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Thank you to our 27th Annual Conference Partners:

Minnesota Low Incidence Projects
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Stroke Association

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:
Hellmuth & Johnson
TBI Residential & Community Services

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
Gillette Children's Hospital
Hennepin County Medical Center
Mary T., Inc.
REM Minnesota

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:
Key Medical
Lutheran Social Serives of Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
St. Cloud Hospital-CentraCare
Vinland National Center

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:
Accessible Space, Inc.
ACR Healthcare Group
Beyond Barriers
Community Connections of MN
Courage Center
Custom Care
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Disability Specialist
Dungarvin Minnesota, LLC.
Focus on Living Inc.
Glesener's, Inc.
Grand Itasca Acute Rehab Unit
Handi Medical Supply
HomeCare Assistance
Karcher Foster Services
Kauffman Law Firm
Lifetime Resources, Inc.
Nystrom & Associates
Options Residential
Provide Care
Regions Hosptial Rehab Institute
Reliable Medical Supply
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
SMB Homes
Tandem Residential/Capstone Residential
TBI Metro Services, a service of Opportunity Partners
Whisper Glide Swing Co.

Become a Sponsor for our 27th Annual Conference

Sponsorships are available for our upcoming 27th Annual Conference. Call the Development Manager at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442, or click here to e-mail.

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2012 Annual Conference - Thursday Schedule

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Thursday Conference Schedule

8 - 9 a.m. - Registration and Exhibits Open

Exhibits are open daily 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

9 - 10:30 a.m. - Keynote Address

Changing Their Mind: Evoking Motivation for Change in Individuals with Brain Injury
Erwin ConcepcionErwin Concepcion, Ph.D., LP, Minnesota Department of Human Services
"Change can be difficult." This is our reminder to the people we serve who are not ready to move in the direction we believe they should be going. Dr. Concepcion's presentation will address the challenges that providers and supporters of individuals with brain injury face in their struggles to elicit motivation for change in others. As past research is uncovered and new research is generated, there is a growing body of knowledge that there are better ways of evoking the change potential in people than the traditional "carrot and stick" reinforcement method which has dominated our thinking for the last 100 years. Many of the newest ideas about the brain, why people change, and the evocation of motivation have implications for individuals with brain injury and the people who support them.

10:30 - 11 a.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions I

  1. Motivating the People We Support
    Erwin Concepcion, Ph.D., LP, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    This break-out session will be an extension of the key note in which participants will assess their own motivational style and explore strategies to help build motivation for change in others in the context of individual needs and strengths after a brain injury.

  2. Positive Behavioral Strategies and Supports for Individuals with TBI
    Mitzi Curtis, Intermediate School District 287-SEC
    Working effectively with individuals who have TBI and/or neurobiological impairments and associated behavioral needs can be challenging. This presentation will review a number of positive behavioral support practices and tools that can be used by educators, service providers, and parents/caregivers with a focus on the environment, communicative intent, and skill attainment, rather than on the "negative" behavior.

  3. Brain Injuries Caused by Stroke
    Felix Chukwudelunzu, MD, FAHA, Mayo Clinic Health Systems
    Loss of motor function or speech is a well known complication of stroke. However, victims of stroke experience a far wider dysfunction due to stroke. This session will cover some of these not-so-obvious complications.

  4. Challenging Democracy: Addressing Barriers to Voting
    Nancy Flinn, Director Outcomes and Research; Christian Knights, Public Affairs Associate; Carmel Rehnelt, Senior OT; Courage Center
    Using research and analysis from the 2008 general elections, this presentation will examine existing barriers to voting- such as transportation, poll accessibility, election judge training, and voting privacy - for persons with disabilities. The session will also explore the implications of the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment regarding photo ID.

  5. Criminal Expungement Basics
    Lindsay Davis, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, INC
    Expungements can help people who face housing or employment barriers due to a criminal record. This session will provide an overview about access to criminal records, eligibility to expunge or seal a criminal record from public view, and resources for help with filing an expungement case in court

  6. The Caregiver's Caregiver
    Susan Gonyea, The Caregiver’s Caregiver LLC
    Do your patients' caregivers often feel burnt out, isolated, alone, overworked and under appreciated? As professionals, do we ask how the caregivers are doing and find ways to provide them the support they need? In this session, we will look at 10 proactive steps to helping caregivers get their needs met. Caregivers need support and assistance in managing their families while still finding enjoyment in their own lives. You will walk away with a list of questions to assist in assessing caregivers' needs, plus many creative resources for your caregivers. Success looks different in each situation. This presentation will help you to think out of the box and find practical, low cost resources in your communities.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. Landing Face Up
    Judith Driscoll, LMFT
    In 2007, Judith had just changed careers to become a marriage and family therapist when she was thrown from a horse and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Hear her share her journey for personal recovery and learn how she has incorporated her experience into her own practice.

