Certified Brain Injury Specialization (CBIS) Training


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Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training (CBIS)


The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) offers a national certification (CBIS) program through its Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). This two-day training is the official course designed to prepare participants to sit for the Certification Exam and join more than 7,000 Certified Brain Injury Specialists worldwide.

To obtain certification, candidates must complete the required work experience/training and pass an examination. Please see completion requirements below for details.

Why take this course?

Brain injury-serving organizations value hiring and training CBIS certified staff, because it allows them to work with and promote clinicians who understand the unique needs of persons recovering from brain injury and staying abreast of current resources in the field.

Certified Brain Injury Specialist Course: Schedule

The schedule for the training is the same for live (in-person/virtual attendees).

Day 1 – Training 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST, unless otherwise specified)

  • 8:00 – 8:30: Welcome – Planning and Parking Lot
  • 8:30 – 10:00: Introduction, Overview and Etiology
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Break
  • 10:15 – 11:45: Neuroanatomy and Neuroplasticity
  • 11:45 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45- 2:45: Neurocognitive Issues
  • 2:45 – 3:00: Break
  • 3:15 – 4:15: Psychosocial Issues
  • 4:15 – 5:00: Outcomes

Day 2 – Training 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • 8:00 – 8:15: Welcome and Questions from Day 1
  • 8:15 – 10:45: Medical & Physical Issues
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Rehab Philosophy & Cultural Competency
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:15: Special Populations
  • 2:15 – 2:30: Break
  • 2:30 – 3:30: Care Management & Legal Issues

Exam: can be scheduled at a time convenient to you!

Course Objectives:

  • Describe methods  utilized for diagnostic imaging with acquired brain injury
  • Describe and define the medical, physical, cognitive, neurobehavioral, and psychosocial consequences of acquired brain injury
  • Describe the effects of acquired brain injury on special populations including: pediatrics, adolescents, aging, and military populations
  • Describe and define concussion/mTBI
  • Describe and define disorders of consciousness
  • Describe rehabilitation philosophy as it pertains to acquired brain injury
  • Describe common outcome measurements related to acquired brain injury
  • Describe and define care management as it pertains to acquired brain injury
  • Define and describe family, cultural, gender, and sexuality issues related to acquired brain injury
  • Define and describe the role of neuropsychology in the treatment of acquired brain injury
  • Describe participation and return to work in persons with acquired brain injury

Who is eligible to take the Certification of Brain Injury Specialist Exam?

In order to sit the exam offered at the end of this training, and earn your Certification credential, you MUST:

  • Have at least 500 hours of working with people with brain injury
  • In order to sit the exam at the end of the training: you must set up a User Account with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.

Who may be eligible to attend?

  • Rehab Directors
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers

Please note: taking the CBIS exam is optional! You may take the course for the continuing education credits alone. I

Please feel free to review the FAQ about the application process on the ACBIS website, found here.  You can also feel free to send any questions or concerns to allison@arcseminars.net.

This is a comprehensive course about acquired brain injury (ABI) from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) that results in being able to sit for a certification!  The CBIS credential sets you apart from the crowd and shows you’ve taken the extra steps to be prepared to work with this vulnerable, challenging population. Take this course to become one of the more than 7,000 Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS) practitioners worldwide.

ARC Seminars sets itself apart from the competition in many ways!

  • Most courses are aimed at the widest audience possible, in order to get as many participants as possible. While that can be a great way of getting professionals from different fields together, it is not always conducive to working through specific problems, and can make the information very vague, theoretical, and general. ARC Seminars are specific to the field of hospital-based rehabilitation, and we have many years of experience in treating and developing procedures for treatment in rehabilitation facilities.
  • We provide guidance and support for setting up your own program! ARC Seminars not only provide education and guidance within the seminar to set up your own program, but we will also provide you with follow up guidance and support after the seminar to ensure that your program is successful!
  • ARC Seminars uses the most up to date and evidence based techniques to ensure your participation in the course is translated to the most learning and carryover possible!
  • Materials: You will be provided with a comprehensive manual of all the presentation slides,  exclusive access to resources for your clinic, online support and a clinician discussion forum.

