Staff TBI Skill Builder

Staff TBI Skill Builder is a 14-module, online training program designed for frontline staff new to working with adults with brain injury across a range of settings (e.g., residential support programs, day programs). Skill Builder can also be used as a refresher course for staff with more experience working with this population. client

Staff TBI Skill Builder takes approximately 3-5 hours to complete and is now available at no cost.  Watch the introductory video below and sign up to access the course. 

Sign up for Staff TBI Skill Builder!  https://learn.cbirt.org/

How to create an account for Staff TBI Skill Builder

  • Step 1: Click the link or type in learn.cbirt.org/
  • Step 2: Click “Create an account”.
  • Step 3: Enter first name, last name and email address; Check the box that says “I understand and agree with the Oba Terms & Conditions.”; Click “SIGN ME UP!”
  • Step 4: Go to your email (check your spam folder if needed) and click on the link provided. (NOTE: This link expires in 24 hours.)
  • Step 5: Choose your username and password and click “SUBMIT”.
  • Step 6: You’re all set. Enjoy the program!

Trouble signing up? Contact slocumbj@cbirt.org

Module Topics: 

  • Important Facts About Brain Injury
  • Get to Know the Person
  • Support Communication – Part I
  • Support Communication – Part 2
  • Support the Use of Memory Tools
  • Support Cognition
  • Support Access to Healthcare Providers, Activities of Daily Living and Wellness Routines
  • Support Participation in Personally Meaningful Activities
  • Build Positive Daily Routines
  • Self-Care for Staff
  • Understand the Reason for Challenging Behaviors
  • Respond to Challenging Situations and Behaviors “In the Moment”
  • Understand Conditions that Co-Occur with Brain Injury
  • Practice Putting it All Together

Note: Skill Builder is not a stand-alone training program but is intended to complement other types of trainings (e.g., on-site trainings/learning communities, workshops, etc.). 

A Certificate of Achievement is available upon successfully completing the program. staff working with client

Skill Builder Project Publications
Powell, L.E., Gau, J., Glang, A., Corrigan, J., Ramirez, M., & Slocumb, J. (2021). Staff TBI Skill Builder: Evaluation of an online training program for paraprofessional staff serving adults with moderate–severe TBI.  Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(5). E329–E336. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000661 Abstract 

Powell, L.E., Gomez, D., Gau, J., Glang, A, Perez, A., Slocumb, J., Beck., L., and Dawson, M. (2020). A survey of the training experiences and needs of paraprofessionals serving adults with brain injury. Brain Injury, 34(2), 281-289. Abstract 

Overview of Staff TBI Skill Builder Program 
Laurie Powell, PhD

Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) [90IF0124-02-00]
Start date: October 1, 2016 -– September 2019
Project Director Laurie Powell, PhD
Co-Director: Ann Glang, PhD
Project Contact: lpowell@uoregon.edu

For other training resources, please visit - Brain Injury Association of America - ACBIS Fundamentals