Toronto ABI Network Conference: A Home Run


I attended the 2008 Toronto ABI Network Conference on November 3 and 4. Each year this conference evolves and deepens in terms of its content and quality. This year the conference was the largest ever, but fortunately remained extremely well organized and scheduled in all respects by the ABI Network Planning Committee and Ms. Charissa Levy, Executive Director. The keynote speakers: Caron Gan, R.N., M.Sc.R.N.; Deidre Dawson, Ph.D.and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. addressed issues of family support, executive functioning and a model of treatment in their excellent presentations about their applied work and research. Constable Carolyn Matthews, the closing speaker, brought the elements of brain injury together in her personal story of injury and recovery.

Personally, I find the ABI Network Conference to be an excellent opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge. I enjoyed sharing my presentations on Social Role Return and Aging with a Brain Injury with the conference participants. Of course, I enjoyed seeing my colleagues in Toronto and being in the downtown area. The ABI Network Conference will convene again in 2010. I look forward to seeing how this conference continues to grow. If you are interested in seeing the 2008 conference materials and handouts visit:

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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