Brain Health Symposium
December 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pmFree – $75
We have applied for 6.0 CEUs for Social Workers, Physical Therapy, and Nursing Care Admin and 7.0 CNE’s for Nursing
— presented by —
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
5025 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
$55 Community Member
$75 Professional requiring CEUs | CNEs
(purchase tickets above)
Breakfast and lunch will be provided
FEATURING— Head Injury & The Justice System: Ending the Revolving Door
Director of Professional Programs at Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
Liz serves as the Director of Professional Programs for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC), with whom she’s worked since 2011. BIAC is a statewide nonprofit and the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers. Liz received her Master’s Degree in International Trauma Psychology from the University of Denver and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. She serves on multiple committees with the goal of improving access to care, co-founded the Colorado Youth Concussion Education Consortium whose mission is to promote accurate and consistent concussion management information to medical providers across the state, and she has worked in brain injury research at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Liz provides training to community organizations working with individuals with brain injury, building capacity within systems to better serve clients and ensuring they are connected to valuable resources.
Clinical Professor and Director of Continuing Education, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
Dr. Gorgens is a neuropsychologist who has worked for decades studying and treating the brain. She has studied injured brains, aging brains, optimal brains and the brains of criminals. She is a Professor of Psychophysiology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychology of Criminal Behavior at the University of Denver. She manages a large portfolio of traumatic brain injury (TBI) related research and has lectured extensively on those issues (including a 2010 TED talk on youth sports concussion, a 2018 TED talk on brain injuries in criminal justice, several NPR spots and an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper). Her work has been featured in USNews, Newsweek, Mens Health, Salon.com and more. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology and Vice President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology.
Gender Differences in Brain Injury Recovery
Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD
Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research, University of Arizona & Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Dr. Lifshitz serves as the Director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program, which is a joint venture through BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
His research questions primarily investigate traumatic brain injury as a disease process that dismantles, repairs and regenerates circuits in the brain. The underlying principle is that adaptive repair and regeneration fail, leaving a miswired brain and neurological impairments that decrease quality of life. Dr. Lifshitz takes great pride in his trainees, who work together in translational and clinical investigations.
In Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking Next Door
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW
Director of the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research
As the Director of the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at ASU, Dominique is all too familiar with the abuse and trauma women and men face when exiting prostitution rings. In addition to teaching, Dominique provides clinical intervention groups for women and men and focuses her research on women and violence with a focus on prostitution and the therapeutic needs for exiting.
Surviving Bullying, Addiction, & Trauma: The Brandon Lee Story
Emmy award-winning anchor and author of Mascara Boy
Author Brandon Lee is one of the most sought after motivational speakers when it comes to surviving trauma and addiction. He’s a two time Emmy award-winning journalist for his reporting on the opioid crisis. The irony is that Brandon was also a drug addict. Brandon’s trauma, however, started as a child when he was sexually abused by his piano teacher and youth soccer coach. The tragedy is that Brandon held it inside because of shame and fear. It wasn’t until the age of 37 when Brandon was reporting on a story about sex assault in the #MeToo era when he finally got the courage to break his silence about being a sex victim and how that trauma led him down a dark path of sex and drug addiction.
At age 15, Brandon was snorting cocaine and drinking to blackout, all while attending Catholic school. The drug abuse got worse as Brandon got older. He would attend raves and circuit parties to get high. His drug addiction fueled his sex addiction. Brandon eventually created a double life. One as a professional news anchor. The other as a strung-out druggie in the slums of Los Angeles. He describes the moment he took his first hit off the crack pipe. He felt invincible. Unstoppable. He describes it as breathing in the Devil. After nearly dying in a coma after an overdose, Brandon sought out a 12-Step program and has been sober ever since 2-22-2010. His story breaks every stereotype people have of a drug addict. His mission is to start a movement with the hashtag #EndTheStigma by calling on all his sober brothers and sisters to break their anonymity and put a face to the addiction crisis.