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ABI Clinical Continuing Education Series

ABI Clinical Continuing Education Series - This training series 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.

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.

Courses at-a-glance

Substance Abuse and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Date & Time:
December 1, 2017 (Friday), 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$250 BIA-MA Members, $275 Non-members
Francis R. Sparadeo, Ph.D.
Continuing Education Credits: Click here.
Learn more: View/Download Flyer

Learning Objectives:
1. List the clinical criteria for substance abuse disorders, including misuse/overuse of prescribed and OTC medications.
2. Describe the relationship of substance abuse to the occurrence of ABI.
3. Describe the recommended approaches and procedures for assessing individuals with ABI and substance abuse.
4. State the impact of commonly abused substances on cognitive function.
5. Describe the recommended approaches and treatment models for the combined problem of ABI and substance abuse, including pain management.

Acquired Brain Injury Continuing Education Certificate
Date & Time: January 17-18, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $500 BIA-MA Members, $550 Non-members
Faculty: Francesca LaVecchia, Ph.D.
Registration: Opening soon. Please check here for updates.

This two-day training will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of ABI, its potential long-term consequences, and recommended interventions.

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 (CES) 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:

Program Planner/Instructional Personnel Relationship Disclosure Information for ASHA

Contact the Education Department at or call 508-475-0032 for questions.