Agenda: BIAA-Maine Defining Moments in Brain Injury Conference 2022
Check out the sessions below at the 2022 Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Defining Moments in Brain Injury Conference. To register, visit: shop.biausa.org/maineconference
|7:30 – 8:00 a.m.||Registration and Morning Refreshments
|Pick up your badge and program, and enjoy some coffee and morning snacks.|
|8:00 – 8:15 a.m.||Conference Welcome|
|Join us as we kickoff the 13th annual Defining Moments in Brain Injury Conference, presented by BIAA-Maine.|
|8:15 – 9:15 a.m.||Keynote Address|
|Let’s Talk About It: The Importance of Communication and Advocacy in Brain Injury Recovery
Kelly Lang, co-author of The Miracle Child: Traumatic Brain Injury and Me, has been both a brain injury survivor and caregiver for more than 20 years. She has served on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, and is a member of the Brain Injury Association of America’s Brain Injury Advisory Council as well as the Virginia Brain Injury Advisory Council. Her advocacy experience includes working with the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems’ Brain Injury Learning Collaborative, and serving as a member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Leadership Group and the Person-Centered Advisory Group.
In this keynote presentation, Kelly will share her family’s introduction to the brain injury world, and her unique perspective on the importance of effective communication in brain injury care. She will also explore how speaking up for her family’s care led her to speak out on a national scale, advocating for the care she feels her family and other individuals with brain injury deserve.
This presentation will include examples of both positive and negative outcomes of communication with medical providers, school administrations, and other professionals involved in brain injury recovery, along with tips to make conversations more beneficial for everyone involved. She will also share advocacy strategies to attain medical, educational, therapeutic, and job support needed to maximize recovery as well as quality of life.
|9:15 – 9:30 a.m.||Break
Grab a cup of coffee, connect with a colleague, or meet a new friend.
|9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Youth Concussion Management Track (presented by Maine Concussion Management Initiative)|
|Paul Berkner, D.O. and Katie Stephenson, Ph.D.
Level 1 and Level 2
Level 1 is an excellent opportunity to learn about the multitude of new advances in the realm of concussion recognition and management. Even the mildest trauma can have lasting effects, especially if it occurs during the formative middle school and high school years. Level 2 will cover the role of neurocognitive testing in concussion management.
It is intended that attendees participate in both levels 1 and 2 of the youth concussion management track.
|9:30 – 10:30 a.m.||Concurrent Session Block 1|
|10:30 – 10:45 a.m.||Transition|
Stretch your legs, visit with exhibitors, and head over to the next session.
|10:45 – 10:55 a.m.||
Lewis and Clara Lamont Brain Injury Advocacy Award
|10:55 – 11:55 a.m.||Beverley Bryant Memorial Lecture|
|Rethinking Victory: How a Stroke Survivor Completed a Solo Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail
Guy and Sue Pilote
There are so many unknowns when a loved one suffers a stroke. It can be easy to give up, coddle, or stifle a survivor’s recovery–even with the best of intentions. In this inspiring Beverley Bryant Memorial Lecture, learn how one couple went from catastrophe to victory, and how the attitude of a caregiver can positively or negatively impact a survivor.
As a police officer and firefighter in Lewiston, Maine for 25 years, Guy Pilote always took good care of himself. At the age of 49, after a three-mile run, he suffered a catastrophic left ischemic stroke. A large portion of the left hemisphere was damaged, and doctors were not sure whether he would be able to walk, talk, or use his right hand and arm again. After intensive therapy he proved them wrong: he regained limited speech and the use of his body, although he still has limitations with his right hand and experiences aphasia.
When Guy told his wife that he wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, she was not at all surprised. She knew he had the determination, intelligence, and strength to complete the 2,190+ mile hike. He started in Georgia in April 2021, hiking an average of 12 miles a day. The trail ends on the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, and only one in four people make it all the way to the end. Guy reached the base of Mount Katahdin in October 2021, where he encountered dangerous snow and ice conditions and was unfortunately unable to complete the last 1.5 miles of the trail. However, he inspired many brain injury survivors with this amazing accomplishment and is here to share his story.
|11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.||Lunch|
Lunch is provided for all attendees. Take a break, enjoy delicious food, and network with fellow attendees.
|1:00 – 2:00 p.m.||Concurrent Session Block 2|
|2:00 – 2:20 p.m.||Break|
|Grab a cup of coffee, connect with a colleague, or meet a new friend.
|2:20 – 3:20 p.m.||Concurrent Session Block 3|
|3:20 – 3:30 p.m.||Transition|
Stretch your legs and head over to the next session.
|3:30 – 4:30 p.m.||Concurrent Session Block 4|
|4:45 – 6:45 p.m.||Maine Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council Public Hearing|
Maine Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council will hold a public hearing during the Brain Injury Association Annual Conference to receive information from persons with brain injuries, their families, rehabilitation experts, providers of services and the public to generate greater understanding of this growing public health issue. The ABIAC is seeking responses to the Council’s published priorities, the Brain Injury Waiver, and the unmet needs of persons with brain injuries and their families. The council encourages written or spoken testimony during the public hearing.
Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS/CBIST)
The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists will recognize up to 6 hours of continuing education credit for attendance at the full conference.
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Maine Medical Association (MMA) Council on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UNE COM has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 6.0 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credits. Approval is currently pending.
UNE COM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and 6.0 University of New England contact hours for non-physicians. Contact hours may be submitted by non-physician, non-PA health professionals for continuing education credits.
This program has been approved for 6 Category A Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers, ME Chapter.
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 6 CE contact hour(s).
Nurses will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6 contact hours.
The conference has been approved for 6 credit hours from the State of Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Certificate of Attendance
All attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance.
For any questions regarding CE credits, contact email@example.com.