February 2021 Newsletter


Professional Development Opportunities



February 2021






While our Virtual Independence Program (VIP) continues to thrive, a more intensive virtual educational opportunity began in January serving ten IP warriors. Brain Booster was developed and facilitated by four of NCC’s case managers with backgrounds in Occupational, Speech Language, and Therapeutic Recreation Therapies. The program provides two weeks of focused cognitive and functional skill building that can be generalized to building independence in everyday life. In addition, the sessions include structured group sessions for reinforcement, accountability and evaluation of progress towards established goals. The first cohort of warriors begins week two this week and have already reported high levels of satisfaction. One participant shared “I find it productive, calm, not stressing, and fun.” Brain Booster will be offered again in 2021. If you work with a warrior who you feel may be a good fit for this program, encourage your warrior to talk with his/her case manager.

If you have any questions about VIP offerings, reach out to your Case Manager or contact Jenny at Jabramson@neurocc.com






TBI / Veteran Related Trainings

**Please note these trainings are aimed at increasing your professional development, but are not required by NCC. Therefore, the registration fee and time spent participating in these external webinars may not be billed to NCC.   

Tuesday, February 9th: Wellness Techniques for Reducing Stress and Anxiety
Presented by TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing
12pm EST. Free. Details and registration found here.

Wednesday, February 10th: Learning Through Crisis – Evaluating the Public Health Impact of Remote Behavioral Change Programs for Older Adults during COVID-19 
Presented by The American Society on Aging
10am PST. CEUs available. Free.
Details and registration found here.

Wednesday, February 17th: Managing Finances After Brain Injury
Presented by The Brain Injury Association of America
3pm EST. CEUs available. $50
Details and registration found here.

Thursday, February 18th: COVID-19 and its Mental Health Impact on Older People
Presented by The American Society on Aging
11am PST. CEUs available. Free.
Details and registration found here.

Wednesday, February 24th: Use of Applied Behavior Analysis in Brain Injury – Treatment Function-Based Treatment and Outcomes
Presented by The Brain Injury Association of America
3pm EST. CEUs available. $50
Details and registration found here.

Wednesday, February 24th: 5 Main Symptoms of Brain Injury and Why They Are so Difficult to Resolve
Presented by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network
1:30pm CST. Free.
Details and registration found here.

Friday, February 26th: Generational Diversity: Brain Injury Management Through Understanding Culture
Presented by the NeuroRestorative’s Neuro Institute
12pm EST. CEUs available. Free.
Details and registration found here.

8 session-series in February/ March: Disaster and Hazard Readiness in Action
Presented by the Military Families Learning Network
11am EST. CEUs available. Free.
Details and Registration found here.





Resource Recommendation:
Miltax: Tax Services For The Military

This tax season, start with MilTax from Military OneSource and the Department of Defense. MilTax free tax services include tax prep and e-filing software and personalized support that address the realities of military life – deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals, multistate filings, living OCONUS and more. MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available January 19 through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider. Have a question or need help starting? MilTax consultants are specially trained to help with unique tax situations specific to service members and their families. Reach out 24/7 to schedule a consultation.

For more details, visit their website at: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/tax-resourcecenter/miltax-military-tax-services/





Creative Arts Corner:

Restoration by Charlie B.

Mama I couldn’t sleep last night

My eyes were closed

My mind was bright

Just thinking

Wondering how cold it is in the dark

Feeling the cold scars and lonely marks

Such a cold thing

But then again, I smiled

Mama, you know that day will come again

Where there is all light

So bright, it will make the night full of fright

Souls will be restored

Minds can adore

The thought of thinking something so true

Full of smiles and laughs

Generating new directions and new paths

I will see the narrow road

I will be able to chill and relax

Breathing silently with the wind

And I adore

The gates of heaven as they stay open

Waiting for my soul.

Artist Bio:  Charlie B. was born in Augusta GA, March 7, 1977. He was raised by a single parent in Louisville, GA, a former slave town and the first permanent capital of Georgia. Educated at historic Louisville Academy, Louisville High School, and Jefferson County High School, Charlie was the only African American male Honor Graduate of his class (1996). He attended GA Southern University where he earned a BBA in Operations Management and continued his education at Augusta State University where he earned a MA in Special Education. His professional achievements include: Special Ed Teacher and Football/Basketball Coach plus 14 years in the Army and Army Reserves. He was injured in Afghanistan by IED and suffered multiple injuries including PTSD and TBI. Charlie was discharged; he is a disabled Vet. He recently completed his first memoir, Scars, Wars, and Perseverance.

“I write for therapy.  My themes include perseverance, pains, struggles, everyday life observations, optimism, love, appreciation for nature and religion.”
(Charlie Brady 2/6/19)

Creative Arts Therapist: Ms. Alper has a Master’s in Education, and Counseling, is certified through the Amherst writers and Artist Foundation and completed a 2 year program in California for expressive arts.

Several of our warriors have been participating in creative arts sessions online, once a week with writing instructor, Anne Alper. Sessions focus on guided writing exercises with theme prompts to develop writing skills and structured writing practice.












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