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Shepherd Center’s Online Training Program for Clinicians Launches 2021 Curriculum

The hospital’s NeuroRehabilitation Learning Institute gives healthcare providers access to high-quality, professional continuing education programs through an easy-to-access online portal.

Best practices for treating patients with complex neurological diagnoses, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis, are continually evolving, and it can be difficult for clinicians to stay up to date on these specialized topics. That’s why in January 2018, Shepherd Center, one of the leading neurorehabilitation hospitals in the nation, launched an online hub for high-quality, evidence-based education programs called the NeuroRehabilitation Learning Institute (NRLI). The web-based learning management system (LMS) hosts interdisciplinary professional education programs providing continuing education credits to healthcare professionals.

“The NRLI allows us to influence the quality of care and provide guidance to other medical professionals that treat similar patient populations,” says Diane Johnston, MSPT, director of professional education at Shepherd Center. “It can be especially difficult for patients of Shepherd Center when they return to their hometown after discharge from rehabilitation in Atlanta. The NRLI is a way for us to provide guidance and build relationships with medical professionals throughout the country, so when they do have questions, they know they can come to us.”

To date, more than 5,200 healthcare professionals have enrolled in the specialized courses from 19 countries around the globe. The LMS features recorded webinars, live virtual events and online education courses covering many topics related to acquired brain injury, disorders of consciousness, spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis. Providers who access the courses learn from physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, dietitians, nurses and nurse practitioners. The 2021 curriculum begins in February. Some of the upcoming courses include:

Online Course Releases in February: 

  • Foundations of Seating and Mobility
  • Functional Expectations After Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Optimizing Seated Positioning and Communication with Custom Orthosis
  • Preparing for Functional Mobility Following Spinal Cord Injury

To learn more and enroll in continuing education classes, visit Check back monthly for new course releases and content.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.