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ABI CONTINUING EDUCATIONEach year thousands of individuals sustain acquired brain injuries (ABI) in the United States, with leading causes including trauma, stroke, brain infections, brain tumors, anoxia and other metabolic disorders. These injuries may result in a wide range of disabling conditions, including physical, cognitive, and behavioral disorders, which necessitate comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation, and for many, long-term services and supports.

Service providers and staff working in community mental health settings, day health, residential, and other programs serving this population have identified the need for specialized training, with respect to ABI. In response to these expressed educational needs, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) has developed, in collaboration with experts in the field of brain injury, an Acquired Brain Injury clinical continuing education series, which includes a two-day certificate training and advanced topics seminars. These educational programs have been designed to enhance the knowledge, expertise, and skills of clinicians, program administrators, case managers, rehabilitation and other professionals providing supports and services to individuals with ABI and their families. It is BIA-MA’s goal and hope that these educational programs will also serve to promote the development of clinically-informed programs and services, which will in turn, enhance positive outcomes and the quality of life for persons living with an acquired brain injury.

Venue: UMASS Medical School Campus, Amphitheater/4th Floor, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Who should attend?

Audiologists Case Managers Certified Brain Injury Specialists
Family Counselors Mental Health Clinicians Neuropsychologists
Nurses Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists
Psychologists Rehabilitation Counselors Social Workers
Speech/Language Pathologists    
Program Directors/Managers of residential, day and other programs that serve persons with ABI.

FALL 2018 ABI CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES
ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY CLINICAL CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
Date & Time: October 3 & 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration at 8:00 a.m.)
Faculty: Francesca LaVecchia, Ph.D.
Description of Training: This two-day continuing education program is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of major categories of acquired brain injury (ABI), including neoplastic, traumatic, vascular, metabolic and infectious disorders of the central nervous system. Epidemiology, factors affecting outcome, and the potential long-term consequences, focusing on neurobehavioral, neurocognitive
and sensorimotor sequelae, will be reviewed.
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OVERVIEW OF NEURODIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES AND NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ABI
Date & Time: October 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Registration at 8:00 a.m.)
Faculty: Sheldon Benjamin, M.D.
Description of Training: In this half-day training, participants will learn the pathophysiological mechanisms in acquired brain injury and the common acute neurological sequelae of ABI, including post-concussion syndrome, seizures, hydrocephalus and cognitive disorders. Late neuropsychiatric effects of ABI (e.g., psychosis, mood disorder and personality change) will also be described and discussed. An overview of neurodiagnostic tests (e.g., EEG, CT, MRI, SPECT, PET, fMRI, and DTI) and approaches to interviewing persons with ABI will be presented.
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SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI)
Date & Time: November 7, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration at 8:00 a.m.)
Faculty: Francis R. Sparadeo, Ph.D.
Description of Training: In this one-day training the clinical criteria for substance abuse disorders and their relationship to the occurrence of acquired brain injury, as well as their neurocognitive impact, will be reviewed and discussed. Participants will learn recommended approaches for recognizing, assessing and treating persons who present with the combined challenges of ABI and substance abuse, including misuse/overuse of prescribed and OTC medications (e.g., analgesics).
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FUNCTIONAL NEUROANATOMY REVIEW
Date & Time: December 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration at 8:00 a.m.)
Faculty:Francesca LaVecchia, Ph.D.
Description of Training: This one-day continuing education program will provide participants with a review of the structures and functions of the central nervous system (CNS), including the cerebral hemispheres and subcortical structures (brain stem and spinal cord). The organization of the motor, sensory, vascular and ventricular systems within the CNS will also be presented and discussed. Participants will also learn the basic neuropathology of CNS lesions and the common associated functional sequelae, related to both congenital and acquired disorders.
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How to obtain your Continuing Education Credits: Professionals must sign in, attend the full training, and sign out at the end of the day. Evaluations must be submitted to receive continuing education credits.
A certificate showing hours attended will be awarded to all participants.

Grievance Policy: Commonwealth Educational Seminars seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the differently abled: Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: education@biama.org.

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Questions? Contact the Education Department at education@biama.org or call 508-475-0032.