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Due to growing concerns about the Coronavirus and the health and safety of all concerned the conference has been postponed. A new date and time will be scheduled when we know more. Thank you for your support and patience. Any registrations already processed will carry forward unless you specifically request a refund by contacting us at

The county-wide conference will feature presentations by leading physicians and professionals that are experts in the field of brain injury. It is open to survivors of brain injury, family members, professionals, students, and the general public with opportunities for CEU's.

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Holly Kostrzewski Nationally Renowned Speaker, MPH and Brain Injury Survivor

“You Look Normal! Understanding & Living with the Fractured Sense of Self After TBI.” Holly will share her experience living with seizure disorder, embracing a positive attitude, and managing life with a TBI. Follow and learn more about Holly on, Facebook, and Instagram.

Conference Agenda:

8:40am Sonsoles de Lacalle, Ph.D., MD, CSUCI Director of Health Sciences
9:15am-10:45am SESSION 1
Meeting the Educational Needs of Students After Brain Injury*
Jarice Butterfield, Ph.D., CBIS
Don't Fall For Common Scams: How To Avoid Being A Victim
Debbie Deem, Coordinator for the multidisciplinary Ventura County Financial Abuse
Specialist Team (FAST) and former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Victim Specialist
Legal Tools for Survivors and Those Who Care For Them
Christopher Young, Esq., The Alvarez Firm, A Law Corporation
11:00am-12:30pm SESSION 2
A New Emotional Landscape: Mood and Emotion Regulation following ABI*
Alexis Olson, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist
You Are Not Alone: Building A Circle of Support
Celeste Racicot, M.Ed, CRC, CVE, Director of Case Management and Marketing
for Brain Injury Specialists and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Vocational Evaluator
Understanding and Addressing the Medical Needs Post ABI
James Herman, MD, FAANS, FCAS, Director of Neurosurgery at VCMC
Milagros Ebuen, MSN, DPN, Faculty in Nursing and Health Sciences and House/Nursing Supervisor at VCMC
Hope, Humor and Inspiration After Brain Injury
Holly Kostrzewski, MPH
2:15pm-3:45pm SESSION 3
Pain Management and Recovery After Brain Injury*
Matthew Bloom, DO, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Specialist
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Oscar Castellon, Ventura County Work Incentives Planner
Gabrielle David, Rehabilitation Counselor
Gil Cajala, Business Specialist
Cultural Adaptations for Latinas/os with Brain Injuries: Much more than just Spanish Translation
Kristen Linton, MSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Science at CSUCI
Lily Zepeda, CBIS, ARF Administrator for BIC Brain Injury Home
*Courses offering APA CEUs

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