ACBIS Training Offered at 2011 NABIS Meeting
On-Site Training for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS)
The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides staff and professionals the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate their learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential. Training for ACBIS certification will be offered on-site at the NABIS Ninth Annual Conference on Brain Injury, September 14-17, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Those interested in receiving training must register for the NABIS conference and complete the ACBIS Application Process provided below. Please note that the testing portion of the certification process will not be offered at the NABIS Conference. It will be up to you and your proctor (see "Testing and Certification Process" below) to coordinate the examination.
The ACBIS certification program is based on the belief that well trained staff is necessary to provide the wide array of care required in brain injury services. It is a first step towards creating a recognized career path specific to brain injury. The ACBIS program provides recognition of training in brain injury services, not verification that an individual is suitable for employment. Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. It is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury. Since brain injury rehabilitation and services continue to grow and evolve, the ACBIS program is reviewed and updated regularly.
Certification is based on a comprehensive training manual that covers the following topics:
• Incidence and epidemiology of brain injury
• Continuum of services
• Brain anatomy and brain-behavior relationships
• Functional impact of brain injury
• Effective treatment approaches
• Children and adolescents with brain injury
• Health and medical management
• Family issues
• Legal and ethical issues
(Please note that all applicants must meet these requirements. ACBIS does not provide waivers in any situation.)
- Applicants must have had 500 hours of currently verifiable experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
- Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship.
- The qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. Volunteer work does not qualify.
- The qualifying experience must have been obtained within the three years prior to the application.
- Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
The Essential Brain Injury Guide is the study manual to prepare for the examination. It is highly recommended that you order and review this book prior to attending training. It can be purchased in the BIAA Bookstore, by clicking here.
The process described below is intended for those who are pursuing CBIS Certification.
It is very important that you read these directions closely and in entirety.
Please view this short video to familiarize yourself with the new electronic forms.
*Please note that the forms require use of Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox*
*Ensure that all "Pop-Up" Blockers are disabled*
STEP ONE: Please complete and submit a USER ACCOUNT SETUP FORM. A confirmation email detailing your next steps will be sent to you.
STEP TWO: Upon your receipt of the User Account Setup Approval Email, you will need to complete the CBIS APPLICATION FORM - a link to this application is included in your confirmation email after submitting the User Account Setup Form. The following items are necessary to complete this application:
- Code "3784" It is very important that you provide this in the "4 digit mailing code" field of the application. This field is found on the second page of the application under the Administrative Details section.
- Attach an electronic version of your resume to the application in the allotted area.
- You will need to have made a form of payment prior to clicking "Submit" on the application. If paying by check, you will need to provide a check number or, if paying by credit card, the BIAA Marketplace Confirmation number.
Payments made by credit card for your application ($200) can be processed by clicking here.
*Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.*
STEP THREE: TESTING AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS.
Please remember that the testing portion of the certification process will not be offered at the NABIS Conference. It will be up to you and your proctor to coordinate the process below. An acceptable proctor is a supervisor or professional colleague.
- Please have your proctor refer to the email that was sent to them after the completion of the GROUP ADMINSTRATOR/PROCTOR ACCOUNT SETUP APPLICATION. This email provides information that details the next steps of the testing process.
- Upon passing the examination, certificants will receive their CBIS certificates via email to the email address they provided on the initial application. Those who did not pass will receive their score via email to the email address provided on the initial application.
NOTE: Those interested in receiving training must register for the NABIS conference and complete the ACBIS Application Process provided above.
If you have any questions regarding this ACBIS offering at the 2011 NABIS Conference, please contact Suzanne Lentz (Brain Injury Association of Louisiana) at 504-669-5979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.