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Upcoming Educational Opportunities from BIAA

06-May-2014 May 8, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) David Strauss Clinical Memorial Lecture Series: Comprehensive Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Kevin Crutchfield, M.D., Vascular Neurologist  Director, Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at LifeBridge Health and Jessica McWhorter, Ph.D., ABPP/RP  Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist at The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute will review the current science and perspectives regarding mild traumatic brain injury and describe the necessary elements of a comprehensive approach to concussion management. They will discuss current controversies in the treatment of concussion and diagnostic dilemmas in working with patients who experience persistent symptoms. A comprehensive model of care will also be presented. REGISTRATION ENDS AT 5:00 P.M. Eastern (2:00 Pacific) TODAY.

May 14, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) Mitch Rosenthal Memorial Lecture Series: Counselor-Assisted Problem Solving (CAPS) and Behavioral Outcomes
Shari Wade, Ph.D., Director of Research, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. Can online problem solving therapy improve behavioral outcomes in adolescents with traumatic brain injury (TBI)? This presentation reviews initial and long-term findings from a randomized trial in which 132 adolescents with TBI were randomized to either problem solving therapy or access to internet resources during the initial six months post injury and followed for 18 months post baseline, with behavioral outcomes assessed at six-month intervals. 

May 22, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Managing Memory Deficits in the Community
Memory issues are very common after a brain injury and have a significant impact on day to day functioning. Dr. Allison Clark, Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR will discuss common memory deficits, and several strategies that can be used in the community to help compensate for memory deficits.

June 18, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Business of Brain Injury Webinar: Using Business Metrics: A Collision of Data, Art, and Project Management?
What are the challenges of designing visual analytics? How are data rolled from collection points to charts? Join David Harrington, MBA, OTR/L, CBIST, Director of Operations at the Centre for NeuroSkills, as he discusses how better data practices can effectively serve patients with brain injuries and reviews examples for business and clinical purposes.

July 31, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Smart Apps for Everyday Use
Michelle Wild, Co-Chair Coastline Community College ABI Program. Do you ever wish you had a list of words you have seen in books with definitions for future reference? Have you ever wished your calendar and your task lists were in the same app? Have you ever wished you had various sounds that you could use to help relax you or that you could use while meditating? Well, there are apps for all these things and more. Join us for a live demo of apps that can make your life just a bit easier.

September 10, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Davis Strauss Memorial Webinar: Working with Students with Brain Injury: A Best Practices Review
Working with students who have brain injuries can present special challenges for educators as they work to help students acquire skills and stabilize behavior. In this webinar, Jennifer Silber, PhD, BCBA-D, Clinical Director of the May Institute, will review evidence-based strategies from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis that are effective when working with student with brain injury. Participants will learn how these strategies can be implemented and individualized for students who often present with complicated profiles following a brain injury.

September 24, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Accommodations for Brain Injury in the Workplace
Melanie Whetzel, M.A. Senior Consultant, Job Accommodation Network. A "reasonable accommodation" is required under the ADA for a person with a disability trying to return to the workforce.  Accommodations for brain injuries can be challenging. There are so many different issues that one accommodation will not work for everyone. This webinar will offer information about how a brain injury can impact job performance, and what accommodations might be used to compensate for issues like stamina, staying organized, and meeting deadlines. Additional resources and information about how to develop an accommodation will be shared, as well as real life situations and solutions.

November 5, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Practical Strategies for Managing Awareness Issues in the Community
Dr. Jennifer Schwartz-Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, Cognitive Assessment and Solution, Humanim. Often people are discharged from rehabilitation before they have fully grasped how their injury affects them day to day. A lack of understanding of the changes that have happened from a brain injury can lead the person to believe they can do things they are not yet capable to do, such as drive or cook. This webinar will offer an overview of what “deficit awareness” is, and offer some strategies and tools to help the family and the person with a brain injury better manage their deficits as they continue to recover.

November 19, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) Business of Brain Injury Webinar: Quantification of Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatment Effects After Brain Injury
Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D., and Dixie Eastridge, M.A. will demonstrate how to identify characteristic patterns of behavior on a cumulative graph and how these patterns change as a function of environmental contingencies, medications, and interactions between these events. They will also show how cumulative graphs may be used to assess various neurobehavioral treatment outcomes.

Bowling for Brain Injury

Bowling for Brain Injury is the signature fundraising and awareness event for the Brain Injury Association of America and its affiliates. Events are scheduled in Indiana, Virginia, California, New York, Nebraska, and Missouri. Money raised through Bowling for Brain Injury stays in the state where the event is held and is used to assist those living with brain injury, their families, caregivers, and the professionals who work with them.

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