Keynote Presentations and Breakout Sessions 2018

Overcoming Crisis – Surviving A Train Accident

Session Summary – In this keynote presentation Lou shares how tragic events can lead to depression and the inability to cope.  Attendees will hear Lou’s amazing story of survival and his transformation from wheelchair to walking again. This 45 minute presentation highlights Lou’s recovery and has an emphasis on crisis intervention and caregiver stress.

Key Learning Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to:

  • Explain a patients perspective of recovery 
  • Develop a better understanding of a family framework of support
  • Discuss trauma and how it effects the overall well-being of a patient
  • Analyze how physical and occupational therapy are essential for quality of life
  • Summarize acute care, long term care and ambulatory care

Exploring the Many Skills and Talents of Occupational Therapy 

Session Summary – In this presentation Lou focuses on his recovery as a client. Attendees will hear how occupational therapy taught him the life skills necessary to function in meaningful, everyday environments. Lou shares the many areas of OT that helped him through is journey of change. 

Key Learning Objectives:

After the presentation participants will be able to:

  • Explain how occupational therapy plays a critical role in long term care
  • Develop a better understanding of limb loss and mobility from a patients perspective
  • Discuss how meaningful activities are impacted by sudden disability and how occupational therapy can help you return to those activities
  • Summarize the importance of client-centered care throughout the recovery process for an amputee

Pain Management and Prescription Awareness For Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Session Summary – In this presentation Lou explains the dangers of prescription  medications and managing chronic pain. Participants will hear Lou’s journey of limb loss and coping through the life cycles of medications. He offers a personal experience into the darkness of the opioid epidemic bringing awareness to health professionals and pain management specialists.  

Key Learning Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to:

  • Explore lower and upper limb loss amputations
  • Describe the importance of wound care following amputation
  • Discuss the importance of treating pain appropriately
  • Explain how poor medication management can lead to depression and isolation
  • Implement a health and wellness plan for recovery

Substance Abuse and The Tipping Points of Addiction

Session Summary – In this presentation Lou discusses how prescription drugs and alcohol abuse brought him to the tipping points of his addiction. Lou shares the struggles of finding the fine line between uncomfortable and over-medicated. Attendees will learn how to help a family member in need and hear tips to reduce alcohol consumption.

Key Learning Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend triggers, vices and temptations
  • Discuss how traumatic injury leads to substance abuse and self medicating behaviors
  • Explore solutions for alcohol abuse and addictions in the workplace
  • Apply basic knowledge to coach a family member suffering from addiction
  • Create healthy alternatives to treat pain and practice self-care

How to Find Your Reset Button

Session Summary – In this session Lou engages the audiences with simple solutions for wellness and quality of life. Lou shares how he found his mental reset button by creating a healthy work life balance.  Attendees will learn how to reset to improve mental health. 

Key Learning Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to:

  • Explore the benefits of meditation and breathing exercises
  • Develop sustainable thought patterns for bad habits
  • Discover how resetting improves wellness and quality of life
  • Recognize the importance of living a well balanced life
  • Design a personal strategic plan

Inspirational Speaker – Lou Figueroa

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