• Brain Injury ISIG
  • BI-ISIG Meetings



    BI-ISIG members gather face-to-face twice a year during the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting in the spring and the Annual Conference in the fall. Read on to learn about BI-ISIG activities and opportunities at these important events.


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    Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua

    The Sheldon Berrol Chautauqua is the BI-ISIG special annual venue in which we address timely and sometimes controversial issues. Named to honor Dr. Shelly Berrol’s famous “Let’s talk” invitation to his colleagues and friends, the Chautauqua was inaugurated in 1994 by John Banja and Larry Cervelli to explore topics that provoke questions of values, ethics, and humanism in brain injury rehabilitation, questions that reflected Shelly Berrol’s intellectual passions.


    2016 CHAUTAUQUA:

    Bill Gaventa

    Bill Gaventa

    Confronting Spirituality and Religious Issues Surrounding TBI Rehabilitation #857

    THU, 3 NOV // 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

    Bill Gaventa
    , Consultant, Trainer, and Coordinator of The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and others will discuss the topic;  Sunil Kothari, MD, MA, TIRR Memorial, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine will moderate.

    Religious and spiritual beliefs are a significant part of many people’s lives. Whether explicitly professed or implicitly held, they form the framework of meaning through which most of us interpret important life events, including the onset of illness and disability. As such, spiritual and religious beliefs constitute an important part of the lived experience of rehabilitation for many patients with traumatic brain injury and families; for them, disability and its aftermath are not only clinical events but also life-changing experiences with deeply existential and spiritual implications.

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    BI-ISIG Summit

    THU, 3 NOV // 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

    Open to all



    Symposia for Brain Injury

    WED – FRI, 2 – 4 NOV

    Up to 6 tracks of nonstop content for brain injury rehabilitation



    2016 Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

    WED, 2 NOV // 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

    Rehabilitation Interventions for Pediatric Brain Injury: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Everyday People

    Shari WadeShari L. Wade, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of Research, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    This talk will focus on the emerging evidence base for rehabilitation interventions for pediatric brain injury including the growing evidence supporting the efficacy of problem-solving and parenting-skills interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of existing evidence, challenges and opportunities for advancing pediatric TBI intervention research including using novel trial designs to address heterogeneity within the population. Consideration will also be given to how TBI interventions can incorporate “everyday people” such as parents and teachers into their design and implementation.



    Pre-Conference Program for BI


    Instructional Courses for Brain Injury

    30 OCT – 1 NOV

    Choose between a dozen half-day or full day instructional courses relevant to brain injury rehabilitation.



    ACBIS Training Course

    31 OCT – 1 NOV

    The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

    The official ACBIS training is offered to prepare both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services to sit for the certification exam. It is intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation.



    2016 Cognitive Rehabilitation Training

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    Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory course teaches step-by-step procedures for all evidence-based interventions for cognitive impairments. Manual included ($150 value).



    ACRM Mid-Year Meeting

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    14 - 16 April 2016

    2016 Mid-Year Meeting
    Hilton Chicago
    720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Il

    We are planning a full and exciting schedule for the Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago. Watch ACRM.org/MYM for the complete schedule of BI-ISIG committee and task force meetings.


    Seeking Collaborators on New Compensatory Strategies Project

    The Community-Based Treatment Task Force of the BI-ISIG is seeking members to join in a new project on utilization of Compensatory Strategies to improve functional independence for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in community-based settings (e.g., home, work, school, leisure). This project will begin by doing a literature search for research evidence related to compensatory strategy use for individuals with TBI, followed by developing a resource (e.g., compendium, manual, guide) that includes compensatory strategies used by leading providers of brain injury-related community-based treatment across the United States and internationally.

    Interested members are welcome to join the Community-Based Treatment Task Force meetings at the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago on Friday, 15 APR at 12:00 PM and on Saturday, 16 APR at 9:00 AM.

    Please contact the task force chairs, Nina Geier or Ann Marie McLaughlin for more information.


    Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual

    Two-day Cognitive Rehabilitation Training
    Hilton Chicago
    720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

    12 - 14 April 2016  preceding the Mid-Year Meeting

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