Promoting Cognitive Health in General Clinical Practice:

Empirical Foundations and Practical Applications

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours

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John J. Randolph, PhD, ABPP

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Most clinicians, regardless of specialty, have heard clients express concerns about perceived cognitive limitations. However, effective strategies designed to promote cognitive health are infrequently discussed in clinical circles, and even cognitive specialists such as neuropsychologists tend to focus more on evaluations than interventions designed to enhance or promote cognition. In this full day seminar, Dr. Randolph will help participants consider the importance of cognitive health across clinical settings and explore an orientation to clinical practice focused on the study and promotion of cognitive health—positive neuropsychology—that incorporates positive psychology principles.Dr. Randolph will cover cognitive health across the lifespan with a review of medical, neurological, and psychological factors that affect subjective and objective cognition, perspectives on cognitive health from neuroscience, and practical cognitive and lifestyle strategies throughout life that can promote executive functioning and other cognitive abilities. A related evidence-based model (C.A.P.E. model) will be discussed that targets four key domains of cognitive health promotion: Compensation (e.g., emotional and cognitive strategies), Activity (e.g., physical and intellectual activity), Prevention of cognitive problems, and Education (e.g., public education regarding optimizing cognitive health). The value of studying individuals with exceptional cognitive functioning and positive cognitive outcomes will also be considered as a means to developing insights into cognitive health and enhancement. Finally, Dr. Randolph will cover practical strategies to incorporate cognition-promoting interventions into one’s clinical repertoire.

Learning Objectives  - As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

1) Describe the relevance of cognitive health across settings and the emerging field of positive neuropsychology.
2) Explain various medical, neurological, and psychological factors that can impact reported and/or objective cognitive functioning. 
3) Identify four key domains of cognitive health promotion. 
4) Describe factors influencing cognitive health in children and adolescents, and identify effects of cognition-promoting interventions. 
5) List lifestyle factors associated with cognitive decline vs. cognitive health in adults and older adults, and summarize related strategies that can serve to promote cognition in mid to late life.

John J. Randolph, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in independent practice and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  He is Past President of the New Hampshire Psychological Association and a National Academy of Neuropsychology Fellow.  He is also editor of the recent book, Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health.

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Schedule and Course Outline - Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts  
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Coffee 
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Perspectives on and definition of cognitive health
Positive psychology’s influence on cognition
Positive neuropsychology: definition and scope
C.A.P.E.SM model of cognitive health: Overview and elaboration Pt. 1               
10:15 AM -10:30 PM
Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
C.A.P.E.SM model of cognitive health: Overview and elaboration Pt. 2
Assessing cognitive health
Cognitive health in children and adolescents               
Factors influencing cognitive development
Strategies to promote cognition in early life
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch at the Crestview,  included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 Cognitive health in adults and older adults
 Lifestyle factors associated with cognitive decline vs. health
 Promoting cognition throughout adulthood
 Medical/neuropsychiatric conditions and cognition
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Exceptional cognition
Positive cognitive outcomes
Strategies to promote cognitive health in clinical practice      

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
 Questions and Answers