Toronto ABI Network

ABI Conference 2012

Info for Families

Referral Forms

ABI Conference 2012

Keynote Addresses

What Neurosurgeons Can Learn From Talking With Patients: A Qualitative Journey
Dr. Mark Bernstein, BSc, MD, MHSc (Bioethics), FRCSC
Presentation not available

Paul Nadler, Survivor/patient/student/director and author
For information on how to obtain a copy of Paul's video, please contact Mindy Laxer at or (514) 282-0776 ext. 10.

Neural Plasticity: Foundation for Neurorehabilitation
Dr. Jeffrey Kleim, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering (SBHSE) Neuroscience, Arizona State University
Presentation (Quicktime video)

The Impact of Brain Injury and the Invisible TBI on Military Personnel: One Soldier's Transition to Civilian Life 
Michael Blois, Law Student, University of Western Ontario and former Master Corporal of the Royal Canadian Regiment, injured in Afghanistan

Helping the Helpers: Challenges and Rewards for Professionals who Care for People with Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. Abe Snaiderman, MD, FRCPC, Director, Neuropsychiatry Clinic Neuro-Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehab-UHN, Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine (PMR), University of Toronto
Presentation not available

Concurrent Sessions

Bring Back That Loving Feeling - Sexuality and Relationships After Brain Injury
Caron Gan, RN, MScN, AAMFT, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Jon Lehti, Survivor

Quality and Implementation of Daily Activity Schedules and Supervisor Floor Time in Group Homes for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury
Bruce Linder, PhD, CPsych, BCBA-D, Clinical Director, Brain Injury Services
Presentation not available

Experiences with Student "Return to Learn" Following Concussion in a School Setting
Clare Brandys, PhD, CPsych, Private Practice/Consultant to St. Michael's College School

The Paradox of Predicting Persistent Concussion Symptoms in Children and Adolescents
Roger Zemek, MD, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario  

The Development and Implementation of a Certificate Program for Unregulated Health Professionals Providing ABI Services
Judy Quance, BSc Psych, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Bartimaeus, Inc.
Christina Versteeg, BSc, Clinical Coordinator, Paradigm Rehabilitation and Nursing Services
Presentation not available

Results of a multi-centre randomized control trial using Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for TBI to Treat Depression
Melissa Felteau, MAdEd, Lead Clinical Educator, Lakehead University
Mary Donaghy, PhD, Psychologist Neurolocomotor Services, St. Joseph's Care Group

Eat Well Live Well with Acquired Brain Injury: Optimize Brain Function Through Proper Nutrition
Kylie James, BSc (OT), CNP Nutritionist, Neuro-Nuts
Joanne Smith, BA, Diploma BRT, CNP Nutritionist, Neuro-Nuts

Did Travis Bickle Have a Brain Injury? Assessing the Potential for Violence in Individuals with a Brain Injury
Rolf B. Gainer, PhD Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario

Participation in a Social & Recreational Day Program Increases Community Integration and Reduces Family Burden of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury
Gary Gerber, PhD, CPsych, West Park Healthcare Centre
Kelly Gunnell, DSW, COTA Health
Judith Gargaro, MSc, MEd, Research Coodinator, West Park Healthcare Centre

Cultural Sensitivity in Acquired Brain Injury Clients
Amir Etemadi, Child and Youth Worker/Social Worker, Family Oriented Rehab Services (F.O.R.S.) 

Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment Framework and a Story of Recovery: Perspectives from the Patient and ABI Team
Shannon McGuire, BHSc (PT), St. Joseph's Health Centre - Parkwood Hospital
Becky Moran, OT, St. Joseph's Health Centre - Parkwood Hospital
Linda DeGroot, Survivor

Filming Possibility: A Project-Based Approach to Group Activity and Socialization in Youth with an ABI 
Lisa Kakonge-Clayton, MSc, Reg CASLPO, CCC-SLP, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
Valerie Lusted, MSW, RSW, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Sharing Our Experience with CIMT (Constraint Induced Movement Therapy) 5 Years Post Injury
Nancy Katsouras, OT Reg (Ont), Inter-Action Rehabilitation Inc. 
Douglas Johnstone, Survivor
Sheila Johnston, Caregiver

Designing a Brain Injury Strategy - When Patients, Family and Front-Line Staff Lead the Way 
Jill Congram, RN, BN, Alberta Health Services 
Paul Wright, RN BScN, Unit Manager Tertiary Neurorehabilitation and Calgary Brain Injury Program, Alberta Health Services

A Proactive Approach to Aggressive Behaviour Management 
Gregory Saxe, BA, Ethics, Vista Centre Brain Injury Services 
Stéphane Hébert, BA Psych, RSW, Vista Centre Brain Injury Services
Presentation not available


Concurrent Workshops

Practising Best Practices: Facilitating Positive School Reintegration for ABI Youth, Post-Injury or Illness
Jan Heneberry, BA BEd, Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC)
Jaye Blakeley, BA, PGCE, Community Resource Teacher (CRT), Bloorview School Authority
Jim Donohoo, Education Consultant with the John McGivney Children's Centre (JMCC) School Authority

Sport-Concussion 101: Understanding Concussion in Athletes Informs Best Practice Assessment and Management of mTBI in Other Populations
Paul Comper, PhD, CPsych, Neuro Admin/Neurology, Toronto Rehab-UHN
Presentation not available

Shared Care in Mental Health and ABI: Can the Whole Be More Than the Sum of the Parts?
Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, CPsych, Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS)
Mohamed Badsha, Reconnect Mental Health Services
Judith Gargaro, MSc, MEd, Research Coordinator, West Park Healthcare Centre