• Clinical Implications for the Traumatic Brain Injury

    • Date(s): March 24, 2018  –  March 25, 2018
    • Times: Saturday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM & Sunday, 8:00am - 5:00PM
    • *Registration and breakfast are 30 minutes before advertised start time.
    • Location:

      Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
      Assembly Room 1 & 2
      3599 University Blvd South
      Jacksonville, FL  32216

    Brain injury is a complex diagnosis affecting individuals of all ages and causing a varied presentation based on injury. This course will review the basics in brain injury to set the stage for a deeper look at primary and secondary impairments, pharmacological management, and rehabilitation for a holistic approach to patient management. As medical advances warrant treatment earlier and with more intense focus, a comprehensive team approach is critical to maximizing patient recovery and reintegration into life over the long-term recovery path. Through lecture and case-based format, this course will provide a systemic approach to management of the client following brain injury.

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify neuroanatomical pathology related to clinical presentation
    • Identify primary and secondary effects of brain injury
    • Discuss commonly used medical, pharmacological and rehabilitative techniques used in brain injury management
    • Discuss complications following brain injury and the goals of rehabilitation in minimizing and/or managing these
    • Recognize the importance of family involvement in rehabilitation and how to direct their role
    • Explain presentation and treatment strategies of all levels of brain injury using the Ranchos Los Amigos scale

    PT, OT, ST, and RN  staff will also be able to:

    • Develop treatment plan inclusive of outcome measures and behavior shaping strategies for individuals following brain injury
    • Evaluate patients following brain injury for appropriate comprehensive treatment planning

    Jennifer Fernandez, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS 

    Dr. Jennifer Fernandez is a faculty member for the Brooks Neurologic Residency Program, teaching content in her areas of interest and expertise as well as providing clinical mentoring to the residents in the inpatient rehabilitation setting.  She also serves as the Coordinator for the Brooks Pediatric Residency Program, developing the advanced program as a coordinated community effort in conjunction with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and St. John’s County Schools.  Dr. Fernandez is recognized by the APTA for receiving Board Certification in both Pediatrics and Neurology. 

    Dr. Fernandez serves as the Vice Chair for the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and is a site reviewer for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.  She also serves as the State Representative for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Fernandez currently maintains her clinical skills in inpatient rehabilitation practice with appointment at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital as well as maintaining a caseload of early intervention patients.  She has experience in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient rehabilitation and home health.

    Linda Fritzinger-Hearn, Ed.D, MSN, RN

    Dr. Linda Fritzinger-Hearn has worked in the field of nursing for the past 33 years. She worked in a variety of positions including Case Management, Eating Disorders, Telemetry, Nurse Liaison, and Assistant Professor for the College of Nursing at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, FL. She is presently the Nursing Education Coordinator at Brooks Rehabilitation Health System.


    Jennifer Fernandez, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
    Jennifer Fernandez, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
    Dr. Linda Fritzinger-Hearn, Ed.D, MSN, RN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
    Dr. Linda Fritzinger-Hearn, Ed.D, MSN, RN has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

    Intended Audience:

    This course is intended for Physical Therapists (PT), Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), Occupational Therapists (OT), Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTA), Speech-Language Therapist (SLP) and Nursing (RN).


    This course is approved for 16 contact hours (1.6 CEUs) by the following boards:

    • Florida Physical Therapy Association
    • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
    • Florida Board of Nursing

    This course is offered for 1. 5 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional area).

    • Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

    Based on the criterion provided by the AOTA this is a category 1 introductory course that falls into the group of general practice/health/medical.

    Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email info@BrooksIHL.org and we will be happy to help clarify!

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    • The Brooks Institute of Higher Learning will provide reasonable accommodations for learners with special needs. Please contact the Brooks IHL at info@BrooksIHL.org for more information and/or for a special needs accommodation request.
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