Acquired Brain Injury 2017 Provincial Conference

Presented by OBIA and Participating Community Associations

Our Keynote Speakers

Kim_GorgensKim Gorgens, Ph.D., ABPP 
Identifying and Treating the TBI-related ‘Superfecta’ in Justice Settings 
This keynote address will highlight the process and outcome of a novel state and nationwide collaboration between the Colorado Brain Injury Program, the University of Denver and 14 jails and problem-solving courts. This partnership reflects the translation of research into public good for the benefit of persons with TBI and the people that care for them. This unique approach to traumatic brain injury in jail settings will be discussed. Understanding the relationships between criminality, TBI, mental illness and substance abuse in this highest-risk, most vulnerable population is informing the development of programs that are sensitive to the complexity of these needs.


Keith YeatesKeith Yeates, Ph.D., R.Psych., ABPP-CN 
The Role of the Family in Recovery from Pediatric TBI
Parenting behaviours play a critical role in the child’s behavioural development, particularly for children with neurological deficits. This presentation will focus on a study examining the relationship of parental warm responsiveness and negativity to changes in behaviour following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in young children. Keith Owen Yeates, Ph.D., R.Psych., ABPP-CN, is the Ronald and Irene Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury and Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. He serves as lead for the University’s Integrated Concussion Research Program, the Traumatic Brain Injury NeuroTeam at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and the Behaviour and the Developing Brain theme at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.


Sheila MacDonald Headshot 2 revSheila MacDonald, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Managing Subtle but Significant Cognitive and Communication Deficits after ABI
Subtle cognitive-communication deficits from mild (concussion) or resolving brain injuries can significantly interfere with successful return to work, school and social interactions, yet may not be evident in clinical evaluations or in more structured contexts. This talk will present evidence for subtle cognitive-communication deficits and optimal methods of assessing their impact on daily life functions. Experiences from individuals and their families will be woven throughout the discussion. Evidence for treatment of higher level cognitive-communication deficits will be reviewed. In over 25 years of clinical service in ABI, Sheila MacDonald has developed two standardized tests, and publications on evidence based practice. As an international speaker, educator, and advocate, she has developed clinical courses, and participated in the TBI Evidence Based Practice Committee of the ANCDS. In private practice in Ontario, Canada, she assists individuals with home, community, school, and work communications after ABI.


Wendy Clawsey photoWendy Clawsey
The Trials & Tribulations of Living with a Brain Injury
Actress, model, author and mother Wendy Clawsey had it all; a great life and family accompanied by a happy-go-lucky attitude. This changed instantly while she was skiing and suffered a concussion. Wendy will share her amazing story about her battle of ‘living’ with brain injury and the struggle to recover.  She reminds us about the daily struggle a person goes through and the impact conditions like brain injury have on the patient’s family and ability to work.




In addition to speakers comprised of nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of brain injury, there will be exhibitors sharing the latest information regarding services for individuals with brain injury and their families.

Combined with the welcoming reception Wednesday evening and cocktail reception preceding the sit-down dinner Thursday, attendees will have the best of both worlds with the combination of stimulating workshops and relaxed networking opportunities.