Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training
Award Winning Staff Training Programme
ABI Ireland has worked closely with the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and its Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS) to develop an Irish version of their well-established Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training Programme. Since 2013, the Irish Programme has been available to eligible staff. The CBIS Programme is specifically intended for frontline staff and professionals who need a strong foundation for working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The core textbook for the programme is the Essential Brain Injury Guide – Irish Edition.
A number of subject-matter experts assisted us in the development of the Essential Brain Injury Guide – Irish Edition. These included medical and research staff from Beaumont Hospital and the RCSI, clinical staff from the National Rehabilitation Hospital, legal experts from NUI Galway and ABI Ireland’s own clinical staff. The Training Programme and associated Guide were launched by Minister Kathleen Lynch, TD in 2013 and awarded winner of the IITD (Irish Institute of Training & Development) National Training Award for Medium Sized Enterprises in 2015.
The programme is available for ABI Ireland staff as well as staff from other organisations who are working with individuals with an ABI. The Essential Brain Injury Guide – Irish Edition can be purchased separately to the Training Programme and can be used as a handy reference document for staff working in the field and allied health professionals.
Self-study of the core text book, the Essential Brain Injury Guide – Irish Edition. It is generally recommended that learners spend approximately 10 weeks studying the textbook, but the time required will be individual and depend on a learner’s pre-existing knowledge, work experience, qualifications etc.
Attendance at a 2-day Exam Preparation Course. This is facilitated by two CBIS trainers who have many years’ experience in the field of ABI.
Learners must take a 2-hour exam, which consists of multiple-choice questions. A score of 80% is required to pass.
- Applicants must have had 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
- 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 licence. Volunteer work does not qualify.
- Applicants must have attained a minimum of a Leaving Certificate or equivalent
2-Day Exam Preparation Course
Dates for 2019
The application process begins with creating an individual user account at www.acbis.pro. Click on link – Individual CBIS Application Process (or for a group application, click on Group Administration).
Payment to be made to ACBIS. Visa card payments cannot currently be facilitated online and so this requires a phone call to the ACBIS offices in the US to make a payment over the phone, tel: 001.703.761.0750 (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Once you have created your user account as per step 1, you will be prompted via email to complete your application. This involves completing and electronically submitting the CBIS APPLICATION FORM – a link to this application will be emailed to you. The following items are necessary to complete this application:
- An electronic version of your CV for uploading in the allotted area.
- You will need to have made a form of payment prior to clicking “Submit” on the application. You will be asked to insert the payment ID number.