z 6/3 - 6/5: 43rd Annual Interdisciplinary Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Course

$ 600.00

Attend our 43rd Annual Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Course ONLINE!

  • Internationally Reknowned Keynotes

  • Earn up to 20.50 Contact Hours over 3 Days

  • Workshops, lectures, case studies and panel discussions all online

Practitioners can build better therapeutic interventions when clinical decision-making and current research is at the forefront of evidence-based care. This innovative, interdisciplinary online course focuses on the resources and strategies that allow individuals with SCI/D to achieve their highest quality of life.  Over three days, this course will integrate interactive workshops and discipline-specific leaders facilitating skill-building opportunities.  The course focuses on patient outcomes in individuals with SCI/D.  Day 1 will discuss how specifics in autonomic dysreflexia, pain processing, and neuropathic pain affect individuals with a spinal cord injury.  Day 2 will focus on the application of clinical assessment of patients with SCI and outcomes in adults with pediatric onset spinal cord injury. Day 3 will tap into the challenge of daily living skills and quality of life issues of living with a SCI/D. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss a patient case with course faculty through small discussion groups in online breakout rooms. This online course will encourage practitioners to think of a person living with SCI/D from all angles, from evaluation to treatment and management of symptoms, to treatment planning and long-term considerations and successes all from the convenience of your home or workplace.

For full course details and workshop descriptions and faculty list, please review the course brochure: Click Here  

LOCATION: Online - Right at home!

AUDIENCE: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, and Physicians (not offering CME)

Workshop Options: You will attend all 4 workshops.

Workshop #1 Physiological impairment level assessment: Spasticity, Sensory, TMS
Monica Perez, PT, PhD

Workshop #2 Assessment and Intervention for Management of Shoulder Kyle Fahey & Jack Avila (+1 hour pre-work)

Workshop #3 ISNCSCI Performance and Assessment Laura Doyle, Piper Hansen, and Amanda Olson (1 hour prework)

Workshop #4 Seating and Positioning Corrie Abegglen & Sara Hobbs. (1 hour prework)


OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify current research and trends in autonomic dysreflexia with spinal cord injuries.
  • Theorize how the pain phenotype can inform clinical management of individuals with SCI.
  • Discuss psychosocial considerations for persons living with a spinal cord injury and their families.   
  • Identify factors associated with greater likelihood for employment, life satisfaction, and independent living for long-term survivors of pediatric onset spinal cord injuries.
  • Review performance skills in the assessment of shoulder management and seating and positioning considerations  in persons with a spinal cord injury. 
  • Discuss clinical assessment and reasoning of ISNCSCI evaluation and scoring importance in diagnosis and prognosis in patients with SCI.


    Participants will complete 4.5 hours of self-study activities in advance of this three-day course. These self-study activities for the SCI/D course will consist of live online content, readings and exercises that provide a foundation for the online interactive sessions. Participants must sign in and complete on-line evaluation for full course credit.    



    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (OH-362, 09/01/2020-127KAS ) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE activity is being offered for 16 (live online) and 4.5 (pre-work) contact hours.

     Occupational Therapy

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. The three-day intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 2.05 CEU or 20.5 contact hours of distance learning (4.5 hours of independent & 16 hours interactive).  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: CATEGORY 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Evaluation, Intervention, & Outcomes.

    Physical Therapy

    This three-day course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 20.50 contact Hours (4.5  hours pre-work & 16 hours live). Approval #216-000069 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This three-day course has been approved for 20.50 Contact Hours (4.5  hours pre-work & 16 hours live). 

    Speech Language Pathology

    This course is offered for up to 1.05 ASHA CEUs (0.15 pre-work and 0.9 live course) (Intermediate level, Professional area).

    See course content that is available for ASHA CEU in course brochure above.

    A full list of faculty disclosures for ASHA is available at:



    The program will be held online.  To participate, you will need access to a device with internet connection.  Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.  High-speed broadband internet access (LAN, Cable, or DSL) is highly recommended.

    Additional requirements include:

    • Web browser and version: Internet Explorer 11+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+, or Google Chrome 30+
    • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
    • Flash Player 9+
    • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
    • Speaker or headset or phone to listen to webinar facilitators



    Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists