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Whether you are someone who works with persons with brain injury in a traditional medical setting, in the community, or in the school system, you are looking for resources for your patients and educational opportunities that enhance your skill set. If you are working in a human services field you are more than likely serving people with brain injuries, whether you work for a behavioral health organization, serve the homeless, provide medical care in a free clinic, or work with those who have experienced domestic violence…you need resources too.

If you look at the tabs below, we have provided specific information on a few topics.   If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please use our resource request form or contact our office to get more information specific to your needs.

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The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists offers a brain injury certification program for direct care staff and professionals with three options: Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, and Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist. To become certified, you must demonstrate experience in the field and pass a written examination.

BIAV is conducting a review and testing session on February 23, 2018; please contact Lynn Scott at if you are interested in learning more.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have had 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury (includes stroke).

Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship.

The qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license.  Volunteer work does not qualify.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.


$450 for the CBIS Review and Exam; this fee includes 5 webinars, review session, and exam administration; this $450 fee includes a $25 nonrefundable administrative fee in the event of cancellation.

You can pay by sending a check to the BIAV: 1506 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 212, Richmond, VA 23230. Full payment must be received by January 19, 2018.

SPECIAL NOTE: if you find ACBIS materials (e.g. flash cards) on the web that are older than 1 year, don’t study it…the material has been updated for the current test!

  • Downloadable Resources
  • 2017 CBIS Exam Study Outline Download
  • ACBIS Flash Cards eBook Download
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Mild TBI/Concussion

Effectively treating patients with mild brain injury can be challenging. With ever changing guidelines, responding to their symptomatology and facilitating recovery requires dedication, understanding, research and expertise.

Below are some resources you may find helpful. For more information, please fill out our Resource Request Form or contact our office.







  • Downloadable Resources
  • Taking Care of Yourself When Your Head's Been Hurt Download
  • Mild TBI: A Neuropsychiatric Approach to Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment Download
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mild TBI and Persistent Symptoms Download
  • A Concussion is a Brain Injury: Get the Facts Download
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Cognitive/Behavioral Issues

Improving the cognitive and behavioral recovery of your patients is among the most challenging and meaningful work you do.  Those whose executive function skills impair their ability to live independently and safely function in their home and community require specialized treatment planning and intervention.


Below are some resources you may find helpful. For more information, please fill out our Resource Request Form or contact our office.


  • Downloadable Resources
  • The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Emotional Distress After ABI Download
  • Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury Download
  • Evidence-based Review of Cognitive & Behavioral Rehab Treatment Studies in Children with ABI Download
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Interventions for Executive Function Download
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    You can search our database of local resouces online right here on our site. Just type in your zipcode or address and then click the "Search" button.

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  • Events
    Jan 17

    Poster Contest Open!

    To help celebrate March as national Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIAV is holding a poster contest for youth! The deadline for submissions is March 14, 2018. Get all of the details here! 

  • Feb 22

    Caregiver Resilience after Brain Injury

    Sign up here today for this webinar on February 22nd at 3:00 p.m. This webinar describes the concept of resilience and how it relates to caregivers after brain injury. Information on how brain injury impacts the family and ideas for improving resilience are shared. 1. Participants will be able to define resilience. 2. Participants will… Read more »

  • Mar 2

    Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s 35th Anniversary Benefit

    Guests are invited to attend the Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s 35th Anniversary Benefit at the Hilton Hotel – Short Pump on Friday March 2nd at 5 p.m. to celebrate the leadership of our honorees and to recognize 35 years of services by the Brain Injury Association of Virginia.  Learn more and purchase your tickets… Read more »

  • Mar 2

    2018 Making Headway Conference March 2-3!

    Join us this March 2-3 at the Hilton Short Pump for this years annual conference.  Register Today!

Resource Request Form

BIAV has a vast library of information on brain injury, its resulting consequences, and a variety of related topics. To request more information from BIAV, complete our Resource Request Form or contact us at 1-800-444-6443 or 804-355-5748.

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