Education & Prevention Programs


In Connecticut alone there are approximately 36,000 deaths, emergency department visits and hospitalizations that result from traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. BIAC is dedicated to providing brain injury educational outreach. BIAC’s education and outreach programs are committed to educating the public about brain injury, as well as providing the latest information and resources to professionals, medical providers, caregivers, survivors, and families. In addition, because prevention is the only cure for a brain injury, BIAC is committed to educating individuals in our communities about brain injury and how it can be prevented.

Last year BIAC staff and volunteers educated more than 6,000 Connecticut residents—including professionals in the field of brain injury, skilled nursing facilities, domestic violence shelters, health insurance providers, students, parents, and school personnel—about brain injury awareness and prevention.

BIAC offers free brain injury trainings and prevention presentations (a minimum of 5 attendees required), but asks that groups, schools and organizations requesting trainings and presentations provide a donation to cover travel expenses from the BIAC office in Windsor.  A minimum donation of $50 is requested for travel expenses less than 50 miles round trip (from the BIAC office in Windsor), and a minimum donation of $100 for travel expenses exceeding 50 miles round trip.  The trainings and presentations do not have a cost associated with them (with the exception of travel reimbursement) but we always appreciate your consideration for additional donations if you found the training helpful and valuable.  If you are interested in hosting a training or presentation, please contact Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager, at 860-219-0291 x306 or rcarfi@biact.org, or fill out a Program Request Form.

Brain Injury Trainings
BIAC also offers training for professionals who are interested in learning more about brain injury and our organization.  Presentations can be tailored to your organization’s needs. Learn more about BIAC's brain injury trainings. To find out more about our brain injury trainings please contact Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager, at 860-219-0291 x306 or rcarfi@biact.org, or fill out a Program Request Form.

Annual Conference

BIAC offers an Annual Conference each spring that brings together professionals in the field of brain injury to learn about advances in treatment, network with professionals and gain access to cutting-edge research and information.  The Annual Conference providers CEUs for social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, and speech-language pathologists, along with CMEs for physicians and health care providers.  Learn more about BIAC’s Annual Conference.   

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Trainings

The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut conducts annual Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) trainings for professionals in the field of brain injury interested in becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.  This training is specifically designed to help review material for the certification examination and to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across Connecticut. Enrollees will attend two days of training that corresponds with the chapters in the Essential Brain Injury Study Guide, followed by an exam. 

Individuals eligible to become Certified Brain Injury Specialists must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury, experience can be through paid employment and/or academic internships, and the 500 hours must have included formal supervision or conducted while the individual operated under a professional license.  Volunteer work does not qualify.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Training will be conducted by BIAC and, upon successfully passing the CBIS exam, the Certification will be awarded and maintained through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). Learn more about upcoming CBIS Trainings.

Brain Injury Prevention Programs

BIAC offers Protect Your Brain prevention programs for children, parents, coaches and educators. Presentations are available for a variety of age groups, from preschool through high school, and focus on learning about your brain, how it works, how it can be injured and how best to protect your brain from injury. Learn more about available prevention programs.  To find out more about our prevention presentations please contact Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager, at 860-219-0291 x306 or rcarfi@biact.org, or fill out a Program Request Form.

Health Fairs and Community Events
BIAC is pleased to participate in events throughout Connecticut, based on staffing and resources. If you have an event that you would like BIAC to attend, please email Rene Carfi, call 860-219-0291 x306 or fill out a Program Request Form.

Additional Online Brain Injury Training Opportunities

In addition to the BIAC trainings above, several brain injury programs throughout the country offer online brain injury trainings. To have your program listed here, please email Rene Carfi. View a current list of programs that are being offered.