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Barber’s Driving School CE Course Program

October 1


Barber’s Driving School Self-Paced Online Certified Comprehensive Driver Evaluations and Certified Older Driver Evaluations CE Course Program

IOTA Members receive a 40% discount of course tuition!

(IOTA Member discount-code can be accessed through your profile page under the Continuing Education tab)

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Please Note: This is an ongoing, self-paced, online course that can be started at any time. 

Course Description

Driving is a complex task that requires multiple physical and cognitive processes working in unison to perform. Age alone is not a determining factor in a person’s ability to drive safely, but many older drivers can benefit from a comprehensive driving evaluation to identify and address any existing deficits. Unfortunately, there are several barriers that limit the availability of these beneficial evaluations to the growing population of older adults.

The CODE-CCDE program model uses a unique collaborative approach to the delivery of driver services that falls within the spectrum of driver services. The spectrum of driver services was a collaborative effort by The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and AOTA to define the language and models used in driving programs. The cornerstone of this approach is ongoing training and support of participating providers (occupational or physical therapists) to ensure clinical driving evaluations are superior, rigorous, and follow established best practice guidelines.

Trained therapists in the CODE-CCDE program should be able to:

Apply knowledge of medical conditions with implications to driving
Assess the cognitive, visual, perceptual, behavioral and physical limitations that may impact driving performance
Integrate the clinical findings with assessment of on-road performance
Synthesize client and caregiver needs and assist in decisions about available options
Coordinate with multidisciplinary providers to provide resources related to the needs of clients.

Tier I – Clinician Certification – Outline

The full 10 hour certification course consists of: 5 hours of Joint Training and 5 hours of Clinical Training. Both courses are required for certification.

Joint Training – Overview and Objectives


Module 101. Identifying the problem and solution

The changing demographic landscape and how age-related changes impact driving performance
Barriers impacting driver rehabilitation professionals and the needs to address older driver safety
The components of the Certified Older Driver Evaluation (CODE) and how the program addresses the older driver issue
How the CCDE program differs from CODE and be knowledgeable in its areas of focus

Module 102. Program overview

What and who the CODE partner network consists of and be knowledgeable in each of their roles in addressing the older driver problem
Match a client to the corresponding tier level based on their level of function and unique adaptive equipment needs
All 7 steps of the evaluation process that coincides with the established best practice standards for the delivery of driver services through ADED

Module 103. Software overview

The unique roles and responsibilities of the referring partners, director, managing partners, and associate partners in the CODE- CCDE process
The use of and the benefits the CODE software questionnaires provide towards assessing a client’s overall driving fitness

Module 104. Legal Implications

The relevant state licensing and reporting laws for the participant’s practicing state
A general overview of the license revocation, guardianship, and power of attorney processes and their role in the CODE-CCDE program

Module 105. Mental health

Various psychiatric disorders and how they may affect interactions with other individuals and negatively impact a person’s ability to drive

Module 106. Physical health

Common age-related physical changes and their impact on driving performance
Age related vision changes and common compensatory strategies used with driving restrictions
Common vision disorders and how they can affect driving safety
The relationship between falls and MVC risk

Module 107. Neurological disorders

The types and impact of various neurological disorders on driving safety
Causes of a CVA and the wide range of possible associated functional impairments
Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and their effect on driving performance
Common driving characteristics and errors performed by individuals with a dementia diagnosis

Module 108. Behavioral health

Behavioral health disorders and common behavioral factors that can affect driving performance and safety
The effects of commonly used mind-altering substances on driving safety
The link between prescription medications and the risk of a car accident

Module 109. Social considerations

The importance of family/social support and their role in the driving evaluation process
Frequent factors or causes involved in older adults giving up driving, and useful tips for counseling these individuals

Module 110. Future considerations

Diagnoses or scenarios requiring periodic reassessment for a driving evaluation
The importance of the clinical teams’ support of individuals after driving cessation is recommended
The impact of driving cessation on individuals’ health and quality of life

Clinical Training – Overview and Objectives


Module 200. Driving evaluation introduction

Framework for examining factors that can influence a person’s driving performance
Individual steps involved in driving to provide a reference throughout evaluation process
Various components involved in clinical driving evaluation
How to introduce driving evaluation process to clients

Module 201. Client intake and document overview

Client intake, document review process using CODE-CCDE software
Important driving information that should be considered during documentation review, client interview
Common medical conditions and their potential affects on driving performance
Medication review process and common medications that can impact driving performance

Module 202. Visual function and driving

Visual requirements necessary for safe vs legal driving
Components associated with visual system, usage while driving
Evaluating visual functions essential for safe driving using common assessment tools
Scoring, interpreting visual assessments to determine if deficits exist
Common visual deficits, implications on driving

Module 203. Physical function and driving

Physical components necessary for various driving tasks
How to perform, interpret assessments of specific physical functions to determine if deficits exist
How physical deficits can impact driving performance
Impact of pain, fatigue, endurance on driving performance

Module 204. Cognitive function and driving

Role of various cognitive functions necessary for safe driving performance
Common cognitive assessment tools utilized in driving evaluations, factors to consider before administering test
How to properly perform, score, interpret cognitive assessment tools to determine if deficits exist
How cognitive deficits can impact safe driving performance

Module 205. Mental and behavioral health considerations

Role of mental, behavioral health on driving performance
How to assess clients with mental/behavioral health disorders
Common developmental disorders, impact on driving performance

Module 206. Problem list and final steps

Role of problem list related to evaluation, how to formulate it throughout evaluation
Clinical reasoning process used to interpret problem list, make appropriate recommendations related to driving
Referral, re-assessment considerations
Process of completing clinical evaluation in CODE-CCDE software, preparing client for BTW assessment
Resources for clients, their families on alternative transportation options

Regular price occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners and students: $195
Idaho Occupational Therapy Association members: $117 using 40 percent off discount code (IOTA members must be logged into their account to access the discount code)


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