Education and Training

The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina wants to help meet your training needs.  We provide programs for agencies and civic groups on many different aspects of brain injury. Each person with a brain injury, whether traumatic (TBI) or non-traumatic, is unique and has the potential to make improvements with appropriate and timely services. We want to help you better serve, and care for, people with brain injuries.


Certified Brain Injury Specialist

BIANC provides Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training to professionals and service workers across North Carolina.  A three day class is available to review material for the certification exam, and to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across North Carolina.  Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST) designation is also available. This additional classification allows professionals to conduct CBIS courses and administer the necessary exams.

The CBIS and CBIST certifications are developed and administered through the Brain Injury Association of America. These designations require an applicant to pass a standardized exam, possess a high school education, and complete 500 hours of paid work experience with brain injury in the past 3 years.  Please review the website, or the event flyer to learn more. Do not register on the website if you are planning on completing CBIS with BIANC.

Schedule for upcoming classes:

October 31, 2019 – November 2, 2019 – WakeMed Cary Campus, 1900 Kildaire Farm Rd.O, Cary, NC 27518
OUTSIDE REGISTRATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR THIS CLASS EXCEPT FOR WAKEMED STAFF (Grant received for employees.)  Spaces may open up closer to the date of the class.
**Contact if you are interested in this class or in setting up another class.  A wait list will be started for the October 31, 2019 class in case anyone drops out.

Spaces Limited to 20 seats
*Final Deadline:  9-30-19


November 9-11, 2019
Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonsburg Rd., Greenville, NC 27834
Limited Space Available
Deadline to Register:  October 9, 2019



CBIS Flyer

*A $50 late fee will be applied to applications received after the final deadline date.

Pricing Course Overview/Materials Class Time Suggested Audience
*$500 Training/Review, National Online Exam for Certification, Includes Latest CBIS Manual Edition. 3 days Individual meets certification requirements of 500 paid hours in brain injury within the past 3 years.
$250 Training/Review, Includes Latest CBIS Manual Edition 2.5 days Individuals who does not meet certification requirements.  Current CBIS, Support Group Leaders, BIANC Board Members

Required Text: The Essential Brain Injury Guide Edition 5.0   (Included with class)

To Register if Taking the Exam

1) Download and complete the registration form: BIANC CBIS Application
2) Email an electronic copy of your resume:
3) Mail completed application, along with check to:

Brain Injury Association of NC
PO Box 97984
Raleigh NC 27624

To Register if NOT Taking the Exam

1) Email to reserve a training space
2) Mail completed application, along with a check for $250 to:

Brain Injury Association of NC
PO Box 97984
Raleigh NC 27624

Online Training

BIANC wants to help meet your training need. These two separate online courses can help professionals, survivors, and family members learn more about brain injury. In addition, the modules listed can be classified as educational hours for your CBIS certification renewal credits.


BIANC’s Training Modules:

BIANC has updated our current NC modules with partnership from Greensboro Area Health Education Center, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI).

Included in this specialized training,  NC houses 6 (FREE!) total modules spanning topics of

  • Cognitive & Behavioral Consequences of TBI In Adults
  • Crisis De-Escalation & Management for First Responders
  • Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Primary Care & Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Public Service and TBI in NC
  • Substance Use & TBI

Aside from the specialty population module, these courses are intended for service providers in North Carolina public service agencies, including: Local Management Entities (LMEs), vocational rehabilitation or independent living offices, educators, case managers, substance abuse or mental health professionals, social security or social services professionals, advocacy or support agencies, or anyone else who serves people with brain injury.

Please make note that the previous location of online training modules, nctbitraining, is inactive.

BIANC Online Training Modules

Brain Injury 101:

Presented by the Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Injury 101 is a straightforward training program that can be modified from one hour to a full day of training for your organization or program. Topics include the causes and consequences of brain injury, definitions, methods of assessing needs, community resources, and how to deal with specific behaviors.

The video uses simple language and images of real people who have sustained a brain injury, as well as medical experts and advocates. Judy Fortin, former CNN anchor and medical correspondent, guides you through important information to help maximize your loved one’s recovery. Lee Woodruff adds practical advice – her husband, Bob Woodruff of ABC News, was injured in a bomb blast in Iraq.

Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference 2019

Save The Date!


The Brain Injury Association of NC (BIANC), in collaboration with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), is offering this interprofessional conference on December 6-7, 2019 at MAHEC in Asheville, NC.



Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, 2019


Asheville, NC

Lodging Information: Click here to make your reservations online today. 

Group Name: Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
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If you chose to call the hotel to make reservations, please mention to staff that you are attending the BIANC’s TBI Conference 2019.

BIANC Presents!

For the past two years, BIANC has been facilitating online “Brain Injury Basics & Strategies” trainings quarterly.  This year, BIANC’s  quarterly webinar series will feature a variety of topics presented by speakers from different backgrounds.  Topics include Functional Neurology, Nutrition, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Vestibular Challenges, and more!

Upcoming Webinars

Owning your Rehabilitation after Brain Injury

Date:  December 17th, 2019

Time:  12:00-1:00 PM EDT

Webinars On-Demand

Balance, Fatigue, Falls & Brain Injury: Vestibular & Cognitive Rehab after Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina presents… Vestibular & Cognitive Rehabilitation after Brain Injury! With falls being the leading cause of brain injury, learn more about balance, coordination, and movement – all of which might be altered. In addition to the physical changes – we’ll discuss the cognitive or thinking changes that can occur after injury. Have you ever experienced cognitive fatigue or know someone who does? We’ll discuss why that happens and solutions to prevent it.

Nutrition & Brain Injury:  Pitfalls & Solutions

The Brain Injury Association of NC presents… “Nutrition & Brain Injury.” Nutrition is a key component to healthy rehabilitation and lifestyle, but it can be so challenging to achieve! Jamie Ritchie from Learning Services in North Carolina brings knowledge and experience to the brain injury community in this special webinar. Objectives include:

  •  Discuss acute brain injuries and it’s relation to nutrition
  • Review barriers to optimal nutrition in brain injuries
  • Discuss dysphagia nutrition therapy
  • Review nutrition recommendations for brain injuries
  • Discuss the MIND diet and sample meals

Brain Injury:  What Is & What Now?

The webinar, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, is ideal for providers, family members, support teams, and individuals with brain injury. Attendees will learn about brain, the changes that occur following injury, and potential strategies to aid in challenges affecting daily living. If you’ve seen one brain injury, you’ve seen one brain injury. Every individual with a brain injury is a person first, and deserves respect and dignity from all individuals.

A Functional Neurologist’s Perspective on Brain Injury

Dr. Gabella is a Board Certified Functional Neurologist, a licensed Chiropractor, and Fellow of the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation.  She has completed additional post-doctoral speciality training in Clinical Neuroscience, Childhood Developmental Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Vestibular Rehabilitation.  She currently has her own practice in Raleigh, NC at Precision Brain Center.

CIT Training

Crisis situations can be overwhelming and difficult to handle, particularly due to the changes that can be common after a brain injury. A person’s actions, feelings, and thoughts may not be the same as prior to their injury, making de-escalation and grounding techniques essential but difficult. BIANC offers in person brain injury information at Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training to law enforcement and emergency responders throughout the state of North Carolina. This online crisis management and de-escalation course training strives to promote positive interactions between individuals with brain injury and first responders including law enforcement, emergency response staff, and firefighters in crises by investigating the brain, hearing from survivors and family members, and presenting practical scenarios and strategies.

Objectives include:

1) Describe what a brain injury is and the changes after brain injury;
2) Understand how brain injury can present in a crisis and the vulnerable populations to brain injury to be mindful of;
3 )Identify and utilize de-escalation techniques or strategies specific to individuals with a brain injury; and
4) Discuss potential scenarios that these strategies can be utilized in to promote positive interaction.

This training is narrated by Senior Training Officer MJ Macario or ‘Mac’. Working for the Raleigh Police Department at the Raleigh Police Training Center, he has prepared hundreds of recruits for the rigors of police work and instructed existing law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal level in a variety of subjects from edged weapon tactics to verbal de-escalation techniques.  Mac has been Wake County’s Crisis Intervention Team’s lead de-escalation trainer for nearly a decade.  He trains police officers how to de-escalate a person with mental illness or an intellectual/developmental disability when that person is in crisis.

Registration is required but the course if free! Visit for more information.