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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.

To learn more view our Basics of Brain Injury Quick Guide.

To learn more view our  Domestic Violence and Brain Injury Quick Guide.

To learn more view our Opioids and Brain Injury Quick Guide.

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 planning a review and testing session for September 19, 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.


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.

To read more information about concussions view our Concussion Quick Guide .

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
  • Assessment of Follow-up Care After emergency Department Presentation for Mild TBI and Concussion REsults from the TRACK-TBI Study 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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    May 3, 2018

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  • Events
    Aug 1

    Want to have fun AND help the Brain Injury Association of Virginia raise money at the same time?

    We’ve got you covered! Sign up to volunteer by contacting Laura Bennett at to be added to the volunteer  the Richmond Area Bicycle Association’s (RABA’s) annual Heart of Virginia Bike Festival Ride on Saturday, September 15, 2018. You’ll get to interact directly with the cyclists, enjoy refreshments, and directly contribute to a great cause.

  • Aug 7

    Board Member Recruitment

    The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is seeking people who are looking to help others through Board service. We need new Board members from across Virginia, so if you or someone you know is interested, view the Board Member Recruitment letter and contact us!

  • Aug 7

    View our August E-Newsletter

    Learn about upcoming events and dates to remember ! August E-newsletter  

  • Aug 14

    Free Webinar! What is an ABLEnow Account?

    Did You Know?  ABLEnow accounts can pay for a variety of qualified disability expenses related to maintaining health, independence and quality of life.  ABLEnow accounts help individuals with disabilities save money to pay for qualified expenses, without being taxed on the earnings – and in most cases, without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs…. Read more »

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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