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


ACRM Annual Conference

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.



How Much Does Ruse Matter in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation?

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Placebo and Nocebo (P/N) effects have been increasingly recognized as an important factor in traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinical trial results, care paradigms, ethics, and even health insurance policy. Through interactive discussion, we will explore positive and negative ethical impacts of P/N. This session will employ the use of provocative questions surrounding specific cases to evoke lively discussion and debate regarding controversies in the P/N domain, including ethical issues of placebo use in the clinical setting, the role of P/N based social infection in clinical care, implications for grant funding and expectations, alternative study designs, and options to move forward.  READ MORE >>



2018 Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium


There’s Always Something That Works: Lessons From 20 Years of Collaboration With Mark Ylvisaker

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The purpose of this presentation is to provide a review of a context sensitive framework for developing positive supports for individuals struggling with life after brain injury. Within this framework, intervention plans are developed to integrate cognitive and communicative approaches, focus on the inclusion of meaningful activities in an individual’s daily routine, and, most importantly, are developed with the goal of helping individuals with multiple challenges learn to regulate themselves. All of these approaches are built on a foundation of optimism and hope developed by Mark Ylvisaker. Mark lived the guiding principle that we can always find something that works. While it is true that difficulties and failure are common, they are not determinant and we can learn from each period of difficulty, make adjustments as needed, and move forward with good will and positive results. READ MORE >>




ACBIS Training Course


ACBIS Training

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.  LEARN MORE >>


Cognitive Rehabilitation Training


ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Training

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 Dallas

Hilton Anatole //Dallas

ACRM 2018 Mid-Year Meeting & Training Institute
12 – 14 April 2018

Hilton Anatole
2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, Texas 75207

We are planning a full and exciting schedule for the Mid-Year Meeting in Dallas. Please watch for the task force and leadership meetings schedule coming soon and plan to attend. Registration is FREE to members, but required.

NEW in 2018

The ACRM Mid-Year Meeting is growing and changing to better support the career development goals of our members and the ACRM mission to IMPROVE LIVES.  Stay tuned for exciting opportunities coming to Dallas this spring.



Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual

11 – 12 April 2018

Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory training teaches evidence-based interventions for impairment of:

  • Executive functions
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Hemispatial neglect
  • Social communication

The two-day workshop, led by authors of the Manual, provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation strategies from leading researchers and clinicians in the field.