Prevention & Education Programs


In Connecticut alone there are approximately 36,000 deaths, emergency department visits and hospitalizations that result from traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. 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 students, parents, school personnel, veterans and seniors—about brain injury awareness and prevention. Contact Rene Carfi, Education & Outreach Manager, at 860-219-0291 x306 or rcarfi@biact.org, or fill out a Program Request Form if you would like BIAC to attend a community event or speak to your school or organization. 

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. Click here for a full list of our free 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.

Professional Presentations
BIAC also offers presentations and training for professionals who are interested in learning more about brain injury and our organization.  Presentations can be tailored to your organization’s needs. Click here for a full list of our free programs. To find out more about our professional 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 Bonnie Meyers, call 860-219-0291 x304 or fill out a Program Request Form.

For questions about which presentation is appropriate for your organization, please contact BIAC’s Education & Outreach Manager, Rene Carfi, at 860.219.0291 x306 or rcarfi@biact.org.

COMING SOON - Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Trainings

Official CBIS Trainings will be offered through BIAC’s Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers. BIAC is preparing to offer training during the second half of 2017.  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).  For additional information regarding ACBIS, visit http://www.biausa.org/acbis.  For information about upcoming CBIS trainings hosted by BIAC, please contact BIAC’s Education & Outreach Manager, Rene Carfi, at 860.219.0291 x306, or rcarfi@biact.org.      

Additional Training Opportunities

In addition to the BIAC trainings above, BIAC also receives notice of a variety of educational opportunities offered through other organizations that may be of interest to brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers and professionals. To have your program listed here, please email Rene Carfi. View a current list of programs that are being offered.

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