Conferences and Educational Workshops

Conferences and Educational Workshops 2018-09-24T16:04:37+00:00

The Epilepsy Education Exchanges are yearly programs held in the Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre regions. Participants include those living with epilepsy, family and loved ones of those living with seizures, medical and healthcare professionals, and school personnel.

Topics are related to epilepsy treatments and updates, psychological, emotional and social concerns, clinical trials, employment and school issues, as well as other challenges that those with epilepsy/seizure disorder share.

For information on sponsoring an educational program, contact Missy Dolaway at mdolaway@efepa.org or 215-629-5003.

These conferences are free and open to the public. Travel reimbursement to programs is available upon request. Email efepa@efepa.org for more information.

Special Thanks to our 2018 Conference Series Sponsors:

   

 

Fall Conferences

Epilepsy Education Exchange

The Epilepsy Education Exchange is our annual conference held in the greater Philadelphia area. The 2018 program will be held on October 27th at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton, PA. Dr. Mercedes Jacobson of Temple Comprehensive Epilepsy Center will provide the keynote presentation on “Living your Best Life with Epilepsy”. Workshops will be “Research & Clinical Trials” by Dr. Michael Gelfand of Penn Epilepsy Center, “Navigating Insurance” by Jason Moyer of UCB Pharmaceuticals, “Self-Care Management for People with Epilepsy and Caregivers” by Caitlin Rice, MSW, LSW of the Council for Relationships, and a panel on “Preparing for and Navigating Transition” with Bethany Thomas, CRNP, MSN of Penn Epilepsy Center, Sarah Hardacker, MSN, RN of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Josh Green, Temple University Student, and Natalie Nelson, Moore College of Art Student.

Registration available at www.epilepsyexchange.org or by contacting us at 215-629-5003 or efepa@efepa.org

View videos of the 2017 sessions here:

Northeast Epilepsy Education Exchange

The 2017 Conference will be held on October 24th  at the John Heinz Insitute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Join us to hear from an epilepsy specialist from Geisinger Health Center along with a panel discussion on Navigating Local Support Services with representatives from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Anthracite Center for Independent Living and NEPA Inclusive.

Registration available at www.epilepsyinthevalley.org or by contacting us at 570-592-1150 or epilepsywv@efepa.org

Spring Conferences

Lehigh Valley Epilepsy Education Exchange

The Lehigh Valley Epilepsy Conference will be held on on May 2, 2018 at the Holiday Inn I-78 in Breinigsville, PA. Registration and vendor tables open at 5:15 pm and the conference begins at 6:00 pm. Light dinner will be served.

This year’s conference features Dr. Scott Kohler of St. Luke’s Neurology Associates speaking on Treatments & Technology: What’s New in Epilepsy and Jessie Meier, LSW, MSW of Lehigh Valley Health Network speaking on Tips for Successful Health Care Advocacy: Preparing for your doctor’s visits, improving your self-management skills, seizure tracking tools and more.

Register for the conference at www.epilepsyinthevalley.org.  For more information about the program, contact Ellen Baca, Lehigh Valley Coordinator at lv@efepa.org or 610-737-0613.

Watch videos of the 2016 conference here:

 

Lancaster Epilepsy Education Exchange

The 2018 Lancaster Epilepsy Conference will be held on on May 22, 2018 at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. Registration and vendor tables open at 5:30 pm and the conference begins at 6:00 pm. Light dinner will be served.

This year’s conference features Dr. Dennis Dlugos of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia speaking on Epilepsy 101: New seizure classifications, testing, and treatment pathways and Barbara Beck, CRNP, EFEPA Professional Advisory Board speaking on Tips for Successful Health Care Advocacy: Preparing for your doctor’s visits, improving your self-management skills, seizure tracking tools and more.

Register for the conference at www.epilepsyexchange.org.  For more information about the program, contact Kerri Michnya, Lancaster Resource Coordinator at kmichnya@efepa.org or (717) 449-1872

La Epilepsia Y Tú: Spanish-language Epilepsy Exchange

Es un placer ofrecer una conferencia dedicada a los hispanohablantes con epilepsia. Reune con nosotros el 4 de Abril 2018 en el Hospital de Lehigh Valley. Dra. Soraya Jimenez presentará sobre la epilepsia y las crisis epilépticas. Ademas discutiremos temas como seguridad en la casa y en la comunidad y sugerencias de manejar una vida productiva y independiente.

Para más información, contacta Elizabeth Beil a ebeil@efepa.org o 215-629-5003 x104.

Women’s Conference

This program is offered every other year in the spring to focus on the unique and special concerns related to epilepsy/seizure disorder that are gender specific. In some years the conference focuses specifically on women’s issues and in others there are sessions for women and men running concurrently.

Stay tuned for information on the next Women’s Conference to be held in 2019

Past conference topics have included: Genetics and Epilepsy; Living with Epilepsy; Talking to your Doctor; Hormones: Puberty to Menopause; Pregnancy and Epilepsy; Medication Side Effects and Men’s Health. Click here to view the 2015 conference brochure. 

Joyce Liporace, MD of Great Valley Neurological Associates, has been the chairperson for the Women’s Conference since it’s inception in 1999. Michael Sperling, MD, Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, was the chairperson of the first Men’s Conference in 2010.

View a video recording of Dr. Liporace’s session on Pregnancy & Epilepsy:

Speakers for all EFEPA conferences are well-known professionals in their field.

Visit our Professional Advisory Board and Board of Directors to view some, but not all, of our conference faculty.

The Foundation is not affiliated with any hospital in its services area. Presenters are chosen by their expertise of the subject matter. The Foundation is not funded by the pharmaceutical industry and is an independently incorporated affiliate of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, Landover, MD, (800) 332-1000. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.