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The Ontario Brain Injury Association in collaboration with Brock University has developed a Certificate Training Program to provide professionals with the tools and knowledge to assist clients with recovery and function in everyday life following acquired brain injury.

Brock Certificate Training Programs The program is currently composed of two separate levels and feature guest faculty. Both levels are directed primarily at personnel working in community and home based rehabilitation programs that serve individuals with acquired brain injury.

 

Please direct all inquiries to:

Diane Dakiv, Training Program Coordinator,
Ontario Brain Injury Association,
PO Box 2338,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R9
Ph: (905) 641-8877 ext. 231 or 1-855-642-8877
Email: training@obia.on.ca

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Note: Our Brain Basics course and Certificate Training Programs in Collaboration with Brock University are now approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada for continuing education credit hours. A VRA Canada Attendance Verification form will be issued at the completion of each course.

Upcoming Courses

Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (Level 1)

Date: Monday-Tuesday Sept 13-14, 2021 AND Thursday-Friday, Sept 23-24, 2021 (4 days total)

REGISTER ONLINE HERE  – or – DOWNLOAD AND PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

Approved by VRA Canada for 24.5 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

In response to COVID-19, OBIA remains committed to provide training for individuals working with people with brain injuries. This certificate course will now be accessible through a live online virtual classroom and will be interactive with breakout rooms and small group discussions.

New in 2021! This course has been revised to incorporate the INESSS-ONF Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI into the curriculum. Participants will now learn how to implement these guidelines in their daily work with clients!

This four day Certificate Training Program will provide you with information, techniques, strategies and interventions that will equip you to better support people with ABI.  Some topics include:

  • Introduction to Neurorehabilitation: Where brain and function meet
  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation
  • Facilitating cognitive function in everyday life
  • Behavioural challenges and facilitating participation in life roles
  • Relationship building: Supporting engagement in social roles and developing adaptive social networks
  • Risk management: Seeking a balance between protection and risk
Dawn Good, PhD, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in the Department of Psychology (currently, Chair) and Centre for Neuroscience teaching behavioural neuroscience, physiological psychology, and human neuropsychology at both the graduate (PhD, Master’s) and undergraduate levels. She holds research grants in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury (ABI) and cognitive functions/strategies for persons with ABI. She also serves as a consultant Psychologist to brain injury rehabilitation programs across Ontario, including a regionally-located community-based program, Anagram Premier.
Sherrie Bieman-Copland, PhD, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist who practices in the areas of neuropsychology and rehabilitation. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and is owner of Bieman-Copland & Associates. She also serves as a consultant psychologist to various community-based rehabilitation programs.
Deidre Sperry MSc, S-LP(C) is a registered Speech Language Pathologist and has been practising for more than 15 years. Dee works in private practice and focuses her work on helping people with acquired brain injuries. In addition to working directly with people living with ABI, she has worked with others to develop various assessment and treatment tools that are now used all over the world. She was also a member of the Expert Panel for the development of the Preferred Practice Guidelines for Cognitive Communication Disorders.

Day 1

  • Introduction to ABI: Who am I now?
  • Etiology of ABI. What happens to the brain during a traumatic event?
  • Brain and function
  • Introduction to Neurorehabilitation: Where brain and function meet
  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation I: Functional assessment
  • Personal adjustment after brain injury: Acceptance, self-esteem and personal identity

Day 2

  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation II: What do you want to accomplish? Defining dreams, goals and outcome measures
  • Foundations of Neurorehabilitation III: How will you accomplish the what? Treatment planning
  • Introduction to cognitive rehabilitation: Assisting abilities and activities
  • Facilitating cognitive function in everyday life
  • What do I do when…? Discussion of class generated examples

Day 3

  • Behavioural challenges and facilitating participation in life roles ·
  • Neurorehabilitation on the front line: Collaboration, prevention and consistency
  • Using behaviour change principles in Neurorehabilitation: The importance of doing no harm
  • What do I do when…? Discussion of class generated examples

Day 4

  • Relationship building: Facilitating participation in social roles and developing adaptive social networks
  • Risk management: Seeking a balance between protection and risk
  • Family Issue

Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury / Concussion (Level 1) – Online Virtual Classroom

Date: November 19-20, 2021

REGISTER ONLINE HERE  – or – DOWNLOAD AND PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

Approved by VRA Canada for 11.75 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

This Certificate Training Program will focus on providing information about behaviours after ABI that relate to learning and community participation.  Children and youth with brain injury experience a wide range of challenges that affect their ability to manage at school, home and the community. Emphasis is on describing the cognitive-communicative problems that affect classroom learning, behaviour and community participation.  Group problem solving activities will develop methods for assessing and treating educational and social challenges for these individuals from a functional perspective.

