BEST has created a virtual presence for reaching out to those with brain injury and their caregivers. BEST hosts a variety of social events, small group discussions, workshops, and skills training. Our goal in Second Life is to support those with brain injury engage in alternative and meaningful learning and PEER support. Our office can be found on Etopia Island in Second Life.
Our First Annual Cognitive Convention (Cognicon) is February 28 and 29, 2020. Day one (February 28th) begins at noon (PST) and day two (February 29th) begins at 10 am (PST).
Our theme: Creativity Is A Superpower.
The goal is to raise awareness about BEST in Second Life, share information about brain injury, brain health, and supportive communities and programs in Second Life.
There is no charge to attend this event.
Gloria has 30 years independent consulting experience focusing on helping nonprofits and cooperatives develop capacity through training, information management, and organizational systems development. Gloria has degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and Syracuse University, a background in Information Resource Management and Organizational Development, plus a passion for sustainability, both environmentally and organizationally. Since 2008 she has infused her experience, knowledge, and unique leadership style into the operation of BEST. She is also the creative force behind the Etopia Sustainable Communities in Second Life.
Gentle Heron is Alice Krueger. Alice is a former teacher of sciences, mathematics, English, and special education from kindergarten through college level. She has also been an education researcher and professional development provider. She is now permanently disabled with multiple sclerosis. Her world contracted due to the isolation of disability, and in response, she founded the Virtual Ability community in Second Life. Alice is also president of Virtual Ability, Inc., the nonprofit which supports the Virtual Ability community and its activities through collaborative projects with educators and researchers
(3) Wisdomseeker / Lynne Berrett
Lynne Berrett is a co-founder of the Ageless Mind Project and Director of the online brain training program “Virtual Whole Brain Health.” Virtual Whole Brain Health is hosted at Inspiration Island in Second Life where visitors can find interactive builds, engaging activities, and professional presentations on brain health and aging. The approach in all cases is based on current research into lifestyle choices that keep your brain growing. What do you know about the kinds of diet and sleep and mental and physical exercise that make a real difference? We give you solid information and, more important, opportunities to experience the ingredients of a healthy life right in Second Life.
(4) Marly Melina / Niela Miller
Marly Melina (aka Niela Miller) is a musician, artist and poet, with a background in Gestalt therapy. She studied with top therapists, including Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt therapy and other pioneers of the human potential movement. She loves to explore the creative process, and the method she has developed to do that within Second Life is Symbolic Modeling (or SymMod for short). Using Symbolic Modeling allows workshop participants to use the tools available within Second Life to help others explore feelings, values, or challenges within their own lives. It is intended to be a tool for educators, coaches, therapists and group leaders. Her indomitable spirit and love of learning prompts her to challenge her reluctance of all things technical and plunge into Second Life. “As soon as I heard about Second Life, I got excited and curious since I saw its potential for creative projects of all kinds, for doing teaching and therapy in new ways, for meeting people from all over the world, for finding just about any interest group I could think of, and for having a lot of fun,” Miller noted.
(5) Dorothea Beatrix / Marysa Rogozynski
At the beginning of her university education, Marysa encountered a softball accident that resulted in a brain injury. Although this was an obstacle, she was not expecting she completed her BS in Psychology from the University of Jamestown. After completing her bachelor’s, she moved to Spokane, WA, to work on her MS in Psychology and Adult Education. When she is not studying for classes, she enjoys playing with her cats, baking delicious sweets, watching movies, and yoga. Marysa is the Eastern WA Program Manager for BEST, along with a support group facilitator in the Spokane area and an event organizer/volunteer coordinator for the Northwest Brain Injury Symposium.
Renne is an artist, instructor, and superhero promoting the importance of creative education and community participation in the arts and sciences that are active and inclusive. She creates one of a kind handcrafted art, apparel, textiles, computer assemblages, sculptures, videos, and publications that embrace the empowerment of brilliant hues, individualism, and acceptance.As Zinnia Zauber in Second Life she teaches at Peninsula College in Second Life and encourages students to explore the full range of their creativity while connecting them with nonprofits and businesses.
Here are some other opportunities where you can join us in Second Life on a regular basis as well!
Click here to see the PEER Center activity calendar.
Intrigued? Ready to begin your virtual world adventure? Click here to get started today!
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is excited to announce our theme for the national Brain Injury Awareness Month in March of this year.
