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2277 Highway 36 West, Suite 200 Roseville, MN 55113-3830
Phone: 612-378-2742
Toll Free: 1-800-669-6442
Fax: 612-378-2789
E-Mail:info@braininjurymn.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2011 Consumer and Family Conference

Consumer and Family Conference 2011
Journey to Wellness: Body. Balance. Being.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minnesota

Brain injury affects the whole person - including changes in the physical, emotional and cognitive areas of their body. This one-day conference is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family members and loved ones to participate in workshops and sessions that focus on innovations in the world of brain injury, care, therapy and rehabilitation. This conference is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

This year's Consumer and Family Conference will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for the Consumer and Family Conference at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The cost to attend is $20 per attendee.

Event Schedule

  • 7-8 a.m. – Vendor set-up
  • 8-9 a.m. – Attendee Registration; continental breakfast; time with vendors
  • 9-10 a.m. – Keynote Presentation: Conceptualizing the Future: Healthy Responding to Disability; Robert Karol, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, CBIST; Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Correctly conceptualizing disability after brain injury is essential for a successful response to injury. This presentation will provide insight into how to best handle common issues related to self concept and loss after acquired brain injury. Pitfalls to be avoided will be discussed and suggestions offered for alternative ways to proceed.
  • 10-10:15 a.m. – Break
  • 10:15-11 a.m. – Presentation #1: Navigating Disability and Social Security; Kelly Bladd; Disability Specialists
    Applying for Social Security can be a very confusion and overwhelming experience. This presentation will help participants understand the process of applying for RSI/SSDI, why individuals can be denied status, and what factors make for a successful outcome. Questions will be welcomed.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. – Presentation #2a: Public Policy and Advocacy Update; Jeff Nachbar; Public Policy Director; Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
    Advocacy plays an important role in recovery and securing necessary services and supports for individuals, families and communities affected by brain injury. Discussions will take place on advocacy, both from an individual perspective, as well as a policy change perspective; also share strategies for how you can become a more effective advocate will be shared. Recent legislative activity and key public policy priorities also will be discussed.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. – Presentation #2b: Parental Advocacy and Nurturing Child Self-Advocacy-Part I; Lisa Anderson
    In this presentation, Lisa Anderson will address the connected topics of parental advocacy and nurturing child self-advocacy. It will cover the importance, for parents of a child with TBI, of working collaboratively and affirmatively with governmental and community systems - such as hospitals, schools, county programs and transition service agencies. Lisa will share her experiences as a parent living in a community that initially knew very little about TBI and will describe her efforts in increasing her town and State's knowledge and awareness of this very complex condition through grass-roots engagement.
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Lunch; time with vendors
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – Presentation #3a: Moving Forward; Panel Discussion
    This discussion will touch on a variety of topics ranging from changes in relationships, returning to work and school, as well as transitions through life. Survivors will share strategies for success, tools that have been essential in their journey, and ways they are achieving new goals.
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – Presentation #3b: Parental Advocacy and Nurturing Child Self-Advocacy-Part II; Lisa Anderson
    In this presentation, Lisa Anderson will address the connected topics of parental advocacy and nurturing child self-advocacy. It will cover the importance, for parents of a child with TBI, of working collaboratively and affirmatively with governmental and community systems - such as hospitals, schools, county programs and transition service agencies. Lisa will share her experiences as a parent living in a community that initially knew very little about TBI and will describe her efforts in increasing her town and State's knowledge and awareness of this very complex condition through grass-roots engagement.
  • 1:45-2 p.m. – Break/time with vendors
  • 2-3 p.m. – Presentation #4: Mindfulness and Traumatic Brain Injury: An Adapted Mindfulness-Based Meditation Program; Gisli Kristofesson
    This presentation will focus on the adaptation of the Midfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum to fit the needs of persons suffering from traumatic brain injury and substance use disorders. The presenter will also explore the appropriateness and evidence base of mindfulness based interventions for persons with TBI. The results from a recent program evaluation on the effects of the adapted mindfulness intervention on Vinland's National Centers clients will be reviewed.
  • 3-3:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks
  • 3:15-4 p.m. – Additional time to visit with vendors

Registration
Registration fee is $20 per attendee. Attendee minimum age: 16 years old and the ability to participate in a full day of activity and presentations.

Low cost registration is due to a scholarship grant made available through the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Minnesota Low Incidence Projects.

Directions
Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road in Golden Valley.

From Highway 169:

  • Take Highway 55 East to the stoplight at Rhode Island Avenue. Turn left and continue to Golden Valley Road.
  • Turn right at Golden Valley Road
  • Calvary Lutheran Church is on the left side of the road.

From Highway 100:

  • Take Highway 55 West to the stoplight at Rhode Island Avenue
  • Turn right at Rhode Island Avenue
  • Turn right at Golden Valley Road
  • Calvary Lutheran Church is on the left side of the road.

Contact the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 for more information or to register. We hope to see you there!