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Thank you to our 32nd Annual Conference Partners:

Minnesota Low Incidence Projects
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Stroke Association

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:
John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute & Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Hennepin County Medical Center

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute
University of Minnesota Health

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
Cummings Mobility Conversion & Supply
Fairview Southdale Hospital Stroke Center
Gillette Children's Hospital

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:
Disability Specialist, Inc.
Gleseners Assisted Living Service
Mom's Meals NourishCare
Noran Neurological Clinic
NovaCare Rehabilitation
Provide Care Inc.
Red Wing Healthcare Community
REM Minnesota
St Lukes Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:
Ability Building Center
Accessible Space, Inc.
Accurate Home Care, LLC
ACR Homes
Beyond Barriers Minneapolis, LLC
Epilepsy Advocacy & Employment Group Inc
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Essentia Health Care/Miller Dwan Rehabilitation
Handi Medical Center
IMED Mobility
Mary T Inc
Restart Inc.
TBI Residential and Community Services
True Friends
Vinland National Center

Sponsorships are available for our upcoming 32nd Annual Conference. Call Jarett at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442, or click here to e-mail.

2277 Highway 36 W, Ste 200, Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 612-378-2742
Toll Free: 1-800-669-6442
Fax: 612-378-2789

2017 Annual Conference - Thursday Schedule

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Directions and Accommodations
Continuing Education Unit InformationCancellation Policy
Online registration is now closed.
You may register in person at the Earle Brown Center on Thursday or Friday
or call us at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 before Wednesday, April 19 at 12 p.m.

Thursday Conference Schedule

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

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

8:45 - 9 a.m. - Opening Remarks

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

Don't "Don't"®Harvey E. Jacobs
Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP

The changes in neurological, physical and cognitive capacity that occur following an injury clearly affect behavior; however, social, cultural, historical and environmental factors often have equal or greater influence. Often, the manner in which a person is regarded and treated, regardless of brain injury, can cause more problem behaviors than other more obvious factors. The settings in which people live and interact; the roles and functions of all people in a person's life (support circles); available supports; and the individual's participation in any services they use are all critical for success. Focusing on the "do" rather than the "don't" is critical for all parties. This keynote will identify key factors and promote a philosophy of positive supports to help all individuals succeed.

Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Life Care Planner. He graduated from Florida State University, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Mary Switzer Research Fellow at the National Institute of Handicapped Research. Dr. Jacobs has served multiple medical school faculties, hospitals, programs and facilities and has been principal investigator on multiple federal, state and private grants. He has lectured and published widely on rehabilitation for neurological, psychiatric, medical and intellectual impairments; life care planning; applied behavior analysis; and complex treatment issues across the life span. He serves on the national boards of the North American Brain Injury Society, the United States Brain Injury Alliance, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation editorial board, and is one of 50 professionals helping The Brain Injury Association of America draft national guidelines for treatment of adults with traumatic brain injury.

Don't "Don't!"®is a registered trademark of Harvey Earl Jacobs, 2011. All rights reserved.

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

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

  1. Rehabilitating Concepts of Impairment – A 4,000 Year Perspective
    Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP
    People have experienced impairments throughout recorded time and have been subjected to dynamic cycles of disdain and regard, sometimes at the same time. Cultural, financial, religious, scientific, moral, medical, technological and political perspectives have all influenced this process. This journey has not been linear or always coherent, but it provides important perspectives for current day practices and beliefs. This presentation will review salient periods in recorded history regarding this journey and considerations for future directions.

  2. Acute Stroke Management: Beyond Clot Busters
    Donna Lindsay, MN, RN, CNS-BC, SCRN, Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist/Stroke Program Coordinator, Hennepin County Medical Center
    This presentation will review findings from recent research studies and the resulting changes to national guidelines for early management of stroke. Endovascular recanalization procedures to re-establish blood flow to the brain have now been shown to improve stroke outcomes more than any other treatment currently available. The techniques used to achieve recanalization and case studies including before and after imaging will be presented.

  3. What Success Looks Like
    Jennifer Sommerness, EdS, Educational Consultant - Independent; Gage Robinson, Student
    In this presentation you will meet Gage, a 13 year old young man with a brain injury. Gage's story will enlighten you as to how to successfully navigate school systems, creating inclusive school experiences through the use of strength-based thinking and planning. Gage is amazing. Let us tell you why!

