APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides staff and professionals the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate their learning through an examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut offers the Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training annually – typically in the fall. If you or your organization are interested in learning more about the training, please contact Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager, at 860-219-0291, x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certification is based on a comprehensive training manual that covers the following topics:
Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury. As a result, the book, training and exam cover a broad range of topics.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut is offering a training program geared toward preparing for the CBIS examination. This training will be delivered over a course of 2 full days, and is based on The Essential Brain Injury Guide (Ed.5.0). Students are strongly encouraged to attend the entire session. Students are also strongly advised to read The Essential Brain Injury Guide prior to attending the training. The workshop will include a review of some of the information provided in The Essential Brain Injury Guide, but not all, and attending the training alone and not reading the guide will not be a sufficient preparation for the exam. In addition, reading the book alone and not supplementing it with the training and other self-study activity may also not be sufficient for passing the exam. The exam is a comprehensive assessment of the materials involved and covers a depth of information which ACBIS deems necessary for the CBIS credential. We strongly advise attendees to allow ample time for preparation prior to the exam,. Previous attendees who did not pass the exam on the first attempt later reported that they had not adequately prepared through intensive/extensive self-study, reading the book, full class attendance, etc.
Attendees will be provided a link to the training handouts at least 1 month prior to the first training date, and are encouraged to review the handouts in advance. Hard copies of the handouts will also be available for attendees on the day of the trainings. Please note: The cost of the training does NOT include purchase of The Essential Brain Injury Guide. Attendees are responsible for purchasing the textbook (at a reduced cost of $90) on their own through the Brain Injury Association of America’s bookstore.
Official CBIS training is provided by Bonnie Meyers and Rene Carfi, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST). Bonnie has been working in the field of brain injury for 30 years. She holds a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. Bonnie has overseen brain injury services throughout the continuum of recovery, including sub-acute programs in rehabilitation hospitals as well as within a variety of community settings, including ABI waiver services, adult day programs, vocational/supported employment programs, and independent living programs. Rene has 20 years of experience in the field of brain injury, having previously held management positions at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey for 17 years. She also served as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Special Education & Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.
The online exam will be given at a time and location designated by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut. Candidates must score 80% or higher on the certification examination. The exam can only be taken after all forms and fees have been submitted and processed and an approval email has been received by the applicant.
Since you will be attempting the certification as part of a group, you do not need to identify a proctor for your examination.
Notification of Exam Score: Candidates will receive immediate notification, from ACBIS, via email of their exam score upon completing the online examination. Information about individual candidates and examination results will not be released to any party other than candidates or group administrators. Candidates' scores are not released to anyone, including the candidate, by telephone.
Retakes: Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first administration may take one retest within one year of the initial application date at no additional charge. An applicant who does not pass after two attempts is welcome to reapply when ready. BIAC will serve as the proctor for the first exam, but individuals will be responsible for securing their own proctor (a colleague or supervisor can serve as proctor) for retakes.
Cost of participation:
$450 - includes training, exam fee and a one-year subscription to The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
The above fee does not include the cost of purchasing The Essential Brain Injury Guide. The Guide is sold directly through the Brain Injury Association of America’s bookstore.
Join us for this comprehensive training, and gain your national certification in Brain Injury, with support through BIAC.
Applicants must complete and submit the required eligibility paperwork four weeks prior to the training class in order to secure enrollment to the class. Required paperwork includes the following: ACBIS Application Form, your current Resume, and payment for the training. To access the required paperwork forms. (insert hyperlink)
All new paid applicants will receive a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This reflects a commitment to ensuring that Certified Brain Injury Specialists have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment and practice information.
The process described below is intended for those who are pursuing CBIS Certification as a part of a group with BIAC; please contact your Group Administrator, Rene Carfi, for further instructions. Rene can be reached at email@example.com or 860-219-0291, x306. Please read requirements carefully.
STEP ONE: Download the application, and complete it (if the application is missing information it cannot be processed).
STEP TWO: Submit your completed application, along with payment and a copy of your resume, to Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy mail. Do NOT send application or payment directly to ACBIS. Payments may be made by credit card for individual applications by contacting BIAC at 860-219-0291, x 310 or paying online (when paying online please write CBIS 2018 in the note section).
*Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.*
STEP THREE: TRAINING, TESTING AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS:
Cancellations and Refunds:
Brain Injury Specialist Certification - Renewal
ACBIS will email all CBIS individuals at the beginning of the renewal month as a courtesy reminder. There is a 2 month grace period for submitting renewal information and payment.
In order to renew your CBIS, ten (10) contact hours of continuing education (CE) are required each year.
Continuing Education (CE) Options
The following list provides examples of continuing education options approved for CE requirements for CBIS. Continuing education hours may be distributed across the areas listed below. However, certificants must obtain CE hours from a minimum of 2 of the options listed below.