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ACRM Instructional Course with Megan Mitchell and Brooks Wingo

12 – 13 APR 2019 (Day/Time TBD)
HILTON CHICAGO // 720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Earn up to 3.5 hours of CME/CEUs




Mentoring is a critical component for the growth and future of any field, including rehabilitation. The presence of a diverse, interdisciplinary representation of professionals within ACRM and a membership consisting of many of the top individuals across the disciplines provides an ideal environment for quality mentorship across ACRM.

To capitalize on the unique opportunity the diversity of ACRM’s membership presents, the Early Career Networking Group (ECNG) is establishing a mentoring database to match mentors and mentees across the communities.

This workshop has been developed to train effective mentors and provide an in-depth look at the ACRM mentoring program.

Keynote speaker and ACRM President, Dr. Deborah Backus, will kick off the workshop, which will utilize open discussion, small groups and case scenarios to allow attendees the opportunity to build effective mentoring skills, as well as opportunities for self-reflection on their own experiences.

Course content will focus on establishing expectations with your mentee, maintaining effective and timely communication, practicing active listening and promoting professional development within the ECNG’s core topics: grants and scientific writing; career development: applying for jobs, promotion or tenure; work-life balance; mentoring; and conference/meetings.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List and demonstrate the qualities of an effective mentor
  2. Identify individual areas of strength for mentoring
  3. Describe the ACRM mentoring program and mentor expectations
  4. Implement the ACRM mentor/mentee contract




Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM
President, ACRM
Director of Multiple Sclerosis Research, Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, Shepherd Center
Atlanta, GA

Megan MitchellWITH:

Megan Mitchell, PhD
Member-at-Large, Early Career Sabbatical
Family Leave
Overland Park, KS

Brooks WingoBrooks C. Wingo, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Tuscaloosa, AL


Douglas KatzPANELISTS:

Past Chair, ACRM
Medical Director Brain Injury Programs and Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University Neurology Associates,
HealthSouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital

Stephanie Kolakowsky-HaynerStephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
Co-Chair, ACRM Program Committee
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Brad KurowskiBrad Kurowksi, MD, MS
Early Career Member-at-Large, ACRM Board of Governors
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center




Continuing education hours will be offered for the following professionals:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists (California Only)
  • Speech-Language Professionals (ASHA)
  • Psychologists (APA)
  • Physicians (ACCME)



  • Rehab professionals interested in becoming mentors



  • Live instruction
  • Access to presentation slides
  • CME/CEUs
  • 6-months introductory ACRM membership (for non-members)





*Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.