34th Annual Brain Injury Conference


Living With Brain Injury: Embracing the Future


15th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference





Join Us March 9-11!


Come join us for the 15th Annual Northwest Brain Injury Conference and the 34th Annual BIAOR Conference


Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary international certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides staff and professionals the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate their learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential. Certification is based on a comprehensive training book that covers the following topics: Incidence and epidemiology of brain injury Continuum of services Brain anatomy and brain-behavior relationships Functional impact of brain injury Effective treatment approaches Children and adolescents with brain injury Health and medical management Family issues Legal and ethical issues The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is offering a training program geared toward preparing for the CBIS examination. This training will be delivered in a one day workshop.  Students must attend the entire session. The workshop will include: The Essential Brain Injury Guide, study materials and interactive workshop with Sherry Stock, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. The National Online Examination will be scheduled within two weeks of the class.  For more information


The Pre-Conference, March 9, will focus on Challenging Behaviors and how to use music, art and physical activities to manage them.  Music, art and physical therapists, as well as providers and caregivers, will explain and demonstrate how they take an individualized approach when working with clients who are living with a brain injury. The creative arts therapies can be used to improve associated symptoms through interactive art-making experiences designed and adapted to emphasize each client’s strengths. Sensory stimulation through the arts promotes increased attention, while the creation of a story or a song can be used to memorize and recall personal information. Neurologic Music Therapy techniques are utilized to promote rehabilitation of speech and motor abilities through active instrument play, singing and movement to music such as in the case of Congresswoman Giffords. Therapists will demonstrate and discuss, in group sessions throughout the day, how providing music, drama, martial arts and art therapy can improve positive outcomes when dealing with Challenging Behaviors. Therapists will take a collaborative approach and conduct sessions with speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists in a co-treatment model.

Friday and Saturday will focus on the latest technology and treatment available for brain injury. These presentations will include: 

Keynote Speakers Friday, March 10:

Opening Keynote: Veterans and TBI/PTSDCameron Smith, Director, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs

Afternoon Keynote: Patient, Dr., What’s the Difference  Jacob Plasker, DC

Keynote Speakers Saturday, March 11:

Opening Keynote: The End of Caring: Understanding the Dynamic of Failure in RehabRolf B. Gainer, PhD

Afternoon Keynote: Functional Neurological Management of Persistent Post-Concussion SyndromeDr. Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN 


Break-out Presentations will include: 


The Medical Perspective of TBI– James Chesnutt, MD


The Veteran in Crisis, Brain Injury and Other Traumas-Scott Bloom, CBIS, Mitch Sparks, ODVA


Proving Damages in a TBI Case– Richard H. Adler, JD, Jacob Gent, JD, Steven Angles, JD, Melissa D. Carter, JD and Arthur D. Leritz, JD


Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body-Linda Gifford


Practical Applications for Behavioral Health Clinicians – Dan Overton, MC, LMHC, MHP


The Developing Adolescent Brain: How THC affects the Brain. Shelley Campbell, RN


TBI and Psychiatric Illness: A Common Thread of Neuroinflammation –  Shauna Hahn, PMHNP


TBI Induced Vision Problems-Juliet Machado, BA


What survivors, caregivers and families need to know.  – Dr. Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN


Roadblocks to Re-entry: The Triple Whammy of Brain Injury, Psychiatric Disorders and Substance AbuseRolf B. Gainer, PhD Rehabilitation Institutes of America, Novato, California; Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, Etobicoke, Ontario and Community NeuroRehab, Des Moines, Iowa


What are the needs of individuals over 50 in Idaho– Russell C. Spearman M.E


Embracing the Journey – Dr. George Siegfried, D.C.


Washington State’s Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council: A history and the positive impact on the brain injury community-Scott Bloom, CBIS


Managing Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances after TBI-Kendra Ward, COTA/L


Treating the Medical Needs of Brain Injury Survivors in Alaska– Dr. Adam Grove.

Life After Brain Injury – Panel: How Marriage Roles Change –  Michael Green and Stephanie Slack: Stephanie will share how their personnel story began on 9/29/2010 as a result of a motorcycle accident while on vacation 900 miles from home.  Michael will discuss his unique story-My Life After TBI and Emergency Crainiotomy.  Michael and Stephanie will share then and now, almost 7 years post TBI.  How it has affected their lives within the family network  Brain Injury:  When It’s Not That EasyKeri Stocks. Keri will talk about how a brain injury alters the family dynamics and the effects that these changes have on everyone including family and friends.

Triumph over TBI: Turning Loss into Opportunity Brief – Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

Finding HappinessDan Overton, MC, LMHC, MHP, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Coordinator,  Behavioral Health Services WA. Dept. of Veterans Affairs



The biggest benefit of attending a conference is connecting with kindred spirits, folks whose work you admire and which inspires you. Conferences have a way of renewing the passion that brings like-minded people together, and being part of collaboration is a privilege that you can truly value. Attending a conference provides an opportunity to learn from experts, share ideas with others, and identify new knowledge and techniques in your field. Given the knowledge explosion in the current information-rich era, attending this conference is a great way to keep abreast of emerging themes and technology and, perhaps most importantly, network.

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Hotel rooms are available at discounted rates. Use the code BIAOR2013 and reserve your room today by calling 503-281-2500.  Discounted rooms are limited.


Sponsored By:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

Alaska Brain Injury Network

Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho

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Thursday March 9 – Saturday March 11, 2017




Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8235 NE Airport Way

Portland OR 97220





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Thursday: An entire day with experts devoted to demonstrating the benefits of music, art and physical therapy to maximize independence and positive outcomes.  Music, art and physical therapy sessions  incorporated throughout conference.  Interactive activities and survivors demonstrating their accomplishments.









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