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JvR Forensic Assessments and Court Workshop

JvR Forensic Assessments and Court Workshop

Cape Town workshop – 6 September 2018

jvr psycholegal courtwork

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Treating insomnia: The neuroscience of sleep disorders.

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Treating insomnia: The neuroscience of sleep disorders.

PSB002/049/03/2018 for 12 General CEU’s in Level 1

Many patients struggle with their sleeping patterns.  As a clinician, are you properly equipped to help them?  Do you know and use the insomnia treatment method that has been shown to be the most effective?

Update your skills in the field of sleep disorders by learning how sleep works (the brain’s sleep functioning) and learn how to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the treatment programme that has been declared by the College of Physicians USA white paper (released in 2016), should be used as a first line treatment for insomnia i.e. before any medication is prescribed.

This is a two-day workshop.  Day 1 focuses on understanding sleep in the context of neuroscience, where attendees will learn about brain function in relation to sleep, the physiology of sleep, assessment of insomnia and treatment methods.  On Day 2 attendees will be trained on the methods of CBT-I, for the treatment of insomnia.

Presenter: Michelle Baker (Clinical Psychologist with special interest in neuropsychology and sleep disorders)

Who should attend?

While the workshop is open to general medical practitioners, psychiatrists, neurologists and physicians as an education programme, psychologists are probably best equipped to do the therapy effectively.  The workshop is thus open to clinical, counselling and educational psychologists, research psychologists (who are interested in sleep pathology for research purposes) and registered counsellors.  Medical practitioners, such as General Practitioners and psychiatrists may also attend and are welcome to only attend Day 1.

Dates and Venues:

17 – 18 August Makaranga Garden Lodge, Kloof, Durban

24 – 25 August Hotel Verde, Cape Town Airport, Cape Town 

31 August – 1 September Premier Hotel, Oliver Thambo Airport, Johannesburg 

Cost:

Registration closes 27 July 2018. 

Day 1 only: R1 800-00

Day 1 & 2: R3250-00.

(There is no Day 2 only option – to learn the therapeutic techniques, practitioners need the background information learned on Day 1).

Included in cost: tea/coffee with snacks during tea breaks, lunches, hand-outs, jugs of water and sweets on the tables.

Programme:

The programme for the two-day workshop is as follows:

Day 1:

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 10:30 An overview of the brain function related to sleep and wakefulness with a final focus on insomnia models e.g. the hyperarousal model.

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/coffee break (Refreshments provided).

11:00 – 13:00 An overview of sleep disorders, how to recognise them, and understanding how brain functioning differs in each.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (lunch provided).

14:00 – 15:30 A focus on insomnia including definitions, acute versus chronic, types of insomnia and related comorbidities.

15:30 – 16:00 Tea break (Refreshments provided)

16:00 – 17:00 Treating insomnia – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, brief introduction.

Day 2:

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

9:00 – 09:30 Models of insomnia examined critically e.g. the neurocognitive versus the 3-P model or hyperarousal model.

09:30 – 10:30 CBT-I – Conceptual framework and the components of therapy.

10:30 – 11:00 Tea break (Refreshments provided)

11:00 – 13:00 CBT-I – From intake to session by session.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (Lunch provided)

14:00 – 15:30 CBT-I – Case studies, examples of dialogue and narratives from clients.

15:30 – 16:00 Tea break (Refreshments provided)

16:00 – 17:00 Challenges in using CBT-I: Red flags and candidacy issues (“can I use CBT-I effectively on this client?”).

Registration:

To register for the workshop, please print and complete attached registration form and e-mail it, together with proof of payment to the NeuropsychologySA office.  Registration is only complete once your registration has been confirmed. For more information contact Tanya at 021 852 3010.

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Mini Courses 2018

Final 2018 Mini Course available for NeuropsychologySA subscribers.

Course 3: Gait Disorders: The neuropathology underlying unusual walking styles

(3 CPD points; accreditation number: PSB002/009/02/2018)

Course Dates: 1 August – 31 October 2018

Course Description: This Mini Course is aimed at psychologists who are interested in and/or who practice in the field of neuropsychology.  When patients walk with an unusual gait, practitioners can glean important information by watching how they walk and having the knowledge of what gait disturbances indicate about patients’ neuropathology and neuropsychological functioning.  This Mini Course involves watching several demonstrations and explanations of gait abnormalities, using links to YouTube, and then answering questions about the information conveyed by those videos in a multiple choice questionnaire.  Access to the Internet is necessary for this Mini Course.

