BIANC’s 2023-2024 webinar series will feature a variety of topics presented by speakers from different backgrounds. Click the links below to view our upcoming live webinars, or view our archived learning videos on-demand.

Upcoming Webinars

Recovery is a Process

Laurie Leach, PhD

May 15 at 1 pm

Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents - 2022

The focus of this training will be upon finding, developing, and using evidence-based accommodations and interventions in facilitating successful outcomes for children and adolescents with TBI in the context of pre-injury and post-injury functioning. Various references and samples in the clinical and research literature will be presented.

Music Therapy & the Brain

We will first take a look at what music therapy is through several musical examples to learn what some fundamental elements of music are. We will then explore the way music and it's elements affect the brain, how music is processed, and what this means for rehabilitation and treatment for individuals with brain injuries.

Humpty Dumpty had a Great Fall: Preschool-Age Children & Brain Injury

This session will discuss pediatric brain injury focusing on preschoolers. Current research regarding preschool brain injury's effects on the developing brain will be explored. The session will discuss common causes, post-brain injury signs and symptoms, identification, brain development, sensitive learning periods of development, child versus adult brains, and key differences between TBI and other types of learning disabilities in children. Steps that parents can take to ensure their child's brain injury is relayed to school staff over the years will be shared. Preschool-age brain injury will be explored through the lens of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). 

Evidence-Based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Justin Johnson MD, the Director of Veteran Services at HopeWay in Charlotte, a Command Psychiatrist in the US Army Reserve, and an Assistant Consulting Professor of Psychiatry at Duke, is an expert in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Participants will learn about diagnosis of PTSD and evidence-based treatment options to care for Veterans with PTSD.

Evaluating & Assessments for Children with Brain Injury

We will start with an overview of the definition of TBI, giving examples of conditions that may be included under the most recently expanded definition. From there, we will discuss how we approach evaluations from a 'construct' perspective, rather than the standard school evaluation. Our outcome is not just about eligibility, but the focus is instead on developing interventions and recommendations that align with evaluation findings.

Communication and Brain Injury

Communication and Brain Injury is a workshop designed for the professional and/or family member(s) involved with the brain injury community. This workshop will discuss communication skills following a brain injury. We will also, define terminology, and language and cognitive deficits that are associated with brain injury and its disorders. This discussion will include persons who have had strokes and/or traumatic brain injuries. Simple group and individual intervention activities will be examined. In addition to recommendations for professionals and caregivers, the part that culture, interest, and lifestyle plays in recovery will be explored.

Brain Injury Support in Higher Education

Have you ever wondered what kinds of supports are out there for college students with brain injury? Have you heard of disability services on college campuses, but aren’t sure where to start with getting connected? Please join us to learn how to navigate these services in higher education, and to learn more about the types of academic accommodations that are available. We will also discuss how the common changes due to brain injury can affect learning and impact the college experience, the nuances of disclosing your brain injury to your professor, and so much more.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Learn how to handle stress, improve self-confidence, communicate better, improve your ability to make tough decisions, locate helpful resources and more. Explore this sneak peak into the educational program that consists of six 90-minute sessions of practical training providing caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges.


2023 Webinars

Falls Awareness & Prevention

With Centralina Area Agency on Aging

September 20 at 1 pm

Sexual & Relationship Health after Brain Injury

Dr. Pat Babin

October 12 at 1 pm

Preventing Depression After Brain Injury

Travis Glass

November 15 at 1 pm


Past Webinars

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Topics include:

Remote Learning with Brain Injury

In this course we'll discuss the benefits of exercise on neuroplasticity, and how functional fitness can enhance both cognitive-communicative and physical recovery for survivors of brain injury. We'll review the basic principles of functional fitness, how fitness can be adapted/modified for various limitations, and provide examples of simple exercise routines. A basic "how to" on blending cognitive and language rehabilitation into fitness will be provided, with review of case studies.

