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Heading into the Future: 2023 Interprofessional Virtual Summit on Brain Injury

May 1–21, 2023

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“Heading into the Future” is a virtual summit focused on current practice, trends, education and research on brain injury. The summit is focused on an interprofessional audience, including consumers with brain injuries, family members, caregivers, students, educators, clinical staff like therapists, social workers and psychologists, medical staff of nurses and physicans, administrators, and policy makers.

Pre-recorded sessions are 60 and 90 minutes, allowing summit attendees to watch the videos 24/7 at their convenience. Presenters will be available for live Q & A sessions that will be published for attendees in the event they would like to dialogue with the speakers. 

The keynote address will be given by Carole Starr, who sustained a brain injury in an auto accident in 1999. Hear this nationally recognized speaker share a humorous and inspirational speech on developing resiliency during times of adversity. A speaker LIVE Q & A will be held with Carole on May 16. 

Mental Health Considerations Following Brain Injury

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM–8:00 PM EDT
Session Length

60 minutes

Speaker Perspectives

Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists


This presentation will review brain injury and mental health statistics and disparities. We will discuss considerations for people with pre-existing mental health conditions as well as how a brain injury can worsen or cause new mental health concerns. We will break down evidence-based interdisciplinary interventions to address the mental health needs of people recovering from brain injuries, considering factors such as motivation, grief, depression, and relationship management. 

Focus of Presentation


Learning Outcomes

1. Describe unique mental health considerations following a brain injury

2. Identify how coping, social participation, and community integration are impacted by factors of brain injury and mental health

3. Explain how to integrate evidence-based psychosocial interventions into interdisciplinary rehabilitation sessions 

Target Audience
Medical staff: physicians, nurses, etc.
Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists, etc.


Kelsey Smith, Craig Hospital
Biographical Statement

Kelsey is a Recreational Therapist with a specialization in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She works at Craig Hospital, providing services to adolescents and adults recovering from brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Previously, Kelsey worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings, where she served as a Cultural Competency Champion and member of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Brain Injury Specialty Committee. Kelsey is involved at the local and national level for advocacy of Recreational Therapy.

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Ali Heinekamp, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Biographical Statement

Ali is a certified brain injury specialist and level II occupational therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).  She specializes in neurorehabilitation across the brain injury spectrum and has worked in the inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings.  Ali serves in leadership roles at CCHMC addressing quality improvement for individuals with moderate to severe brain injury, integration of occupational therapy into concussion care, motivational interviewing and self-management in healthcare settings, and use of documentation systems for data capturing and research.  She has presented at the state and national level regarding the role of occupational therapy for individuals with concussions and for disorders of consciousness.  Starting in mid-2022, Ali accepted a role to serve on an ad hoc committee on disorders of consciousness as part of the Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Committee.

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