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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. 

Discharging Individuals with a Brain Injury from Inpatient Rehab

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

60 minutes

Speaker Perspectives
Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists

Returning home following an inpatient rehabilitation stay for individuals with a brain injury can invoke a mix of different feelings for both the patient and caregivers: stress, worry, anxiety, fear, depression, anger, apprehension, excitement, joy, happiness, elation, etc. All of these words typically go hand in hand with one other thought: what is it going to be like? In this presentation, a Recreational Therapist will share their point of view about what patients and caregivers need to know prior to discharge and reentry into the community. This includes safe vs. unsafe leisure activities, continuing therapy, what to bring into the community, how to plan going out into the community, and special considerations. The focus will be on people living with brain injury, stroke, DOC, and dual diagnosis (ABI + Spinal Cord Injury).

Focus of Presentation
Intervention/treatment modality
Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify 3 safe and 3 unsafe leisure activities patients can engage in after discharge from a rehab facility. 
  2. Identify 3 community resources available to patients following discharge. 
  3. Identify 3 things patients should consider prior to re-entering the community following discharge. 
Target Audience
Medical staff: physicians, nurses, etc.
Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists, etc.
Administrators and Executives


Jessie Simms, CTRS, Shepherd Center
Biographical Statement

Jessie Simms is employeed by the Shepherd Center as a CTRS working on the Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Unit. She has been a CTRS for 5 years and graduated from the Univeristy of South Alabama. 

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Kassandra Joseph, CTRS, Shepherd Center
Biographical Statement

Kassandra Joseph is employeed by the Shepherd Center as a CTRS working on the Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Unit. She has been a CTRS for 5 years and graduated from Florida International University.

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