Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

2021 March Conference Series

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance will be offering a series of virtual sessions via Zoom to celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month this March.

Sessions will be offered March 11 through March 30, taking place from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Each session will be $25, or $125 for all six. Click on the links below to register. Links to the Zoom session will be sent out within 48 hours of the start of the event.


Continuing Educational Units

Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are available from the Minnesota Board of Social Workers and the Minnesota Department of Health.

After filling out a survey that will be sent following the end of the session, CEU forms will be emailed to session attendees.

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance follows the guidelines outlined by the CEU programs to ensure workshops are viewed as credible CEU sources. Attendees are responsible for obtaining their CEU form upon session completion as well as the maintenance and submission of their CEU forms for their professional requirements.


All Six Sessions

This special pricing of $125 for all six sessions will be available only through 10 a.m. on Monday, March 11. Dates for all sessions are:

  • March 11
  • March 16
  • March 18
  • March 23
  • March 25
  • March 30

Click here to register fro all six sessions at this special pricing.


March 11 - Using Remote Access to Coordinate Rehabilitation Services after TBI

Thomas F Bergquist, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, LP ACRM, Mayo Clinic

Understand the benefits and challenges of remotely coordinating medical and community resources for persons with TBI and their families in the first one to two years post-injury.

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March 16 - Mild Traumatic Brain Injury A Shared Investment in Recovery: Collaborative Efforts Among Students, Parents, Hospitals and Schools

Stacy Stickney Ferguson, MSW, LICSW; Colleen Onstad, MSW, LICSW – Hennepin Healthcare; Kelly Bredeken, MA,Ed.S. – MN Low Incidence Projects

In the US, approximately 640,000 traumatic brain injury related emergency department visits occur annually. Most children with mTBI recover from the initial symptoms within six weeks after injury. Upon their return to school, students will require learning experiences that are brain friendly and conducive to recovery. Appropriate adjustments are key elements to designing physical, cognitive and emotional experiences that optimize the brain's ability to recover. The creation and implementation of return to school recommendations requires a collaborative partnership between student, parents, hospital liaison staff and schools. This presentation will call attention to how these relationships can influence the implementation of evidence-based practice that fosters recovery and achievement.

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March 18 - Yoga and Meditation for Brain Injury: Evidence, Innovations, and Ways Forward

Alyssa Talbot

We will describe the evidence-based benefits of yoga and meditation for traumatic brain injury. We will discuss how to access free resources, including the LoveYourBrain Mindset, a six-week virtual program for people with TBI and caregivers available to Minnesotans.

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March 23 - The Power of Support Groups: The Benefits and Considerations for Creating or Joining a Stroke/TBI Support Group

Stephanie Henigin – Region Hospital – HealthPartners Neuroscience Center

So often insurance coverage ends before an individual is ready for therapy be finished. Peer-community support groups help to fill the gap and serve as educational, recreational, emotional, and social outlets for the lifelong recovery journey after a brain injury. During this session we will discuss the benefits of support groups, facility considerations for starting a group, and learn about overcoming group challenges to grow TBI/stroke peer-community support groups.

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March 25 - Refining Minnesota's Safety Net: Resource Facilitation through TBI Registry - Changes and Advancements between MDH and MNBIA

Mark Kinde, MPH, Health Program Manager Senior, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Manager; Jon Roesler, MS, Injury Epidemiologist Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health; Christina Kollman, CBIS, LSW, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

The Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance staff will talk about our grant work and how using refined databases will help MNBIA offer Resource Facilitation to more patients post BI sooner than prior methods of referral.

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March 30 - Changing the Culture of Concussions in Youth Contact Sports

Corinne Meisel, DPT, PT; George Morris, MD – CentraCare Health

A significant number of sports-related concussions go unreported. This can be for many reasons, including how athletes perceive their teammates, parents and/or coaches would feel about them reporting a concussion and missing playing time. There may be a misperception between how these groups are perceived and their actual beliefs about concussion reporting and management. Implementing Positive Community Norms can be used as an effective tool in changing the culture of concussions in sports.

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