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Brain Injury Certificate

Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 06/17/2024 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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    • Non-Member - $749
    • PT Member - $399
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    • Student - $199
    • Post-Professional Student - $399

This six-part series will explore the physical therapist approach to patient management following a brain injury. In these courses, participants will learn about brain injury rehabilitation, including the use of mindfulness meditation and psychoeducation intervention, as well as exploring evidence-based tools for improving physical, cognitive, and psychosocial health following brain injury. Primary diagnoses to be covered includes post-concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: courses will be released as they are developed. However, all six parts must be completed in order to receive the Brain Injury Certificate.

To view the learning objectives* and speaker credentials for each course, please click on the links below:

* Information on the remaining course will be posted as it becomes available. 

Kyla Pearce

MPH, PhD, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Pearce (she/her) is the Senior Director of Programs and Research at LoveYourBrain, a national nonprofit that delivers evidence-based holistic health programs for the brain injury community. She oversees the design, implementation, and evaluation of LoveYourBrain Yoga, Mindset, and Retreats programs on a large scale. She has trained over 2,500 clinicians, yoga teachers, brain injury advocates, people with brain injury, and caregivers in how to adapt yoga, mindfulness, and psychoeducation for this population. She has developed a range of TBI-specific evidence-based yoga and mindfulness program curricula and integrated them into 60+ community and 30+ clinical contexts and online. She recently completed a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Dartmouth College investigating the impact of yoga and meditation for people with neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury, and has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals on these topics. She lives in Vermont with her husband, the Executive Director of LoveYourBrain Foundation, and their three children. You can learn more about her here.

Jessica Schwartz


Jessica Schwartz is an award-winning orthopedic residency-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, founder of Concussion Corner Academy®, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast®, and a persistent post-concussion symptom survivor, advocate, and concussion educator.

After spending a full year in rehabilitation and experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify cognitive blind spots for healthcare providers focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management.

Her vision is to facilitate collective competence across the healthcare continuum to better identify, treat, and care for the concussion patient of today while putting the "care back into healthcare" for this underserved patient population.

Dr. Schwartz hopes that by educating each other about the multi-system nature of these injuries and the scopes of practices of the multidisciplinary providers that have access to and have the ability to care for this cohort of patients, she will be able to facilitate a better patient-clinician encounter.

By speaking candidly about her experience with living with persistent post-concussion symptoms for over a decade, she hopes to facilitate learning from provider to provider, patient to provider, and caregiver to provider, honing in on the power of storytelling and collegial communication from a place of candor, evidence, and enthusiasm.

Kathleen Bechtold


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Kathleen T. Bechtold, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical psychologist who is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology and specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with brain injury. She is an Associate Professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been an active researcher for the past twenty years with over 50 publications focusing on recovery and adaptation to brain injury. She is the Psychology Training Director for the Johns Hopkins Department of PM&R and provides supervision and training to psychology postdoctoral fellows, physiatry residents, and neuropsychiatry fellows in brain injury care. Dr. Bechtold is the President of the American Board of Rehabilitation of Psychology, serves on the American Board of Professional Psychology Ethics Committee, and previously served as a Trustee to the American Board of Professional Psychology. She provides national consultation and mentorship to professional colleagues regarding business practices as well as the legal and ethical considerations for the practice of psychology. 

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Director of Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs

University of Southern California

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA is Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, where he is the Director of Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs. He is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. With over 35 years of experience treating people with orthopedic, neurologic and vestibular complaints, Dr. Landel has lectured and trained therapists and physicians in the US, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa in managing these patients. He founded USC Physical Therapy Associates, the division’s Faculty Practice, and the division’s first residency program (orthopedics). Dr. Landel has published on a variety of topics in orthopedics and in vestibular rehabilitation and has received national awards in teaching and research. His current clinical interest is the diagnostic dilemma and management challenge posed by patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms of dizziness.

