Qualified Brain Injury Support Provider

Education with mentorship to enhance care

QBISP Course Descriptions

The QBISP training program was originally developed to meet the State of Maine regulations as an equivalent training to the Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) curriculum. As such, the content of the QBISP Basic Course covers many of the same important topics referenced in The Essential Brain Injury Guide, Edition 4. However, the QBISP program de-emphasizes fact memorization and emphasizes practical skill acquisition that we find align with the duties that direct care staff are often required to perform. The QBISP Basic and Supervisor courses, as well as the Train-the-Trainer Workshop, are described below:

The Basic Course is generally taught over two days and takes between 12-16 hours.  The following is an overview of each of the eight modules.

Module 1:  Introduction to brain injury and neurorehabilitation.
This module provides an overview of key definitions, and demographics of acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury.

Module 2:  The brain as the organ of behavior.
This module provides an introduction or refresher of functional neuroanatomy, neuropathology, and neuroimaging.  Symptoms of frontal lobe injury are discussed by way of case studies and methods of intervention (e.g. counseling, environmental modification, etc.). 

Module 3:  Medical issues following acquired brain injury.
This module provides an overview of common medical consequences of acquired brain injury and an overview of common conditions (e.g. ataxia, spasticity aphasia, dysphagia, hemiparesis, seizures, fatigue, etc.).

Module 4:  Basic legal and ethical issues in the care and rehabilitation of persons with brain injury.
This module introduces the student to legal and ethical issues in brain injury care and rehabilitation.  

Module 5:  Support and rehabilitation of children and adolescents with brain injury.
This module provides an overview of information specific to children and adolescents recovering from TBI.  Emphasis is placed on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Module 6:  Techniques and strategies for supporting persons with emotional, cognitive and behavioral challenges:  The 21 lessons. 
This module provides 21 guidelines for assisting individuals with neurocognitive and neurobehavioral challenges. Lessons include: Respect the healing power of listening; avoid the power struggle; understand the whole person. The teaching format is interactive and encourages case discussion. Techniques for using this material as a tool for staff supervision and mentorship are discussed in detail during the one-day QBISP Supervisor Course.

Module 7:  How to maintain therapeutic rapport when your buttons are being pushed.
This module begins with a comparison of the medical model with the person-centered model and the importance of the latter in the support and rehabilitation of persons with acquired brain injury.  In the second section, emphasis is placed on the importance of therapeutic rapport and “how to maintain therapeutic rapport when your buttons are being pushed." This is an interactive training that is particularity well suited for direct care staff and therapists who serve individuals with challenging behaviors.  Following this introduction, an in depth discussion is facilitated on the importance, development, and maintenance of therapeutic rapport.  This module forms the foundation for training direct care staff on the role their "buttons" can play in precipitating and exacerbating a participant’s challenging behaviors.  This module, in addition to a one-day supervisor training, is designed to assist supervisors in helping their staff remain therapeutic during times of personal distress.

Module 8:  Understanding and assisting distressed family members.
This module provides a framework for understanding and assisting family members’ who are distressed by a loved one’s condition.  Techniques for using this material as a tool for staff supervision and mentorship are utilized during the QBISP Supervisor Course.

The successful student who completes the 2-day Basic Course is awarded a certificate with a raised embossed seal and can use the initials QBISP after their name. There is an annual renewal requirement of 10 CEUs in the field of brain injury and/ neurorehabilitation.

The Train-the-Training workshop is designed for persons who have passed both the Basic and Supervisor Courses. The workshop is typically taught as a 4-day training and includes the Basic Course and Supervisor Course as well as one additional day of techniques on teaching.

The successful student is awarded a certificate with a raised embossed seal and can use the initials QBISPT after their name. There is an annual renewal requirement of 11 CEUs in the field of brain injury and/or neurorehabilitation. One of the CEUs must be in the area of effective supervision. In addition, each trainer is required to teach at least 2 QBISP courses per renewal period.

The one-day Supervisor Course is designed for persons who have passed the Basic Course and supervise direct care staff. The course provides the supervisor with techniques for mentoring their staff using the QBISP materials.  Topics include:

  • Building your team and creating a culture
  • Hiring the right staff
  • The importance of availability
  • Model therapeutic rapport in the supervisory relationship
  • Using the 21 lessons for mentoring staff
  • Using the 5-steps to help staff think and respond therapeutically

The successful student is awarded a certificate with a raised embossed seal and can use the initials QBISPS after their name.  There is an annual renewal requirement of 11 CEUs in the field of brain injury and/or neurorehabilitation. One of the CEUs must be in the area of effective supervision.

Basic Certificate

Certificate renewal for the Basic Certificate is 10 CEUs annually.

Supervisor Certificate

Renewal for the Supervisor Certificate is 11 CEUs annually with one CEU in supervision.

Trainer Certificate

Renewal for Trainer Certificate is 15 CEUs and evidence of class instruction at least 2 x per year.