  2. Return to School Following a Mild/Moderate TBI: Specific Strategies for Success
    Kary Lehman Briner, LICSW; Marilyn Haight, OTR/L; Linda Mabbs, MA/CCC-SLP; Hennepin County Medical Center; Deb Williamson, M.Ed, MN Low Incidence Projects; Theresa Pines, RN, LSN, South Washington County Schools
    This session will provide an overview of the continuum of care following a Mild/Moderate TBI which often involves medical, home, and school settings. Many common symptoms, such as headaches, reading problems, difficulty with noise, sustained attention, etc., will be presented. Specific accommodations will be shared that can make this transition more successful.

  3. Integrating Treatment of Emotional Adjustment, Cognition and Behavior
    Thomas F. Bergquist, Ph.D., Program Director, Brain Rehabilitation Clinic, Mayo Clinic
    Undergoing brain rehabilitation is often a powerful reminder of the loss experienced after brain injury. This session will cover how treatment associated with clear improvement in functioning can be accompanied by negative emotions, resistance and poor compliance. It will also cover how treatment should address the interplay between emotional-adjustment and cognitive-behavioral functioning and provide coordinated treatment of both areas for optimal outcome.

  4. Guardians, Wards and Service Providers: A Collaborative Relationship
    Susan McGuigan, Patrick McGuigan
    This presentation will describe the role of a guardian and the unique relationship between guardians and individuals with a brain injury; give practical examples of a trusting guardian/ward relationship from their personal experience; and explain how to create an effective working relationship between guardians, wards, family members, and providers.

  5. Primary Care Challenges for the Brain Injury Patient
    Teresa Kiresuk, Nurse Practitioner; Michelle Hunt, Nurse Practitioner; Terrence Dunklee, Physician; Korrine Novak, Nurse Practitioner, Physicians Clinic, Courage Center
    Patients with brain injuries present with unique needs that increase the complexity of their health management. This presentation will discuss the added health care needs that patients with brain injuries require for health maintenance. The discussion will provide an overview of how the Physicians Clinic at Courage Center has incorporated preventive health services and health care home principles to the management of patients with brain injury.

  6. An Overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
    This session will review the services offered by the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, when to refer to VR, and the steps in the counselor/client employment planning process. There will be a discussion of how VR can support a person once they have a job and how community services, Vocational Rehabilitation, VR clients and families can collaborate to ensure employment success.

2:30 - 3 p.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

3 - 4:15 p.m. - Breakout Session III

  1. "Culture of Risk" — Why Athletes Participate with Injuries
    Paul Bruning, Summit Orthopedics
    Athletes are conditioned from early ages to continue participation following injury. Nixon (1993) described the "culture of risk" associated with sport participation. This presentation will evaluate and explore various reasons athletes feel compelled to participate despite injury, including potential fatal outcomes following brain injury

  2. Home-based Behavior Services for Brain Injury and Mental Illness
    Brian P. Sammon. MA, LMFT, LADC, CBIS, Options Family & Behavior Services
    Many times providers struggle with conceptualizing the dual diagnosed client and become stuck with an incomplete treatment plan. This presentation will discuss the use of behavior services in working with clients who have co-occurring brain injury and mental illness.

  3. Understanding the Intersection: Elder Maltreatment and TBI
    Harbir Kaur, Victim Services Coordinator, Tubman Elder Care & Rights Center
    This session will explore the intersection between Elder Abuse and TBI and discuss creative ways to diffuse challenging situations with communication techniques. Focus will be on improving the quality of life and quality of care of Minnesota residents living in nursing homes or in the community and identifing prevention and intervention strategies and resources.

  4. Use of Stem Cells for the Treatment of Stroke
    Andrew Grande, MD, University of Minnesota/UMP Physicians
    This session will cover the different applications of stem cells for the treatment of stroke as well as the rationale for the use of stem cells to treat stroke. It will also cover the challenges researchers face in the use of stem cells, the different clinical trials that are now on going in humans using stem cells for stroke and the future therapeutic directions with stem cells for stroke.

  5. Legislative Session Update
    Jeff Nachbar, Public Policy Director, Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
    This session will provide an update and information on the 2012 legislative session as it pertains to the status of the Association's advocacy efforts. Key topics will include the current status of health and human service funding in the state budget, including progress on brain injury prevention and special education. Other topics currently under consideration by legislators at the State Capitol will also be highlighted.

  6. Role of the Critical Care Surgeon in Traumatic Brain Injury
    Jon Krook, MD, FACS, Trauma/Critical Care Surgeon, Hennepin Faculty Associates
    This presentation will describe the role of a Critical Care Surgeon in the ICU level care of the patient with a serious traumatic brain injury. The initial work up and stabilization of the patient will be discussed as well as detail of the daily standard care of the patient with a serious traumatic brain injury.


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