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TIRR Vision 2013

Certification Preparation Course for the Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS): A comprehensive overview of special topics concerning the brain injury population

Speaker: Nova Sbrusch, PT, MS, NCS, CWS, CBIST

Open to: Community Rehabilitation Professionals working with those who have a Brain Injury.
Memorial Hermann Health System Employees: AOTA, TPTA, ASHA, and TNA Education Credits assigned.

Date & Location: Two separate class opportunities:

  1. March 11, 2016 @ Bunker Hill Conference Room, North Tower
    (Registration closes March 4th)
    Memorial Hermann, Medical Plaza North
    920 Frostwood
    Houston, Texas 77024
    (713) 242-3000

  2. March 30, 2016 @ TIRR Memorial Hermann
    (Registration closes March 23rd)
    Research Conference Center, 2nd floor
    1333 Moursund
    Houston, TX 77030
    (713) 799-5000

Time: Registration opens at 7:30AM. Class time 8:00AM – 4:30PM

Speaker Information

Nova Sbrusch, PTNova Sbrusch, PT is a physical therapist with 20+ years of clinical experience and is currently the manager of rehabilitation at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital, Katy. She has spent the past 14 primarily working with persons recovering from traumatic brain injury and stroke. She obtained her Neurologic Certified Specialist certification through the APTA in 2009 and has been promoting brain injury awareness through teaching brain injury certification courses since 2008. Ms. Sbrusch received training and course content from ACBIS.

  • Financial Disclosure: Nova Sbrusch is an employee of TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial disclosures
  • Conflicts of Interest: Policy & Procedures exist whereby all speakers must disclose any relationships which may cause a conflict of interest. Any relevant financial and non-financial relationships will be disclosed via speaker agreement, written notification after agreement, and prior to presentation.


CEUs / CCUs: Course participants must complete any & all formal assessments, procedures, and criteria required for credit or certification. As per Memorial Hermann policy, participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEUs/CCUs and course certificate, no partial credits will be given.

OT: Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider # 8105. This course is assigned 0.7 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.

PT: Memorial Hermann is an Accredited Provider through the TPTA. This course has been approved to offer 7.0 CCUs for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in the state of Texas.

SLP: This course is offered by ASHA for 0.7 CEUs.

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This course will be offered for 7 contact hours.

OT Approved CE
TPTA 2015

This course is offered for .7 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory Level, Professional Area).

Criteria for Course Completion: Participants must attend the course in its entirety and complete an evaluation in order to receive attendance credit.

Instructional Level: Basic.

ASHA Instructional Area and Code: Professional; 1060

AOTA Classification Code: Domain of OT- Context and Environment; Professional Issues - Contemporary Issues and Trends

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals who work with persons with brain injury.

Required Prerequisites: Persons with prior experience/exposure to working with persons with brain injury will benefit most from this course. All course materials are provided courtesy of the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and are based on the 2007 edition of “The Essential Brain Injury Guide.” The guide may be purchased through the Brain Injury Association bookstore @

Description: The program is a comprehensive overview of Brain Injury including the functional impact, medical management, impact on the family, and legal/ethical issues encountered with treating this population. The mission of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) is to improve the quality of care given to individuals with brain injury through the education and training of those who work in brain injury services. To that end, ACBIS offers a voluntary national certification program that establishes best practices for the training of individuals working with this population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify systems of care available for persons with brain injury and assess funding challenges unique to this population.
  2. Describe rehabilitation philosophies that most effectively assist the brain injured patient.
  3. Recognize basic brain structures and functions and will be able to describe associated behaviors and challenges related to injury to those structures.
  4. Explain factors that enhance or inhibit recovery of a person with brain injury and how those factors change with the aging process.
  5. Demonstrate active treatment planning and its application for persons with brain injury .
  6. Predict developmental issues for children and adolescents after brain injury and will understand the concept of individualized education planning and special education laws as they apply to these individuals.
  7. Examine the impact of brain injury on the family unit and identify methods for interacting and educating these families.
  8. Describe the legal rights of persons receiving rehabilitation services as well as the ethical standards set for rehabilitation staff.

Assessment of Learning Objectives:Participants will assess their achievement of each learning objective through completion of a course evaluation form. Those who choose may also pursue certification through ACBIS at a later date.

Program Schedule:

8:00 - 8:15 amOpening Comments and Introduction
8:15 - 9:00 amOverview of Brain Injury
9:00 - 9:45 amPhilosophy of Rehabilitation
9:45 - 10:00 amBreak
10:00 - 11:15 amUnderstanding the Brain and Brain Injury
11:15 am - 12:15 pmHealth, Medications and Medical Management
12:15 - 1:00 pmLunch, on your own
1:00 - 1:45 pmUnderstanding and Treating Functional Impacts of Brain Injury
1:45 - 2:30 pmChildren and Adolescents with Brain Injury
2:30 - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 - 3:30 pmBrain Injury – A Family Perspective
3:30 - 4:15 pmLegal and Ethical Issues
4:15 - 4:30 pmWrap Up and Course Evaluation

Instructional Methods Used: Power point, case scenario, group activities. All PowerPoint slides and educational materials are provided by the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists and are based on the 2007 edition of “The Essential Brain Injury Guide.”

Class Size: Registration is open to 25 participants; registration closes March 4th and March 23 respectively.

Food: Continental Breakfast and snacks will be provided; Lunch on your own.

Cost / Registration

  • Community Attendee: $50, non-refundable after cancellation deadline
  • MHHS Employee: $25 reservation fee, refundable on attendance and completion of class.

Directions / Parking: Please follow the link for each campus.

Cancellations: Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing at least 14 calendar days prior to the course start date to Celine Mathews. If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your reservations fee will not be refunded.

Cancellation of the event by Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received. Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via contact email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.

Registration Form: Please email: for registration form. MHHS Employees must use your MHHS Email address to register. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number on the registration form.