Who should attend:

This course will be extremely valuable for those working in community rehabilitation programs, social workers, therapists, educators and those working in the criminal justice system.

This course will:

  • Address behaviours in the home, school and community that may indicate issues with learning and behaving
  • Describe the cognitive-communicative problems that affect classroom learning, behaviour and community participation
  • Provide treatment strategies
  • Describe family resilience and means for support
  • Illustrate how to use social communication to aid learning and behaving
  • Plan for context-specific functional placements and outcomes
 

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, PhD, is a registered speech-language pathologist and clinical neuroscientist. She is a clinician-researcher with the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, and Clinical Assistant professor (adjunct) in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University in Hamilton. Catherine has devoted her clinical and research career toward a better understanding of the factors which impact recovery from acquired and traumatic brain injury as well as developing interventions to support positive outcomes and quality of life. She has authored and co-authored numerous research publications, provincial and international practice guidelines, a textbook, a book chapter on pediatric brain injury, and contributed to a rehabilitation manual. She is also the recipient of awards for her teaching excellence and outstanding mentorship.

Roberta DePompei, PhD, is a recently retired Distinguished Professor, Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron Her major areas of research and interest are in cognitive- communicative challenges to the individual with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national and international task forces and committees. Widely published and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Her specialty is the impact of brain injury on speech, language, communication, and learning. She is especially interested in developing educational programs and transitional opportunities for students as they progress through school and prepare for adulthood. She was awarded the Sheldon Berrol, MD Clinical Service award from the Brain Injury Association of America; the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the Legends Award from the North American Brain Injury Society , award for lifetime achievements in TBI from the National Task Force on Children’s Issues after ABI and was honored with the Mark Ylvisaker Distinguished Lecturer award from the Ontario Speech and Hearing Association. Although she has completed research about individuals and their families after TBI, she says she has learned the most from families who have shared their lives with her over the years.

Mental Health, Addictions and Brain Injury (Level 2) – Online Virtual Classroom

Date: June 29-30, 2021

REGISTER ONLINE HERE  – or – DOWNLOAD AND PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

Prerequisite Required: Neurorehabilitation – Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (No Exceptions)

Registration links will be live when registration is open

Continuing Education Hours TBA, Pending Approval by VRA Canada – Certificates available upon request

In response to COVID-19, OBIA continues to be committed to provide training for professionals working with people with brain injuries. Our certificate course will now be accessible through a live online virtual classroom. 

About the Course: This Level Two course is designed to increase your understanding of the relationship between traumatic brain injury, substance misuse and mental health challenges, and to assist you in developing a greater appreciation of the factors which make brain injury rehabilitation more challenging when a co-morbid disorder is present.

Professors, Dr. Dawn Good and Dr. Carolyn Lemsky will be teaching the program by live video conference.

 

Dawn Good, PhD, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in the Department of Psychology (currently, Chair) and Centre for Neuroscience teaching behavioural neuroscience, physiological psychology, and human neuropsychology at both the graduate (Ph.D, Master’s) and undergraduate levels. She holds research grants in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury (ABI) and cognitive functions/strategies for persons with ABI. She also serves as a consultant Psychologist to brain injury rehabilitation programs across Ontario, including a regionally-located community-based program, Anagram Premier.
Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, C.Psych. ABPP-CN is a board certified neuropsychologist with 25 years of experience working in rehabilitation settings in the U.S. and Canada. For the past 20 years she has been the Clinical Director at Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto. Dr. Lemsky has been a strong proponent of integrated care. For the past 10 years  she has been the director of the Substance Use and Brain Injury Bridging Project, a research and knowledge transfer initiative funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF). In addition to frequent conference presentations, Dr. Lemsky has contributed book chapters and articles to the neuropsychology and brain injury literature.

