Goodwill Announces Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training

Goodwill Announces Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training
Goodwill is the First Non-Profit in Maine to offer CBIS Training


Portland, Maine – Goodwill Industries of Northern New England announced today that its next Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training is scheduled for April 1, 3, and 6 in Augusta.  The class is taught by Sharlene Adams, Director of NeuroRehabilitation (Brain Injury) Services for Goodwill.  Ms. Adams is the first Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST) in the State of Maine.

A CBIST trains professionals in the brain injury field. The training offers three days of intensive coursework. Students (if they meet the requirements) can then take the national exam through AACBIS (American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists) to receive a certificate as a CBIS. The mission of AACBIS is to “improve the quality of care given to individuals with brain injury through the education and training of those who work in brain injury services.”

This is the second CBIS training Goodwill has offered.  The first training in November, 2008, granted 14 individuals with CBIS certification.  “The training helps care-givers and professionals understand the complexities of brain injury,” noted Sharlene Adams.  “It prepares participants to understand the unique physical and emotional needs of an individual with a brain injury.”  There are very few Certified Brain Injury Specialists in Maine.  As of March, there are only 47 individuals in the entire state who have passed the national exam.  Ms. Adams hopes to increase those numbers.  “The more individuals who are certified, the better we can help individuals with brain injury through the rehabilitation process.”

Goodwill’s NeuroRehabilitation Day and Residential programs in Maine currently serve close to 250 individuals with brain injuries.  An additional CBIS training is also scheduled for September in Portland.  The training is open to family members of individuals with brain injuries, care-givers, and professionals.  For more information, please visit www.goodwillnne.org or contact Stacey Tupper, Goodwill’s Training Coordinator at stacey.tupper@goodwillnne.org or (207) 774-6323.

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Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 75-year history of providing innovative services that help individuals with disabilities or other barriers achieve social and economic independence.  Goodwill’s Workforce Solutions helps people find good jobs and supports individuals through our development disability services, deaf services and brain injury programs.  In 2007 we helped 5,067 individuals with education, job training, and support services as they work to achieve their independence.  Our programs are funded by revenue from our 27 retail stores, grants, and financial gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.