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When: Friday, February 8, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: 302 E Uintah St
Colorado Springs, Colorado  80903
United States
Contact: Terri Cassidy

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Colorado Chapter Meeting

ADED Members Only - Please be sure you are logged in to register.

February 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Approved for 3 ADED Contact Hours / .3 AOTA CEUs


Bring a brunch item/drink to share

Review Spring 2018 NewsBrake article on reaction times prior to meeting



  • 10a--Introductions
  • 10:15-1:15--Program with Dr. Nunley: Emotional Self-care for CDRS’s
  • 1:15-1:30--Program Rounds
  • 1:30-2--Chapter Business: review last meeting notes, review plan for next meeting, any updates from NMEDA and ADED. Review DMV info from 1/8/19 meeting and training class offered by DMV 1/15 and 1/16/19; prepare for DMV meeting 5/3/19.

Course Information:

Emotional Self-care for Certified Driving Specialists


Driver rehabilitation specialists are called upon to make challenging decisions about safety, fitness to drive, rehabilitation potential, and adaptive equipment solutions on a daily basis. The purpose of this presentation and discussion is to support therapists in maintaining empathy so that they can provide the best possible service to their clients. In particular we will cover topics such as compassionate conversations about driving retirement, prevention of therapeutic burn-out, and techniques for emotional self-care. Education will be didactic as well as interactive. Therapists will bring real life case studies for the group to process with a goal of leaving with a better understanding of the emotional landscape and our personal responses to providing driver rehab services.

Goals for presentation:

  1.  Recognize signs/symptoms, in self and colleagues, of therapeutic burnout.
  2.  Develop plan to self-analyze self on a regular basis for signs/symptoms of therapeutic burnout.
  3.  Develop plan to regularly recognize achievements/accomplishments in the field of Occupational Therapy and the domain of driving re-certification.
  4.  Learn basic techniques of emotional self-care

Michael Nunley, Ph.D.



Dr. Nunley earned his doctorate at the University of North Dakota and completed a rehabilitation neuropsychology internship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.   

During his internship and early career, he was fortunate to have been mentored by Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal who was one of the founding fathers of what is now known as the Brain Injury Association of America.  He also co-edited numerous books and journals on head injury and was heavily involved in rehabilitation research.  Dr. Nunley was thus soundly guided into the field of neurological rehabilitation. 

In 1992, Dr. Nunley joined the Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs to assist in developing a Day Treatment program for patients suffering acquired brain injury.

In 1998, he became the staff neuropsychologist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs where he worked with both inpatients and outpatients suffering brain injury as well as a variety of other neurological disorders.  He was also providing consultative services to the Greeley Center for Independence, a residential program for TBI survivors located in Greeley, CO. 

In 2014, Dr. Nunley joined the rehabilitation service of the Penrose- St. Francis Health Care System, where he again was working with both inpatients and outpatients suffering from various neurological diseases and problems.

Dr. Nunley is licensed to practice psychology in the State of Colorado.  He has no propriety interest in this presentation titled: Emotional Self-care for Certified Driving Specialists.

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