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Brain Injury Specialization Certification Course to be Offered at LSHA Shreveport Convention . The Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association, as a component of the Shreveport conference in June, will offer the examination preparation course for individuals interested in pursuing designation as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist ( CBIS) or Certified Brain Injury Specialist ( CBIST) through the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists . 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. The course will also be open to individuals who wish to attend the course for CEUs but are not pursuing the certification and are not sitting for the on- line examination. For those individuals, there is no fee that has to be paid to ACBIS, but they will not be able to register for the examination –certification after the ACBIS application deadline with intent to secure the reduced application rate. The fee set by ACBIS for the examination is $200.00, and the Essential Brain Injury Guide , the manual to be used if pursuing the examination for certification , plus shipping is $46.00. This is a saving for the applicant as registration for an individual is normally $300.00 and individual purchase of the text without shipping is $60.00. This application fee is paid directly to ACBIS and is not handled nor shared by LSHA. Registration at the LSHA conference is necessary to access this course for either CEUs or as a preparation for the examination. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the CBIS Eligibility Requirements (provided below and on the ACBIS website) prior to submitting your application. The eligibility requirements are specific and all documentation is required by ACBIS for verification of eligibility. Application Process: 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 or CBIST APPLICATION FORM – a link to this application is included with your confirmation email after submitting the User Account Setup Form. The following items are necessary to complete this application: Conference Code 11LSHACBIS – it is very important to provide this code on the application. 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 applications ($200 for the examination and $46.00 for the Essential Brain Injury Guide +SH) can be processed through this link for both : Application Fee: Essential Brain Injury Guide: http://www.aacbis.net/ *Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.* The applicant’s information will be reviewed by ACBIS to determine that the applicant meets all of the requirements pertaining to the certification being pursued . STEP THREE: TESTING AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS: The testing will not be able to be a part of this conference, but the details for setting up the testing and proctor identification and registration will be fully discussed at training Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)- Requirements 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 Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST)- Requirements Eligibility Requirements Education Minimum of bachelors degree from an accredited four-year institution Clinical Experience Current experience in the field, which includes paid employment and academic internship, is necessary. The qualifying experience must include formal supervision or operation under a professional license. Volunteer work does not qualify. 5 years direct clinical experience in brain injury with at least 2 years at a supervisory level OR 3 years direct research experience in brain injury OR 3 years experience developing and/or implementing (i.e., as director) brain injury rehabilitation programs or units in hospital, residential, school, or community settings Experience can be employment and/or academic internship. Experience must have been obtained consecutively within the past 5 years. Professional Skills Applicants must demonstrate skills in the areas of training, supervision, and/or teaching within the brain injury field and must provide approved documentation (see below). Examples of skills in each of the areas are listed below. Applicants are also required to submit a CV or resume which reflects how the applicant meets each of the areas below. Skill Areas: Applicant must demonstrate experience in each of the following skill areas: Teaching Skills Taught courses, seminars or workshops on brain injury in academically accredited programs Presented at local, regional, national and/or international conferences or workshops on brain injury Designed educational programs and/or materials related to brain injury for colleges or university affiliated programs Mentored clinicians/students/interns in brain injury Community Service and Professional Dissemination Developed guidelines or protocols for brain injury program Published articles, books, chapters or newsletter articles on brain injury rehabilitation or related areas Facilitated community activities and/or community-based support groups for brain injury Held committee membership or positions in local, state, or national professional organizations focusing on brain injury Participated in research activities in brain injury that resulted in publications by others Continuing Education Must be a member in good standing within any licensure boards that cover your profession Acquired 12 contact hours of education or continuing education units relating to brain injury per year for the past 2 years Approved Documentation University or college transcript Certificate of attendance at conferences, workshops, seminars Syllabus indicating applicant is the instructor Front page of published article, newsletter, chapter, book that demonstrates authorship Letter from supervisor or director stating applicant's experience with in- service training and/or activity/support group facilitation. This letter must be written on company letterhead and must include the dates in which the training/events occurred. Official documentation of continuing education for the past 3 years Other: Applicants may provide other types of documentation. In some cases, though, additional documentation will be required. If this occurs, the ACBIS office will contact the applicant. The deadline to apply directly to ACBIS if seeking certification through the examination process will be one month before the LSHA conference, May 4, 2011. ,