Meet your presenter, Allison Frederick!

Allison Frederick, M.S., CCC/SLP, CBIST has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 12 years.  For the first three years of her career, she developed her clinical skills working in the subacute/long term care setting where she was able to find her footing as part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team.  Allison then transitioned to acute rehabilitation, where she continued to develop her teamwork skills, and also where she found her love for working with patients affected by acquired brain injury.  Allison became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist trainer in 2014 after finding there was a need for education about how to manage patients with brain injury.  Allison has a passion for education, and never misses an opportunity to educate people about the prevention and treatment of brain injury.  When Allison isn’t busy trying to convince everyone to wear a helmet, she enjoys practicing Baptiste style yoga, German beer, traveling anywhere and everywhere, and spending time with her English Bulldog, Hank.  On being part of ARC Seminars:  “I’m so excited to join the ARC presenters and provide clinicians and nurses with the courses they need to expand and further their clinical practice!”.

If you have any questions for Allison, please contact her directly at allison@arcseminars.net.

Disclosures: Financial- Allison is reimbursed as a presenter by ARC Seminars. Non-financial- Allison has no relevant non-financial disclosures.

Client and Student Testimonials: CBIS

We at ARC Seminars have many years of experience teaching and passing on our expertise to students, with excellent results. We believe that supporting the student at all levels of learning: hands-on and kinesthetic learning, pre-reading for a complete understanding of didactic teaching, follow up support and materials, and program development for carryover of your new skills in the working environment.

I appreciate the handouts!

We see a lot of patients with Cancer in Home care. I appreciate the handouts! Will be helpful in practice


Yes! Proper treatment to all cancer patients

Realistic goals

I will use this information to set realistic goals for these patients with cancer

"I learned many things today that I would not have thought of before!"

Praise for ‘Cancer Care’

"This topic was relevant: we are seeing an increase in number of patients undergoing treatment. I plan to use the modality cheat sheet"

Really appreciated migraine section!

I will exercise these skills as a SLP and educated staff and families on best practices for TBI/Concussion Management. Make more SLP courses please !!- Jennie F., SLP I will be able to use this whenever I have a concussion/TBI patient. Really appreciated migraine section- I did not know much about that! - Don A., OT

I LOVE the laminated handouts!

I will definitely incorporate visual screening, and be able to differentiate headaches. Also, I LOVE the laminated handouts! - Sam A., PT Topic was very relevant- migraines/vestibular- will be able to integrate it into my daily practice. - Peggy F., PT Presenter did a great job!- Renee R., PTA  

Praise for Practical Approaches to Concussion Management

"...This was a great course and very informative. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and concise...This topic was very relevant to my practice in the rehab setting. I will be able to implement knowledge and skills gained in the areas of screenings and tx techniques..."- N.L.- SLP "...It was nice that you brought in equipment for us to try out and experience..." C.L.- SLP "...will help me incorporate evaluation, screening, and aid in implementing/setting up TBI protocol/mild concussion..." -R.M.-OTRL "really appreciated the migraine section!" D.A. -OTRL

…Feedback from patients and students…

I never knew my edema could be treated- I just thought I has to "live with it". Thank you so much for taking this time to educate me about my health. Patient -DM Wonderful Seminar, Well Done!- SZ Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting- GF Great Class. Enjoyed the smaller class size- SH Excellent Presenter. Well Organized. I would recommend this course and speaker to others. -DF

Testimonial from Physicians

I attended this course in August of 2017, and was very impressed by the information given and the physical training. With my background in osteopathy, I have learned manual techniques before, but a manual and hands-on approach to the management of commonly seen edema was novel, and extremely useful to me. I would recommend any nurse, therapist, or fellow physician who deals with patients struggling with edema (of any sort) attend this seminar and be educated in this up-to-date, insightful approach to edema management.

