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NDBIN Newsletter – Winter 2021

Survivor Spotlight

Skipp Miller North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is featuring local survivors, giving them a chance to share their story in the hope others may learn something new, be inspired, and continue to advocate for the needs of survivors. If you would like to share your story, email and we will work with you to get your story featured!

Skipp Miller has graciously agreed to be our first Spotlight. Skipp's story is one that is powerful and important for all to hear. Skipp's story is an extensive one so we will be featuring her story in 3 parts. Part 1 was featured in the Fall newsletter. Part 2 is below.

Virtual Office Hours

1:30 – 2:30 pm Central
February 3, 17
March 3, 17, 31

NDBIN is pleased to announce they will be holding virtual office hours. Anyone with questions or needs related to brain injury can join. All visits are individual, first-come, first-serve, and confidential. If you wish to schedule a time, email us at email us at or call (855) 866-1884.

Welcome New Certified Brain Injury Specialists

In December, NDBIN provided a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training virtually. Seven participants took advantage of the training. After successfully completing their exams, the following individuals are now officially members of the North Dakota CBIS club!

  • Amber Buzick – licensed social worker, Marshall County, Minnesota and current NDBIN intern
  • Megan Dooley – occupational therapist, Innovative Therapy Solutions and Consulting
  • Jonah Joyce – physical therapist, Post-Acute Medical
  • Lauren Schneibel – occupational therapist, Post-Acute Medical
  • Austin Ulmer – physical therapy assistant, Post-Acute Medical
  • Corie Walker – speech-language pathologist, Sanford Health
  • Ariel Zell – parole officer, North Dakota Corrections

While these clinicians must meet certain standards in continuing education set by their individual professional licensing boards, they also must complete 10 hours of continuing education specific to brain injury each year.

NDBIN values CBIS certified staff as the certification gives clinicians the tools to understand the unique needs of persons recovering from brain injury and requires certificants to stay abreast of current resources in the field.

In January, volunteers for the Survivor Connections program received training. Survivor Connections connects an experienced brain injury survivor with a new survivor through a monthly phone call facilitated by NDBIN's staff. It offers an opportunity to provide each other with support, resources, and education. Fill out a referral form to get connected!

Learn More About This Program

Upcoming Events

NDBIN is currently unable to get out into the community due to COVID-19, but we have several interactive, virtual options for you.

Brain Injury Basics Training

February 19
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Central

Join NDBIN for free virtual training on caring for individuals following a brain injury. Participants will engage in a fun-filled day of:

  • Discussions
  • Presentations
  • Case studies related to brain injury

Registration Deadline
February 17 @ noon

Learn More

Mind Matters Conference

March 25-26
8:30 am - 4:45 pm Central

This two-day annual conference features nationally renowned speakers and highlights new research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care.

Keynote Speakers

  • Jena Gorden
  • Dr. Rod Swenson
  • Sandi Gruhot

Learn More