BIAC now offers training and proctoring services for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). This nationally-recognized certification sets a standard of expertise among professionals working in the brain injury field.
Professionals of various disciplines would benefit from obtaining this certificate, including but not limited to:
- Healthcare professionals
- Mental health professionals
- Social workers
- Victim advocates
- Law enforcement
- Vocational rehabilitation counselors
- Child welfare case workers
- Adaptive recreation professionals
- Staff at assisted living or nursing home facilities
For a fee of $550, applicants will receive the following:
- Four 4-hour classes covering the content of the exam, as well as Colorado-specific information and resources
- Coverage of ACBIS application fees
- Materials and study guides
- Support with practice exams
- Proctoring of exam
- A one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
- One-time discounted registration to BIAC’s Professional Conference (10 hours of continuing education are required each year to maintain your certification)
By participating in BIAC’s training, you’ll receive:
- A comprehensive understanding of brain injury
- Strategies and accommodations to implement when supporting individuals with brain injury
- Information about resources in Colorado for individuals with brain injury
- The benefit of learning in a group setting and networking with other professionals in the brain injury community
- An increased likelihood of passing the CBIS exam
Requirements & Eligibility
- Applicants must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
- Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship. Volunteer work does not qualify.
- The qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. If the applicant is operating under a professional license, then he/she must be in good standing.
- Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Classes are held at the BIAC offices twice a year. We have free parking and provide light refreshments.
Should an organization or company be interested in hosting a class at their office, BIAC requires a minimum of three participants. Please contact us for further information.
Liz Gerdeman, MA, CBIS-T
Director of Professional Programs