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90 Minute Live Webinar
(Distance Learning)

February 8th, 2017


 


1:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS): A Review for Clinical, Forensic, and Legal Professionals

1.5 Hours | 1.5 CEs (CEU)  | FREE
10am – 11:30 am (Pacific)  / 11am-12:30 (Mountain) / 12pm - 1:30pm (Central) / 1 pm – 2:30pm (Eastern)

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS) is a condition caused by a thiamine (B1 vitamin) deficiency and is most commonly marked by the co-occurrence of two closely associated neurological disorders called Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff’s syndrome. Wernicke’s encephalopathy is characterized by ophthamoplegia (i.e., eye movement disturbances), dementia, and ataxia (i.e., abnormal stance and walking) whereas Korsakoff’s syndrome is typified by apathy, confabulation, delusional tendencies, disorientation, memory loss, mental processing deficits, and personality changes. Overrepresented in certain at-risk populations (e.g., alcohol-dependent individuals, long-term homeless), WKS presents unique challenges and significant management problems for health care, mental health, and criminal justice professionals. These obstacles are often exacerbated when individuals with WKS are not accurately identified and responsively treated, which has distinct implications for family members and the child welfare, mental health, and criminal justice systems. Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS) is a clinically complex disorder that has catastrophic, and sometimes fatal, effects if not diagnosed and treated during its early stages. Greater awareness among caregivers and professionals may be one of the best ways to reduce future incidents of WKS and its associated brain damages.

In this 90-minute presentation, attendees will acquire knowledge from the latest research literature in five key areas. First, the presentation will provide overviews of the historical and etiological (i.e., Thiamine deficiency) origins of WKS. Second, the presentation will highlight the risk factors, autopsy results, red flag indicators, and deficits (e.g., executive functioning and memory) commonly associated with the disorder. Third, participants will learn about the difficulties of routine screenings for WKS in clinical and forensic populations along with ways to limit missed, under, and misdiagnosis of WKS by accounting for co-occurring conditions (e.g., substance use disorders). Fourth, the presentation will examine the impact of WKS on victimization and participation in the criminal justice system (e.g., competency to stand trial, confabulation, and suggestibility) via a review of relevant case studies. Finally, the webinar will conclude with a discussion of current gaps in knowledge and recommendations for future research.


If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please register and we will send you a link to the recorded version the day after the live event.  


Webinar Outline:
The principal aim of this webinar is to familiarize mental health and legal professionals with WKS and its unique challenges and significant management problems for health care, mental health, and criminal justice professionals. Through a review of the current research and case law, attendees will be trained in five key topics:

  • Describe the historical and etiological origins of WKS
  • Describe the risk factors, autopsy results, red flag indicators, and deficits commonly associated with the disorder
  • Describe the difficulties of routine screenings for WKS in clinical and forensic populations along with ways to limit missed, under, and misdiagnosis of WKS
  • Describe the impact of WKS on victimization and participation in the criminal justice system via a review of relevant case studies
  • Describe the current gaps in knowledge and recommendations for future research

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please register to receive a link to the recorded version of the webinar the day after the live event. 

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand how WKS can impact a defendant's competence-related abilities, including those working in forensic, clinical, criminal justice, health care, social service, and educational settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level professionals.


About Our Presenter

Jerrod Brown, MA, MS, MS, MS, is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). Jerrod holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider. Jerrod is currently in the dissertation phase of his doctorate degree program in psychology.


Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS): A Review for Clinical, Forensic, and Legal Professionals

February 8th 2017
10am – 11:30 am PST  / 1 pm – 2:30pm EST

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS): A Review for Clinical, Forensic, and Legal Professionals

Presented by: Jerrod Brown

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the etiology of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS)
  • Describe the prevalence rates, risk factors, symptoms, and deficits of WKS
  • Describe how routine screenings for WKS can decrease the likelihood of missed diagnosis, under-diagnosis, and misdiagnosis
  • Describe the impact of WKS on participation in the criminal justice and legal systems
  • Describe the impact of WKS for the family and child welfare systems
  • Describe peer-reviewed research on WKS and identify current gaps in knowledge

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Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Live Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this  Distance Learning Live Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1.5 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediatly after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
 
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