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ABI Clinical Continuing Education Certificate

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abi trainingABI Clinical Continuing Education Certificate - This training was developed in collaboration with experts in the field of brain injury to enhance the knowledge, expertise, and skills of providers working with brain injury survivors. Continuing Education Credits are available for professionals in certain fields.

Detailed Course Description: This two-day training provides participants with a comprehensive overview of ABI, its potential long-term consequences, and recommended interventions. This training is designed to provide the learner with a foundation and is recommended as a prerequisite, with respect to the other ABI Advanced Educational trainings. Click here or on flyer thumbnail to view the flyer.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn to describe:

  1. The structural and functional components of the brain and other central nervous system (CNS) structures.
  2. The epidemiology and descriptions of the major categories and subtypes of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), including brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, vascular, toxic, metabolic, and infectious disorders.
  3. Factors which influence outcome, with respect to the various types of ABI.
  4. The neurocognitive, sensorimotor, neurobehavioral/neuropsychiatric, and other consequences of ABI, and the correlation of these disorders with the type of ABI, severity and site(s) of injury within the brain.
  5. Principles of post-acute case management, including recommended assessments, rehabilitation and other strategies.

Faculty: Francesca LaVecchia, Ph.D.
Dr. LaVecchia is a senior level clinician with over 40 years experience in the field of clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation, and neurobehavioral treatment. From 1985-2013, Dr. LaVecchia held the position of Chief Neuropsychologist for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and in that capacity was instrumental in the development of clinically-informed, community-based services for individuals living with acquired brain injury, including the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP), the first publicly-funded agency in the United States, established to meet the needs of persons who have sustained traumatic brain injury and their families. With respect to her faculty appointments, Dr. LaVecchia served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she was a member of the medical neurosciences teaching faculty for 25 years. Since 1983, she has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, where she is a member of the Behavioral Neuroscience doctoral program core faculty.  

Continuing Education Credits (CE):

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

  • Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 13 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

  • Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 13 clinical continuing education clock hours.

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LMHCs/LPCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LMHCs/LPCs completing the program will receive 13 continuing education hours of credit.

  • Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 13 CE hours of credit.

ASHA provides CE’s for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists: This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area). Information pertaining to the speaker’s financial and non-financial relationships can be found at the link below:

Program Planner/Instructional Personnel Relationship Disclosure Information for ASHA

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.

Questions? Contact Beth Pusey, BIA-MA Education Manager, at or call 508-475-0032.