Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training

Award Winning Staff Training Programme


Acquired Brain Injury 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 our 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 Acquired Brain Injury Ireland staff as well as staff from other organisations who are working with individuals living with a brain injury (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.

Temporarily Closed

Our CBIS training programme is temporarily closed. Please keep an eye on our website for any relevant news.

If you have any queries regarding the training, please Tel: (01) 2804164

Programme Structure

The CBIS Training Programme is designed as a self-study programme and is structured as follows:

Part 1

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.

Part 2

Attendance at a 2-day Exam Preparation Course. This is facilitated by two CBIS trainers who have many years’ experience in the field of brain injury.

Part 3

Learners must take a 2-hour exam, which consists of multiple-choice questions. A score of 80% is required to pass.

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