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"I lost consciousness in the helicopter and I remember thinking I was dead, and that this was the end…then nothing,” Jim has no memory of his time in the hospital during his stroke, but came out the other side dedicated to fight his way back. And fight he did!
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Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS) Certification


The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is offering a 5-week Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS) preparation course.  Registration includes "The Essential Brain Injury Guide 5.0 Edition", application for the exam, and a site provided to complete the exam.

BIA-MA Members - $500.00
Non-member - $525.00

The ACBIS exam preparation course is a 5-week series,  beginning on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 through Tuesday, February 27, 2018. There will be no class on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  The series will be presented by Dr. Christopher Carter, Psy.D, CBIST (Spaulding Rehabilitation Network), and will be hosted for 2 hours, once a week via an online meeting video conference program.

Throughout the lecture there will be opportunities for participants to ask questions through the video conference program, which will be answered by Dr. Carter at the end of the session.

Taking the course is not a prerequisite for taking the exam but is highly advised, since the textbook is not considered to be sufficient preparation by itself for the exam.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury, which can be through paid employment and/or academic internship.
  • Qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. Volunteer work is not applicable.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • In order to process your application payment must be received by January 5th, 2018.  Once payment is received, additional information to assist you in applying for the ACBIS accreditation will be sent out.

Application fees are non-refundable unless the applicant doesn't meet eligibility requirements.  For those that don't meet eligibility, a $50.00 surcharge will be assessed.

Questions? Contact or call 508-475-0032.