Upcoming DoC- SIG Webinar

The Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group (DoC-SIG) will be holding a webinar on September 16, 2020 at 3pm eastern/2pm central featuring Dr. Joseph Giacino and Dr. Douglas Katz on the topic of Minimum Competency Recommendations for Programs That Provide Rehabilitation Services for Persons With Disorders of Consciousness: A Position Statement of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, from an article recently published in the June 2020 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

About this Webinar

Persons who have disorders of consciousness (DoC) require care from multidisciplinary teams with specialized training and expertise in management of the complex needs of this clinical population. The recent promulgation of practice guidelines for patients with prolonged DoC by the American Academy of Neurology, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) represents a major advance in the development of care standards in this area of brain injury rehabilitation. Implementation of these practice guidelines requires explication of the minimum competencies of clinical programs providing services to persons who have DoC. The Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the ACRM, in collaboration with the Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group of the NIDILRR-Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems convened a multidisciplinary panel of experts to address this need through the present position statement. Content area-specific workgroups reviewed relevant peer-reviewed literature and drafted recommendations which were then evaluated by the expert panel using a modified Delphi voting process. The process yielded 21 recommendations on the structure and process of essential services required for effective DoC-focused rehabilitation, organized into 4 categories: diagnostic and prognostic assessment (4 recommendations), treatment (11 recommendations), transitioning care/long-term care needs (5 recommendations), and management of ethical issues (1 recommendation). With few exceptions, these recommendations focus on infrastructure requirements and operating procedures for the provision of DoC-focused neurorehabilitation services across subacute and post-acute settings.

About the Speakers

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD is the Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. He is Consulting Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He led the expert panels that established the diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state and developed the 2018 Practice Guideline on Disorders of Consciousness.

Douglas I. Katz, MD

Douglas I. Katz, MD is Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, a member of the neurology staff at Boston Medical Center and Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Encompass Health Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Katz is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation with over 30 years of experience in TBI clinical care, research, education and program development and served as President of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) from 2015-2017.

DoC-SIG Webinar Registration

This webinar will take place on September 16, 2020 at 2:00pm central. To register, please click on the "Webinar - DoC SIG" button below.

Webinar - DoC SIG

Upcoming IPBIS Webinars

Throughout the year leading up to the next International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) Conference, IPBIS will be organizing a series of webinars that will provide participants with a brief overview of the content of a pre-conference and symposium sessions that will form part of the program for the next IPBIS conference in New York City in October 2021 (IPBIS2021).

Traumatic brain injury in pre-school children in the United States

On September 10, 2020, at 11am eastern, the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society will have a webinar, entitled Traumatic brain injury in pre-school children in the United States. The speaker for this session will be Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa of Emory University.

IPBIS has applied for 1 hour of Category 1 CME accreditation. This webinar is free; however, participants seeking accreditation will be required to pay $25 USD.

About this Webinar

Children younger than age 5 have the highest number of emergency department visits and have the most risk for effects across their lifespan. This webinar will offer a overview on insights for causes and consequences of TBI in preschool children including outcomes and current efforts to improve diagnosis and care for this age group. Further information will be present at the IPBIS 2021 conference in New York City.

About the Speaker

Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa has over 30 years of clinical and research experience in the area of acquired brain injury in children. She is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. Her original work started as a co-author with Dr. Mark Ylvisaker in the book entitled Head Injury Rehabilitation: Children and Adolescents. She was principal investigator of a federal longitudinal study at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for a NIDRR field-initiated grant to investigate reading and language outcomes of preschool children with TBI, a pilot study to investigate transition to adulthood in adolescents with complex medical conditions, and a grant-funded transition program for teens with acquired brain injury. She has recent publications on TBI in young children that include describing outcomes, service delivery, and a literature review that describes current research for this age group. Currently, she is a Senior Health Scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury Team, Division of Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

IPBIS Registration

IPBIS has applied for 1 hour of Category 1 CME accreditation.

This webinar is free; however, participants seeking accreditation will be required to pay $25 USD.

To register for this session, please click on "Webinar- TBI in Preschool Children" button.

Webinar - TBI in Preschool Children

Additional Future Webinar Sessions

There are multiple upcoming webinar sessions that the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society organized for the IBIA Webinar Series.

For a list of additional future webinar sessions, click here.

Past Webinars

IBIA and IPBIS has hosted two webinars. The first webinar, entitled , Search for Consciousness: Functional Neuroimaging in the Acute Brain Injured State, took place on June 2, 2020. The second webinar, entitled What is Teen Online Problem Solving and How Can It Help Adolescents with TBI during the COVID-19 Pandemic, took place on July 9, 2020. For information on these webinar sessions and to hear the recordings, please click Past Webinar Recordings button below.

Past Webinar Recordings


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About IBIA

The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is a multidisciplinary organization serving brain injury professionals across the globe. To learn more about IBIA and its official journal, Brain Injury, click here.