Iocation is great and presenter is awesome

Informative and I can apply my knowledge and skills in my daily practice. It answers my doubts and queries and become more competent. Location is great and presenter is awesome

…will impact my practice in home care…

It was an excellent course. It was an area I did not have much knowledge but it will impact my practice in home care.

Very informative and enjoyable

Very informative and knowledgeable. Enjoyed this seminar very much Great talk! -Gil S, D.O/Medical Director Great seminar, very helpful! -N.D. OTR/L Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting! Gail F., OTRL

…has empowered me to take more initiative…

This was such an informative and beneficial seminar for our caseload and has empowered me to take more initiative in our program to assess edema. Thanks

One of the best courses I’ve been to!

Very well ran. One of the best courses I've been to. Presenter was very patient with repetitive questions, and re-directing back to task. Able to appropriately answer questions. -Jill D-PTA Excellent course! JR-PT Loved the course! Very tailored to inpatient rehab. Thanks! Great course! Very informative material provided and very helpful hands on lab with a lot of resources provided. Tara E- PT

Organized way of presenting

Organized way of presenting to audience. Instructor had a great way of explaining topics with different analogies with the different types of learning techniques. Melanie F-OTR

Fantastic course!

Fantastic course! Excellent instructor, detailed and applicable material, helpful hands-on practice. 5 stars! S.G.- PT

…labs were great…

Course was very informative and labs were great for hands-on and becoming more comfortable

thank you!

Excellent course, thank you ARC!

excellent presenter

Eimile is an excellent presenter, she engaged the class and provided positive feedback and recommendations that students can use with patients. Thank you. -Khuy B- OT Great and informative! -Sharon K- OTR Very interesting and applicable. Great instructor. -Angela V, PT Very Well, will attend future courses. Information very well presented. -Fay V OTR/L

BEST class I have ever taken

Honestly, BEST class I have ever taken as a continued education course! So applicable and educational!

Very relevant!

Very relevant! I will use all the techniques learned today, and specifically enjoy all the educational resources given! Thx!

Excellent presenter/resources

Excellent presenter/resources: I can use all materials and knowledge immediately upon return to my clinic.

learned more..from this than any other seminar

Great seminar! Learned a lot more from things from this than any other seminar. Thank you! 🙂

This course was SO GOOD!

Extremely relevant information. We have pts at our clinic right now that would benefit from these techniques. This course was SO GOOD! she had real world examples, you could tell she was very knowledgeable and practiced in these techniques.


Excellent course, very knowledgeable!

…learned a great deal

Learned a great deal, good mix of talk and lab

…amazing and enjoyable!

This seminar was very much relevant in our practice, and this course will be helpful for us in the hospital and hopefully get the edema program running. The course instructor is very knowledgeable and hands-on during the lab, making sure we did it right! This course is amazing and enjoyable! 🙂

A true clinician’s approach

This topic was absolutely relevant to my practice. Excellent to learn management and techniques for co-morbidities, Eimile is one of the most natural and engaging presenters I have ever encountered. A true clinicians approach.

…Praise for ‘Update Your Care Plan: Balance Rehab”…

Very Well Presented!- G.F., Occupational Therapist Great Course! Love the handouts!- K.R, Physical Therapist Very Well organised and concise. Good, practical ideas for treatment- V.P, Physical Therapist Very good and evidence-based review- Thank you!- Lisa B., Occupational Therapist

“…I highly recommend this course…”

Excellent seminar on edema management. I highly recommend this course for therapists who are considering a lymphedema approach to edema management.

…Some feedback from participants…

Wonderful Seminar, Well Done!- SZ Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting- GF Great Class. Enjoyed the smaller class size- SH Excellent Presenter. Well Organized. I would recommend this course and speaker to others. -DF

We would absolutely love to work with ARC again!

Our experience was fantastic!  ARC was so easy to work with and made setting up the seminar seamless.  The course was very informative and hands on, making the learning experience much more dynamic and interactive.  Emily, the presenter was very knowledgeable and obviously very skilled in her field.  She took her time and answered all questions.  The handouts and resources are a great addition to our office and will allow us to carry over the skills learned and provide great treatment to our clients.  We would absolutely love to work with ARC again!

