Spokane, WA 12/4/18 7:30 -10 pm, FREE: “Rediscovering your Child” Pediatric Brain Injury is an event to better understanding recovery & available resources for pediatric brain injury.
Click on the video below to view her informative presentation and get resources and information on this important topic that impacts the brain injury community and their families.
Forging new pathways, navigating new dreams.
The theme of the 2018 Washington State TBI Conference was absolutely perfect for superheroes: new paths, new dreams and how to make them happen.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) team members were honored to hear conference participant’s stories, dreams and the paths they wanted to take going forward into the future.
We had the opportunity to learn new things from each other, have important conversations, give hugs and high fives to old friends, and meet some extraordinary new friends, all in the course of two terrific days of sharing, caring and supporting fellow superheroes and their families.
Enclosed are a few of our favorite pictures of day two. For day one thoughts, click here.
Many thanks for stopping by the BEST exhibit booth and taking this wonderful journey of togetherness and learning with us. You are all the BEST.
We cordially invite you to peruse our website anytime! Here, you’ll find news you can use, powerful and important stories, resources, educational tools and more.
We also cordially invite you to stop by Our BEST Space to say hi, take a tour, enjoy some special events and Space programming and shop at our brand new Superhero Shoppe in University Place, Washington! There’s something for everyone at Our BEST Space.
We’ve also included website links to the conference keynote speakers for more information. Just simply click on the name in bold and you are on your way!
May 29, 2018 Speakers:
May 30, 2018 Speakers:
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is feeling extra energized this afternoon!
We’ve just kicked off day one of the 2018 Washington State TBI Conference in Tacoma, Washington, and superheroes from the Washington State brain injury community are reuniting for two special days of sharing, caring, conversations, information and resources.
The BEST Superhero booth is located in the exhibit and vendor area at the stunning Hotel Murano located in the heart of downtown Tacoma. For those attending the conference, either today or tomorrow, we cordially welcome you to stop by, say hello and get some great information and news you can use. We can’t wait to meet you!
Here’s what happened.
BEST recently began the journey in Eastern Washington as an organizer and participant in the Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium held at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington on April 19-20, 2018. This unique learning environment brought together medical and health professionals, brain injury survivors, caregivers and other community supporters for important conversations, awareness and education.
BEST Executive Director. Gloria Kraegel, appreciated the experience.
“Having a symposium like this in Eastern Washington is a great opportunity to share information and experiences with professionals, legislators, educators, and the community at large. The theme, Education, Awareness, and Connection, was right on target.”
Kraegel continues, “I liked the fact that the mix of presenters and panels were diverse and covered a lot of the things we are concerned about; caregiving, employment, identity, services, and legislation.”
BEST’s Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel, had the opportunity to attend and participate in the 17th Annual Saying It Out Loud Conference that was held on April 23, 2018 in Tacoma, Washington. Hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Behavioral Health Administration’s (BHA) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), the conference educates how to better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning plus communities. This year’s theme, Beyond the Binary, focused on behavioral health and included workshop sessions that ranged from identity to identifying challenges in accessing care.
For Kraegel, she was nothing short of impressed by this special day of learning, caring and sharing.
“I was impressed with the available resources and especially the fact that this is the 17th annual Say It Out Loud Conference sponsored by DSHS. This says a lot about how Washington State strives to support its diverse populations and meet the needs of our varied communities.”
BEST thanks the organizers of both of these events for the special and memorable experiences.
The 2018 Washington State TBI Conference will be held on May 29-30, 2018 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.
For those who wish to apply for a conference scholarship (for registration fees only or for registration and lodging), scholarship applications are now available online to complete and submit.
All scholarship applications are due by April 20, 2018.
All applicants will be notified of the application status of their request via email, mail or phone call by May 11, 2018.
Please click here to view the scholarship form online. It is the second bullet point on the right hand side of the home page. The scholarship form is a Word document. Below is an image of the form. Here’s the flyer for the conference itself. Scholarship information is noted at the bottom of the flyer. For those who wish to register without applying for a scholarship, please click here.
At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we provide support, resources, services, education, social opportunities and more for the brain injury community and their caregivers and families.
Our online presence can be accessed at any time, from anywhere.
Looking to learn more?
Here are the five BEST ways to connect with us!
- brainenergysupportteam.org: Our website features information about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved. Whether you are a brain injury survivor, caregiver, family member, medical or health/wellness professional with an interest in brain health, we have something for everyone on our website. Please visit today.
- Our website blog: Our award-winning website blog features personal essays from the brain injury community, resources and tools, event information, health and wellness tips and strategies, educational articles, original art and much more. Our blog is updated regularly. Please stop by and give us a read. You’ll be glad you did!
- Social media user? BEST has you covered. You can find us on these social media platforms:
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- Subscribe to our e-newsletter! Have the latest news, updates, event information and more delivered right to email inbox each month. Subscribing is fast and easy. Just click here and get started!
- Have a specific question that we can help with? Contact us directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 877-719-2378.
All superheroes need a little down time, right?
They also need a special place to connect with other superheroes, restore their energy, work on their superpowers, and just have some real superhero-kind-of-fun.
At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we’ve got just that very solution for the BEST Superheroes of the brain injury community. Our BEST Space, a safe, comfortable and supportive environment, located in University Place, Washington, is THE place for superheroes to take off their capes and relax.
Whether our superheroes choose to do something new by creating and learning, or just wish to engage and energize with others, Our BEST Space has something for every superhero.
- A warm welcome and a supportive and friendly environment.
- A safe and comfortable place for you to learn, create and engage at your own pace.
- A mission and vision of positive energy, wellness, self-care, self-confidence and empowerment that are at the core of all activities, events and interactions.
- An opportunity to connect with others in an accepting and nonjudgmental space.
- A place that honors ourselves and others with respect, dignity, care and kindness.
Here’s what Our BEST Space asks of our superheroes:
- Respectfulness, open-mindedness, encouragement and good attitudes with themselves and other superheroes.
- Willingness to engage, participate and enjoy Our BEST Space activities and events fully and positively.
- Pitching in to keep our personal and activity spaces tidy (as needed).
- While many activities at Our BEST Space are at no cost, for those activities that do require payment, we expect that our superheroes pay any participation and/or material fees in a timely fashion.
- Readiness to follow any safety, activity and/or event instructions and guidelines from Our BEST Space staff/volunteer leaders.
NEW: Here is the Our BEST Space schedule for April 2018 below! Please click HERE to learn more details about each event.