NZSIGN

Past NZSIGN Webinars & Workshops

NZSIGN members are able to download the most recent presentations from the members area.

April 2022 - MPS – the complaints process by Julia Whitehead, Senior Associate Wotten Kearney
A 101 on Regulatory Complaints: What happens if you receive a complaint?

March 2022 - Functional Neurological Disorders by Professor Jon Stone
Professor Stone has promoted new transparent, pragmatic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding, diagnosing and communicating Functional Neurological Disorder (FND). Historically, FND has been a “no-man’s land” between neurology and psychiatry which represents the second commonest reason for a neurological referral.

February 2022 - An update on Language by Dr Carolyn Wilshire
Contemporary Neurocognitive models, and their implications for assessing language in adults.

December 2021 - Identification and Management of Psychosocial risk in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury by Dr Josh Faulkner and Dr Debbie Snell

September 2021 Workshop - Rey Complex Figure (RCFT) by Dr John Meyers and Dr Lorrie Reinsch-Boothby
Dr Meyers has an expert knowledge of the RCFT having published norms and subsequent related research. Dr Reinsch-Boothby works with Dr Meyers and has extensive experience in the scoring and interpretation of the RCFT. This workshop will include how to score the RFCT, and to interpret, with case studies provided, as well as a range of topics such as how to interpret the RCFT from clinical setting to impact on functioning.

September 2021 - Integrating cognitive and psychological intervention to optimise outcomes following acquired brain injury, Dr Dana Wong 
Integrated cognitive and psychological intervention to optimise outcomes following acquired brain injury: Why, what, how, who where and when?

August 2021 - The Prefrontal Cortex, Dr Carolyn Wilshire
Recent research and its implications for Assessement. Carolyn's research draws on cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, health psychology and psychopathology. Much of her research is based on special populations, such as those who have suffered a stroke, a brain injury, or a brain tumour. She draws on methods and conceptual frameworks from cognitive psychology to investigate the problems encountered by these individuals.

May 2021- Administering the WAIS-IV using a novel home-based telehealth videoconferencing model, Dr Susan Mahon and Dr James Webb
There are a number of barriers to accessing neuropsychological assessment, including a shortage of neuropsychologists, long wait times and need to travel, particularly for those residing in rural areas. Teleneuropsychology (TNP) may offer an alternative service model to address those barriers.  This webinar shared the results of a recent New Zealand study regarding the videoconference administration of the WIAS-IV, its reliability and acceptability to participants; and how this may be used for future service delivery.       

February 2021 - Performance validity assessment and the importance of drawing defensible conclusions, Dr Jon Nuth
This webinar focused on the issue of performance validity assessment and the importance of drawing defensible conclusions from a range of data (particularly neuropsychological test performance). Jon addressed the issues of when, why and how one should employ specialised techniques for assessing performance validity.  The webinar covered subjects such as informed consent, embedded measures and methodological pitfalls and will draw from the contemporary evidence base and published best practice.

November 2020 - Neuropsychology Webinar Series. Mild traumatic brain injury neuroimaging concepts and neuropathologic correlates, Dr Ross Keenan
Dr Keenan is currently leading the translation of advanced neuroimaging techniques, to identify mTBI microstructural changes which may begin to stratify brain injury and assist in prognostication specifically in explaining some of the poor outcomes identified in this patient group.

October 2020 -  Injury perceptions, fear avoidance and other psychological predictors of concussion recovery, Dr Deborah Snell
Current evidence supporting the role of the various pre- and post-injury psychological predictors and mTBI outcomes from both NZ and International research.  Preliminary data from current studies will be shared, particularly focusing on efficient approaches to screening for psychological risk factors, and approaches to using different psychological profiles to target treatment interventions

September 2020 - Neuropsychology of mild cognitive impairment, Dr Johnathan Hackney
Exploring the research and assessment of mild cognitive impairment, as well as discussions around the contention in the research about what MCI actually is, how we go about assessing for it, and why this is important to consider across settings.

August 2020 - Vestibular Issues and Neuropsychology, Rebekah Miller.
Exploring what the vestibular system does and how it is tied to the eyes, spine and other parts of our body; some of the symptoms that people experience; and the role of the vestibular system in memory and mood.

July 2020 - Using The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory in Neuropsychological Assessment, Associate Professor Martin Sellbom.
The role of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) to psychologists who conduct mental injury and neuropsychological assessments. Assuming a background and basic interpretation knowledge of the MMPI-2-RF and forensic assessment; this webinar should also be of interest to those who have not used the instrument to date but are considering its application within their practice.  Considerations for using the MMPI-2-RF in personal injury and disability evaluations, and scientific support for using the test in such evaluations were discussed. Multiple case illustrations for which MMPI-2-RF data was used in personal injury and disability evaluations was included; including those clients for whom a somatic focus and/or validity concerns are present within a neuropsychological assessment. 

June 2020 - Neuropsychology Webinar Series. Understanding and Misinformation about Concussion, and a Focus on Outcomes for Women, Dr Audrey McKinlay.
Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), is caused by a blow to the head or body, resulting in a temporary alteration in brain function. Concussion is a leading cause of injury among all age groups, but is particularly frequent among children and adolescents. While most symptoms of concussion resolved over a relatively short period of time, many individuals report persisting symptoms. 

However, despite their frequency, there is widespread misunderstanding regarding what a concussion is and how it should be managed. This lack of understanding is particularly relevant in the case of young people who rely on adults to identify the seriousness of the injury and present them for treatment. The current lack of understanding impacts identification of individuals with concussion, and subsequently whether they will receive appropriate treatment.

This presentation examined the public understanding of mTBI and the impact of media and other sources of misinformation on that understanding using research findings and clinical case studies, and with specific focus on outcomes for women. Defining where misunderstandings about mTBI originate, and identifying information that will influence health-seeking behaviour, will provide a direct avenue for intervention and reduction of ameliorate-able problems following mTBI.


Past NZSIGN workshops

  • Nocebo Hypothesis CBT for Functional Neurological Symptoms, Matt Richardson, 1st June 2019
  • Assessment of Children, Jerome Sattler, 12th & 18th March 2019
  • Childhood Brain Injury: Problems and solutions, Audrey McKinlay, Mark Linden & Ann Glang, 20th February 2019
  • Neuropsychological Supervision, Nicola Gates, 12th October 2018
  • Nocebo Hypothesis CBT for Functional Neurological Symptoms, Matt Richardson, 28th and 29th May 2018
  • Neuropsychological Feedback, Jamie Berry and Wendy Longley, 26th February 2018
  • Assessing and treating problems with social cognition, Skye McDonald, 21st April 2017
  • Child concussion and social competence post brain injury, Vicki Anderson, 12th December 2016
  • Multi-cultural perspectives in Neuropsychology workshop, 15th & 16th September 2014
  • Use and interpretation of the Rey Complex Figure Test, John and Kelly Meyers, 15th February 2013
  • Evaluating neuropsychological interventions, Barbara Wilson, 25th May 2012