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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.

Date & Time: January 17, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Registration at 8:00 a.m.)
Faculty: Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi, Sc.D., CCC-SLP
Description of Training: This training has been developed to provide participants with an understanding of the types of cognitive-communicative disorders associated with different types of Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). Disorders of speech output (Dysarthria, Dysprosodia) and their relationship to specific neurological conditions and sites of injury within the central nervous system will also be reviewed. Recommended approaches for assessing these cognitive-communicative disorders, as well rehabilitative treatment strategies and techniques (Aphasia, Cognitive Rehabilitation), will be described and discussed.
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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:

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Questions? Contact the Education Department at or call 508-475-0032.