Think Big 2018 – Thank You

Shepherd Center
and The Brain Injury Association of Georgia present
Think Big

Shepherd Center
Brain Injury Association of Georgia

Thank you for registering for Think Big 2018!

Shepherd Center
Callaway Auditorium
2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

February 3, 2018
8:00am – 5:30pm

Target Audience

Case Managers, Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Recreation Therapists, Registered Nurses, Speech-Language Pathologists.

Brain Injury Survivors and Caregivers are invited.

Activity Level:

Course Description

The focus of the Think BIG symposium is on health and wellness to support long term health in brain injury through promoting active lifestyles, developing strong social networks, encouraging patient/family health and wellness goals, and assessing for
risk factors that limit physical and cognitive engagement in communities.

The day will also include panel presentations of researchers describing the state of brain injury research in Georgia, and of brain injury survivors and caregivers sharing their stories of challenges and successes.  Attendees will leave with new
ideas, approaches, and resources to support the long-term success of survivors and caregivers. Think BIG is a healthcare professional, survivor and caregiver symposium presented by Shepherd Center and the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG).

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 factors that may optimize outcomes after brain injury.
  2. Describe a program that supports health and wellness in individuals with brain injury.
  3. Discuss 3 opportunities offered by technologies to enhance support of cognition in people with brain injury.
  4. List 3 resources to support patients and families after brain injury from hospital to community.
  5. Discuss current research in the state of Georgia designed to enhance the lives of survivors of brain injury and their caregivers.

Course Agenda


Registration / Sign In


Welcome & Opening Remarks


Ask the Doctor: Questions and Answers about Brain Injury

Dr. Alan Harben, Dr. Bamidele Adeyemo, Dr. Russell Gore



Breakout Session 1


Management of Mild Brain Injury

Dr. Russell Gore


Support Groups: Development, Sustainability and Future

Jane Jackson, CBIS



Breakout Session 2


Mindfulness and ABI:Clinical Applications from an Emerging Research Base

Katy O’Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP; Ariella Kaplan, MEd, CCC-SLP; Rebecca Marshall, PhD, CCC-SLP; Tessa Trumbauer, BS; Susan Shwartz, PhD


Navigating Information & Resources: Hospital to Community

Susan Johnson MA, CCC-SLP, CCM

Lunch and Learn


Lunch Provided


Translational Research for Traumatic Brain Injury

Tolu Oyesanyo, PhD; Julie Haarbauer- Krupa, PhD; Susan Margulies, PhD; Michelle LaPlaca, PhD



Breakout Session 3


Using Technology to Support Cognition after Brain Injury

Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP


Managing Behavior: Yours, Mine, Ours

Kristi Miller, MS, LPT, CBIS


Break and Vendors

Breakout Session 4


Effectiveness of Life Skills Training for Successful Community Re-integration

Cindi Johnson MA, CBIST


Yoga: Benefits for the Brain Injury Community Across the Continuum of Care

Lauren Tudor, CTRS




Panel of Survivors and Caregivers: Stories, Successes & Challenges

Moderated by Kelly Campbell, MEd


Closing Remarks, Adjourn

*This cooperative offering has contributions of in-kind support from both Shepherd Center and Brain Injury Association of Georgia.


Hotel Accommodations

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Continuing Education Credits

Proficiency Statement

To obtain continuing education credits for this course, you must attend the entire course and complete all required course evaluations and surveys.

Continuing Education

Approved Provider of Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Basic Level; Related Area)

Shepherd Center, Inc. is an approved provider (#9116) of continuing education units by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  This program is approved for 0.75 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course content is basic.  Activity type for OTs/COTA:  Category 1- Areas of Occupation.

An application has been submitted to the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and is pending approval for PTs and PTAs.

Shepherd Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (This program is approved for 7.5 Contact Hours)

This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 7.5 clock hour(s).

Refund Policy/Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in this course, your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee, will be refunded. Refund requests should be made in writing to the administrative contact. No refunds will be made after January 27, 2018.

Cancelled registrations are nontransferable.

Shepherd Center reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Shepherd Center must cancel or postpone this event, the entire registration cost will be refunded. Shepherd Center is not responsible for related costs, charges or expenses to participants, including fees associated with airfare/travel/lodging.


If you require assistance please contact Jane Jackson at 404-712-5504 or