Larissa Swan, MS, OTR
Visiting Lecturer
Indiana University

Chris Carter, Psy.D., CBIST
Director of Continuity for Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

April Groff, PhD
Program Director
Learning Services- North Carolina Region

Anne-Margrethe Linnestad, OT
Senior Occupational Therapist, Stroke, TBI and Cognitive Rehabilitation Unit
Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Oslo

Education is Not Enough: A Guide to Implementing ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual at Organizational Level IC29


DAY Sunday 14 April 2019

TIME 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FORMAT 4-hours Instructional course, Hands-on Workshop

ROOM LOCATION  to be determined

TOPIC AREAS Brain Injury, Clinical Practice, Quality Improvement and Implementation Science

CAREER LEVEL  Intermediate


Clinicians, Administrators


Course Description

Implementation of evidence based interventions (EBI) has proven to be a challenge in the rehabilitation and medical community. Literature indicates that the integration of research supported interventions into consistent practice can take 17 or more years. Therefore, individuals are not benefitting from interventions evidence has shown will enhance the rehabilitation process. Translating the knowledge generated by research into practice is affected by multiple factors. Many of these factors have been identified in the literature and can either act to support (facilitators) or hinder (barriers) the implementation process. By employing consistent methods and tools to introduce EBI, address barriers, reinforce facilitators, and monitor knowledge usage providers can positively impact the implementation process at the organizational and/or practice level. Cognitive rehabilitation instructional courses are provided through ACRM, using The Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual as a guide to provide attendees an understanding of the evidence and recommendations for interventions. A recent survey of participants in the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual training found that only a little more than half of the materials were being used beyond the practices of the individual respondents. The survey identified organizational factors that either supported or impeded implementation of the evidence based practice recommendations, which were consistent with the literature. This workshop will review the results of this survey along with an overview of Knowledge Implementation theory, specifically the Knowledge-to-Action cycle. A step-by-step guide based on this model will be presented as a tool for knowledge implementation, which can be used by course participants to assist in incorporating CR methods and other evidence based interventions into their organizations. Case presentations from several organizations that have established the recommendations of the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual as an organizational practice standard. Organizational barriers and facilitators will be identified along with solutions from each organization as an illustration of the Knowledge-to-Action Implementation process. Participants will then have an opportunity to work in facilitated groups to begin a preliminary analysis of their own organization to identify facilitators and barriers in their organizations with ideas as to how to capitalize on the facilitators and overcome the barriers to implementing the CRM as a practice standard in their own organizations.



Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify 3 key principles of the implementation process
  2. Utilize/develop 2 tools to identify facilitators and barriers for implementation within their organization
  3. Identify 2 tactics to address barriers/enhance facilitators to ACRM CR Manual implementation within their organization or practice setting
  4. Develop a basic plan to implement CR within their organization or practice setting


CME/CEUS 4 Hours

ACRM Training Institute registration includes CME/CEUs for the following disciplines:

  • Case Managers (CCMC)
  • Disability Management Specialists (CDMS)
  • Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Nurses (ANCC)
  • Occupational Therapists (AOTA)
  • Physical Therapists (FSBPT-24 states)
  • Physicians (ACCME-CME)
  • Psychologists (APA Division 22)
  • Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Speech Therapists (ASHA)


4 hours of live instruction, continuing education credit processing, access to presentation slides (if provided by presenters), NON-ACRM members receive introductory 6- month membership.



Early Bird rate $49 for members and $99 for non-members      and that includes CME / CEU processing. See the rate tables here.

We encourage you to register early      before tickets are gone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Limited space available


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Discounted for ACRM members, the ACRM Spring Meeting offers instructional courses with continuing education credits in your choice of up to 11 disciplines.

Jump in, get involved, meet and work with ACRM members face-to-face in a casual setting. This event is all about getting research into practice in a supercharged atmosphere and a friendly, collaborative, and inspiring environment.


28+ instructional courses. Scroll + see the agenda…

The ACRM Spring Meeting is a venue for face-to-face collaborating of many interdisciplinary ACRM community groups and committees — the heart of ACRM. Come find your tribe and become a member of the vibrant ACRM community.


Ridiculously inexpensive? Yep. That’s because we believe in getting the research to practice ASAP. And we think that having a low-cost to attend is a good way to do that.

Early Bird rates are as low as $49 for members and $99 for non-members — and that includes CME / CEU processing. Are you kidding me?!? Nope. See the rate tables here.

We encourage you to register early — before tickets are gone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


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ACRM attendees are all kinds of rehabilitation professionals — from researchers to clinicians (including
doctors, nurses, PT assistants, hospital administrators to name just a few) to consumers, family, caregivers, and
more. Everyone is invited and warmly welcomed at ACRM.

They span a wide spectrum of experience from students to well-seasoned pros and hail from the largest
rehabilitation institutions and universities to one-person solopreneurs.
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