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Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior After Brain Injury
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Recovery after brain injury continues long after rehabilitation ends. Families often struggle to understand changes in behavior, personality, and decision making. Join Sandeep Vaishnavi, Director of The Neuropsychiatric Clinic at Carolina Partners and a neuropsychiatrist at Duke Medicine, who will discuss his book, “The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury,” help families understand the long-term neuropsychiatric symptoms of brain injury, and offer strategies for how they can help their loved ones in the recovery process.
Participants will learn:
1. Common behavioral changes that can happen after a brain injury
2. How these changes can manifest themselves day to day
3. How can family play a role in improving behavior and day to day functioning

Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Lecture: Subconcussive Blows to the Head: Short-term Clinical Outcomes
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Public attention has been drawn lately to the ramifications of multiple concussions and to the causes and effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Researchers are exploring the significance and consequences of subconcussive impacts, as well.  Heather Belanger, PhD, ABPP-CN (James A. Haley Veterans Hospital) and Thomas McAllister, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine) will describe the methods, results, and clinical implications of their recent review in this webinar.

Business of Brain Injury Webinar: Creating a Successful Transition from Acute Care to Post-Acute Care
Thursday, June 30, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

What are the best practices in transitions from the acute care setting to a post-acute care setting? How can transitions be coordinated to protect patient health, safety, and outcomes? Attend this webinar to learn how one group of professionals manages the complex responsibilities of this process. Mary E. Russell DO, MS, FAAPM&R (Medical Director, Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, Mercy Hospital); Dave Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST (Director of Therapy Services, On With Life); Carla Dippold, RN, BS, CRRN, CCM, CBIS (Director of Case Management, On With Life); and Tammy Miller, COTA/L, BS, CCM, CBIS (Outpatient Clinic Manager, On With Life) are presenters.

Robert Sbordone Memorial Lecture on mTBI and Concussion: Gender and Sex Differences in Concussion
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Do concussions affect males and females differently? Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW, will discuss the latest gender-based research on concussion/mTBI and how those findings might inform clinical practice.

Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: How to Select the Right App and Use Strategies Consistently
Thursday, July 21, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Do you ever get confused and overwhelmed when trying to choose an app? We all do! It’s no wonder with over a million apps in the App Store. This webinar will pose four questions you can ask when deciding which apps to download. We’ll go through each question together as we evaluate several apps to illustrate the process. We also will cover ways to improve the consistent use of compensatory strategies on a daily basis.

David Strauss Memorial Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation - Attention
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

John Whyte, MD, PhD, will discuss the organization of attention processes in the healthy brain, the occurrence and clinical implications of attention deficits following TBI, and cognitive rehabilitation strategies to improve outcomes.

Robert Sbordone Memorial Lecture on mTBI and Concussion: The Art and Science of Choosing a Concussion Clinic
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

All concussion clinics are not the same. Often after a concussion, it can be a challenge to know how to choose the "right" clinic for treatment. Join us as Arthur Maerlender, PhD, ABPP-CN discusses the different types of concussion/MTBI clinics that are available and steps families and professionals can take to ensure a client will be referred to a program that can effectively meet treatment needs.

Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Lecture Webinar: Use of Internal Strategies as a Memory Compensation Technique
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

What are internal strategy options for post-TBI memory impairment? In this webinar, Mary R.T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Therese O'Neil Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP will discuss the evidence supporting various internal memory strategies and demonstrate the key systematic instructional principles for teaching internal memory strategies.

BIAA Live Webinar: Post-Traumatic Headache
Thursday, September 22, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Post-traumatic headache or PTHA is an often perplexing and common clinical condition seen in persons after brain, head and/or neck injury.  This webinar, presented by Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST, will provide insights into the myriad causes of headache following these types of injuries and the importance of  defining the specific pain generators to optimize treatment efficacy.  Headache classification, etiology and pathophysiology will be reviewed, as well as examination caveats.  Treatment options for the various subtypes of PTHA will also be examined.  Data regarding natural history, prognostic factors and outcome will also be delineated.  The importance of patient education in the context of PTHA treatment will also be emphasized.

Learning objectives. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the major etiological factors associated with PTHA following traumatic brain injury as well as cervical whiplash injury
  • Understand the pathophysiological mechanisms posited to be the cause of post-traumatic headache pain
  • Review the key points of inquiry in the context of taking a thorough PTA history
  • Delineate the basic examination both neurological and otherwise of the patient presenting with headache following trauma
  • Appreciate the complexity of treatment options for PTHA as related to the various headaches subtypes
  • Learn about the natural history and prognosis of PTHA
  • Comprehend the importance of patient education in the context of holistic PTHA management

Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: Strategies for Families Managing Personality Changes after Brain Injury
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

How do families deal with personality changes after a brain injury? These can be evident both early on after the injury due to impaired awareness and increased impulsivity, and later on due to changes in how the person with a brain injury processes incoming information. This webinar will be an interview/discussion with Allan Grill. CRC, MFT. We will discuss how families deal with the personality changes a person with a brain injury might present with after an injury. This webinar will offer some insights into strategies families can use, and useful resources for professionals to share with families. This webinar will offer some case scenarios, followed by a discussion about issues and concepts that families need to understand to effectively manage behavioral and personality challenges.

David Strauss Memorial Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation - Executive Function
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

The fourth of the David Strauss Memorial lecture webinar series on cognitive rehabilitation will focus on executive function: What is executive functioning, what are common executive function deficits as a result of brain injury, and how are those deficits treated in rehabilitative settings? Bridget Lowery, BA, CBIST, and Jessica Chappell, MA, CBIST, will present.

Business of Brain Injury Webinar: A Review of Medicaid Waivers
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Janet Williams, PhD, will address the philosophy behind Medicaid Waivers, how they differ from state to state, how rehabilitation providers may provide services under the waivers, and how people with brain injury may access services through waivers.

Robert Sbordone Memorial Lecture on mTBI and Concussion: Recovery After Concussion/mTBI
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Recovery after a concussion/mTBI can vary from person to person. Often people are given basic information, and not much else. This webinar will discuss some of the best practices when it comes to recovery after a concussion/mTBI, and ways people can create the best possible environment for healing to take place. 

Robert Sbordone Memorial Lecture on mTBI and Concussion: When Patients Don't Get Better: What are We Missing?
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific

Most people who have sustained a concussion/mTBI return to normal work, school, and life as pre-injury. Some individuals, however, experience continuing symptoms incongruent to the initial diagnosis. What contributes to this disconnect? Can these symptoms find resolution? Dr. Jonathan Silver, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, presents.

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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