Brain injury leadership academy


Advancing the field of neurological rehabilitation through mindfulness, specialization and advocacy

Make the shift.

Based in Greenville South Carolina, the Brain Injury Leadership Academy represents a venture to support the development of leaders in the field of brain injury rehabilitation, and thereby advancing the field of rehabilitation, through increased personal awareness, increased self-mastery and mindfulness through the application of conscious professionalism principles.


There is a rich heritage of core principles that can be found in place in our clinics, hospitals, and post acute services, though perhaps not recognized as such. Jim Dethmer, co-author of our course text, refers to this as “eating our own cooking” - if principles of emotional intelligence applied in a mindful way to persons with neurological injury can make a difference in outcomes and quality of life, perhaps they can have similar impact on the clinical leader’s own personal growth!

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We believe neurorehabilitation professionals are uniquely positioned to benefit from a mindfulness-based approach to leadership development because the concepts of conscious professionalism are built on some of the very same constructs used in our treatment and training today. 

Leaders who are committed to their performance must commit to growing as individuals, become increasingly more competent, self-aware, and conscious.
— Anderson & Adams, Mastering Leadership

The Conscious Therapist, April 2019

The Conscious Therapist Workshop: Mindfulness Applied included professionals in various roles in neurorehabilitation including Neuropsychology, Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Case Management. 

The two day workshop addressed topics such as the Conscious Therapist model, mindfulness and emotional intelligence, the importance of why and how we do rehab, as well as the neuroscience behind it all. This workshop laid the foundation for its participants to begin a journey of significant personal and professional growth.

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The Brain Injury Leadership Academy is endorsed by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Here’s what they have to say about us:

In 2017, the Brain Injury Leadership Academy, based in Greenville, South Carolina and under the Leadership of Dr. Sheldon Herring, Clinical Director at Roger Peace Rehabilitation Center, launched its inaugural two and a half day workshop “Brain Injury Leadership Development: Foundation and Application”. Following a curriculum review and an in depth discussion with Dr. Herring, the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) joined the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and other well recognized leaders in the Brain Injury community by providing an endorsement of this cutting edge learning opportunity.

The Brain Injury Leadership Academy has just announced its newest course “The Conscious Therapist Workshop: Mindfulness Applied” to take place in Greenville on April 5 & 6, 2019. Last years participant reviews were exceptional and we anticipate this year’s program will exceed all expectations.

 At the request of the ACBIS Board of Governors, it gives me great pleasure to again extend endorsement and a recommendation to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Brant A. (Bud) Elkind, MS, CBIST
Immediate Past Chair
 Board of Governors
Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists