SAC Workshop: Communication Partner Training Implementation in Acquired Brain Injury: Demystifying CPT in Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Dementia

Emma Power, PhD, BAppSc (Hons1, University Medal), CPSP MSPAA
February 16 2023 to February 23 2023
Speech-Language Pathology
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Communication Partner Training Implementation in Acquired Brain Injury: Demystifying CPT in Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Dementia

February 16 & 23, 2023

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

Instructor: Emma Power, PhD, BAppSc (Hons1, University Medal), CPSP MSPAA

This hands-on workshop aims to provide participants with a practical learning experience on implementation of best practice in Communication Partner Training for cognitive communication impairments in Acquired Brain Injury (inclusive of stroke, brain injury, and dementia). Key programs will be addressed (e.g., MESSAGE for dementia CPT), with the focus being on illustrative examples associated with current and new CPT programs for traumatic brain injury (e.g., TBI Express/TBI Connect and Convers-ABI-ilty and Interact-ABI-lity). The implementation principles and processes also apply to language-based impairments such as aphasia but aphasia CPT is not the focus of this workshop.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe theoretical approaches to evidence-practice gap and knowledge translation / implementation (including barriers and facilitators and behaviour change strategies).
  • Describe the latest evidence-based Communication Partner Training for healthcare workers and familiar communication partners in ABI and identify the invisible steps of clinician driven CPT.
  • Explore and reflect on the process of implementation of CPT in your service using the Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) Framework (Graham et al., 2009).
  • Formulate a brief action plan to further explore and apply implementation knowledge to your clinical services after the workshop.


Intended Audience: 

  • speech-language pathologists
  • speech-language pathology assistant
  • students


This Session Pertains To: 

  • Adults (18-64)
  • Seniors (65+)



Intermediate (Assumes general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)


Presenter Biography

Emma Power, PhD, BAppSc (Hons1, University Medal), CPSP MSPAA

Associate Professor Emma Power is a speech pathologist and academic at the University of Technology Sydney. Emma has worked with individuals with communication disabilities and their families, in the areas of stroke, brain injury, and dementia for over 25 years in a variety of clinical and academic positions. Emma’s research and teaching interests include communication partner training, health services/implementation science research and psychosocial interventions in neurorehabiliation, with a focus on digital health and codesign. Emma is recognised nationally and internationally for her research in acquired communication disorders and communication partner training across stroke, TBI, and dementia including 3 training programs. She has published over 115 peer reviewed publications and obtained $16+ million worth of grant funding. Emma has provided keynote, plenary, and invited talks on communication partner training, implementation and codesign in Australia and internationally. Emma has also won awards for excellence for her curriculum development and teaching in neurogenic communication disorders.


Registration Fees



SAC/ASHA Members




SAC/ASHA Student Associate


SAC Communication Health Assistant Associate


Registration deadline: February 9, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. (ET)

SAC members must sign in at the top of the registration page to receive the member rate.

There is a maximum of 50 spots for this virtual workshop.


ASHA members must

  • ASHA members are required to provide proof of membership.
  • To ensure you receive the discounted ASHA rate, please contact Bev Cooper at prior to registering for more information.


Cancellation Policy

  • An administration fee of $50.00 will apply to all refunds.
  • Requests for refunds must be received by January 26, 2023.
  • No refunds after January 26, 2023.
  • Please email Bev Cooper at to request a refund.



This workshop is eligible for 6 SAC CEEs.


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