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Shelly Berrol started the BI-ISIG as the “Head Injury Task Force” with informal gatherings in 1977. Its first formal meeting was in 1979 as a subgroup of the multidisciplinary ACRM organization.

ACRM President, Ted Cole proposed a “Chautauqua” to honor Shelly, whose sudden death in December 2001 stole a wonderful BI-ISIG colleague, mentor, teacher, and friend. The term “Chautauqua” is from the Seneca Indian Tribe, translated as: “one has taken out fish there,” with the Webster definition evolving to: “an educational and recreational assembly with a program of lectures, concerts, etc.” A specialized school, the Chautauqua Institute, was founded at Lake Chautauqua, New York in 1874 to provide learning experiences and professional training in theology, language, music, art, and literature, among other areas; it continues to this day.

Chautauqua was considered to be an apt term to honor Shelly Berrol, who thrived as a teacher, who loved to share his knowledge, expertise, sensitivity, and warmth, with open arms and open spirit, inviting you to him with a smiling “Let’s Talk.” The Chautauqua was begun so that all might continue to “take fish” from Shelly’s “lake” of value and dignity for human life. (Excerpted from Chautauqua = Shelly, “Let’s Talk.” By Douglas Harrington, BI-ISIG Chair in Moving Ahead, December, 1994, Vol 8, No 3).


2017 — My Personal Experience is Better Than Your Evidence: Knowledge Translation and Implementation Challenges in BI
Moderater: John Corrigan, PhD, FACRM
Presenters: John Banja, PhD; Mark Bayley, MD, FRCPC; Larissa Swan, MS, OTR

2016 — Confronting Spirituality and Religious Issues Surrounding TBI Rehabilitation
Presenter: Bill Gaventa

2015 — A Hands-On Look at Research Ethics Concerning Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and Disorders of Consciousness
Presenters: Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, FACRM; Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP; Cecilia Carlowicz, BA

2014 – A Call to Action for Health Disparities
Moderators: Angela Colantonio, PhD and Yelena Goldin, PhD
Panelists: Halina (Lin) Haag, MSW, RSW and Heather Shepherd, BSc

2013 – Brain Injury as a Chronic Condition: Policy, Payer, and Consumer Perspectives
Moderator: Flora Hammond, MD
Panelists: Tom Tatlock, MD; John T. Hinton DO, MPH and Peter W. Thomas

2012 – When Does Treatment End, and How Do We Decide?
Moderator: Gary R. Ulicny, PhD
Panel: Charles Wheeler, III, Ryan Tisinger, Mark Bayley, MD, Adam Seidner, MD, MPH, Leslie Small, MS

2011 – Insults Real and Imagined: A Clinical and Scientific Inquiry into Mild TBI, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Post-Concussive Syndrome
Moderated by Keith Cicerone, PhD
Panel: Kathleen R. Bell, MD; Mary Hibbard, PhD; Rodney D. Vanderploeg, PhD and Ronald Ruff, PhD

2010 – So You Say You Practice a Person-Centered Approach to Rehab—How Do You Really Know if You Are?
Christine M. MacDonell, Dr. Eric Cassell, Dr. Christopher Poulos, Ms. Angela Kwoc, Ms. Lucia Power, Ms. Lorraine Riche

2009 – Assessing Safety Risk after Brain Injury—Ethical and Practical Dilemmas
Moderator: Ronald Seel, PhD
Panel members: David Sleet, PhD, Stephen Macciocchi, PhD, Franny Mazone, RN, Steven Shapiro, Esq.

2008 – What It Takes to Implement a Family-Based Rehabilitation Program for Children
Presented by Lucia Braga, PhD
Moderators: Gillian Hotz, PhD and Joseph Marcantuono, PhD; panel members Jane Gillet, MD; Peter Rumney, MD, and Lyn Turkstra, PhD

2007 – Controversies in the World of Sports Concussion
Moderated by Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD
With Pat LaFontaine, Robert C. Cantu, MD; Donna K. Broshek, PhD; James Kelly, MD; Eric A. Zillmer, PhD; Mel Owens, JD; Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD; Ruben J. Echemendia, PhD; Margot Putukian, MD; Frank M. Webbe, PhD

2006 – Person Centered Planning for Traumatic Brain Injury
Moderated by Tessa Hart, PhD
With Patty Cotton, MEd; Mary Hibbard, PhD and panel members Ralph Shields and Margaret Brown, PhD

2005 – Capacity to Consent to Sexual Activity after Brain Injury
Presented by Sunil Kothari, MD
With panel: Kristi Kirschner, MD; Judy Panko Reis, MA, MS & Debjani Mukherji, PhD

2004 – Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment: Bioethical, Legal and Clinical Perspectives on the Terri Schiavo Case
Moderated by: Larry Cervelli, OTR, BS
With Ronald Cranford, MD and John Banja, PhD

2001 – Neuroplasticity: Clinical Opportunities and Ethical Questions
Wise Young, MD

1996 – The Search for Integrity: Integrating Business Values, Clinical Practices, and Personal Renewal in the Age of Managed Care

1995 – 2nd Annual Sheldon Berrol Chautauqua
Planned by the ACRM BI-ISIG Ethics Committee: Larry Cervelli, OTR, BS and John Banja, PhD

1994 – The inaugural Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua  took place at the ACRM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.  It was planned by John Banja, PhD & Larry Cervelli, OTR, BS, and focused on one of Shelly’s passions—ethical practices in rehabilitation.