Professional Education

Professional Education

For educational opportunities on this page, please email info @ brain injurynm.org and specify which training you are interested in.

Brain Injury Care Network

Brain Injury Alliance New Mexico
3150 Carlisle Blvd NE, Ste. 208
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone:  505-292-7414
Email:  dvbicare@braininjurynm.org
Website:  braininjurynm.org

The Brain Injury Alliance of NM (BIANM) is seeking health care clinics and primary care providers who are – or wish to become – champions in identifying and treating brain injury (BI) including in residents of New Mexico including survivors of domestic violence (DV) or who want to become a champion. The Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC) has sponsored free training in identifying and treating brain injury, including in survivors of domestic violence, and free support in creating best practices care networks for BI and DV within communities through the efforts of the BIANM.

There is a desperate need for this training:  in New Mexico, roughly 360,000 adults have suffered a brain injury with loss of consciousness, and 60,000 adults live with a disability related to BI. Brain injury is widespread in NM, affects people of all ages and groups, and is considered by the CDC to be a chronic medical condition.

BI occurs at epidemic proportions in survivors of domestic violence (DV) and is a key risk factor for mortality. There are far more brain injuries experienced by survivors of domestic violence than veterans and athletes combined. One in three women and one in seven men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. DV survivors who have been choked or strangled — a common mechanism for brain injury— are seven times more likely to be murdered by their perpetrator within the year.

There are simple and quick screens to identify the possibility of a history of brain injury which can help prevent escalated violence and apply best practices to provide treatment to those who have a BI and continue to suffer from the effects of it. Community based organizations (including those that treat survivors of DV) and law enforcement are in desperate need of support from health care clinics and health care providers to create a care network to improve quality of life, decrease mortality, maximize health outcome, and minimize the need for additional intensive and costly care.

Training for Behavioral Health Providers

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico provides training to behavioral health clinicians in Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation Psychotherapy for Brain Injury, which was published in the Nov. 2021 issue of Neurorehabilitation.

This is a comprehensive form of treatment that empowers clinicians to make accommodations for patients living with brain injury and provide support to family members and caregivers.

ICRP is a culturally sensitive model that was developed in New Mexico for New Mexico populations, and it’s been taught nationally and internationally.  We are able to provide NASW-approved Cultural CEUs which are accepted by the NM Board of Social Work Examiners, NM Board of Psychologist Examiners (Category 1 CEUs), and the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

Building Resources and Making/Requesting Referrals for Brain Injury Care

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico provides training to front-line agency staff, behavioral health clinicians, and other providers to improve the ability of care providers to connect people living with brain injury and their families with health care, behavioral health care, and other supports and services.  For licensed clinicians, we provide NASW-approved cultural CEUs. Please check with your board for acceptance.

Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training

Austin Davis, MD, under the sponsorship of Lovelace UNM, provides free training sessions in partial fulfillment of the requirements for certification as a Brain Injury Specialist. This training is offered through the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists.

Since 1996, the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) has been committed to improving the standard of care for people with brain injury by providing specialized training and a voluntary certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. Becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) is an important step in the professional development of anyone working in the field of brain injury.

For more information on CBIS requirements, please visit the Brain Injury Association of America.