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David Seaton

Speaker at 2015 NABIS Conference on Brain Injury

Session Title 1: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness after TBI
Understand the role of the organizational culture and its relationship to retaining staff and delivering quality care.
2.  Identify the organizational barriers that inhibit the delivery of quality care and well-being in long-term care
3. Identify person-centered practices and other holistic tools to empower staff that directly enhance well-being of residents
LifeLong Living is the approach for the transformation of long-term care based on person-directed values and practices where the humanistic needs of resident and those working closest with them are considered and respected. This is best achieved within an organizational culture that values and promotes choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living for both staff and residents. 
Transforming long-term care into humanistic living environments that promote growth requires changes in typical  organization practices, physical environments, and relationships at all levels.

Session Title 2: Community Matters

1. Delineate the difference between the medical model and the independent living philosophy. 
2. Understand the philosophical principles involved in the provision of community based services. 
3. Learn to assess and measure outcomes for people with brain injuries in the community.
Summary: When a brain injury occurs many people are immersed in the medical model of treatment. Getting out of that model and shifting paradigms so the person is back in charge of their life can be a long journey. While it often depends on funding it also depends on the way service provision is designed and implemented. This presentation includes stories and experiences of providing community based services for more than 20 years. A model that can be replicated in other communities will be described. The audience will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the need to have services that are functional and supper the goals of the person.

Session Title 3: Case Study - Severe TBI

1.  To understand salient predictors of outcom following severe TBI.  
2.  To understand predictable and unique recovery patterns assocated with different types and severity of severe TBI necessary to employ evidence informed treatments.
3.  To understand how evidence informed rehabilitation treatment is applied across organized system of care necessary for best practices and optimal outcomes.  
This presentation will utilize a case presentation format to instruct how the diagnosis and prognosis of severe TBI is conceptualized and necessary to inform best practices of rehabiliation across the continum of time post injury. A nationally recognized interdisciplinary panel of experts will discuss evidence informed evaluation and treatments that are relevant to achieving optimal outcomes.  Audience participation and focused Q&A will be encouraged.  


Current Company Affiliation:  LiveOak Living Community
Speaker Bio:  David Seaton is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology, and completed his graduate studies at the UT Health Science Center in Rehabilitation Counseling. David is President of the Seaton Foundation, which provides training and education resources to transform and improve long-term care. He is the Founder/CEO of Therapeutic Communities, LLC, since 2002, which operates three person-centered residential programs in San Marcos and Austin, Texas for adults with brain injury or other cognitive disabilities. David has worked in brain injury for more than 25 years.


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