Heidi Kempert, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation

Erin Brannon photo

Erin Webster, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist
Dayton Children’s Hospital

Kristen Buchannan, LISW
Social Worker
Cleveland Clinic Children”s Hospital for Rehabilitation

Lauren Nelson

Lauren Nelson, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Cleveland Clinic Children”s Hospital for Rehabilitation

Carrie Kreuer, APRN, CPNP, PC/AC
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation


Interprofessional care for the chronic pain population: Lessons from an Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Program IC31


DAY Sunday 14 April 2019

TIME 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FORMAT 4-hours Instructional course, Workgroup

ROOM LOCATION  to be determined

TOPIC AREAS Clinical Practice, Pain Rehabilitation, Ped

CAREER LEVEL  Introductory



Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Physicians/Physiatrist, Psychiatry, Nursing, Rec. Therapy, Nutrition/Dietician


Course Description

This instructional course seeks to accomplish three primary objectives: 1) identify each disciplines role in chronic pain rehabilitation, 2) describe the importance of interprofessionalism in clinical care, 3) discuss best practices for integrating team members of varied disciplines to enhance team effectiveness and improve patient outcomes and 4) identify at least 2 strategies that can be used to optimize clinical outcomes through interprofessionalism in your specific setting. The structure of the workshop will include lecture driven education, small group activity, and question and answer section that will actively engage the audience. First, we will define interprofessionalism and review current research /literature on its importance in clinical care, though brief lecture and relevant handouts. Second, we detail a framework for developing and maintaining an effective interprofessional team, using our own team members to provide perspectives from their respective disciplines: medicine, physical/occupational therapy, social work/case management, recreational therapy, dietician, education, and psychology. Due to the promotion of interperfessionalism within our program, we have received a number of national recognitions and awards. Our program is the first and only pediatric pain program to receive CARF accreditation, and be deemed a Center of Excellence. Our interprofessional team has consistently proven good clinical outcomes and excellent patient satisfaction scores. Individual members of our team will elaborate on their contributions to the program and offer specific projects that allow for translation of our program philosophy. Examples include: the development of our core values, multiple collaborative projects in each discipline (research, education, and quality improvement) , frequent meetings for interprofessional education,  and retreats for addressing program-specific problems. We also offer models of co-therapy between disciplines, ways of handling challenges and barriers (e.g., retreats, celebrating and commiserating together). The workshop will also provide a framework for how disciplines can partner up to promote outcomes.  Attendees will have the opportunity to observe our team’s strategies and will receive suggestions for translating these strategies to their home institution. Third, we will address how to successfully integrate team members while maintaining good clinical care and team spirit. We conclude with active learning of all participants by facilitating small group discussions specific to each discipline to enhance translation of skills to each participants work environment and discipline.  Attendees will leave with a list of resources for creating their own effective team within their home institution.



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

  1. Identify each disciplines role in interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation
  2. Describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration
  3. Discuss best practices for integrating team members of varied disciplines to enhance team effectiveness and improve patient outcomes
  4. Identify at least 2 strategies that can be used to optimize clinical outcomes through interprofessionalism in your specific setting


CME/CEUS 8 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


The secret sauce for your career


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.


You’re our people

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.
Attendees at previous ACRM events include designers, art directors, and production staff from hundreds of
institutions, companies, and universities from all around the world, including:



This place is beautiful. The Hilton Chicago is the optimum headquarters with superb onsite amenities + easy access to the best of Chicago.

  • SAVE TIME — staying right in the ACTION the ultimate venue for efficient collaboration
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  • CONVENIENCE — you are only an elevator ride away from courses and meeting and located right on the famed Michigan avenue — smack in the middle of city hotspots — Grant Park, museums, Navy Pier, and more
  • HEALTH CLUB — on the 8th floor, it’s the largest hotel gym in Chicago with indoor pool and hot tub an indoor running track, strength training and cardio equipment, Synergy 360, and sundeck with views of the Chicago skyline.
  • HHONORS Club — join the Hilton Honors through the ACRM Fast Track to GOLD program and get EXTRA points and all the cool member benefits including digital check-in.
  • Get the HHONORS APP — TIP: It’s really VERY handy

BOOK NOW to enjoy the SAVINGS and CONVENIENCE of staying on-site at the headquarters hotel.

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