• Brain Injury ISIG
  • Chautauqua History


    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).


    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.