This course is only available to subscribers to NeuropsychologySA.  To become a subscriber, please complete the subscription application form.

Participants have to answer at 80% of the questions correctly in order to pass a Mini Course.

COST:

The cost for each Mini Course is R345-00

Please note that the Mini Courses are only available to subscribers of NeuropsychologySA. To become a subscriber, please complete the Subscription Application form (at the end of Mini Course the registration form).

Registration:

To register for one or more of the Mini Courses, please complete the registration form.  Please note that the registration form must be accompanied by proof of payment.

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First Conference of Biomedical and Natural Sciences and Therapeutics (CoBNeST)

CoBNeST 2018 Conference

7 – 10 October 2018
Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

 

The conference, titled “Interdisciplinary Scientific Excellence”, will serve as a platform for a number of independent learned societies with shared interests in basic, translational and clinical biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in South Africa, including the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APSSA), the Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), the South African Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SAALAS), the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP), the Southern African Neurosciences Society (SANS) and the Toxicology Society of South Africa (TOXSA).

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SAMLA & UFS MEDICO-LEGAL SYMPOSIUM – 15 SEPTEMBER 2018

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International Neuropsychological Society – 47th Annual Meeting 

International Neuropsychological Society – 47th Annual Meeting 

International Neuropsychological Society 
47th Annual Meeting 
February 20-23, 2019
New York City, USA
INS President: Keith Owen Yeates
Program Chair: Michael W. Kirkwood
Continuing Education Chair: Melissa Lamar

 

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Malingering Workshop: Are your patients deceiving you?

Malingering: Are your patients deceiving you?

Workshop presented by Dr Sharon Truter
(6 CPD Points accredited)

There are several reasons why patients might want to feign cognitive impairment, such as to get out of trouble, to gain attention/sympathy or for financial gain.  It is the responsibility of the psychologist conducting a cognitive assessment, to know when and how to assess for malingering and when and how to report it.

Workshop content:

Learn how to discern true from malingered cognitive deficits in patients referred for:

  • Brain injury assessments for personal injury and/or medical negligence claims;
  • Disability Assessments;
  • ADHD assessments (with the aim of receiving stimulant medication);
  • Criminal liability assessments;
  • Competence to stand trial;
  • Pain and fatigue-related medical disorders and
  • Psychiatric assessments.

Find out:

  • How common misperceptions of brain functioning can alert psychologists to feigned cognitive impairment;
  • What behavioural signs should raise suspicion of malingering;
  • If/how/from what age children malinger;
  • How language and level/quality of education affects malingering evaluations in the South African context and
  • Acceptable and unacceptable criteria for a finding of “probably malingering”.

Receive tips on:

  • How to address suspected malingering in a report;
  • How to give feedback about suspected malingering to patients and
  • The importance of treating patients with respect despite suspected malingering.

Venues, Dates and Cost:

  • Pretoria
  • 17 November 2018
  • R2 800-00

Who should attend?

  • Psychologists, psychology students and others who are interested in:
    • Medico-legal assessments;
    • Disability claims;
    • ADHD assessments;
    • Criminal matters;
    • Psychiatric assessments;
    • Psychosomatic complaints and
    • Medically unexplained symptoms.

CPD certification:

6 General CEU’s accredited ( Accreditation number: PS8002/011/04/2018)

Registration:
To register for this workshop, click HERE.  Please e-mail your completed registration form to training@mindmuzik.com.

Enquiries:
For questions regarding the workshop content, e-mail Sharon: sharon@neuropsychologysa.co.za
For questions about attendance and registration, e-mail: Nicolize training@mindmuzik.com

About the presenter:
Dr Sharon Truter is a Counselling Psychologist with expertise in neuropsychology.  She runs a neuropsychology practice at the Neuro-Network Centre in Somerset West, where she assesses patients, trains psychologists in neuropsychology and conducts research in the field.  She is a Full Member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA) and founder and organiser of NeuropsychologySA.  She has a special interest in the application of neuropsychology in linguistically, educationally and culturally diverse populations.

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SACNA Western Cape Meetings 2018

SACNA Western Cape Meetings 2018

29 August Visuospatial assessment solutions for fairness in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural South Africa.  Dr Sharon Truter

Other dates to diarise: 26 September, 31 October & 28 November.

Time:  17.00 for 17.15 pm, last Wednesday of each month.  Come early for networking.

Venue:  Seminar Room 2, UCT Psychology Department, PD Hahn building, UCT upper campus.

