2019 Conference


Brain Injury 101 (video) 

Trainings and Conferences Offered  CBIS Training    BI Fundamentals Training

Professional Training and Conferences

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon can deliver a range of training for your organization. This includes:
  • Brain Injury Awareness
  • Brain Injury Awareness and Advocacy
  • Challenging Behaviors and How to Work with them
  • Brain Injury and Positive Behavioral Change
  • Understanding Brain Injury for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals
  • What your community group should know about TBI
  • Brain Injury 101
  • Brain Injury for the Case Manager
  • Returning to Work After Brain Injury
  • When worlds collide – the Worlds of BI and MR/DD
  • How Brain Injury Affects Families
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Educators
  • Methamphetamine and Brain Injury
  • TBI & PTSD - Brain Injury and the Returning Military
  • Returning to Work After a Brain Injury
  • Disability Empowerment Workshop
  • And more!


Brain Injury Specialist Training and Certification

There are currently 4 Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and 1 Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) in Oregon. The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon offers training events twice annually, and by special request. If you or your organization are interested in learning more about these events, please contact us at 1-800-544-5243 or info@biaoregon.org . Training is open to all individuals, regardless of their interest or eligibility to sit for the certification examination.

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.

ACBIS offers two certification options representing distinct levels of experience and supervisory skills: Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer* (CBIST). 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

Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon offers this training to all individuals interested in registering, regardless of the participants qualifications for, or interest in, taking the examination to be a CBIS, however participation in the training alone does not qualify the participant to use the CBIS credentials.

CBIS Training and Exam

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is offering a training program geared toward preparing for the CBIS examination. This training will be delivered in a two day workshop.  Students must attend the entire session. The workshop will include study materials and interactive workshop with Sherry Stock, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. The National Online Examination will be given at the end of the day, from 4:00-6:00 pm, or at another time that has been approved by the instructor..  

Cost of participation:

$700 - includes training, book, exam fee and one year BIAOR professional-level member pay online now

$275 for Participation in the training only (with book $375) pay online now

Join us for this comprehensive training, and gain your national certification in Brain Injury, with support through BIAOR.  

Applicants must complete and submit the required eligibility paperwork four weeks prior to the training class in order to secure enrollment to the class. Required paperwork includes the following: ACBIS Application Form, Employment Verification and your current Resume. To access the required paperwork forms

All new paid applicants will receive a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This reflects a commitment to ensuring that Certified Brain Injury Specialists have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment and practice information.

Eligibility Requirements (Please read carefully - once payment is received there are no refunds)

1. Applicants must have worked or have had direct contact with one or more individuals with a brain injury, 10 hours per week (25% of a 40 hour work week) for a minimum of 12 months. Part-time employment must accomplish the same amount of required contact time within a two-year period.

2. Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship.

3. 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.

4. The qualifying experience must have been obtained within the three years prior to the application.

5. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.


Official ACBIS training is provided by Sherry Stock, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST).   The Essential Brain Injury Guide will be mailed to you upon receipt of your payment in full.

Bring a laptop computer that has wireless capabilities with you for the online exam.  If you do not have one please contact Sherry at BIAOR, 503-740-3155

Certification Examination

Candidates must pass (80% or higher) on the certification examination. The exam can only be taken after all forms and fees have been submitted, processed and an approval email has been received. Applicants who have completed the training or self-study and are ready to take the examination must read the instructions further down this page.

The exam can also be offered to individuals as long as a CBIST or other approved individual proctors the exam. Please note: The certification fee does not include any expenses associated with proctoring an individually administered exam. If hiring an outside proctor is necessary, the applicant will be responsible for these costs.

Notification of Exam Score: Candidates will receive immediate notification via email of their exam score upon completing the online examination. Information about individual candidates and examination results will not be released to any party other than candidates or group administrators. Candidates' scores are NOT released to anyone, including the candidate, by telephone.

Retakes: Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first administration may take one retest within one year of the initial application date at no additional charge. An applicant who does not pass after two attempts is welcome to reapply when ready.

Application Process

The process described below is intended for those who are pursuing CBIS Certification as a part of a group with BIAOR, please contact your Group Administrator, Sherry Stock, for further instructions.  Once payment is received there is no refund.  Please read requirements carefully. 

STEP ONE: Please complete this online application form , you will receive and email with a link to complete the application.

