.
  Speakers:      Professor Barbara Wilson, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist (The Raphael Hospital & The Oliver Zangwill Centre); Dr. Anita Rose, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist (The Raphael Hospital).