WV TBI Conference 2022

Thriving after Brain Injury: Living Our Best Lives Virtual Conference

The WV Traumatic Brain Injury conference is hosted by disability partners across the state including the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities, WVU Division of Occupational Therapy, WV TBI Advisory Council, Disability Rights of WV, The Appalachian Center for Independent Living, WV Division of Rehabilitation Services, and individuals with lived experience, as well as their family members and caregivers.

The conference will kick off on Tuesday, March 1st with an advocacy workshop for people with TBI, caregivers, and family members to come together to build skills and create community to further change in WV. On March 2nd, the full conference will begin and provide opportunities for the people with TBI, caregivers/family members, as well as professionals to attend sessions on best practices for serving individuals with TBIs. Topics include supported decision-making, recreation therapy for people with TBI in WV, driving after a brain injury, and advocating for legislative change.

Presenters Sessions

Schedule at a Glance

Date and Time of Session Presenter Session Title Track
Tuesday March 1st 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Steve Wiseman Bringing people with TBI, family members, and caregivers together to ADVOCATE Advocacy Workshop
Wednesday, March 2nd 10-11 a.m. Johnathan Martinis, J.D., Esq. Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, March 2nd 11:15- 12:15 p.m. Christina E. Smith Exploring Alternatives to Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making Options 1
Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD Mindfulness Interventions and TBI Speakers 2
Wednesday, March 2nd 1:30-2:30 p.m. Panelists: Becky Spaulding, David Duke, Wes Alexander, Suzette Hardy, and Joel Robinson Facilitated by Rodney Smith and April Fincham Lived Experience Panel Both
Wednesday March 2nd 3:15-4:15 p.m. Melanie Whetzel Brain Injury and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Disclosure, Documentation, and Workplace Accommodations 1
Jacob Greenfield, MOT, OTR/L, ATRIC, CSRS Return to driving following a Traumatic Brain Injury – Clinical and Practical Implications 2
Wednesday, March 2nd 4:30-5:30 p.m. Gabriella Jarrett Yoga for TBI Both
Thursday, March 3rd 9:45-10:45 a.m. Jonathan Martinis, J.D., Esq. Supported Decision-Making From Theory To Practice 1
Richard Ward West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS) 2
Thursday, March 3rd 11-12 p.m. Leslie E. Tower, PhD, Michelle Richmond, BSW Engaging Our Legislators: TBI Policy and Advocacy 1
Ann Watts McDaniel Legislative Advocacy Without Going to the Capitol 2
Thursday, March 3rd 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eric Thompson Access on the Go Closing Speaker


  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS)
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  • West Virginia University School of Medicine Division of Occupational Therapy
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine Division of Physical Therapy