Chairperson: Dr Frances Hemp (franhemp@yebo.co.za)

  • Start Date: August 29, 2018
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International Conference on Bipolar Disorder: Psychiatry and Mental Health

International Conference on Bipolar Disorder: Psychiatry and Mental Health

The Bipolar conference 2018 entitled “Bipolar Disorder: Psychiatry and Mental Health” will take place November 8-10, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Bipolar conference 2018 is a conference dedicated to Psychiatrists and Psychological researchers with the theme “Innovating combats towards Psychiatry & Mental Health

The goal of Bipolar 2018  is to deliver an outstanding program for exchange of ideas and authoritative views by leading scientists which covers the entire spectrum of research in Psychiatry and Mental Health and share the cross-cultural experiences of various treatment procedures.

Bipolar Disorder: Psychiatry and Mental Health is a unique forum that brings together worldwide distinguished academics in the field of Psychology and Psychiatry, Psychiatry researchers, public health professionals, scientists, academic scientists, industry researchers, scholars to exchange about state of the art research and technologies.

The Conference will feature many exciting academic programs including multiple panels, workshops, affinity group lunches, paper presentations, and scientific sessions by reputed psychiatrists, Mental illness Societies from all over the country.

For more information please visit the website below. 

https://bipolar.neuroconferences.com/

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IBRO-SIMONS COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE IMBIZO #isiCNI2019

IBRO-SIMONS COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE IMBIZO 

#isiCNI2019

7 – 28 January 2019, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
http://imbizo.africa/

Application deadline: 24th July 2018

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The #isiCNI2019 is a southern hemisphere summer school aiming to promote computational neuroscience in Africa. It will bring together international and local students under the tutelage of the world’s leading experts in the field. Like its international sister courses, this three-week summer school aims to teach central ideas, methods, and practices of modern computational neuroscience through a combination of lectures and hands-on project work. Mornings will be devoted to lectures on topics across the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. The rest of the day will be spent working on research projects under the close supervision of expert tutors and faculty. Individual research projects will focus on the modelling of neurons, neural systems, behaviour, the analysis of state-of-the-art neural data, and the development of theories to explain experimental observations.

Who should apply?

This course is aimed at Masters and PhD level students though Honours or Postdoctoral students may also apply. Students should have sufficient quantitative skills, (e.g. a background in mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, engineering or related field). Some knowledge of neural biology will be useful but not essential. Experimental neuroscience students are encouraged to apply, but should ensure that they have a reasonable level of quantitative proficiency (i.e. at least second-year level mathematics or statistics and have done at least one course in computer programming).

Please distribute this information as widely as you can.

Essential details

* Fee (which covers tuition, lodging, and meals): 1100 EUR
Thanks to out generous sponsors, significant financial assistance is available to reduce and waiver fees for students, as well as to provide some travel bursaries. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the Imbizo, please state so clearly in the relevant section of your application.

* Application deadline: 24th July 2018

* Notification of results: End of September 2018

Information and application

http://imbizo.africa/

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Questions?

isicn.imbizo@gmail.com

What is an Imbizo?

\ɪmˈbiːzɒ\ | Xhosa – Zulu
A gathering of the people to share knowledge.

Faculty

Adrienne Fairhall – Washington University
Peter Latham – University College London
Demba Ba – Harvard University
Sophie Deneve – Ecole Normale Superieure
Ila Fiete – University of Texas
Blake Richards – University of Toronto
Timothy Lillicrap – Google DeepMind
Joseph Raimondo – University of Cape Town
Srikanth Ramaswamy – EPFL Lausanne
Athanassia Papoutsi – IMBB-FORTH
Tim Vogels – University of Oxford
Byron Yu – Carnegie Mellon University
Misha Tsodyks – Weiszmann Institute of Science
Andrew Trevelyan – Newcastle University

Organisers

Alex Antrobus (Gatsby Unit, UCL)
Christopher Currin (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Directors

Peter Latham (Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL, UK)
Joseph Raimondo (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Tim Vogels (University of Oxford, UK)

Sponsors

The isiCNI is made possible by the generous support from the Simons Foundation (https://www.simonsfoundation.org) and IBRO, the International Brain Research Organisation (http://ibro.info)

Organizational Affiliates

University of Cape Town, University College London, University of Oxford, TReND in AfricaCNCBGatsby Foundation, IBRO African Center for Advanced Training in Neurosciences at UCT

http://cortexclub.co.za/

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