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ACBIS

Board Of Governors

 

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

ACBIS offers three certification options representing distinct levels of experience and supervisory skills: Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer* (CBIST) and Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS). Certification is based on a comprehensive training manual 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

Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury. Please read Certification Disclaimer.

*Previously known as Clinical Examiner and, most recently, ACBIS Trainer.

 

ACBIS Announcements

  • The ACBIS Board of Governors recently enacted changes that will affect CBIST renewals. These changes will become effective January 1, 2015 and are as follows:

     
    • CBISTs will fulfill, in addition to the CEU requirement, an annual training requirement. Every CBIST must conduct training of ACBIS-related content eight (8) hours annually. Documentation to support a random audit of renewal will include, for each training session conducted, a description of objectives and content and a sign-in sheet of attendees.
    • CBISTs will attend, in addition to the current initial two-hour training immediately prior to certification as a Trainer, a refresher training course every five years. The training will continue to cover the purpose, governance, and programs of ACBIS, including levels of certification and their requirements, a description of CBIST roles, an overview of Group Administrator guidelines, and principles of adult learning utilized in ACBIS-supplied teaching materials.
  • Display your achievement as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist or Trainer with the new ACBIS pin. These are now available for purchase in the BIAA bookstore! Order Here!
  • On recommendation of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, certification application and renewal fees increased on March 15, 2013 in the first rate increase since mid2007.

     

    The new fees are as follows:

     

    New Applications:

     

    14  applicants - $300 per person (unchanged)

    529 applicants - $225 per person

    Over 30 applicants - $200 per person

     

    Annual Renewal Fee per Certificant - $60

 
  • The Board of Governors and the BIAA staff serving ACBIS continue to pursue process improvement and program enhancement. We have enacted three changes to the group fee structure to ease paperwork burdens. The following policies will be enacted starting September 1, 2012.
    1. Two week time limitation for application fee adjustment. Applicants who are part of a group (and are responsible for making their own payment) but mistakenly submit the individual application rate of $300 have two (2) weeks to notify the ACBIS office of the mistake and request a refund.  Requests for refunds after two weeks will not be granted.
    2. Retroactive group fee adjustment. The retroactive cumulative group application fee adjustment has been discontinued. A group’s size and fee structure is determined at its inception with each Group Registration Form that is submitted.
    3. Group application substitution fee. Substituting a new applicant for another who has discontinued the application process will incur a $35 fee. Please contact the ACBIS office to request the substitution.
     
  • As a reminder, in order to ensure the fastest processing of renewal applications, if you are making a renewal payment on another certificant’s behalf, please be sure to list that person’s name in the “Special Instructions” field during checkout in the BIAA bookstore.
  • The paper application processes have been entirely replaced by online forms.  For further information please click the appropriate category:

GROUP ADMINISTRATION

INDIVIDUAL CBIS APPLICATION PROCESS

INDIVIDUAL CBIST APPLICATION PROCESS

CBIS/CBIST RENEWAL

  • The ACBIS Board of Governors has updated its Code of Ethics. The detailed version is available here and the brief version is available here.
  • The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation announcement can be found here.
 

Upcoming Strauss, Rosenthal and

Family/Caregiver Lectures

Please visit the "Upcoming Webinars" section of the BIAA bookstore for information on upcoming lectures.

More information can be found here.

All Participants

  • New Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers and formerly certified Clinical Examiners and Clinical Instructors are required to attend ONE "Train the Trainer" webinar.  2014 dates for the CBIST Webinar will be January 15 and April 16. If you are already a CBIST and would like to attend one of these as a refresher to the materials, please register by emailing Jessica Lucas at acbis@biausa.org. If you are applying for CBIST status, you will be personally contacted to confirm attendance upon your approval.
 
  • Incomplete applications (including payment) will be maintained for up to one year. After one year, the application will become null and void and the applicant will need to reapply. Applicants who have submitted completed applications but have not taken the certification exam within one year will need to reapply after one year.
 
  • Please update your contact information by visiting THIS section of the website. It is very important that your email address is current so that you can receive regular updates and announcements.

 

A complete current listing of ACBIS Certificants

as of July 11, 2013 can be found HERE.

Questions regarding the ACBIS Program?

Contact Jessica Lucas at acbis@biausa.org.

703-761-0750 x631 – Phone

703-761-0755 – Fax  

 

Brain Injury Association of America/ACBIS

1608 Spring Hill Road

Suite 110

Vienna, VA  22182

 

ACBIS is a Standing Committee of the

Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.

 

This page was last updated on July 23, 2014.

 

Board Chair

Brant A. (Bud) Elkind MS, CBIST

Robin Hill Farm

Hillsborough, NH

Vice-Chairperson of Governance

Thomas Hall MA, CBIST

Riverside Community Care

Dedham, MA

Vice-Chairperson of Information Management

Heidi Reyst PhD, CBIST

Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers

Livonia, MI

Past Board Chair

Jim Misko Psy. D.

CORE Health Care

Dripping Springs, TX

Sharlene Adams CBIST, LSX

Goodwill Industries of NNE

Portland, ME

Susan Bartlett LCSW, CRC

Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center

Effingham, NH

Cynthia Boyer PhD

Bancroft

Cherry Hill, NJ

Rita Cola Carroll PhD, CPCRT, CBIST

Main Line Rehabilitation Associates

Exton, PA

Caroline Feller MS, CBIST

Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehabilitation

Waterford, WI

Paul Folkert MBA

Rehab Without Walls, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ

Angie Jackson MS-CCC/SLP, MBA, CBIST

Pate Rehabilitation

Dallas, TX

Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner PhD, CBIST

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

San Jose, CA

Todd J. Levy MS OTR/L, CBIST

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Arthur C. Maerlender PhD

Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Lebanon, NH

Mary Pat Murphy MSN, CRRN, CBIST

ReMed

Paoli, PA

Drew A. Nagele, PsyD, CBIST

Beechwood NeuroRehab | Woods

Langhorne, PA

Barbara O’Connell

Acquired Brain Injury - Ireland

Ireland

Cindy Roth Pahr M.Ed., CBIST

EduCLIME, LLC

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego, CA

Eric T. Spier MD, CBIS

Mentis Neuro

El Paso, TX

 

More information on the

ACBIS Board of Governors

can be found here.

 

ACBIS

ALLIANCE MEMBERS

21st Century Rehab Services

Gallatin, TN

Acquired Brain Injury - Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Lexington, KY

Centre for Neuro Skills

CA and TX

Cone Health

Greensboro, NC

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

(Brain Injury Services)

Portland, ME

LifeBridge Health

Baltimore, MD

Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation

El Paso, TX

Opportunities Unlimited

Sioux City, IA

Palo Alto Veterans Affairs - Polytrauma System of Care

Palo Alto, CA

Robin Hill Farm

Hillsboro, NH

West Virginia Traumatic Brain

Injury Services at the
Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Morgantown, WV

More information on the

ACBIS Alliance Program

can be found here.