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SUN, 25 OCT: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Presenters: Christina Papadimitriou, Christine MacDonell, Claire Guy, DJ Brown, Romeo Colobong


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Christina Papadimitriou, PhD
Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Christine M. MacDonell, FACRM
Managing Director, Medical Rehabilitation and International Medical Rehabilitation/Aging Services, CARF International
Washington, DC

Dr. D.J. Hamblin-Brown
Group Medical Director
Aspen Healthcare Limited, London, UK

Claire Guy
Operations manager, National Spinal Injuries Centre
Stoke Mandeville Hospital UK

Romeo Colobong, MA
Research Associate
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN
Toronto, CA


Training/instruction in new knowledge/skills (attendees will develop new competencies that can be applied in practice or research)


Person-centered care is seen as the preferred method to healthcare service delivery. Yet, it is challenging to implement it. The objective of this course is to identify these challenges and teach techniques to facilitate person-centered practice in rehabilitation for persons with disabilities. We will use multiple instructional methods including role play, videos of clinical scenarios, group work via Brainwriting, and short power point presentations.  We want participants to have a ‘hands-on’ experience of tools that can assist them be(come) (more) person-centered. We will offer a toolkit to facilitate person-centered practice including resources and teachable techniques.


The objective of this pre-conference course is to teach problem-solving techniques in order to facilitate person-centered practice in rehabilitation for persons with disabilities. In order to achieve this, we will need to understand the meaning of person-centered care and identify challenges and opportunities to implementing it. In health and human services around the world the “person” receiving services has become an industry-wide topic on how providers can engage and encourage the person to be  “part of the team” so the provider can prove “person- centredness”. This can be a challenge for the person (or consumer) as well as the provider, and the organization. It is not easy to be person centred and to embrace it in daily practices that many times need to be changed to achieve an appropriate level of person-centredness. There are multiple barriers to achieving person centeredness spanning from person, team, and organizational to socio-political, professional, ethical and cultural concerns (Gzil et al 2007; Hammell 2006, 2012; Mean & Bower 2000, Sumsion & Law 2006; Leplege et al 2006; Ristall & Ripat 2008; Pellatt 2004; Cott 2004; Cott et al 2006; Papadimitriou & Cott 2014).


  1. Identify opportunities to implement person centered care in participants’ practice or work environment
  2. Discuss and problem solve challenges to implementing person centered care
  3. Use tools and techniques to become more client centered at the personal, team and organizational levels



Christine M. MacDonell

Christine MacDonell is the Managing Director of Medical Rehabilitation and International Medical Rehabilitation/Aging Services at CARF International. She has clinical, policy, organizational and educational experience in the area of person-centered care. She has organized courses at ACRM on multiple occasions.

Christina Papadimitriou

Christina Papadimitriou is Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University, IL, USA College of Health & Human Sciences. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Sociology (2000) and her post-doctoral training (2009) from Northwestern University, Institute of Healthcare Studies and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR). At CROR, under the mentorship of Dr. Allen Heinemann she worked on several NIDRR-funded studies. She was awarded a Mary Switzer NIDRR fellowship in 2009 to study client-centeredness in inpatient rehabilitation (H133F090053).  Christina is an active rehabilitation researcher whose interests focus on Clinical Encounters in Rehabilitation; Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Disability Ethics; Rehabilitation Outcomes; Health Disparities; Organization of Rehabilitation Settings; and Qualitative Research. She has organized and participated numerous times at conferences and courses, and has published in the subject matter of this course.

Dr. D J Hamblin-Brown

Dr. D J Hamblin-Brown is Group Medical Director of Aspen Healthcare, an international division of Tenet Healthcare based in London, with 9 facilities across the UK. He also remains in practice as an Emergency Physician, working at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals in Kent. He is s clinical advisor to the UK’s Care Quality Commission, and a faculty member of the Moorfields academy. He has previously worked as a research physician and, for several years, as a management consultant working on implementation programmes for multinational companies in the utilities, manufacturing and energy sectors. His work now focuses on implementation and leadership development within the acute sector, for both public and private hospitals. His main interest is in the link between performance and organisational culture, particularly as it affects patient safety. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject, including his 2009 book, The Meaning of CAREFUL.

Claire Guy

Claire Guy is the Operations manager at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital UK. Her rehabilitation background is as a neurophysiotherapist mainly  specialising in spinal cord injury, MS Stroke and TBI,  before moving into a role in strategic rehabilitation management . She is committed to compassionate patient centred care and is part of the Point of Care organisation leading and mentoring  Schwartz rounds. She is a trustee in a charity supporting people with tetraplegia following a sporting accident and regularly takes part in adaptive outdoor sports events.

Pia Kontos

P. Kontos  holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Public Health Sciences. She is a Senior Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network, and Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research program focuses on the improvement of person-/client-centred care in the clinical areas of dementia and brain injury. Central to her research is theoretically informed and arts-based KT to achieve more humanistic and quality enhancing cultures of care in long-term care, complex continuing care, and rehabilitation settings. She has published and presented her work extensively.

Romeo Colobong, MA

Romeo Colobong is a Research Associate at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN. His disciplinary training is in Sociology and he has extensive experience coordinating health services research in the areas of brain injury rehabilitation and long-term dementia care. His methodological expertise encompasses qualitative and arts-based research, as well as quantitative and mixed methods designs.

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