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We have planned a series of webinars on Fridays at 1pm and 5pm (EST) to the end of 2021 and I hope that you register for one or more.

All the webinars will be going out live and will be available as an MP4 in our ONLINE STORE no more than 2 days afterwards.

Please see below for dates, topic and speakers and CLICK HERE for costs, synopsis' as well as speakers bios. You can also register via this link.

Recognising and managing mild TBIs in the community

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Alice Theadom.

Alice has decided to record her webinar ahead of time as she is in lockdown in NZ. If you have registered to watch it you would have received an email today with a link. If you wish to watch it please go to the ASSBI Store

Synopsis of session: People can present to a range of health care services following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). As there is currently no standardised way of assessing a mild TBI, the care and advice people receive following injury can be highly variable. This is an issue as just under a half of people experiencing these injuries go on to  experience persistent symptoms that can affect their ability to function in everyday life. There is also now consistent evidence of early risk factors that can be used to identify those at risk of longer-term difficulties and that early multidisciplinary treatments can improve outcomes. Consequently, we have the opportunity to reduce the long-term impacts of these injuries by facilitating equitable, early access to treatment for those at risk.

Over the last few years, a working group has been developing a brief, Brain Injury Screening and assessment Tool (BIST) to be used by any health professional on first medical presentation following injury. The tool helps clinicians to identify those at low, medium of high risk of longer-term difficulties and provides support with health care pathway decision making (e.g. who to refer to rehabilitation services). The tool has demonstrated good psychometric properties and has proven feasible to administer within busy clinical environments. The symptom scale and impact item can be used as a repeated measure to monitor the recovery journey from beginning to end. This webinar will discuss the current evidence base, development of the tool and initial results from implementation of the tool within primary and secondary care and prison health services.

Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:

1. Understand the predictors of longer-term recovery from mild TBI (concussion)

2. Know about a new brief tool that can assist with initial assessment, health care pathway decision making and measuring recovery.

3. Discuss the feasibility of using a brief screening tool within difference clinical


An occupation-based approach to facilitating self-awareness after TBI

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Jennifer Fleming

Synopsis of session:

This webinar will introduce participants to the ways in which engagement in meaningful occupations can be used in therapy to enhance self-awareness in clients with brain injury. Topics that will be covered include self-awareness models, approaches to the assessment of intellectual and online awareness, occupational therapy intervention strategies and relevant research findings.

Learning objectives:

  1. An understanding of the relationship between feedback on occupational performance and self-awareness after brain injury
  2. Exposure to a repertoire of metacognitive training strategies for use in conjunction with meaningful occupations
  3. Knowledge of the type of clients with impaired self-awareness for whom an occupation-based approach is most effective.

The effect of sleep-wake disturbance in relation to cognition and brain degeneration


This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Sharon Naismith

Synopsis of session:

Sleep is critical to alertness, mood and cognition. Basic science data shows that sleep facilitates synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and the promotion of neurotrophins. In addition, recent discoveries show that during sleep, the brain clears away neurotoxins and metabolic waste via the ‘glymphatic’ system. Coupled with epidemiological data, this adds to converging evidence supporting a bidirectional link between sleep and dementia.

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the existing evidence linking sleep-wake disturbances with dementia. It will present evidence linking various forms of sleep-wake dysfunction with cognitive and imaging markers of neurodegeneration within healthy individuals and those with mild cognitive impairment and the mechanisms by which sleep is likely to be important. The links between sleep and overnight memory consolidation will then be discussed as well as possible changes in this process with ageing and neurodegeneration.

The final part of the webinar will provide an overview of current treatment options for sleep disturbance in older people. Future directions for the field will be discussed, particularly with respect to understanding pathophysiological mechanisms, interventions and larger-scale screening of sleep-wake disorders.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about recent developments in sleep science and evidence linking disturbances of sleep to cognitive decline and dementia
  • Become familiar with different ways of assessing sleep
  • Discover new directions for the field of sleep-wake disturbance in ageing and dementia.

Treating social cognitive deficits after brain injury

This 60 minute webinar is brought to you by Dr Anneli Cassel

Synopsis of session: Many clinicians working with clients after brain injury will be familiar with the interpersonal challenges and relationship difficulties individuals often face after their injury. Social cognitive skills are known to impact social functioning yet are rarely formally assessed and there are few evidence-based treatment approaches to drawn upon that specifically target social cognition. 

This session will first explore our understandings of social cognition and present a biopsychosocial model of factors known to interact with core social cognitive skills. Treatment approaches will then be described, with a focus on the components of the SIFT IT social cognition group treatment program. Findings from the SIFT IT pilot RCT will be discussed with a focus on the qualitative feedback from participants and their clinical implications. Practical advice will be provided about how to integrate social cognitive treatment targets within clinical practice.

Learning objectives: By the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Consider biopsychosocial factors influencing social cognition, and consequently, social behaviour after brain injury
  2. Describe the components of the SIFT IT group treatment program and understand the clinical implications from the pilot RCT trial findings
  3. Learn practical ways to incorporate social cognitive skill targets into clinical practice


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