Attention and Information Processing: Advanced Cognitive Rehabilitation Workshop

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Attention and Information Processing: Advanced Cognitive Rehabilitation Workshop
May 14, 2012
May 15, 2012
$399+HST until February 14, 2012, $439+HST after February 14, 2012
October 25, 2011
Segal School of Business, SFU Downtown Campus, Room 1300
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500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1W6, Canada

Brain Tree Training
Lead by Kit Malia and Anne Brannagan with Brain Tree Training, this two-day interactive workshop is suitable for professionals working with adults who have cognitive problems following brain injury. Attendees should ideally have completed the basic cognitive rehabilitation workshop.

The course will focus on developing clinical expertise in the rehabilitation of attention and information processing deficits.

This workshop is currently SOLD OUT.  To be added to the wait list, please contact JR Rehab at or 604.254.0444.  


  • To extend skills and knowledge about attention and information processing
  • To develop assessment knowledge and skills
  • To develop treatment knowledge and skills
  • To develop analysis skills in defining patient problems
  • To develop reporting techniques


COURSE CONTENT: SETTING THE SCENE: Review of Sohlberg and Mateer basic levels of attention. The importance of attention. Historical development of theories of attention. What is attention?

NEURAL NETWORKS THEORY OF ATTENTION: Neural networks: Vigilance system, Orienting system & Control system

ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT: Internal and external attention. Attention tests correlated with the 3 neural networks. Treatment efficacy. Neural networks and treatment

ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP USING CASE STUDIES: Case studies for assessment, based on the 3 neural networks. Types of tests to use. Hypothesis setting. Reporting the findings

TREATMENT WORKSHOP USING CASE STUDIES: Case studies for treatment, based on the 3 neural networks. Setting goals. Designing and implementing treatment activities. Evaluation and clinical reporting

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMS, THEORY & MODELS: Capacity & Plasticity. Relationship between attention and information processing. Overload. Controlled vs Automatic processing. Capacity, Speed & Control. Relationship to working memory and long term memory. The concepts of assimilation, accommodation and schema. Redundancy. Association networks

WORKSHOP ON ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF INFORMATION PROCESSING DEFICITS: Practical guides to assessing and treating information processing deficits following brain injury.

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