Brain injury leadership academy

The Course


The Brain Injury Leadership Academy aims to support the development of therapists and 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. We believe that if principles of emotional intelligence applied in a mindful way to persons with neurological injury can make a difference in their outcomes and quality of life, these core principles can have similar impact on the clinician’s own personal growth!


Introduction to the Conscious Therapist

A four-hour course introducing the principles of mindfulness for the neurorehab professional to increase resilience, therapist satisfaction and ultimately therapist impact on the lives of those they serve.

2017 - 2018

Brain Injury Leadership Development: Foundation and Application

Brain Injury Leadership Development: Foundation and Application (BILD:FA) is a year-long endeavor for clinical and administrative leaders and those who are in a position to lead more informally through staff development, team coordination, etc.  This program will develop your leadership skills, while at the same time addressing challenges to implementing best practice knowledge in neurorehabilitation. Through participating in BILD:FA, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate, learn, self-discover, and get support on your journey to leadership in neurorehabilitation. 

Program Components


Module 1: Onsite Workshop 

  • Pre-workshop 1:1 meeting with team mentor

  • Welcome reception with entire cohort of your colleagues

  • Two-day workshop where you'll cover:

    • Key concepts in Conscious Professionalism

    • Key principles in advanced neurorehabilitation

    • Internal/External challenges in neurorehabilitation

Modules 11 & 111: Exploring & Practicing Conscious Professionalism

You'll participate in web-based learning on selected leadership topics throughout the year.  You'll also have the opportunity to use real-world scenarios from your team to create strategy, increase mindfulness, and apply leadership principles to your setting.


  • Online small group sessions, led by mentors

  • Concepts delivered via demonstration, application and integration

  • Guided scenarios that incorporate neurorehabilitation field trends, best practices, and challenges to explore leadership principles

  • Additional 1:1 time with certified leadership coach


  • Application of the six essential conscious leadership commitments in daily life

  • Reflection exercises and documentation of the practice of the six commitments

  • Online monthly discussions & discussion boards


The Conscious Therapist Workshop: Mindfulness Applied

Brain injury rehabilitation has been referred to as “an extremely stressful and demanding endeavor”.  In this context, the “Conscious Therapist” demonstrates mindfulness through moment-by-moment awareness of their thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and is able to be present for their patients and co-workers despite growing challenges. Numerous factors inherent to working with brain injury, as well as external factors influencing the delivery of services, place great demand on the individual therapist. These unique challenges to mindfulness for the neurorehab professional require a unique approach to increase resilience, therapist satisfaction and ultimately therapist impact on the lives of those they serve. This interactive workshop is meant to lay the foundation for significant personal and professional growth.

Topics for the two days include:

  • Leading and treating with your brain in mind- the neuroscience behind it all

  • Review of mindfulness literature-Metacognition applied to oneself

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Exploring the importance of WHY we do what/how we do rehab

  • The Conscious Therapist model-

    • Four ways of being in the world

    • Above and Below the Line: Escalation, workplace drama, and the Empowerment Dynamic

    • Commitment to Curiosity, Allies, Condor, Responsibility, Integrity and more

    • Authentic community: mindfulness applied to the whole rehab team

  • Principles of a Deliberately Development Organizations

Designed for PT, OT, ST, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology and others, The Conscious Therapist Workshop aims to provide rehabilitation therapists with a mindfulness based model that will help them navigate the many personal challenges of neurorehabilitation.

Activities include:

  • Lecture

  • Small group discussion

  • Introduction to the Enneagram, a personality typing system that can give greater insight into how you “show up” in your world

  • An online sharing community will be available to support participants growth in the year after the workshop.

CEUS: 11 general contact hours available


Courses are led by Dr. Sheldon Herring.  Dr. Herring serves as the Clinical Director of the Outpatient Brain Injury and Young Stroke Programs at Roger C Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville Health System (GHS).  Dr. Herring is also Chief of the Division of Behavioral, Social, and Population Health Sciences at the USC School of Medicine Greenville.  Dr. Herring is a member of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Certification of Brain Injury Specialists and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of America. Dr. Herring, who has practiced as a neuropsychologist for over 30 years, lectures regionally and nationally on brain injury rehabilitation topics.