Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:45 AM EST
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST

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Diane Dakiv - Training Coordinator 
Ontario Brain Injury Associaton 
905-641-8877 ext. 231 


Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury / Concussion (Level 1) – Online Virtual Classroom

November 19-20, 2021

Approved by VRA Canada for 11.75 Continuing Education Hours – Certificates available upon request

During COVID-19, OBIA remains committed to provide training for individuals working with people with brain injuries. This certificate course will now be accessible through a live online virtual classroom and will be interactive.

This Certificate Training Program will focus on providing information about behaviours after ABI that relate to learning and community participation.  Children and youth with brain injury experience a wide range of challenges that affect their ability to manage at school, home and the community. Emphasis is on describing the cognitive-communicative problems that affect classroom learning, behaviour and community participation.  Group problem solving activities will develop methods for assessing and treating educational and social challenges for these individuals from a functional perspective.

Who should attend:

This course will be extremely valuable for those working in community rehabilitation programs, social workers, therapists, educators and those working in the criminal justice system.

This course will:

  • Address behaviours in the home, school and community that may indicate issues with learning and behaving
  • Describe the cognitive-communicative problems that affect classroom learning, behaviour and community participation
  • Provide treatment strategies
  • Describe family resilience and means for support
  • Illustrate how to use social communication to aid learning and behaving
  • Plan for context-specific functional placements and outcomes
  • Provide group problem-solving activities
  • Discuss case studies

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, PhD, is a registered speech-language pathologist and clinical neuroscientist. She is a clinician-researcher with the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, and Clinical Assistant professor (adjunct) in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University in Hamilton. Catherine has devoted her clinical and research career toward a better understanding of the factors which impact recovery from acquired and traumatic brain injury as well as developing interventions to support positive outcomes and quality of life. She has authored and co-authored numerous research publications, provincial and international practice guidelines, a textbook, a book chapter on pediatric brain injury, and contributed to a rehabilitation manual. She is also the recipient of awards for her teaching excellence and outstanding mentorship.

Roberta DePompei, PhD, is a recently retired Distinguished Professor, Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron Her major areas of research and interest are in cognitive- communicative challenges to the individual with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national and international task forces and committees. Widely published and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Her specialty is the impact of brain injury on speech, language, communication, and learning. She is especially interested in developing educational programs and transitional opportunities for students as they progress through school and prepare for adulthood. She was awarded the Sheldon Berrol, MD Clinical Service award from the Brain Injury Association of America; the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the Legends Award from the North American Brain Injury Society , award for lifetime achievements in TBI from the National Task Force on Children’s Issues after ABI and was honored with the Mark Ylvisaker Distinguished Lecturer award from the Ontario Speech and Hearing Association. Although she has completed research about individuals and their families after TBI, she says she has learned the most from families who have shared their lives with her over the years.