Day 1 :
Medical Director Med Diagnostic Inc., DBA Coastal Wellness Centers United States
Time : 10:25-11:15
After spending several years in central Florida working as an orderly, then an EMT/Paramedic and Heart Cath Lab technician, Dr. Rosado realized his passion for the medical profession. He started chiropractic school at Life College in Marietta, GA where he graduated cum laude with a BS degree in Clinical Nutrition and a doctor of chiropractic degree. After practicing for several years, he went on to Universidad Central del Este, in San Pedro de Macoris where in 2001 he graduated summa cum laude with his medical degree. In 2005 he completed his MBA in Health Care Management from University of Phoenix, and graduated magna cum laude.
He has worked as a physician, clinic and hospital director, director of the communicable disease division/epidemiology and immunization departments. Presently, Dr. Rosado is the Medical Director of a medical cannabis clinic and volunteers once a month at a community clinic.
He was and is on the bureau of speakers for political campaigns, cannabis advocacy and medical cannabis dispensaries/licensed producers. He has worked with toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for the recommendation of and management with medical cannabis and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine
OBJECTIVE: A literature review was conducted to evaluate the validity of medical cannabis as an adjunctive treatment in the management of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged.
Since there is no medical test to diagnose the disorders, the provider must listen to the parent/ caretaker and look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. Unfortunately, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older.
A deficiency in the endocannabinoid system in the body is considered as the reason for many disorders and recent researchers’ state that it might help in the treatment of autism. The chronic neuroinflammation can be eased with the help of the antioxidants which are present in the cannabis plant.
The theory of CED was based on the concept that many brain disorders are associated with neurotransmitter deficiencies, affecting acetylcholine in Alzheimer's disease, dopamine in Parkinsonian Syndromes, serotonin and norepinephrine in depression, and that a comparable deficiency in endocannabinoid levels might be manifest similarly in certain disorders that display predictable clinical features as sequelae of this deficiency.
DESIGN/METHODS: A literature review was conducted of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine PubMed from 2012-2018 specific to the topic of medical cannabis and autism spectrum disorder.
CONCLUSION: This literature review supports the feasibility of cannabis based medicine as a promising treatment option in children with ASD. Based on the promising results, it is recommended that large, double blind, placebo controlled cross-over trials be launched in jurisdictions where medical cannabis can be studied without limitations from the federal government.
Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery, USA
Time : 10:40
James Wilson, Ph.D. obtained his doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Arizona. He has been practicing as a licensed psychologist in California for thirty-two years, specializing in neuropsychology and brain injury rehabilitation. He presently is a clinical consultant for the Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery. His specialty in private practice is neuropsychological evaluation of TBI and Concussion, and he has published on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. In the late 1970’s he worked for three years in hospital settings in Hokkaido, Japan.
According to the WHO and the CDC, Traumatic Brain Injury is one of the major causes of death and disability around the world. In the United States alone over 50,000 lives are lost every year, while hundreds of thousands of people are left with severe and lasting disabilities. Globally, Clinical Psychologists and other health practitioners, who themselves may have only limited familiarity with these conditions, are often faced with a lack of resources to aid clients in their recovery. The Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery, a non-profit center located near San Francisco, California, has created an innovative range of services to address the needs of adults who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Concussion (referred to as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - or mTBI). The program consists of several key components: The Resource Center, the Post-concussion Education and Support Group, the Individualized Computer Treatment Program (ICTP), “Cog-Smart” - a compensatory skills training class, and a full-day Therapeutic Program (for moderate to severe brain injury). These approaches allow participants flexibility in accessing services to meet their individual needs. The aim of the Post-Concussion Education and Support Group is to provide accurate information about mild traumatic brain injury, and direct clients to suitable sources of care in the community, at the same time addressing the altered sense of self, a common psychological reaction among survivors. This presentation highlights the the Center’s treatment methods and we will present both pre- and post-treatment clinical outcome data showing the efficacy of the Post-Concussion Education and Support Group. Finally, we present a case study which illustrates the benefits that these services provide in helping clients recover and cope with the long-term cognitive, behavioral and psychological consequences that often impact their work, family, and personal lives.
Clinical Director at Holistic Ed-Venture; Singapore
Time : 10:40
Sunita has over 22 years of experience in local and regional marketing; corporate training and staff development; psychotherapy and counselling; education; mindfulness; and wellbeing amongst others. She is a skilled facilitator, coach, psychotherapist and lecturer. She has developed Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) for psychotherapists and co-developed a unique model of leadership called Positive Performance Leadership (PPL) for leaders. She is currently writing a book on wellbeing and happiness. She is the Clinical Director at Holistic Ed-Venture, Director and Mindfulness Psychologist at Centre for Mindfulness and Director and Wellbeing Strategist at Positive Performance Consulting. She has a Doctor of Psychology, Master of Social Science (Counselling), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Business in Business Administration with Merit (Marketing Major) amongst others.
Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) focuses on Five Selves of wellbeing by catering to all levels of human experience and by redefining the roles of a psychotherapist to focus on holistic wellbeing of clients. The Five Selves are: Eudaimonic, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical and Spatial. Wellbeing can be enhanced by analyzing, redefining and redesigning our lives in each of the Five Selves individually or collectively.