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Audience: SLP
Course level: Intermediate
Date: October 1, 2011
Check in Time: 7:30-8 a.m.
Class time: 8 -4:30 a.m.
Location: University of Minnesota Medical Center.  2450 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454. 
                  Held in East Building 1st floor, Dining Room A next to the cafeteria. 
External Fee: $195.00
Contact hours: 7.0

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Candis Fancher, M.S., CCC-SLP,
 has been a speech-language pathologist for over 39 years.  She believes that the best therapist lies within each of her patients and that the role of the professional is to provide therapeutic tips which allow individuals to unlock their creative potential.  The therapy room is an environment in which each patient laughs, cries, learns, grows, and explores future opportunities to communicate their life story and future dreams.  Everyday provides an opportunity to learn and grow because of the privilege of the speech pathology profession.  She recently co-edited the book Climbing the mountain-stories of Hope and Healing after stroke and Brain injury. 
Carrie Slag , MS., CCC-SLP,  completed her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead and her masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  She has been a Speech Pathologist with Fairview Rehab Services since 2004.  Carrie's focus has been primarily in the ENT clinic, working with patients who have had head and neck cancer.  She is a certified Alaryngeal instructor from the International Association of Laryngectomees and is also trained in Vital Stim therapy. 
Sarah Stranberg, M.A.,CCC-SLP,  a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University.  She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 17 years with significant experience with rehabilitation in critical care.  Based on her expertise with communication and swallowing disorders in medically acute patients, she is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist, with designation as a Clinical Specialist II at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  In her current position, Sarah works closely with a number of the acute medical and surgical departments with notable experience with the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery, and Critical Care.  She has done numerous presentations at local and national conferences in addition to providing educational lectures for physicians and rehabilitation staff.  In the last several years, she has been able to co-author several papers for prestigious academic and clinical journals.  Sarah values the opportunity to work with an experienced multidisciplinary team of professionals committed to improving the survival and functional outcomes for critically-ill patients. 
Carol Klitzke, M.S. CCC-SLP,  is a Speech-Language Pathologist and voice specialist at the Fairview Voice Center in Minneapolis.  She brings more than 20 years experience to the specialty care of voice/larynx and swallowing disorders.  Carol's experience involves teaching, training and consulting for music educators, performers, clergy, instructors and graduate students.  She has taken advanced training in videostroboscopy techniques, Vocal Cord Dysfunction and Lee Silverman Voice Training. Carol's presentation audiences include the Voice Care Network courses, National and State Music Educators Conferences, Sweet Adeline's' national/regional conferences and Minnesota school districts' meetings and numerous professional training sessions.
Her credentials are a  Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and SLP-Minnesota license.  Prior to joining Fairview she was in private practice with voice educator/voice specialist Leon Thurman, Ed.D.  She has been an adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, and a guest lecturer at University of Wisconsin River Falls.  She is on the faculty and Board of the Voice Care Network.

Course description
Candis Fancher: "Celebrate You Creativity-The ABC's of Caregiving through the healing Process". 
Recovery from stroke and brain injury is dependent upon physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing-a mountain climbing adventure.  This portion of the seminar will explore the recovery process and the many creative strategies we as professionals use to enhance the healing process.  Each participant is invited to share therapeutic tips which have made a positive impact on patient care and resulted in long term healing.  Stroke survivors will share their personal stories of hope and healing.
Carrie Slag:  "Dysphagia in the Head and Neck Cancer Population".  Dysphagia is a common outcome following medical treatment for head and neck cancer.  It can have a profound impact on the patient including aspiration pneumonia, dehydration, malnutrition, and decreased quality of life.  During this session we will discuss medical treatments for head and neck cancer and the common swallowing changes following these treatments,  Case presentations will also be discussed to reinforce the information provided. 

