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California Brain Injury Association to Hold “Caregiver Conference” at Casa Colina on Tuesday, August 28TH from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

California Brain Injury Association to Hold “Caregiver Conference” at Casa Colina on Tuesday, August 28TH from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Pomona, CA… Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a growing public health concern with over 1.4 million people sustaining a TBI in the United States each year. California Brain Injury Association (CALBIA) is pleased to announce that it will hold a caregiver conference at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation to increase California’s brain injury awareness, prevention, education and advocacy.

Topics of discussion include “Advocacy: Taking Charge and Influencing Change”; “Family Dynamics After Brain Injury”; “Communication Issues: Tips & Tricks”; “The ABC’s of Behavioral Management”; “Managing Medications with Your Personal Physicians”; “Stress: How to Combat Caregiver Burnout”; and “Preparing for the Future: Medical & Financial Issues”.

Presenters include David Patterson, M.D., board certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and Medical Director of Casa Colina Hospital; Kelli McSwan, Ph.D., board certified psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and rehabilitation functioning and Clinical Director of Casa Colina’s Neuropsychology Department and Transitional Living Center; Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, CCM; Lisa A. Kreber, Ph.D.; and Chris Persel, M.A.

Casa Colina is uniquely qualified to host this special program due to its long history of providing an innovative continuum of care for traumatic brain injury. From inpatient rehabilitation to post-acute rehabilitation programs, to outpatient services, residential facilities and an outdoor recreational program for people with disabilities, Casa Colina is dedicated to helping individuals with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple trauma, who would benefit from specialized medical and rehabilitation programs. All services promote the development of skills needed for successful home and community re-integration.

This conference will be held on Tuesday, August 28th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Casa Colina’s Tamkin Education Center, Building 1D, which is located on the Casa Colina campus at 255 East Bonita Avenue (at Garey) in Pomona. Registration for the daylong event for CALBIA members is $30 and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be served and seating is limited. Registration for non-members is $35. Please register at or call (661) 872-4903 to reserve your space.

About Casa Colina - Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation provides comprehensive physical rehabilitation and specialized medical services at its completely renovated 20-acre campus in Pomona, California. It has served the community for over 70 years and is the region’s leader in providing a continuum of rehabilitative care that includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, highly specialized medical programs, residential facilities and recreational programs for people of all ages and with varying disabilities.

About the California Brain Injury Association (CALBIA)- A non-profit membership organization providing information, referrals, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury. Services include community resources, contact information, calendar of events, CALBIA Monthly Newsletter, BIAA Quarterly Newsletter, and discounts on conference registrations. CALBIA mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy. Its vision statement is: “A world where all preventable brain injuries are prevented, all unpreventable brain injuries are minimized and all individuals who have experienced brain injury maximize their quality of life.”