TBI: Tools & Strategies to Promote Recovery for the Moderately-Severely Challenged - VIRTUAL/LIVE WEBINAR 12:30-5:30 p.m. LIVE WEBINAR - TWO Sessions

February 12 & 19, 2022

12:10 PM - 5:15 PM CST, Saturday, Feb. 12
12:10 PM - 3:45 PM CST, Saturday, Feb. 19



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Course Description

This course is a combination of 2 Live Webinars and 2 Online courses.

The online sessions will be added to your ERI account approximately 10 days prior to the first session.

Online Session 1 must be taken prior to the Saturday, February 12, 2022, Live Webinar session
Online Session 2 must be taken prior to the Saturday, February 19, 2022, Live Webinar Session

TBI results in an abrupt disruption to the functioning of the brain, with the potential to impact any or all our mental and physical functions. The complex impairments, functional limitations and activity restrictions that the individual experiences can pose considerable challenges for clinicians from the acute through the chronic phases. This course will provide a framework and utilize video-based cases to provide optimal evaluation, assessment, and treatment strategies for individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. Best practices and the integration of existing evidence into clinical reasoning, along with strategies for reflection to drive professional growth, will be emphasized. This will facilitate efficient and effective decision-making by the clinician to optimize outcomes for individuals with moderate to severe TBI.

Course Objectives

Objectives- Live Webinar

  • Perform a comprehensive examination of an individual with moderate or severe TBI, including assessment of physical, cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial variables.
  • Develop a patient-centered plan of care that prioritizes addressing impairments linked to activity and participation restrictions, considering co-morbidities, acuity of injury, resources, and personal factors.
  • Implement evidence-based and theory-based interventions that will comprehensively address the needs of the individual patient.
  • Utilize reflective strategies throughout the clinical reasoning process to foster professional growth and continue to drive one's own expertise.

    -Online Course Must be viewed prior to February 12, 2022, Live Webinar.

    • Integrate multiple sources of information to anticipate areas of deficits to help guide examination, goal setting and prognosticating.
    • Choose applicable outcome tools to measure patient-specific deficits as part of a comprehensive examination.?

    Objectives-Online Course Must be viewed prior to February 19, 2022, Live Webinar.

    • Identify?distinct?strategies used for clinical reasoning, and?considerations related to their use.?
    • State one or more important?considerations when planning a treatment based upon skill development.?


About the Instructor

Kimberly Miczak, PT, NCS, has 16 years of experience working with persons with TBI in various settings including residential, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2002, was board certified in neurologic physical therapy in 2008, and re-certified in 2018. She is employed at Moss Rehab Hospital where she provides clinical services in an outpatient therapy specialty clinic for individuals with TBI in addition to her role as coordinator of the Neurologic Residency Program. Her areas of clinical interest include movement disorders after acquired brain injury, maladaptive behaviors after acquired brain injury, as well as promotion of health and wellness for survivors of traumatic brain injury. She has spoken to a variety of audiences, including at national and regional conferences, on topics related to traumatic brain injury, including the use of exercise to address cognitive and behavioral dysfunction, and the implications of cognitive dysfunction to physical therapy assessment, intervention, and outcomes.


Pre-recorded Part 1
Preparing to see an individual with Mod-Severe TBI

Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Must be viewed prior to February 12, 2022:
30 min: Professional reflection to improve practice
60 min: Functional neuroanatomy and physiology of TBI
• Primary & secondary effects
• Clinical manifestations and implications for management
30 min: Assessment tools and outcome measures
• What, when, and why?
30 min: Prognosticating
• Variables to consider related to long term outcomes
• Considerations across the continuum: Acute to Chronic
Home Activities
• Outcome Assessment Tool Activity

• Neuro Anatomy Activity
• Question/Comment Worksheet

Live Webinar Part 1
February 12, 2022, 12:10 pm-5:15pm CST (US)

Examination of the Individual with Moderate-Severe TBI
12:10-12:30 Zoom Registration/Course Opens
12:30-02:00 Examination and Evaluation I
• Theory based evaluation strategies: What is Realistic and Practical
02:00-03:30 Examination and Evaluation II

• Cognitive, communication, and perception
• Neuromuscular system
03:30-03:45 Break
03:45-04:45 Examination and Evaluation III
• Movement analysis 04:45-05:15 Video case analysis: Bringing it all together

Pre-recorded Part 2
Guiding Treatments for Individuals with Moderate-Severe TBI
Duration: 2 Hours, 50 minutes
Must be viewed prior to February 19, 2022
170 min: Evidence based treatment versus theory-based treatment
• Motor learning and neuroplasticity
• Compensation vs. Remediation
• Treatment theory vs. Enablement theory
• Hypothesis testing
Home Activities
• TBI Tools & Strategies: Guiding Treatment Activity

Live Webinar Part 2
February 19, 2022, 12:10 am-3:45 pm CST (US)

Therapeutic Interventions for Individuals with Moderate-Severe TBI
12:10-12:30 Zoom Registration/Course Opens
12:30-01:45 Intervention Strategies I: Body Structure/Function Considerations

• ROM, force production, cardio/tolerance to upright, vestibular, visual

• Cognitive, behavioral, perceptual factors

• Considerations for medical diagnosis, environmental, personal factors

01:45-02:30 Intervention Strategies II: Activity based Treatment Strategies
• Incorporating influences of impairments
• Environmental manipulation
• Structuring a treatment session
• Cueing and feedback
• Family integration
• Video examples of functional skill training
02:30-02:45 Break
02:45-03:15 Intervention Strategies III: Participation: how do we get to it?
• Dual tasking, problem solving, activity modification
• Generalizability considerations
03:15-03:45 Problem solving for selected topics
• Training the primary caregiver
• Health and wellness considerations
• Resources for patients and therapists (handout)
04:45-04:45 Putting it all together: Video case analysis for interventions



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Who Should Attend

OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs


13.5 contact/CEU hours; 8.5 Live contact hours and 5 Online contact hours.