Survivor and Family Seminars

BIA-MO Survivor and Family Regional Seminar

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions, and support for life with brain injury. Regional Seminars are held in Southwest and Western Missouri in the Spring each year and in Eastern Missouri during October.

Attendance is Free, but Registration is Required.


Upcoming Survivor and Family Seminar:

Eastern Missouri Seminar

Saturday, October 7, 2017 

Marriott St. Louis West 

660 Maryville Centre Dr. 

St. Louis, MO 63141 


Seminar Highlights:
  • Keynote Speaker Carter “Cardinal Cowboy” Rethwisch, Survivor of Brain Injury and Coma
  • Dealing with Denial
  • Adapting to a New Lifestyle
  • Movement and Activity
  • Meet and Greet with Elected Officials
  • Discussion Groups for Survivors and Family
  • Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon


The Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be part of the Survivor and Family Seminar on Saturday, October 7, 2017. At the Luncheon we will honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and the brain injury community. Attendance for the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is free, but pre-registration is required.


Click here for a Seminar flier with more information


How to Register:

Click here to register online

Call the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 314-426-4024 or 800-444-6443.

Fax a printable Registration Form to 314-426-3290.

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for more information

Annual Statewide Conference

October 5-7, 2017
Marriott St. Louis West 
Chesterfield, Missouri 

Conference Overview
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri Annual Statewide Conference is the only conference in Missouri established specifically for current trends in innovative therapeutic strategies, cutting-edge and best practice treatment options, and research relating to brain injury. 

This Conference features national and local experts addressing issues of interest to professionals, survivors of brain injury and family members.

Sessions held Thursday and Friday focus on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, vocational counselors, physicians, psychologists, mental health professionals, case managers, service coordinators, and others providing care for persons with brain injury.

On Saturday, a special seminar is held for survivors of brain injury and their families.

Thursday, October 5 - Friday October 6 Features: 

Conference Professional Audience
  • Therapists - physical, occupational, speech
  • Medical Personnel - physicians, nurses, neurologists
  • Mental Health Professionals - social workers, counselors, psychologists, neuropsychologists
  • Rehabilitation Specialists - medical, therapy, mental health
  • Care Coordinators - case managers, service coordinators, discharge planners
  • Vocational Experts - vocational counselors, job developers
  • Community Support Staff - independent living experts, personal care attendants, support providers
Keynote Presentations 
  • The Public Health Burden of TBI - John Corrigan, PhD, ABPP, The Ohio State University
  • Post Traumatic Epilepsy and Seizures from Brain Injury – Brian Keith Day, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Cardinal Cowboy, Chase Your Dreams – Carter “Cardinal Cowboy” Rethwisch, Survivor of Brain Injury and Coma
Additional Topics
  • Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology
  • Dealing with Denial – Helping Survivors in Recovery
  • Pediatric Brain Injury and Transition to Adult Services
  • Behavior Modification for Better Therapy Participation
  • Federal Health Reform: Where Things Stand & the Impact on Missouri
  • Role of Exercise and Nutrition in Recovery
    Veterans and Agriculture: Gaining Ground
      and more! 

Saturday, October 7 features the Survivor and Family Seminar – Eastern Missouri. This Seminar is held in conjunction with the BIA-MO Annual Statewide Conference. Learn more about the Survivor and Family Seminar 2017 – Eastern Missouri program now.


Click here to register for the Annual Conference online.

Fax a printable Registration Form to 314-426-3290.

Download the BIA-MO Conference Sponsorship Brochure here and

register as a Sponsor online now.

Send an email to to be added to the mailing list 
for updates about the BIA-MO Annual Statewide Conference.

Download the Conference Program Brochure

Download the Conference Overview here.

Download the Conference Schedule here

CEU Information 

Hotel Accommodations

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Co-Host Sponsor 
Department of Health and Senior Services

Rehabilitation Track Sponsor 
SSM Rehabilitation Network
A SSM-Select Medical Partnership

Veterans Track Sponsor 
Missouri AgrAbility Project

Keynote Sponsors

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital 
St. Louis Children's Hospital 
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Tim Imhoff and Rachel Dietz
Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

Break Sponsors 

Maryville University Department of Communication Disorders 
Preferred Family Healthcare 

Sports Concussion Educational Programs

Sports Concussions Seminars

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers

Every year, the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) hosts the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers in cooperation with the Department of Health and Senior Services/TBI Grant and several statewide organizations. This educational program provides sports and school personnel with current information on concussion care and his or her role in this care for youth.  

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers regional seminars were held from January through March 2017 at five locations: Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.  

The sessions at the 2017 Central Missouri Seminar were recorded to provide this important education for sports and school personnel who were unable to attend in person. These videos may be great refresher for you too!

They can also be accessed on the 
BIA-MO YouTube channel. 

Watch videos here 

 To learn more or for questions, please call the office at 800-444-6443 or email

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri offers several education programs for youth, parents, school personnel, coaches and the community regarding concussions and brain injury. All of the programs below are offered free of charge to team and school personnel.

Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes

A 15-minute standardized educational program that is incorporated into parent and/or athlete meetings. It is also relevant for parent-teachers organizations or athletic association meetings. 

Content includes the signs and symptoms of a concussion, why it is important to recognize a possible concussion, what should the parent or teammate do if they suspect someone has a concussion, what helps with healing of a concussion and when medical attention is needed following possible concussion. 

Concussion Training for Coaches and School Personnel

Training for youth-sports coaches (paid or volunteer), school nurses, administrators and licensed athletic trainers.

This six-hour training is free of charge for sports team and school personnel. Content includes an in-depth review of the signs and symptoms of concussion, risk factors regarding short and long-term effects of concussion, concussion care and management at the time of potential injury through recovery, return to play protocols and Missouri’s youth sports concussion law.

Save Your Brain 

Age-appropriate education is offered for elementary, middle and high school students regarding brain injury as part of a specific class or Ability Day program.

Content includes causes of brain injury, affects of brain injury, impact on the person and his or her family, concussions and how to be accepting of individuals who may have sustained a brain injury. We also mention services of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for further information.

Request a printable Request for Presentation form or complete the Request for Presentation online.  

Contact BIA-MO for information at or 800-444-6443.


BIA-MO Membership has many benefits. Join today

Membership is free for survivors of brain injury.


Click here to view a video about how BIA-MO helps those with brain injury




Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.

2265 Schuetz Road

Saint Louis, Missouri 63146

Toll Free 800-444-6443

Phone 314-426-4024

Fax 314-426-3290