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The 40th Annual Fall Conference has nationally renowned speakers and sessions, over 150 exhibitors, and is the networking event of the year. Early Bird rates end August 17th at midnight. Large group registrations are also available. For more information, contact please email Allie Weston.


For any questions or concerns not answered on the website, please email Allie Weston.

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The 40th Annual Fall Conference has nationally renowned speakers and sessions, over 150 exhibitors, and is the networking event of the year. Early Bird rates end August 17th at midnight. For any questions or concerns not answered on the website, please email Allie Weston.

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Session Information

Business/Administrative Track

The Journey To Excellence: Using a Quality Operating System to Drive and Enhance Performance

Implementation of a Quality Operating System (QOS) provides a proactive approach that continuously focuses on improving clinical services, client safety, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and business operations. This session will provide an overview of the benefits of a QOS, incorporating CARF standards and Baldrige Framework Criteria, alignment of metric tracking, using analysis to identify opportunities for improvement, and guidelines for successful QOS integration.

Colorado Funding Structures for TBI Treatment
Creating a Workplace that is Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive
Additional Session with MBIPC Support

Clinical Track

Humor and Resiliency Within Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Difficulties with mood regulation is a common symptom after sustaining a brain injury and can be a barrier to optimal resiliency and functioning if not managed effectively. This presentation explores the impact of mood regulation difficulties on brain injury rehabilitation, the clinical use of therapeutic use of humor, recreational therapy as a part of brain injury rehabilitation, and offers practical applications for daily use throughout the interdisciplinary team and client lifestyles. Within this presentation you will learn to incorporate humor within treatment to maximize rehabilitation outcomes for those individuals who have experienced a brain injury and live with mood disorders.

Brain Injury 101 and beyond

An introduction to brain injury with focus on defining terms, and types of injuries. Discussion on the parts of the brain and how injuries to those parts will impact functional status post injury. Causes and treatments will also be discussed. Discussion will have examples and scenarios.

Get Your Groove On: Music Therapy Interventions for the Brain and Beyond

This session will introduce attendees to an arsenal of music therapy intervention ideas for use with adult clients in a variety of clinical settings (e.g. physical rehabilitation, TBI, mental health). Presenters will provide a sampling of interventions they have used with this client group, including songwriting, music games, technology use, and adapted music performance opportunities. Presenters will discuss how each music therapy intervention can be used to help a client meet their non-musical rehabilitation goals.

Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test Uses in Acute Concussion and Post Concussion Syndrome

Following concussion early initiation of exercise rehab has been found to be safe and beneficial when performed at appropriate thresholds and monitored by a knowledgeable clinician. Use of a standardized test such as the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test provides clinicians with a safe diagnostic tool as well as aids in establishing an appropriate intensity level of exercise program tailored to the individual. Modifications to a standard exercise program must be made for concussion patients with comorbidities such as POTs.

University of Michigan Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Experience(UMAISE) for Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a variety of physical, psychological, and sociological issues, many of which are long term. These issues result in decreased physical activity, isolation, and depressed mood. Despite possible neurological deficits following TBI, patients and families could still maintain health and active leisure lifestyles. We intend to discuss common neurological sequelae following TBI, UMAISE provides opportunities for increasing mental, physical, and social health using adaptive and inclusive recreation.

Physical Aggression, Sexual Aggression, TBI & the “Me Too” Movement: Should Treatment Programs Support Staff Pressing Charges Against Clients Who Offend?

In this era of the ‘Me Too’ movement, and the awareness of discriminatory and predatory practices against women in particular, and other vulnerable groups in society, how should brain injury programs respond when clients engage in sexually explicitly or physical acts of violence against others? Should programs support pressing charges against these clients? This presentation looks at the challenges facing clinicians, treatment programs, and the legal community. Suggestions and recommendations are proposed in this stimulating presentation.

Utilizing Neurofeedback Therapy to Treat Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Survivors of intimate partner violence are at increased risk for traumatic brain injury (TBI). These survivors may experience negative symptoms of TBI including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and symptoms of disability. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that uses operant conditioning to regulate activity in various regions of the brain. Some research suggests that neurofeedback decreases these negative symptoms improving survivors well-being both acutely and over time. This presentation will discuss neurofeedback and how it may be used to help survivors.

Review of the REAP Manual
Impulsive Behavior in Youths with Traumatic Brain Injury

Incarceration and recidivism among youths with traumatic brain injury is a national concern and impulsive behavior within this population lies at the core of the problem. Understanding the biology of the trauma and the causes of the behavior, helps to assess for potential risk factors within this demographic. This session is designed to identify causes of maladaptive behaviors, examine risk factors after injury, and discuss real life examples.

