Introducing The Essential Brain Injury Guide 5.0
The EBIG 5.0 Development Process
With great fanfare, I am excited to be writing about the rollout of the Essential Brain Injury Guide 5.0 (or EBIG for short). In 2012, the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) Board of Governors began the process of developing the new guide. This was done by developing an exhaustive topic list of potential areas that are germane to brain injury. From that list, ACBIS constituents, namely our CBIS and CBIST certificants, were queried regarding these brain injury topics. For each topic area, we asked them three questions:
1. How important is this topic area to the overall CBIS curriculum?
1 Not Important
2 Somewhat Important
3 Very Important
2. What level of depth of information for this topic area should be included?
1 Basic Information Only
2 More than Basic, but not Advanced
3. What type of knowledge for this topic area is useful?
1 Theoretical Knowledge
2 Practical Knowledge
3 Theoretical and Practical Knowledge
We used the data from our respondents to determine the topic areas for the EBIG 5.0. Once the final topics were identified, we then put out the message to the brain injury community that we were looking for writers for this next edition. Over the span of the next year, we had assembled more than 60 outstanding professionals working in the field to write content and contribute to the EBIG. A sampling of authors are listed on the next page.
Over the course of the following two or so years, we gathered the submissions, assembled them into cohesive chapters, laid them out for design, and searched for and created graphics to complement the writings. The final year, 2015, was primarily dedicated to design and editing. While it took some time to incubate, it was well worth the wait. All told, those 50 plus topics were amassed into 25 chapters, as shown in Table 1
The all new Essential Brain Injury Guide Edition 5.0 provides a wealth of vital information about brain injury, brain injury treatment and brain injury rehabilitation. It is written by experts in non-medical language, making it accessible to professionals and para-professionals. Pages from the book are highlighted .
To purchase the EBIG 5.0, go to shop.biausa.org. Effective September 1, 2016, the new test was exclusively used for certification.
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About the Author
Heidi Reyst Ph.D, CBIST
Heidi Reyst Ph.D., CBIST began her career in the field of Brain Injury in 1991. She has experience on both the care side and the administrative side as a Program Director, Systems Director, Director of Clinical Administration, and Vice President of Clinical Administration. Dr. Reyst is an advocate for ensuring that individuals working in brain injury are trained in the specific issues salient to brain injury. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and is a member of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. In 2008, Dr. Reyst was the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Legacy Society “Professional Service Award”; this was awarded based on her involvement in advocating for those with brain injuries and for her training of those working in the field of Brain Injury through the ACBIS program.
Dr. Reyst has been a member of the ACBIS community since 2004, when she joined the ACBIS Corporate Alliance Council as Rainbow’s representative. In 2005 she became a member of ACBIS Board of Governors, serving as a member as well as the Vice Chairperson of Information Management. In January of 2016, Dr. Reyst became Chairperson of the ACBIS Board, and additionally, joined the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America. She was one of the 100 professionals from across the country selected to participate in the Guidelines for the
Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury project sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America and the Brain Injury
Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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