Up to date, engaging, and hands on content

We have worked with Emily and Ruth on two courses the past few months and have had a great experience on both occasions.  ARC seminars provides up to date, engaging, and hands on content that my clinicians are excited to bring back to their patients to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.  We look forward to working with them again in the future to introduce additional treatment approaches for some of our most challenging patient populations.


Follow Up and Online Support

After you have attended the seminar, you will have access to an online community of other therapists and professionals for support and guidance in the development of your own, in-house program. The presenters at ARC Seminars will always be available to answer your questions and provide help with your work!

You also have the option to engage the Brain Injury presenters from ARC Seminars to come out to your facility and advise on your program, help you ‘iron out’ any of the problem areas, and help integrate your program with the rest of your staff. Contact us here to arrange an on-site consultation!

Relevant Disclosures:

This course is intended to prepare the learner for the official Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Exam.

Financial- Allison Frederick is compensated as an instructor by ARC Seminars. She holds a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer credential from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS).

Non-financial- Allison has no non-financial conflicts of interest, or relevant disclosures.

Co-operative Offering

The content of this course was produced in partnership with the Brain Injury Association of America.


We are committed to accessibility of education for all our learners, and have made every effort to make sure that all aspects of our courses are considered in order to ensure accessibility to all. However, if you require special accommodations, please contact Emily Cahalan at emily@arcseminars.net at least 7 days prior to course commencement, to ensure that your requirements are met.

Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Units

This seminar contains intermediate content.

Speech and Language Pathologists: ARC Seminars is an ASHA Approved Provider of Continuing Education.



Occupational Therapists: ARC Seminars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, APP #000087. This course is offered for 1.3 AOTA Credits, #00002076.





Physical Therapists: This program has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 13 Category 1 contact hour(s). Expiration Date: 02/18/2023.  Approval Number: CS110-2021-APTAKY.  Most other states will accept continuing education offerings that are approved by the APTA.

ARC Seminars is an California Board of Physical Therapy Approved Provider of Continuing Education.

Please contact us at info@arcseminars.net for your specific state requirements.

Completion Requirements

We encourage all participants, if eligible, to take the exam at the end of training. However, this course offers 13 continuing education hours even the registrant does not wish to test.

In order to complete this course and receive continuing education units, the participant must:

  • Pay registration fee
  • Sign in and out on the course days on the attendee log
  • Keep camera on at all times (if attending virtually)
  • Complete the post-course evaluation on Day 2


We at ARC Seminars are committed to bringing you the very best experience possible. 

If you wish to get a refund, or in the unlikely event of a cancellation, please review our Refunds & Cancellation policy.

If you wish to lodge a complaint, please review our Complaint and Grievance policy here, and at any time feel free to contact us at info@arcseminars.net.


10 thoughts on “Certified Brain Injury Specialization (CBIS) Training

    • Hi Olivia! The Certified Brain Injury Specialist Credential (CBIS) has been recognized internationally, and there are CBIS practitioners all over the world! Your credential y taking this course and exam will stand – however as far as continuing education units, the OTA does not pre-approve external courses; so you may have to submit your certificate of completion to gain recognition for your training hours. I hope that helps! -Emily

  1. When is the date for the September course? This page says the 24-25, but registration says the 10-11. Thanks!

    • Hi Jenny, Thanks for bringing that typo to our attention! The course in on September 10 – Hope you can join us! 🙂

  2. Hello! Will there be any in person brain injury certification courses offered throughout the rest of 2022?

    • Hi Jennifer! All of the brain injury certification courses are held live, but not in-person: they are live-virtual offerings! They are extremely engaging and interactive, and we provide lots of opportunities for group discussion to emulate the in-person experience. I hope that helps! 🙂 -Emily

  3. I work as a Neuro Skills Specialist and I’ll like to sign up for the September 10-11, 2022 to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
    So please send me more information to get started.

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