Qualifying Students With A TBI For Services In The Schools: Looking Beyond Numbers

Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children and adolescents, yet only about 27,000 kids with TBI are served in the educational system under IDEA. Kids who have a brain injury in childhood may have persistent behavioral, cognitive, social, and academic issues. Without intervention, these students may struggle through school and have difficulty transitioning into adulthood. SLPs have the education to provide adequate services to students with a TBI in the school setting. This presentation will address the need to go above and beyond basic language testing to determine the most appropriate interventions for students with TBI. Best practices for evaluating students with mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries will be discussed.

Concussion's Impact on Learning: Return-to-Learn Protocols for Hospital and School Collaboration

Returning to school after sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury is recommended, but the experience is more complex than arriving in the classroom. In this session, we will discuss the need for Return-to-Learn protocols necessary for hospital and school collaboration. Using a case study analysis, a new model is needed of “short-term disability” to activate educational accommodations within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support, shifting the perspective of educational leaders and the current mindset of concussion.

The Role of Exercise in Improving Depression Symptoms in Those with TBI

The session will outline the effect and prevalence of TBI on depression, and why. It will then continue into how depression is traditionally treated in these patients, and how this compares to non-TBI patients with neurological trauma, such as spinal cord injury patients and patients with neurodegenerative disease. The session will then go into what my most recent research has found, which is “How does exercise affect the mental health, specifically depression in TBI patients” (Manuscript currently in peer-review). Data would be presented on the breadth and depth of what studies have shown in the scientific literature to date, as well as what my review shows about what works, and what doesn’t when it comes to the effects of exercise on depression. This will be a practical overview of the state of our knowledge, rather than an in-depth view of the mechanisms at play, and thus will be an informative overview for professionals and caregivers alike.

Falling Through the Cracks: Addressing Aphasia and Mood Disorder Collaboratively

People with aphasia following stroke are at high risk for experiencing mood disorder. Traditional psychotherapy is reliant on spoken language, and therefore this population may face challenges accessing and participating in mental health services. This seminar will discuss a range of information about aphasia and mood disorders, but will primarily outline and describe techniques that enhance communication in order to equip speech-language pathologists and mental health professionals to address the communicative and psychosocial health of our patients. This seminar is open to all individuals interested in the relationship between aphasia and mood disorder, including persons with aphasia and providers in the medical field.

Working with Common Frontal Lobe Injury Challenges

This session offers clinical training to therapists and direct caregivers working with survivors of moderate/severe frontal lobe injury. Concepts and strategies are gleaned from this presenter’s 25 years of inpatient, residential, and outpatient clinical experience. Two frontal syndromes from the literature (dorso-lateral cognitive rigidity and orbital-frontal disinhibition) will be demonstrated by survivors’ real-life struggles, e.g. with unexpected change, ambiguity, complex attention, emotional floods, and impulsive choices. With each struggle, helpful strategies will be contrasted with more commonplace, untrained responses.

Return to Work after a TBI: The Who, What, Why & How

With the changing rehab landscape in Michigan, it is more important than ever to understand the wide variety of work-related services available. Presenters will breakdown the defining components of voc rehab and occ rehab programs to provide insight on specifics to consider when preparing an individual with cognitive and emotional barriers to return to work. In addition, attendees will hear different approaches, case studies, and research related to return to work for those with Brain Injury.

Treatment of Problem-Solving Deficits after TBI

Difficulty with problem-solving often occurs following traumatic brain injury (TBI) of any severity. Therapists working with individuals who have TBI should expect to see signs of impaired problem-solving in their clients. This presentation provides insight on the underlying cognitive supports necessary for efficient problem-solving, as well as functional, easily-individualized strategies and treatment ideas for addressing problem-solving deficits.

Working with Challenging Clients: Improvement of Treatment Outcomes and Decreasing Treatment Team Burnout

TBI treatment team members often find themselves struggling to assist clients that present with limitations or behaviors that are incongruent with achieving optimal functioning. This session is directed at instructing any treatment team member in methods to increase therapeutic alliance with challenging clients in order to increase the efficacy of treatment and decrease team frustration and burnout.

Rational Detachment - The Importance of Managing Our Own Emotions as Professionals

Rational detachment is the ability to control our own behavior and not to take other’s reactions personally. This is especially important for professionals working with individuals with brain injuries, psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. Most professionals in our industry want to help others but may not be vigilant about protecting themselves emotionally. In order to be effective in one’s professional role, it is important to stay calm and maintain objectivity. This presentation will help professionals be mindful of triggers and learn skills to remain grounded and focused on the goal of encouraging the client’s rehabilitation.