Neurobehavioural Disorders: Their Origin, Nature and Rehabilitation (Level 2)

Date: TBA

Prerequisite Required: Neurorehabilitation – Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (No Exceptions)

Registration links will be live when registration is open

Approved by VRA Canada for 11.0 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

Program Description:

Brain Damage is not a unitary phenomenon. The nature of neuropathology, the pattern of disability it produces, the probable course of recovery and the most likely outcome, in respect of long-term sequelae, can to some extent be predicted from a knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the injury. For this reason, this module on neurobehavioural issues, their nature and rehabilitation starts from the premise that an understanding of the mechanisms of brain damage, in its early states, is a good basis for understanding some of the sequelae.

 

Andrew Worthington PhD, C.Pysch. is Director of Clinical Services at Headwise, a rehabilitation and assessment centre in Birmingham, UK. He has extensive clinical experience in neuropsychological rehabilitation and psychological adjustment to disability. Andrew is involved in a number of research projects and has published many academic journal articles and book chapters. He is also a well respected speaker at clinical conferences both nationally and internationally.

Andrew is the Program Director for the M.Sc. in Brain Injury Rehabilitation/ Brain Injury Case Management Program and an Honourary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Behavioural Brain Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. For the past 14 years, he has acted as an independent expert witness on brain injury, rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress conditions in personal injury, clinical negligence and criminal cases, on a joint and single instruction basis.

Day 1

  • Pathophysiology of Neurobehavioural Disability
  • Disorders of Inhibitory and Regulatory Control
  • Disorders of Emotional Perception and Expression

Day 2

  • The Role of Attention Control in Human Social Cognition
  • The Frontal Paradox
  • mTBI: Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome

Neuropsychological Assessments: Beyond Testing (Level 2)

Date: TBA

Prerequisite Required: Neurorehabilitation – Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (No Exceptions)

Registration links will be live when registration is open

Approved by VRA Canada for 18.0 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

Program Description

Individuals who have sustained a brain injury have varied skills and abilities intact and/or altered and these changes will directly affect their functional recovery and social reintegration. Due to the complexity and individuality of acquired brain injury, often a neuropsychological assessment will be required in order to assist in understanding, planning and operationalizing programming and treatment for these persons. This course will present an in depth discussion on ‘Neuropsychological Assessment’ including the approaches and tools used in assessment and how to make use of an assessment in practice and/or everyday life. This will be achieved through both lecture and case study formats. There will also be an opportunity to review special issues related to assessment and recommendations including malingering and vocational re-entry. NOTE: Review of the Neuroanatomy Section of the Level 1 training manual is recommended prior to taking this course.

Dawn Good, PhD, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in the Department of Psychology (currently, Chair) and Centre for Neuroscience teaching behavioural neuroscience, physiological psychology, and human neuropsychology at both the graduate (Ph.D., Master’s) and undergraduate levels. She holds research grants in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury (ABI) and cognitive functions/strategies for persons with ABI. She also serves as a consultant Psychologist to brain injury rehabilitation programs across Ontario, including a regionally-located community-based program, Anagram Premier.
Sherrie Bieman-Copland, PhD, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist who practices in the areas of neuropsychology and rehabilitation. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and is owner of Bieman-Copland & Associates. She also serves as a consultant psychologist to various community-based rehabilitation programs.

Day 1

  • Brain and Functions
  • Approaches in Neuropsychology

Day 2

  • The Tools of the Neuropsychologist
  • Introduction to Case Study
  • Case Study Review using Neuropsychological Reports

Day 3

  • Translating Assessments into Recommendations·
  • Special Topics: Malingering, Vocational Re-entry, Social Integration
  • Discussion Period

Cognitive Interventions for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury (Level 2)

Date: TBA

Prerequisite Required: Neurorehabilitation – Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (No Exceptions)

Registration links will be live when registration is open

Approved by VRA Canada for 12.0 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

Program Description:

