The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut provides trainings created through the Academy of Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS), including Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) trainings and Brain Injury Fundamentals (BIF) trainings.
What is the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists? And how was a national certification developed?
The mission of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) is to provide education, training, certification, and ongoing resources for specialists in the brain injury community.
In early 1990, 565 acute, sub-acute, and post-acute programs were surveyed regarding the training needs of licensed and non-licensed staff in brain injury services. Seventy-five percent of the respondents (45% response rate) indicated that specialized training is needed for licensed staff, and 84% indicated that training is needed for non-licensed staff. The majority of survey respondents also indicated they would give hiring preference and higher pay to individuals with brain injury training. Furthermore, 90% of the respondents agreed that the training curriculum include the following topics:
In 1996, the Brain Injury Association of America established ACBIS as a standing committee of the association to address these training needs. ACBIS operates under its own by-laws as approved by the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America. ACBIS Committee Members are experienced professionals in the field of brain injury rehabilitation who volunteer their time and expertise to developing a certification program that meets the needs of the brain injury community.
ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.