Live Webinars

COVID-19: Social isolation and loneliness. What does it all really mean?
May 27,  2020 12pm-1pm Eastern

Presented by:

Melissa L Zahl, PhD, MTRS, CTRS

Jennifer A Piatt, PhD CTRS

Overview: Although social distancing is necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, prior research has identified social isolation linked to negative health outcomes including poor mental health, cardiovascular disease, and increased mortality. Individuals with spinal cord injury are at greater health risks, whether they choose to prescribe to social distance or not. 

Participants of this session will be able to:

  1. Understand how to help patients with SCI navigate social distancing while addressing social isolation and loneliness. 
  2. Become aware of prior research that identified the health impacts associated with social distancing, isolation, and loneliness. 
  3. Identify 3 different therapeutic interventions that patients can facilitate on their own to navigate social isolation and loneliness. 

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Sex & Silent AD: Can What You Don’t Know Hurt You?
June 17, 2020 12-1pm Eastern

Presented by:

Dr. Angela Kuemmel, Ph.D., ABPP (Rp)

M. Kristi Henzel, MD, PhD


Backround: Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a known result of sexual activity for some people with spinal cord injury (SCI), particularly with ejaculation & orgasm; but blood pressure is also elevated in able bodied persons during sexual-stimulation & orgasm. Blood pressures for diagnosing and treating AD during sexual activity are thus difficult to characterize, and may vary between people with SCI. The existence of asymptomatic or “silent” AD during sexual activity is controversial and poorly documented although anecdotes exist. Adrenergic hyperreflexia may also be key to the experience of orgasm for people with SCI. This creates decision-making challenges for persons with SCI, their partners and medical/psychological providers

Sexual activity is of highest priority for persons with paraplegia and is second to hand function for persons with tetraplegia. AD is an unwanted complication of sexual activity in 27% of women with SCI, and some persons with SCI and AD were reported to cease sexual activity for fear of medical consequences. The potential for silent AD during sexual activity raises multiple psychological concerns including anxiety, frustration, reluctance to engage in sexual activity, shifted focus, reduced ability to orgasm, and overall reduction in pleasure. In addition, persons with SCI need to communicate these concerns and risks with their partners and medical providers and possibly utilize their assistance with interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of adrenergic hyperreflexia and AD during sexual activity after SCI.
  • Increase knowledge of medical and behavioral interventions for identification and management of sexual activity-induced silent AD.
  • Develop strategies for approaching conversations about silent AD with patients with SCI.

Registration will open next week!

“Delivering effective SCI rehabilitation therapies through telemedicine”
June 24, 2020 12pm-1pm EST

Topics to discuss

    1. CPT codes/billing
    2. Platforms used for telehealth
    3. Phone visits vs telehealth
    4. How to train therapists on how to deliver meaningful therapy via telehealth  
    5. How to engage patients to use telehealth
    6.  Case Studies
    7. General tips/tricks

Panelists (TLC Board members and Comm reps)

    1. Theresa Berner OT (the Ohio State University Medical Center) – Facilitator
    2. Erin Brown OT (Ability KC)
    3. Darcy Erikson OT (Mayo Clinic)
    4. Brad Dexter PT (QLI)
    5. Katie Powell OT (Milwaukee VA)

Learning objectives – After this webinar, the learner will

  1. Name 3 different platforms used in telehealth
  2. Cite a therapeutic intervention that could be performed via telehealth
  3. State 2 therapy measurements that could be modified for telehealth

Registration will open next week!

Webinars are FREE for members and $34 for non-members. No CEs are offered for these webinars. Need assistance registering? Contact Josh Marx