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BIA-MA improves the quality of brain injury care with training and certifications, and serves as the leading source for brain injury education, resources, networking and partnerships.

ABI Workforce Development Programs

 

This series is supported by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Workforce Development Grant Program.

Responding to Challenging Behavior Associated with Acquired Brain Injury

Time: February 28 @ 12:30 pm –  @ 4:00 pm

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) may result in challenging long-term behavioral consequences that compromise functional outcomes and quality of life. This three-hour training will provide a brief overview of the most...


Seizure Disorders: Classification, Treatment, and Neurobehavioral Aspects

Time: March 13 @ 12:30 pm –  @ 5:15 pm

This training has been designed to provide participants with an overview of seizures and epileptic syndromes, their treatment and associated neurobehavioral manifestations. The classification system issued in 2017 by the...


The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts offers the following exam preparation courses on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America. To become certified, you must demonstrate experience in the field and pass a written examination.

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Certificate:

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) is a credential for individuals who assist persons with brain injury to restore, maintain, and promote optimal health. CBIS is the next step in professional development and has been widely recognized and respected for many years in the field of brain injury. Certification requires demonstration of learning through examination in the following domains:

  • Acquired brain injury and diagnostic imaging
  • Medical, physical, cognitive, neurobehavioral, and psychosocial consequences
  • Brain injury in pediatrics and adolescents, as well as again with brain injury
  • Concussion and mTBI, and disorders of consciousness
  • Rehabilitation philosophy, outcome measurement and care management
  • Effect of injuries on families
  • Cultural, gender and sexuality issues
  • Military populations
  • Neuropsychology
  • Participation and Return to work

Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS) Certificate:

Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS) is a credential for graduate students that intend to develop a career working with individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury. As a PCBIS, pre-professionals have the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and services.

Fundamental Certificate: 

Fundamentals is a certificate program designed to address the unique needs and challenges of those who care for or encounter individuals with brain injury. This certificate is geared towards non-licensed direct care staff, facility staff, family members and friends, first responders, and others in the community.  The training course covers essential topics that include:

  • Cognition
  • Guidelines for interacting and building rapport
  • Brain injury and behavior
  • Medical complications
  • Safe medication management
  • Families coping with brain injury

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) has a long-standing commitment to developing and offering educational programs for those providing services and supports to individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI).

If you are interested in learning more about BIA-MA, brain injury, or brain injury resources, we offer customizable training for all.  To request a BIA-MA presentation, please fill out the inquiry form below and our Education & Program team will follow up with you.

Scope of ABI

This one-hour training presented by BIA-MA staff includes a brief overview of the causes and consequences of ABI, in addition to the supports and services provided by BIA-MA to persons with ABI, their families and significant others as well as ongoing efforts in education, advocacy and prevention. This training is designed for community-based provider organizations, including residential, day support, and other programs (e.g., mental health clinics, substance use disorder treatment services).

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