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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. 

A Caregiver Case Study - One Canadian's Personal 25+ Year Perspective

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

60 minutes

Speaker Perspectives



Family caregivers of people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are the ‘invisible’ links in interdisciplinary collaboration: the role of a spousal caregiver is not one that people usually expect or train for, but rather a role that one steps into right after an accident happens – a journey with an open-ended ticket for an undetermined period of time and destination.


The presenter will share excerpts from her “Canadian lived experience as a caregiver” perspective and professional life to illustrate the importance of building a relationship with family members. Caregivers are vital ‘secret agents’ in helping to develop person-centred therapeutic goals. Creating this relationship is invaluable for developing practical and all-encompassing interventions. It becomes a “win-win-win” situation for the TBI Health/Allied Health Professionals, the client, and the client’s family.

Focus of Presentation
Community Involvement
Learning Outcomes

1. Define 2 symptoms that affect the well-being of the client with the traumatic brain injury and thus overall family dynamics.
2. Develop client-centered goals based on a family member's viewpoint for participation in community leisure activities.
3. Identify tools to use when working with family members to enhance working with their clients and as part of an interdisciplinary team. 

Target Audience
Medical staff: physicians, nurses, etc.
Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists, etc.
Administrators and Executives
Policy makers


Rosalyn M. Fast, Caregiver Consultant
Biographical Statement

"Mrs. Fast this is the General Hospital Emergency Room your husband has been in a car - oh I mean bike accident please call us..." Her husband sustained a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a cycling accident that fateful day in July 1997.

Rosalyn's training for this presentation comes from hands-on experience and the commitment to get answers to move clients and families forward together. This presentation is a way of creating conversations about what spouses may be going through when it comes to being a caregiver for someone who has sustained a brain injury.

Rosalyn is currently a Red Belt in Tai Chi with the Pakua International League. She is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Education & a major in Physical Education. At present, she is the President of her local Kiwanis Club Her passion for recreation has led her to be a certified Eden Associate and a member of the Ohio Recreation Therapy Association. Her goal is to create a global caregiving consultant business.

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