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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. 

Community and In-home Recreational and Vocational Therapy Programs for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM–8:00 PM EDT
Session Length

60 minutes

Speaker Perspectives

Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists


The goal of the presentation is to educate attendees about community and in-home recreational and vocational therapy programs for individuals with brain injuries. The presentation will include an overview of the therapy services, case studies, and example admittance criteria and evaluation process for individuals who have specifically experienced a brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Focus of Presentation
Intervention/treatment modality
Consumer perspective
Community Involvement
Learning Outcomes

1. Describe what recreational and vocational rehabilitation therapy programs are and how these services can positively impact individuals with brain injuries. 

2. List 3 goals and benefits of community reintegration achieved through a recreational therapy program, as well as a wide variety of examples of activities an individual could participate in through this therapy service.

3. Describe how community reintegration can be incorporated into a vocational therapy program and how this service can promote recovery following a motor vehicle accident and assist individuals with reaching work reintegration goals.

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


Holly VanHoose, M.S., CTRS, CESP, AFP, Transitions Reintegration Services Inc.
Biographical Statement

Holly VanHoose, M.S., CTRS, CESP, AFP

Holly currently works for Transitions Reintegration Services Inc. as a recreational therapist and vocational specialist. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, in addition to being awarded a Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a concentration in Recreational Therapy from Clemson University in 2018. Holly furthered her skills and knowledge in the fields of recreational and vocational therapy and was awarded the Certified Employment Support Professional designation from the Association of People Supporting Employment First in 2021, in addition to the Aquatics Fitness Professional certification from the Aquatic Exercise Association in 2022. She is currently studying at Clemson University to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a concentration in Recreational Therapy.

Not only does Holly have in-depth understanding and knowledge of recreational therapy practice through her education, but through her work experience as well. She has had the opportunity to work with many different populations including older adults with dementia, at-risk youth, individuals with developmental disabilities, adults with psychiatric diagnoses, individuals with traumatic brain injuries, and individuals with physical disabilities. She has worked in a variety of settings such as medical facilities, schools, and out in the community, providing her a diverse skill set and understanding of recreational therapy processes and treatment interventions to help individuals achieve the best quality of life possible.

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