The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey offers comprehensive webinars on a variety of topics designed to provide you with valuable information, strategies and resources that can assist you. All webinars are free and open to the public.
If there is a webinar that you are unable to attend, you will be able to view the presentation within two weeks of the live broadcast. Click here to visit the Webinar Archive.
Loss, Grief and Brain Injury
June 13, 2018
Presented by: Connie Palmer, LCSW
Connie Palmer is a licensed clinical social worker who is an experienced teacher, therapist and school counselor with more than thirty years of experience working with youth and their families. She is currently the Clinical Training Director for Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss in Westfield, NJ. She presents seminars on various topics such as: grief and loss, resilience, shame, parenting, anti-bullying, depression and anxiety.
- – Normalize the impact of grief after brain injury
- – Explore the losses experienced by the person with a brain injury
- – Explore the losses experienced by caregivers, friends and family members of the person with a brain injury
- – Describe how shame blocks the ability to mourn the losses associated with brain injury
- – Describe the Companioning Model of grief support
Traumatic Brain Injury in Seniors
May 2, 2018
Presented by: Cynthia Boyer, PhD
Cynthia L. Boyer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with 30 years experience in neurorehabilitation. Her professional career has focused on the neuropsychological evaluation, psychological treatment, and cognitive rehabilitation of individuals with acquired and degenerative brain injuries. Dr. Boyer earned a BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware. She has provided clinical services in a variety of settings, ranging from the trauma center to long term post-acute programs. An accomplished clinician, Dr. Boyer also has a strong background in administration, strategic planning, program development and clinical quality. She served as Executive Director of Brain Injury Services and Vice President of Quality for Bancroft. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Boyer holds faculty positions at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wiedner University, and is a trainer for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). She serves on the Board of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and is a medical rehabilitation surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Currently, Dr. Boyer is in private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is also clinician consultant at ReMed New Jersey.
About the Webinar:
– Learn about the factors that put older adults at higher risk for TBI
– Identify adverse consequences of TBI in seniors
– Understand the assessment process and benefits of rehabilitation for older adults with TBI
– Describe strategies to prevent TBI in seniors
Calming the Storm: Mindfulness and TBI
Friday, February 2, 2018
Presented by: Jill Brooks, PhD, RYT-200 and Jared Hammond, MA
Dr. Brooks integrates mindfulness, yoga and cognitive-behavioral strategies in her clinical practice. Dr. Brooks’ private practice work focuses on evaluation and treatment of neurological issues such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), concussion and epilepsy. Mindfulness and yoga techniques along with cognitive-behavioral strategies serve to balance anxiety and depression. Dr. Brooks is certified in Chair Yoga, Reiki Level I and with Ashrams for Autism Level I. Dr. Brooks is in the process of completing her certification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Medical School.
Jared Hammond is the Senior Psychometrist at Head to Head Consultants in Gladstone, NJ. Jared earned his BA in Clinical Psychology and Computer Science from New York University and his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College where he began his initial mindfulness training. He is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical and School Psychology program at Kean University with an emphasis on mindfulness.
About the webinar:
Mindfulness meditation and mindful movement (yoga) are utilized worldwide, yielding positive outcomes across a broad array of clinical challenges such as anxiety, depression, migraine headache and chronic pain. Head to Head Consultants has been utilizing mindfulness and yoga with individuals with traumatic brain injury since 2012. This webinar will provide a general overview of the topic of mindfulness and mindful movement, and current research. Register now to understand how to integrate these into your life and practice as an individual with TBI, a caregiver or service provider.
Deep Thinking Through Improved Sleep
Monday, January 22, 2018
Presented by: Jim Foster
Jim Foster serves as the Assistant Clinical Director at ReMed, a provider of rehabilitation and residential services to adult traumatic brain injury survivors. He has also spent the past five year as Adjunct Faculty at Harcum College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Jim has served as a Facility Rehab Coordinator with Prostep Rehab and Director of Rehabilitation Services at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. He was Assistant Chief of Occupational Therapy at Temple University Hospital where he currently provides PRN Occupational Therapy services. Jim has presented at multiple regional and national conferences on traumatic brain injury rehab.
There is a significant amount of traumatic brain injury survivors who experience sleep disorders during their recovery. Research will be presented that discusses impact, specifically on cognition. In addition, causes specific to traumatic brain injury survivors and effective interdisciplinary interventions will be discussed to address this key feature that is present in many survivor’s lives.
Caring for Caregivers
Presented by: Ann Marie McLaughlin, PhD
Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland and completed an internship and post-doctoral work in neuropsychology. Dr. McLaughlin worked for 20 years in an acute rehabilitation hospital where she held positions including Director of Psychology and Program Manager for the Stroke, Chronic Pain and Brain Injury programs. She was responsible for the start up of a 45 bed brain injury unit, focusing on program development, program outcomes, and staff supervision in the inpatient unit as well as outpatient services, including a mild head injury program. In 2001, she became the Clinical Director of ReMed’s Outpatient, Home and Community Based Services. She is co-chair of the Brain Injury Home and Community Based Treatment Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, focusing on issues of cognitive rehabilitation and community integration. She has published articles on topics related to brain injury, neuropsychology, chronic pain, staff stress and family coping, and has presented on these topics at numerous conferences. She is former Secretary and current Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.
Objectives for this workshop:
– Review stressors of caregiving
– Review unique aspects of recovery and re-integration related to caring for someone with a brain injury
– Discuss conflict laden issues in brain injury recovery
– Review coping and stress management strategies
Discharged from Rehab: Now What?
Presented by: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital
Connie Domingo, MD, FAAP, FAAPM&R
Tiffany Forest, MSW, LSW
Jennifer Goldman, MA, CCC-SLP/CBIS
Maria Arlyn Gonzales, RN, BSN, CRRN
Katlyn Kristeller, PT, DPT
Alexandra Poporad, MS, OTR/L, CBIS
Jessica Redecker, RN, BSN
About Connie Domingo, MD, FAAP, FAAPM&R: Board certified as a Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, Dr. Connie Domingo has been with Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital since 1999. As the Medical Director, she is in charge of all the clinical management and therapy prescriptions for children/adolescents served at Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital. She graduated from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her training at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Domingo served as Chief Resident for Pediatrics and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and received accolades, including Temple University Hospital’s PM & R Resident of the Year Award and Albert Einstein Medical Center’s Student Teacher Award in Pediatrics.
Dr. Domingo´s areas of expertise include pediatric traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spasticity, pain management, neuromuscular diseases, and sports medicine. She is on staff as a consultant physician at Shriner’s Hospital, Cooper University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She has recently been recognized by her peers by being selected “Top Doctors for Children’s Health 2017” in the Inside Jersey Magazine.
Goals of the webinar:
- – Understand medical complications and follow up with specialists
- – Discuss the transition back to home/community
- – Review transitioning back to school
- – Examine financial and supportive services in the community