STEP TWO: Each applicant will need to complete the CBIS APPLICATION FORM through the link that was provided in the confirmation email. Items that will be needed in order to complete this application:

  • Each applicant will need to attach an electronic version of their resume to the application in the allotted area.
  • A group payment will be made on behalf of the applicants by BIAOR, after payment is made to BIAOR for the class and training.
  • Payments maybe made by credit card for individual applications ($600) by contacting BIAOR (800-544-5243) or online.

*Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.*


1.  BIAOR will let you know when the next training and exam is.

2.  Upon passing the examination, certificates 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.

CBIS Class

Brain Injury Specialist Certification - Renewal

ACBIS will email all CBIS and CBIT at the beginning of the renewal month as a courtesy reminder. There is a 2 month grace period for submitting renewal information and payment.

Renew your certification online

Brain Injury Fundamentalist Certification

 When someone sustains a brain injury, it's not just the life of the individual that is affected, but the lives of family, friends, and people in the community. As part of its mission to provide education that improves the lives of individuals with brain injury, the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) has targeted the widest possible audience with information that can be used in everyday life.

The course is grounded in adult learning principles, maximizing participant engagement and application through an interactive workbook. Using the stories of two individuals to anchor the course concepts, participants learn about the challenges people face following brain injury and how they are supported. Course content covers: Overview of brain injury and cognition; developing effective interaction skills and addressing behavioral concerns; common physical and medical issues following brain injury; best practices for medication management; and impact of brain injury on the family. An online post-test is provided in open-book format, earning participants a certificate of completion that can be printed.

Developed by experienced clinicians and rehabilitation professionals, Brain Injury Fundamentals is an all-new training and certificate program designed to address the unique needs and challenges of those who care for or encounter individuals with brain injury. This includes non-licensed direct care staff persons, facility staff, family members and friends, first responders, and others in the community. The mandatory training course covers essential topics such as: 

·         Cognition

·         Guidelines for interacting and building rapport

·         Brain injury and behavior

·         Medical complications

·         Safe medication management

·         Families coping with brain injury

The course is grounded in adult learning principles, maximizing participant engagement and application through an interactive workbook. Using real-life scenarios to anchor the course concepts, participants learn about the challenges people face following brain injury and the types of support they need. This essential program will help candidates understand different types of behavior, manage medication safely, and provide support to families and friends.

After completing intensive training and passing the exam, candidates will receive a certificate that is valid for three years.


Training is required in order to receive the Brain Injury Fundamentals certificate. The trainings will take approximately 8 hours, including taking the exam.  Including 7 CEUs.

Official training will be provided by Sherry Stock, CBIST, who is an approved Brain Injury Fundamentals instructor and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer,  and the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon. Contact the ACBIS office with questions about training or sign up here to be notified when trainings become available. 

Costs & Fees

Fundamentals Application (including Practical Training Workbook), Training and exam: $250 

For a group of 5 or more, we will come to you to provide the training.  Travel per diem might be required.  Please contact Sherry Stock, sherry@biaoregon.org or 503-740-3155 for more information or to arrange training.

Certificate Quiz

At the end of the in person training an online quiz will be taken by each individual. Information on the quiz:

·         The quiz is administered online.

·         The quiz is open-book.

·         There is no time limit for completion.

·         There are 34 multiple choice questions and two short answer questions.

·         Candidates must score 80% or higher on the quiz in order to receive the certificate.

·         Notification of Quiz Score: Candidates will receive immediate notification via email of their quiz score upon submission.

·         Information about individual candidates and quiz results will not be released to any party other than candidates. Candidates' scores are not released to anyone, including the candidate, by telephone. 

·         Retakes: Candidates who do not pass the quiz on the first administration may retake the quiz with unlimited attempts within one year of the initial application date at no additional charge.


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Multicultural Resources

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and its Oregon Brain Injury Resource Network are committed to assisting families and service providers with meeting the need for resources in a variety of languages. Here are some of the resources we have identified to begin meeting this need. Please contact us at info@biaia.org if you have other resources we could link to.

Trauma Cerebral - Una Guia para Familiares y Amigos - Spanish: Acute Brain Injury: A Guide for Family and Friends

Información Acerca de la Lesión Cerebral Leve - Spanish: Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury and Where to Get Help

¿Qué es una Lesión Cerebral? Guía para Empleadores – Spanish: Understanding Brain Injury a Guide for Employers (PDF)


Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades – Spanish: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



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