Tuttleman Educational Seminar

The Tuttleman Family Foundation Presents

Dr. Guy Fried Educational Seminar
Rehab after Trauma: Hope and Healing 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall
1301 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
– Free Parking
– Taking the train into Center City? Shuttle service from Magee to venue and back is available upon request.

Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
The Sands Casino Resort
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
– Free Parking


The Dr. Guy Fried Educational Seminar focuses on cutting-edge rehabilitation topics that are relevant to all healthcare professionals. This year’s seminar will focus on spinal cord (SCI) and brain injury (BI) topics that are relevant in all healthcare settings. Our program will also address how we, as interdisciplinary team members, support our patients and their families as they deal with the trauma that has abruptly changed their lives. Our guest lecturer, SaraKay Smullens, will address the issue of burnout as well as evidenced based self-care strategies. She will explore the dynamic relationship between life events and introspection, which can lead to creative approaches in therapeutic strategies, heightened self-awareness, and a reliable “emotional sense of direction” for our clients and ourselves.


8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    
Welcome and Introductions

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    
Long-term Nutritional Considerations after Spinal Cord Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury
Angela Luciani, RD, LDN

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.    

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   
From Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Satisfaction: A Concentration on the Development of a Reliable Emotional Sense of Direction 
SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, CGP, CFLE

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    
Best Efforts to Control Excessive Narcotic Prescribing and Use 
Richard J. Pacitti Jr., Pharm D, MBA, FASHP

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    
A Whole New Life: Supporting Families Coping with Brain Injury 
Lane Brown, PhD

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.    

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    
Exoskeletons: What’s New?
Elizabeth Watson, PT, DPT, NCS

3:45 p.m. -4:45 p.m.    
The Impact of a Facility Dog Program in a Rehabilitation Setting
Kirsten Ondich, MS, OTR/L, Christina Rinehimer OTR/L

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    
Evaluations and Certificates

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe nutritional considerations for best practice in SCI/TBI patients at high risk for skin breakdown
  • Explain how changes in body composition can impact health status after SCI
  • Identify the three primary causes of burnout
  • Describe the importance of each unique Self in the selection of self-care strategies
  • Discuss the differences between sympathy and empathy, compassion and empathy, and the necessity of boundaries in professional relationships
  • Identify prevalence and financial impact of the opioid epidemic
  • Describe the surveillance opportunities present in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for Pennsylvania
  • Discuss strategies to manage pain and reduce opioid use
  • List three brain injury specific issues that cause distress for the family of brain injury survivors
  • State three evidence based practices that are helpful for decreasing   distress for families of brain injury survivors 
  • Identify three interventions that  can help decrease distress for  families of brain injury survivors
  • Describe the exoskeletal devices that are currently available for patient use
  • Discuss the physical requirements for use of exoskeletal devices and progression of training
  • Describe the difference between animal-assisted therapy (facility dog) and animal-assisted activities (pet therapy)
  • Discuss the benefits of a facility dog in a rehab setting
  • Discuss the integration of a facility dog with the  interdisciplinary rehabilitation team

Target Audience
This program is designed for nurses, hospital and insurance company-based case managers, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals in both the acute care and rehabilitation settings.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For more information regarding contact hours, please contact Laura Bittner at 215-218-3932 or lbittner@mageerehab.org.

Applications have been approved by the following for 7 contact hours:

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 7 continuing education contact hours.
  • This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy
  • Pennsylvania State Board of OT

Participants may only claim credit for the sessions that they attended.  You will be awarded one contact hour for each 60 minutes of educational time.

All speakers at continuing education activities for this conference are required to disclose to the audience (1) any significant financial relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods, or services and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs discussed in their presentations. Our speakers and conference planners have indicated that they having nothing to disclose. 

Criteria for successful completion of this program include submission of a completed evaluation form.

Lodging for Sands Seminar
A limited number of rooms are available if you would like to stay at the Sands Hotel on Thursday, October 26. The room rate is $134 (plus taxes) and can be arranged through Laura Bittner prior to September 25. After September 25, please contact the Sands Hotel directly to make a room reservation. The Sands Hotel can be reached at 877-726-3777.  Please note that hotel check-in begins at 3 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m.  Registered guests must be at least 21 years of age.

Lodging for Philadelphia Seminar
Hotels Discounts: There are several hotels located near Magee. Pet-friendly properties are subject to availability. You may directly book discounted rooms at the following hotel partners:

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