Conferences and Educational Workshops

Conferences and Educational Workshops 2020-01-13T16:30:05-05:00

About the Epilepsy Education Exchanges

The Epilepsy Education Exchanges are free annual conferences held in the Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre regions. We invites those living with epilepsy, family members, caregivers, medical and healthcare professionals, and school personnel to explore important topics in epilepsy while developing a network of support and increasing public awareness, education and understanding.

The Epilepsy Education Exchanges provide information on a wide array of relevant topics such as the latest in 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.

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

Spring Conferences

Fall Conferences

Biennial Conferences

Lehigh Valley Epilepsy Education Exchange

The Lehigh Valley Epilepsy Exchange will be held on on May 14, 2020 at the Holiday Inn I-78 in Breinigsville, PA. Registration and vendor tables open at 5:15pm and the conference begins at 6:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

Topics include:

  • “Neurological Testing” presented by Shannon Kelly, PHD, Neuropsychologist of Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • “Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES)” presented by Zehra Husain, MD of Lehigh Valley Health Network Neurology
  • “Comorbidity and Epilepsy” presented by Scott Kohler, MD of St. Luke’s Neurology Associates

Children ages 10+ are invited to join you for the Epilepsy Education Exchange. We will have a special activity room for socializing, games and dinner with supervision from EFEPA staff and volunteers. This is a great opportunity for youth with epilepsy and their siblings to get more involved with the EFEPA! Please RSVP with number of children and ages to Ellen.

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

2016 Conference:

Lancaster Epilepsy Education Exchange

The Lancaster Epilepsy Education Exchange will be held on on May 26, 2020 at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.

Speakers TBD.

The 2019 conference featured:

  • “The Brain and Cognitive Health: What you can do to improve cognitive function as an add-on therapy” with Claire Flaherty, PhD, Neuropsychologist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • “Cannabinoids and Medical Marijuana: What’s the difference and how are they used to treat epilepsy?” with Heather D. Harle, MD, Neurologist at Lancaster General Health Physicians

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

Northeast PA Epilepsy Education Exchange

The Northeast PA Epilepsy Education Exchange will be October 28, 2020 at the John Heinz Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Speakers TBD.

2019 Workshops included:

  • “Beyond Medication: Responsive Neurostimulations for Treatment in Epilepsy” with Dr. Matthew Mercuri, Neurologist at Geisinger Health Center
  • “Memory and Cognition in Epilepsy: Understanding the Issues and Tips to Help Improve” with Dr. Maya Lichtenstein, Behavioral Neurologist at Geisinger Health Center
  • “Regaining Control: Navigating Mental Health in the Unpredictable World of Epilepsy” with Santina Williams, MS, LPC at CB Counseling LLC

For more information, contact us at 570-592-1150 or epilepsywv@efepa.org.

Epilepsy Education Exchange

The Epilepsy Education Exchange is our annual conference held in the greater Philadelphia area. The 2020 program will be in November at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton, PA.

Speakers TBD.

2019 Conference Keynote presentation: “What’s New in Epilepsy” by Dr. Christopher Skidmore, Neurologist at Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

2019 Workshops included:

  • “SUDEP: Knowledge is Power” with Sally Schaeffer, SUDEP Institute Director, Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute
  • “Seizure Tracking & Management” with Sarah Tefft, MSN, RN, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • “Employment & SSI” with Tom Giordano & Erica Schikunov, Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano

For more information, contact us at 215-629-5003 or efepa@efepa.org.

2017 Conference:

La Epilepsia Y Tú: Spanish-language Epilepsy Exchange

Es un placer ofrecer una conferencia dedicada a los hispanohablantes con epilepsia. Reune con nosotros el primavera 2020 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 & Epilepsy 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.

2019 conference topics included: 

  • “Women and Hormones” with Lindsay Higdon, MD
  • “Pregnancy & Childcare” with Danielle Becker, MD
  • “Strong Women” with Joyce Liporace, MD
  • “Living Our Best” with Jaime Spinell Zuckerman, PsyD

Joyce Liporace, MD 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.

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.