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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

Time: Check-in @ 7:30 am

This course is full.

Please view the Brain Injury Rehabilitation course page for more information.

Speaker Information

Nova Sbrusch is a physical therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She has spent the last 13 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.

Course 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.


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.


Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider #8105. This course is offered for .7 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.


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


This course is offered by ASHA for .7 CEUs.

Nursing and Social Work

This course will be offered for 7 contact hours.

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.

OT Approved CE

This course is offered for .7 CEU (Introduction level, Related area)

Accredited Provider
The assignment of Texas PT CCU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify systems of care available for persons with brain injury and assess funding challenges unique to this population.
  • Describe rehabilitation philosophies that most effectively assist the brain injured patient.
  • Recognize basic brain structures and functions and will be able to describe associated behaviors and challenges related to injury to those structures.
  • Explain factors that enhance or inhibit recovery of a person with brain injury and how those factors change with the aging process.
  • Demonstrate active treatment planning and its application for persons with brain injury .
  • 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.
  • Examine the impact of brain injury on the family unit and identify methods for interacting and educating these families.
  • Describe the legal rights of persons receiving rehabilitation services as well as the ethical standards set for rehabilitation staff.
Assessment of Learning Objectives:

Attendance and completion of course evaluation form.

Instructional Level: Basic
Classification Code: Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process
Target Audience: Healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals who work with persons with brain injury
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.”
ASHA Instructional Area and Code: Professional; 7010

Program Schedule:

8:00 - 8:15 am Opening Comments and Introduction
8:15 - 9:00 am Overview of Brain Injury
9:00 - 9:45 am Philosophy of Rehabilitation
9:45 - 10:00 am Break
10:00 - 11:15 am Understanding the Brain and Brain Injury
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Health, Medications and Medical Management
12:15 - 1:00 pm Lunch, on your own
1:00 - 1:45 pm Understanding and Treating Functional Impacts of Brain Injury
1:45 - 2:30 pm Children and Adolescents with Brain Injury
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm Brain Injury – A Family Perspective
3:30 - 4:15 pm Legal and Ethical Issues
4:15 - 4:30 pm Wrap Up and Course Evaluation
5:00 - 5:30 pm TIRR Tour (Optional)

Cost / Registration

Registration is open to 25 participants. To register please
Community Attendee: $50 registration fee
Employee Attendee: Standard internal reservation process/procedures


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

Cancellation policy

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.

Directions / Parking

Pre-Conference: Please refer to for information on parking. The closest parking is available in Garage 6 and is next to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is $12 daily.

Contact Information

Celine Mathews, Administrative Assistant
TIRR Memorial Hermann
C/o Speech Department
1333 Moursund Ave, Houston, TX 77030
(713) 799-5002