Adaptive Fitness for Rehabilitation after Brain Injury

In this course we'll discuss the benefits of exercise on neuroplasticity, and how functional fitness can enhance both cognitive-communicative and physical recovery for survivors of brain injury. We'll review the basic principles of functional fitness, how fitness can be adapted/modified for various limitations, and provide examples of simple exercise routines. A basic "how to" on blending cognitive and language rehabilitation into fitness will be provided, with review of case studies.

Art Therapy & Brain Injury

Art therapy is used as part of the rehabilitation process after brain injury to help individuals use their cognitive skills, express emotions, and communicate through the means of art. Along the way, focus on strengths and expression can help create a new sense of self, bring upon acceptance, and help reduce negative mental health symptoms. This is particularly true for those in the military or veterans that experience a brain injury to help process strong feelings and memories. Join us on this webinar to get your hands dirty and see how using art can help unlock potential.

Seizures after Brain Injury

Seizure disorders affect about 1 in 26 people in the United States. Any one of us, at any time, at any age, can develop seizures for any number of reasons. One of the most common causes of seizures in adults is head injuries. This presentation will cover the basics of seizure disorders, including the many different types, etiologies, conditions that mimic seizures, first-aid, and treatment, especially the newer treatments now available. The psychosocial impact of seizures will also be discussed as well.

Home Accessibility after Brain Injury

Designing Independence consists of a team of physical and occupational therapists that specialize in home modifications. This webinar will explore how home modifications can increase your independence in a home and reduce the assistance from outside caregivers. We will explore various aspects of accessibility and safety from entryway solutions, bathroom set up, and kitchen set up. Additionally, we will discuss various strategies to medication adherence techniques and how to incorporate aspects of energy conservation into your daily routine. Perfect for professionals, individuals living with brain injury & family.

Mental Health & Adjustment after Brain Injury

We know that anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions are more common among individuals who have sustained a brain injury. Caregivers supporting someone after a brain injury also often face unique, challenging mental health challenges. So why is it that mental health counseling is usually considered a last resort or a luxury, and not a core component of the physical rehabilitation process? In this webinar, we will explore how mental health counseling can impact brain injury recovery. Specific strategies to support both TBI patients and their caregivers will be shared with webinar participants.

Concussion/mTBI in NC Children & Youth

Concussion/mild TBI can affect the child and family’s well-being, their lifestyle, daily activities, and their academic goals. This webinar will review concussion in children, with a focus on children in North Carolina. The discussion will include identifying concussion/mild TBI, the incidence of, mechanisms, and symptoms. It will also discuss novel and established treatment strategies. Whether you are an individual who has experienced a concussion, a parent, a family member, advocate, or professional, this webinar will provide the latest information on concussion/mild TBI in children.

Concussion Support and Management in NC Public Schools

We will be discussing what it looks like to return to school after a concussion. We will investigate NC education policy to identify and respond to students who sustain a concussion to prevent reoccurrence (and more serious recovery complications). The webinar will highlight the efforts of the Child & Youth Committee of the Brain Injury Advisory Council to raise awareness and support implementation efforts of Return to Learn in NC. Lastly, participants from school personnel (teachers, coaches, nurses, etc.), community members, and parents will discover tools created to support effective concussion support and management in children & youth. 

Owning Your Rehabilitation after Brain Injury

Join us for this presentation in which Maura Silverman of the Triangle Aphasia Project emphasizes person-centered activity in various groups and activities to help people affected by a speech disorder common after injury, called aphasia. She discusses opportunities and strategies for you to get more involved in rehabilitation by owning one's goals, achievements, and power after brain injury whether you are an individual living with brain injury, professional, caregiver, friend, or family member.

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

Nutrition is a key component to healthy rehabilitation and lifestyle, but it can be so challenging to achieve! Jamie Ritchie discusses acute brain injuries and it’s relation to nutrition, reviews barriers to optimal nutrition in brain injuries, discusses dysphagia nutrition therapy, reviews nutrition recommendations for brain injuries, and discusses the MIND diet and sample meals.

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.