Unpacking the Black Box of Cognitive Rehabilitation

Evidence-Backed Treatment Frameworks and Therapy Approaches that Promote Functional Change in People with Brain Injury

with McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP

Course Description

Cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury is arguably one of the most complex forms of rehabilitation. This course focuses on describing evidence-backed cognitive rehabilitation practices that have the potential to enhance individual function and quality of life. It includes frameworks that guide the clinical processes for selecting goals, treatment approaches, and measurement plans.

Specification of the treatment ingredients inherent in a range of treatment approaches to address challenges in attention, memory and executive function will be detailed. Illustrative client profiles will be presented with opportunities for conference participants to apply principles and techniques to their own practice.


At the end of this activity, the learner should be able to recommend the appropriate diagnostic

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Plan Implement & Evaluate (PIE) and Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) as applied to cognitive rehabilitation
  2. Identify the key components of person-centered collaborative goal setting
  3. Describe psychological mindedness practices that enhance working alliance, client engagement and psychoeducation
  4. Describe treatment ingredients and the PIE process for:
    1. Metacognitive strategy instruction 
    2. External aid training 
    3. Use of attention drills (brain training)

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for speech-language pathologists.

Registration Information

Attendee TypeEarly Bird (Before 2/12/22)Late registration (2/13/22 and after)
Refund and Cancellation Policy: Barrow reserves the right to cancel or change any program for due causes. Cancellation of this program by Barrow or by the participant prior to the start of the conference will result in a full refund of tuition.

Continuing Education Credit

This course is offered for .65 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level Professional Area).

Full attendance is required. Partial Credit is not offered.

In-Person and Virtual
Saturday, February 26, 2022
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM MST

Date, Time, and Location

Saturday, February 26, 2022
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM MST
Also available online

Goldman Auditorium
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
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Registration7:30 AM – 8:25 AM
SohlbergGeneral Conference Information and Introductions (8:25 AM)
SohlbergEvolution of Cognitive Rehabilitation and Associated Treatment Practice Frameworks the Guide Therapy (8:30 AM)
SohlbergPerson-Centered Collaborative Goal Setting (9:30 AM)
Break10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
SohlbergCounseling, Working Alliance, and Client Engagement Practices (10:45 AM)
SohlbergQ&A (11:45 AM)
Lunch12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Treatment Approaches
SohlbergMetacognitive Strategy Training (1:00 PM)
SohlbergExternal Aid Training (2:00 PM)
Break3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
SohlbergAttention Training (3:15 PM)
SohlbergQ&A (4:15 PM)
Adjourn (4:30 PM)

Guest Faculty

McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor Sohlberg is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the development of treatments that help people with acquired brain injury manage cognitive impairments. Her work includes evaluating treatment protocols for individuals with persistent cognitive effects following concussive injuries, and individuals who are attempting to pursue postsecondary education following brain trauma.

Dr. Sohlberg’s past research includes the design and evaluation of assistive technology tools to support adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury function optimally in their communities. A recent focus has been on facilitation and evaluation of patient-centered goal setting in neurorehabilitation. 

Dr. Sohlberg has contributed to a number of  evidence-based practice guidelines supported by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences and has authored two seminal textbooks in the field. A new edition is scheduled to be released with her co-authors in 2022.

Professor Sohlberg has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Oregon since 1994. She teaches graduate courses related to cognitive rehabilitation and evidence-based practice and co-founded the Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic (BrICC) in the College of Education HEDCO clinic.

Barrow Neurological Institute campus in 3D

Disclosure Information

Financial Disclosures

  • Salaried professor in Communication Disorders & Sciences at University of Oregon
  • Received honorarium and travel for this talk
  • Receive royalties for textbooks and clinical programs
  • Will be discussing content from pending textbook to be published 2022

Nonfinancial Disclosures

  • Member, APA-ASHA Joint Interprofessional Practice Committee
  • Member, NINDS/NICHD Common Data Elements Committee 
  • Member, ANCDS Research Writing Committee
  • Member ASHA Topic Selection Committee
  • Author and reviewer of numerous peer-reviewed publications regarding cognitive rehabilitation