The Eyes are the Window to the (Concussed) Brain

The brain has a remarkable ability to convert sensory information from the world around us into complex human activity. The visual system plays a major role in this process and is often compromised in those suffering from post-concussion symptoms. Measuring errors in sensory processing and motoric execution in the visual system provides a profound window for localizing injury within the brain and guiding non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment applications.

Disorders of Consciousness- What We Know Now

What really happens to people with brain injury who are not able to follow commands during their first month post injury? Is their prognosis for recovery as bad as the general medical community believes? Learn the latest on long term outcomes and hear about the new Guidelines for Disorders of Consciousness endorsed by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Congress for Rehab Medicine, and others.

Cannabis and Marijuana Use in Healthcare

Cannabis use is growing in today’s society. With the variety of guidance and opinions what care providers to do when their customers, family members, and employees are coming in and inquiring about their use? This session will focus on the use of cannabis from a pharmaceutical perspective. In addition to the products that are available as supplements there are also a number of FDA approved products that attendees will be educated on by the end of the session.

Sleep as a Method for Improving Brain Health

Sleep problems are common among people who have sustained a TBI. Often overlooked as a treatment strategy, improving sleep can enhance cognitive and behavioral quality of life and help prevent developing chronic health effects. We will discuss the biological and psychological effects of restricted sleep and provide an outline for how to engage in effective treatment.

Locked in Syndrome: Epidemiology, Anatomy, Medical Management and Rehabilitation

Locked In Syndrome (LIS) is a rare consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, or ALS. LIS is a complex condition often requiring multiple levels of medical and rehabilitation care including acute hospital, long-term acute care, acute rehabilitation and skilled level care as well as intermittent life-time sessions of outpatient therapy. This discussion will cover the epidemiology of LIS, prognosis, and quality of life. I will spend a good part of the discussion on medical issues that are peculiar to this diagnosis and require special attention (respiratory care, eye care, autonomic dysfunction and others). I will conclude with rehabilitation approaches used for LIS involving physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Bladder/Bowel Dysfunction After TBI and Advances in Management

Urinary and bowel dysfunction are not uncommon after traumatic brain injury. They have a significant impact on the survivor’s quality of life. Dysfunction of neural circuits controlling bowel/bladder function after traumatic brain injury can be challenging to manage, many of the oral medications (especially anticholinergics) have adverse effects on cognition and memory, and some are implicated in developing Alzheimer’s disease. I want to discuss some nonpharmacological alternatives like biofeedback, pelvic rehab, sacral neuromodulation, amongst others as solutions to these issues.

Legal Track

The Realities of Litigating Medical Malpractice Cases

Matthew Payne, JD


Navigating New PIP Choice and Low Level Limits
Fee Scheduling and Utilization Reviews


Cannabis and Marijuana Legality


Quality of Life Track

Adding Life to Days- Quality of Life from a Recreational Therapist's Perspective

Modern medicine is able to add days to people’s lives that have experienced serious physical injury. Recreational Therapists strive to help clients add meaning to these days they have been given. This presentation will address how to understand the whole person, its variety of needs, and ways to be empowered in making choices for a hopeful future.

How Music Affects the Plasticity of the Injured Brain

This presentation integrates pictures, videos, as well as treatment ideas and research regarding how important music has been in Grant Anderson’s ongoing recovery from his severe TBI in 2007, at which time he nearly died. After his injury, he completed his B.A. in Music at WSU (2014). Information includes research on how music affects the plasticity of the brain, especially in the areas of functional memory and complex attention. Grant will conclude by singing a song he composed after his injury.

What Do I Need to Know About Requesting an Accommodation at Work?

“The presentation will provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, as it pertains to discrimination and reasonable accommodations in employment. The attendees will learn what is involved and required in the reasonable accommodation request process.

After attending this session, the attendees will know how to make a reasonable accommodation request and the provisions accordance with law.”

Healthy Eating on a Budget

This would be an entertaining and humorous demonstration of kitchen basics and a few recipes for some kitchen fun for all skill levels. You will see why they call Renee The Great Foodini and learn some magic for your kitchen.






Early Bird Rates:

  • One Day: $110.00
  • Two Days: $130.00
  • Three Day: $230.00
  • Four Days: $390.00
  • All Sessions: $490.00
  • Survivor & Family Rate: $25.00

Regular Rates

  • One Day: $135.00
  • Two Days: $155.00
  • Three Day: $275.00
  • Four Day: $470.00
  • All Sessions: $590.00
  • Survivor & Family Rate: $25.00
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