Advances in the medical treatment of individuals who sustain traumatic brain injury have resulted in greatly increased survival. The long-term quality of life for these individuals and their potential for functional independence and community integration often depends on the degree of residual problems with cognitive function and their capacity for emotional and behavioural self-regulation. This program will review some basic principles and theoretical underpinnings for working with individuals who demonstrate cognitive impairments. It will provide techniques for teaching problem-solving, decision-making, concept learning, organization, planning and reasoning skills in general. The course covers issues such as:

  1. What is Cognitive Neurorehabilitation (including the history, models of recovery, transfer and generalization of cognitive skill and theories of forgetting).
  2. The dynamics of attention: implications for cognitive rehabilitation (including retraining sensory memory, training attention and maintenance rehearsal, retraining memory strategies, mnemonics and imagery, retraining working memory, retraining organization, retraining problem-solving and decision-making, retraining conceptual learning, retraining reasoning and comprehension and retraining social and executive skills).
  3. Emotional issues and post-traumatic stress
  4. Incentives and CNR
  5. Cognitive enhancing nutrients and drugs
  6. External aids to cognition
  7. Fostering hope after acquired brain injury
  8. Efficacy and Effectiveness of Cognitive Neurorehabilitation Treatment
 

Rick Parenté, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University in Baltimore MD, a position he has held for 40 years. Rick received a PhD in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1975. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Physiology in 1981. Rick has done individual and group cognitive skills training with traumatically brain injured persons since 1980. He teaches graduate course work in Neuropsychological Assessment and Neurotraining. Rick is a licensed Psychologist with a clinical practice specializing in rehabilitation of cognitive functions after brain injury. He has authored three books and over 50 journal articles on Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Day 1

  • What is Cognitive NeuroRehabilitaiton (CNR)
    • History CNR
    • Varieties of CNR
    • Models of Recovery
    • Transfer and generalization of cognitive skill
    • Theories of forgetting
  • The dynamics of attention: implications for CRT
    • Retraining sensory memory
    • Training attention
    • Maintenance rehearsal
    • Retraining memory strategies
    • Mnemonics and Imagery
    • Retraining working memory
    • Learning to forget
    • Retraining organization
    • Retraining problem solving and decision making
    • Retraining conceptual learning
    • Retraining reasoning and comprehension

Day 2

  • Retraining social and executive skills
  • Emotional issues and post-traumatic stress
  • Incentives and CNR
  • Cognitive enhancing nutrients and drugs
  • External aids to cognition
  • The problem-solution treatment planner
  • Neurotraining
  • Using the treatment planner
  • Fostering hope after acquired brain injury
  • Efficacy and Effectiveness of CNR
  • Questions and Answers 

Advanced Brain Injury Rehabilitation (Level 2)

Date: TBA

Prerequisite Required: Neurorehabilitation – Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (No Exceptions)

Registration links will be live when registration is open

Approved by VRA Canada for 17.0 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

This Certificate Training Program is designed to increase your knowledge of brain injury across the lifespan and to appreciate factors which make brain injury rehabilitation more challenging.  The training program will provide insight into important aspects of advanced Neurorehabilitation including:

  • Brain Injury and the Lifecycle including the Aging Brain
  • Brain Injury and Emotional Dysregulation, Dual Diagnosis and Suicidal Behaviour
  • Issues and Interventions for Mild to Moderate Brain Injury

This program is an extension of OBIA’s Neurorehabilitation:  Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury program.

Faculty

Sherrie Bieman-Copland, PhD, C.Psych.
Dawn Good, PhD, C.Psych.

Day 1

  • Brain Injury and the Life Cycle
  • Brain Development
  • Effect of Brain Injury on Infants and Children
  • Brain Injury and Adolescents/Young Adults
  • Brain Injury and the Aging Brain

Day 2

  • Brain Injury and Emotional Dysregulation
  • Structures Associated with Emotion and Emotional Regulation
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Neuro-Psychopharmacology
  • Suicide Behaviour

Day 3

  • Mild and Moderate Brain Injury
  • Metabolic Changes
  • Reactive Emotional Conditions
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Vestibular Issues
  • Somatization
  • Interventions for Mild/Moderate Injuries

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