Sarah Stranberg: "Not just another tube: Evidence-based Care of the Patient with Tracheostomy".  Rehab and care of the patient with a tracheostomy continues to be a specialized area within the field of speech-language pathology.  This evidence-based session will focus on increasing knowledge regarding the indications, benefits, and potential complications of tracheostomies in patients with or without mechanical ventilation.  Various types of tracheostomy tubes will be presented with discussion of their impact on speech/swallowing function in specific patient populations.  Case presentations will be presented to enhance the participant's understanding of the interventions provided by the speech-language pathologist.  As part of a skilled multidisciplinary team, the speech-language pathologist can serve a vital role in treating these patients in order to maximize both functional outcomes and patient safety.  
Carol Klitzke: "Voice Health Management Strategies for Prevention and Treatment of Vocal Fold Injury".  Patients are routinely told to drink water and not to whisper or sing with a vocal injury.  This session will answer the questions; "are these appropriate and accurate recommendations?" and Now what do I do?"  Seven voice health strategies will be introduced, with particular focus on often overlooked efficiency and conditioning.  These strategies were developed from a review of 100 patient charts from the Fairview Voice Center.  The techniques have applications for prevention and recovery from vocal injury.  Uses in several patient populations will be discussed. 
Upon completion of Carrie Slag presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify oncologic treatment options for patients with head and neck cancer.
  • Identify barriers to oral intake following medical oncologic treatment. Discuss possible dysphagia treatment goals.
Upon completion of Sarah Stranberg's presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe basic tracheostomy tubes and the rationale for their placement in specific patient populations.
  • Describe the typical indications, possible benefits and potential complications of tracheostomy placement.
  • Discuss the role of the speech-language pathologist in the multidisciplinary care of patients with tracheostomies.
Upon completion of Carol Klitzke's presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • State 7 voice recovery  techniques for management of vocal injury.
  • Explain 2-3 ways these apply to your patient population.
  • Answer common questions asked by patients regarding recovery from vocal injury.
Upon completion of Candis Fancher's presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Identify 3 physiological benefits of integrating humor into the therapeutic process.
  • Identify 3 strategies to enhance/facilitate improved brain functioning.
  • Define "snac" concept and 3 therapy strategies to implement in treatment goal development.
Sarah Stranberg's Agenda: 8:00-10:00 am
7:30-8:00 a.m.        Registration/check in
8:00-8:15 a.m.        Course introduction of presenters
8:15-8:30 a.m.        Rationale, indications, and potential benefits of tracheostomy .        Tracheostomy procedure and potential complications of tracheostomy
9:00-9:30 a.m.        Review of different tracheostomy tubes.  Swallowing evaluation and management for patients 
                                  with tracheostomy.
9:30-9:45 a.m.       Communication evaluation and management options for patients with
9:45-10:00 a.m.     The multidisciplinary "Trach team" and the role of the SLP
10:00-10:15 a.m.   BREAK

Carrie Slag's Agenda: 10:15-12:00 p.m.
10:15-10:30 a.m.    Introduction to head and neck cancer
10:30-10:45 a.m.    Treatment Planning
10:45-11:00 a.m.    Dysphagia in HNC population
11:00- 11:30 a.m.   Swallowing treatment strategies
11:30-12:00 p.m.    Case Presentations and Questions and Answers 

12:00-1:00 p.m.      LUNCH

Carol Klitzke's Agenda: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
1:00-1:30 p.m.        Introduce, describe, discuss 7 vocal injury recovery strategies.
1:30-1:45 p.m.        Dispel myths and misconceptions about voice health advice.
1:45-2:30 p.m.        Apply information to patient treatment.
2:30-2:45 p.m.        BREAK

Candis Fancher Agenda: 2:45-4:30 p.m.

2:45-3:15 p.m.       Physiological benefits of Humor-Therapeutic Applications    
3:15-4:00 p.m.       The "ABC" Section:  The ABCs of Extraordinary Communication.
                                  Shape Test
                                  Energizer exercise 
4:00-4:15 p.m.      "SNAC" prescription                           
4:15-4:30 p.m.      Questions and Answers

This course if offered for 0.7 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

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