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Community Re-Engagement for Adults With Acquired Brain Injury (Live Webinar) (PD102594L)

Presenter(s): Richard R Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Live broadcast (one-time viewing only): September 20, 2023, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Last chance to sign up: September 20, 2023, Noon, Eastern time

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A focus on community re-engagement and return-to-work can provide meaningful and purpose-filled goals related to life participation for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI). SLPs play a critical role on interprofessional teams preparing and supporting individuals with ABI to find purpose, meaning, and identity as they leave inpatient settings and transition to community living. This webinar discusses collaborative strategies to engage clients with returning to work and overcoming barriers to community re-engagement. The presenter highlights a model of community-based, return-to-work functional rehabilitation that professionals can adapt in their own local communities.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of community re-engagement and return-to-work in supporting meaning, purpose, and identity for adults living with ABI
  • Identify methods to engage in return-to-work goals across the continuum of care
  • Describe evidence-based methods to support workplace success for adults with ABI
  • Adapt a model of community re-engagement and return-to-work to support adults with ABI in your local community


  • Overview. What is ABI? (causes, symptoms, prognosis)
  • Long-term outcomes of ABI and importance of return-to-work
  • Engaging in return-to-work across the continuum of care
  • Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop as a model
  • Evidence-based assessment for return-to-work
  • Evidence-based treatment in the workplace
  • Adapting to your local community
  • Q&A

Presenter Information

Dr. Rik Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP (he/him) is currently on the clinical faculty in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He also serves as the volunteer Program Director & Board President at Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop, a nonprofit organization supporting adults with acquired brain injury in Portland. His work focuses on functional rehabilitation to support adults with acquired brain injury through social participation, community-based, interprofessional models. He is also passionate about supporting graduate student success, including first-person accounts and lived experiences of survivors of ABI, and interprofessional collaborations. He serves on the TBI Writing Committee of the ANCDS and founded Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop in 2016.

Financial Disclosures:
  • Salary from Portland State University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Founder and volunteer Program Director and Board President of Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop
  • TBI Writing Committee of the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Sciences & Disorders

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by September 25, 2023.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar: September 20, 2023
1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time
(12:00 p.m. Central time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain time, 10:00 a.m. Pacific time)

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102594L
Available Through: September 30, 2023