Access recorded versions of BIAC’s webinars featuring experts in the field of brain injury. The following recorded webinars will soon be available for purchase to view on your own time. Upon purchasing a recorded webinars, you will receive an email with further instructions, including links to download the recorded webinars. A Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 CEUs will be available for ACBIS renewal (for those that are Certified Brain Injury Specialists - CBIS), Social Workers (NASW-CT), Physical Therapists (CTAPTA), Certified Rehabilitation Counselers (CCRC), and CMEs (physicians and non-physicians - approved through St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center). The Destigmatizing TBI Among Veterans recorded webinar has been approved for 1.5 Veteran Services hours through NASW-CT.
- Management of Fatigue and Lethargy in the TBI Patient across the Continuum of Care, Kwame Asante, MD, Attending Physician, Trinity Health of New England - Traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevalence is increasing. Lethargy and fatigue have a great impact on recovery, access to care and a return to vocational and community engagement. This workshop is intended to address best practices for the management of lethargy and fatigue from acute care (ICU) to inpatient rehabilitation and the outpatient setting.
- Cultural Humility in the Rehabilitation Setting, Fatima Watt, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Franciscan Children’s - This workshop will provide an overview of cultural humility, particularly as it relates to the rehabilitation setting. Definitions will be provided to ensure understanding beyond cultural competence. Cultural differences in the understanding of cognitive impairment and traumatic brain injury will be discussed. Strategies for providing culturally humble care to individuals with cognitive impairment, particularly traumatic brain injury, will be provided using case examples.
- Psychopharmacology Following Brain Injury, Mel Glenn, MD, Chief, Brain Injury Division, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital - This workshop will discuss the role of psychopharmacology in the treatment of individuals with an acquired brain injury. Medications can be a helpful component to the treatment of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral difficulties following brain injury. Other medications can cause impairments of cognition, and withdrawing those drugs can be helpful when possible. Medications can help attention, processing speed, initiation, alertness, working memory, and perhaps other aspects of executive function. Others can be used to treat depression, anxiety, emotional lability, and disinhibited, aggressive behavior.
- Under-identification of Brain Injury in Students, Drew Nagele, PsyD, FACRM, Co-Chair, NCCBI Advocacy WorkGroup, National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury - This workshop will examine the discrepancy between the number of students expected to experience disability using hospitalization data for moderate-severe TBI and the number of students who receive special education services under the TBI eligibility category. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are explored, including lack of awareness about TBI as a disability, lack of communication between hospital and school, under-reporting of injuries by parents, a narrow definition of TBI that excludes other forms of acquired brain injury, and students with TBI receiving services under alternate disability categories. Recommendations will be reviewed for providing staff training on brain injury, increasing parent awareness of TBI, increasing identification of brain injury in students through screening, and program evaluation of school brain injury protocols.
- Concussion & Biomarkers, Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Sports Neurology Program, Hartford Hospital - This workshop will discuss concussions and the latest information on biomarkers. As increasing attention has been given to the incidence of concussion across a variety of contexts, the importance of being able to diagnose concussion early and to provide therapeutic interventions for best practice care is essential. This is critical for achieving best outcomes for the individual. Our understanding and knowledge about biomarkers are largely experimental, so research is still ongoing and this is ever-changing.
- Co-occuring Substance Use Disorder and Acquired Brain Injury, Devon Briem, LADC, ABI Substance Abuse Counselor, Hartford Healthcare, Rushford Center - This presentation will explore how substance abuse related issues impact individuals with brain injury. This workshop will discuss various substances of abuse, analyze routes to addiction, and evaluate course of treatment for individuals with brain injury. Lastly, this presentation will explore strategies to reduce substance-abusing behaviors.
- Management of Spasticity: Clinical Implications for Intervention, Elizabeth Wescott, OTD, OTR/L, Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University; Erin Lampron, PT, DPT, NCS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac University - After brain injury, abnormal tone can occur on a continuum throughout the recovery process influencing function and engagement in self-care and mobility. Physical and occupational therapists can be integral to the prevention and management of complications as a result from spasticity. This case-based workshop will explore best practices through an interprofessional approach for individuals with spasticity across the continuum of care.
- Destigmatizing TBI Among Veterans, Mike Zacchea, LtCol USMC (ret), MBA, Director, UCONN EBV, University of Connecticut Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans and Devon Julien, Sgt. USMC (ret), Brain Injury Specialist, Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut - Veterans who are survivors of acquired brain injury face many challenges. Besides the challenges of physical healing and adjusting to the “new” normal, survivors face various stigma associated with brain injury. Despite how common brain injury is, the stigma survivors face is pervasive and encompassing. Most oft en, survivors are not prepared for the stigma attached to brain injury. This workshop will discuss the stigma surrounding brain injury, the types of stigma, and tools to destigmatize brain injury.