  4. Neurotechnology and Clinical Innovation in Rehabilitation Post-Severe Brain Injury: Clinical Applications and Case Study
    Daniel Stam, PT, DPT, ATC, CBIS, Physical Therapist, Mayo Clinic
    Utilization of rapid expansion of our current scientific knowledge base combined with greater access to neurological and assistive technology as adjuncts to providing sensorimotor experience may yield innovative new approaches to rehabilitation based upon a dynamic model of brain response following injury. This session will explore these ideas in case study format.

  5. Social Security Basics
    Joani Werner, Area Work Incentive Coordinator, SSA
    This session will cover the basics of Social Security Disability: What is SSI and SSDI? How do I file? What are the employment support programs Social Security has? What is Ticket to Work?

  6. Functional Neurological Management of Vestibular Post Concussive Symptoms
    Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABBIR, MN Functional Chiropractic and Neurology
    This session will present an overview of the underlying pathophysiology of Vestibular Post Concussive Symptoms with emphasis on central vestibular and impairment of visual-vestibular proprioceptive interactions. Methodologies to evaluate and address this will also be presented, along with case study results.

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Know
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Risk of suicide and suicide attempts increase after brain injury so it is important for staff to be prepared. This talk will cover the warning signs for suicide, highlight the importance of staff responses, and explain the steps staff should take.

  2. Improving Concussion Awareness and Care in Your Community
    Dr. Wyatt LaVigne, PT, DPT, ATC, Director, Therapy and Wellness, Rainy Lake Medical Center
    Many communities struggle to provide high-quality care for athletes with concussions. In this session, Dr. LaVigne will share his experience developing a Concussion Management Program, and the obstacles he had to overcome along the way, in order to give fellow health care providers ideas to improve concussion management care in their communities.

  3. Emerging Consciousness: A Hopeful Recovery Model Objective of Understanding What Emerging Consciousness Means
    April Cerqua, LSW; Michelle Peterson, DPT, NCS; Mary Himmler, MD, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    This presentation will provide definitions of disorders of consciousness and the modalities that can be utilized to determine a consistent response to stimuli. Through a case example the presentation will discuss medical considerations and interdisciplinary goals that are important in working with patients in a minimally conscious state. Assistive technology options will be discussed which improve patient's ability to interact with their environment more effectively. Integrative therapy techniques that show positive benefits in this patient population will also be discussed.

  4. Growing Up With a Parent With a TBI
    Kate Hockin, Law Student, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    Growing up with a parent with a traumatic brain injury can be tough. It is important to have good communication, take advantage of outside resources and family, and find a way to maintain the parent/child relationship. This session will explore many different tools families can use to reach these goals, including technology, setting up healthy boundaries, and remembering to have fun!

  5. A New Law Impacting the Employment of People with Disabilities: WIOA
    Alyssa Klein, MS, CRC, Transition Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a new law that is intended to give more opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to gain competitive jobs in the community. Learn how this law is being implemented in Minnesota.

  6. Public Policy Updates
    Jeff Nachbar, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
    This session will provide an update of the 2017 legislative session as it pertains to the priorities of the Alliance’s advocacy efforts.

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

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Plenary Session

'Unmasking' Documentary and Panel Discussion
Sindibad O Dell, April Ildvad, Sue Newman, Brad Donaldson and Jed Schlegelmilch
Unmasking is a community-based project that promotes awareness about brain injury through mask displays made by people affected by brain injury. Combining therapy, art and advocacy, each mask presents an entirely unique perspective on life with brain injury and gives survivors, care givers and professionals a voice and the means to educate others of what it is like to live with brain injury. The documentary that accompanies this project shares the journey in traveling throughout the state of Minnesota and creating these masks. The documentary was recently selected as a Merit Award Winner at the 2016 Los Angeles Awareness Film Festival and was selected to be shown at the 2016 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival. Unmasking was also selected to be screened at the 2017 Mespies Film Festival at the Heights Theatre in Minneapolis at the end of March.


Presentations and DownloadsKeynotesThursday ScheduleFriday Schedule
Directions and Accommodations
Continuing Education Unit InformationCancellation Policy
Online registration is now closed.
You may register in person at the Earle Brown Center on Thursday or Friday
or call us at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 before Wednesday, April 19 at 12 p.m.