Allison Nogi


Emory University School of Medicine

Allison Nogi is a neurologic clinical specialist and graduated from Emory University in 2016 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She then went on to complete a neurologic residency in physical therapy at Emory University. She has practiced at both Emory University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As a clinical specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Allison was on the leadership team that created the Vestibular Rehabilitation Triage Program, which is a clinical program that uses physical therapists as direct providers, reducing wait-times for individuals with chronic and acute dizziness. Through this program, she has showcased the value of physical therapists having direct access to appropriately treat or refer patients to the most appropriate specialist. Allison also helped establish the outpatient Brain Injury Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which facilitated a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for individuals with complex brain injury. Outside of clinical care, Allison also created the Johns Hopkins University Vestibular Competency course, an online continuing education course aimed at promoting further understanding of the vestibular system and its influence on disease and symptom presentation.

Throughout her career, Allison has been involved in research. While at Johns Hopkins, she was a member of Dr. Michael Schubert’s Laboratory of Vestibular Neuroadaptation. At Emory University, she is involved with Dr. Mark Lyle’s Rehabilitation and Applied Movement Performance Laboratory. Outside of academic research, she consults with BrainQ Technologies for their EMAGINE trial, which is a multi-site trail in the United States that uses a device to potentially promote neuroplasticity and recovery in acute stroke survivors.

Currently, Allison practices at Emory University’s Dizziness and Balance Center. In parallel to clinical practice, she is pursuing her PhD at Georgia Tech with her research focusing on the influence of the vestibular system on descending postural control in both healthy individuals and individuals with brain pathology.

Emily Plavchak


Emily Plavchak, is the Senior Physical Therapist with Encompass Health Northwest Tucson. She received her Bachelors in Health and Kinesiology from Purdue University in 2015, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Trine University in 2019. Her career has primarily been in the inpatient rehabilitation setting, where she has developed a passion for treating neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinsons, etc. She has certifications in stroke rehabilitation (CSRS), brain injury (CBIS), and vestibular assessment and management from the American Institute of Balance. She is also an active member on the STOP committee through Encompass Health where she educates staff on techniques for safe patient mobilization.


Course Instructions

  1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recordings.
  2. After each course, you will need to complete a post-course assessment. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass each assessment and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
  3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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Courses - Videos and Assessments
Course 1 - Meditation, Breathwork, and Yoga for Concussion and TBI
02/29/2024 at 12:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/29/2024  |  120 minutes
02/29/2024 at 12:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/29/2024  |  120 minutes
Course 1 Assessment
10 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  15/22 points to pass
10 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  15/22 points to pass Please complete the post-course assessment with a sore of 70% or better. You have three attempts to obtain a passing score.
Course 2 - Physical Therapy Approach to Brain Injury Rehabilitation in the Inpatient Rehab Setting
Open to view video.  |  60 minutes
Open to view video.  |  60 minutes
Course 2 Assessment
11 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  8/11 points to pass
11 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  8/11 points to pass Please complete the post-course assessment with a sore of 70% or better. You have three attempts to obtain a passing score.
Course 3 - Cognitive and Behavioral Sequalae from Traumatic Brain injury: How to Address with Physical Therapy Interventions and Collaboration with Other Neurorehabilitation Professionals
05/31/2024 at 7:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/31/2024  |  120 minutes
05/31/2024 at 7:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/31/2024  |  120 minutes
Course 3 Assessment
15 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  11/15 points to pass
15 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  11/15 points to pass Please complete the post-course assessment with a sore of 70% or better. You have three attempts to obtain a passing score
Course 4 - Concussion: The Not-So-Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
Course 4 Assessment
15 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  10/15 points to pass
15 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  10/15 points to pass
Course 5 - Cervical Spine Management after a Concussive Event
06/17/2024 at 7:00 PM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
06/17/2024 at 7:00 PM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
Course 5 Assessment
13 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  0/13 points to pass
13 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  0/13 points to pass
Course 6 Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Course 6 content will be released at a later time.
Course 6 Assessment
0 Question  |  3 attempts  |  0/0 points to pass
0 Question  |  3 attempts  |  0/0 points to pass
Course Evaluation
19 Questions
19 Questions Your comments are important to us! Submit your feedback about the course through this evaluation.
CEUs and Certificate
CEU Certificate
Up to 1.10 contact hours available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.10 contact hours available  |  Certificate available Please download and save certificate for future use. The amount of CEU value to be determined.