Our 2020 theme is:
Creativity is a Superpower ⚡💡
All month long, we’ll be exploring creativity in self-care, education, awareness, sharing resources, conversations and much more.
By exploring our superpower of creativity, we’ll engage, energize, and empower ourselves, each other, our communities and the world!
Here are our specific plans!
Whether you’re a brain injury survivor or caregiver, we’d love to hear from you!
How do you explore creativity?
What kinds of superhero creative solutions do you use to approach your injury or your caregiving?
Send your thoughts to Kim at email@example.com or you can private message us on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest).
Prefer to drop us a line by mail? Send your thoughts to:
Kim Thompson, Brain Energy Support Team
3800A Bridgeport Way W #393
University Place, WA 98466
Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
877-719-2378 extension 106
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement, pledges to empower and support the brain injury community and their families of Washington State.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University Place, WA November 19, 2019 – The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
The BEST #GivingTuesday mission is to engage, energize and empower the brain injury community and their families support their personal empowerment and journey forward after brain injury.
Occurring this year on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
BEST has joined #GivingTuesday to continue to build upon our mission of supporting and empowering the brain injury community, their caregivers and their families in Washington State.
BEST is unique in that the organization’s leadership and services are built by and for individuals with brain injury.
Through BEST’s robust peer support, educational, and socialization opportunities, the organization provides the tools, skills and strategies for brain-injured adults to live the BEST lives possible. Our #GivingTuesday mission is to bolster our tools to support the brain injury community, share brain injury awareness and add to our team of supporters.
Those who are interested in joining the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit brainenergysupportteam.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
About the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008. The mission of BEST is to provide support, advocacy, public awareness, education and socialization opportunities to individuals with a brain injury and their families. BEST provides support to over 70 brain injury support groups in Washington State.
To learn more about the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please click to view:
Hashtags: #TBITalk #engageenergizeempower
Each person in the brain injury community has their own unique form of personal empowerment.
That’s why at BEST, we help people, who have a canvas at the ready, with the tools, strategies and resources to help them tap into their own kind of creativity and empowerment that works best for them.
Add that to the exciting idea of the power of being an actual artist.
We see our community as Empowerment Artists, and there is no such thing as failure.
We’ve already begun with success by being (empowerment) artists already.
Together, let’s make beautiful and important empowerment art on our journey forward after brain injury.
Here’s your chance to practice the artistry of sharing your care, along with supporting others on their empowerment journey.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Our theme? The Art of Empowerment.
Our goal is to raise $5K to fund the learning materials for online and in person educational opportunities and special events to help empowerment artists practice their craft.
Donations of any amount help.
While you are invited to contribute on Giving Tuesday itself, you may make a secure and fast online donation right now by clicking here.
You are also welcome to send a check by mail to:
Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
3800A Bridgeport Way W. #393
University Place, WA 98466
Thank you for being a generosity artist! We appreciate YOU for your time and interest.
Would you like to some BEST artists in our community? Learn all about them and a special BEST art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum this fall.
P.S. Read on for more information on how to take your support to the next level through Giving Tuesday this holiday season!
Save the date: Next Thursday, November 14, 2019, BEST Artists Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, Robin Spicuzza, and Erin Thompson, along with BEST Communications Manager, Kim Thompson, will be at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) from 5 pm to 8 pm in the Cheney room on the third floor, the home of the Superhero show, our community art installation!
Diane will be sharing a superhero make and take art project with the public during this time. We’d love to have you stop by, see the art, make some art,and answer any questions you have about BEST.
Even better: during those very hours, the ENTIRE museum is FREE to the general public, so come explore all that TAM has to offer!
Hope to see you there! P.S. Can’t make it November 14th? No worries! BEST will be back on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Superheroes came together at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) for an evening of art, artists, celebration and honoring the brain injury community of Washington State.
Here are our favorite photos from the opening night reception of the Superhero show at the museum in the video below.
BEST would like to give special thanks to our BEST superhero artists for their amazing work, our BEST friend TAM for their support and encouragement, the BEST Team for their super-powered work on the show, and the community that came out to enjoy the celebration.
If you were unable to attend the reception, on worries!
Our show will be available to view at the museum through December 26, 2019. The best time to visit the museum is on Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm. The museum is free to all visitors Thursday evenings so you can enjoy the entire museum at no cost.
Finally, we’d like to thank and honor the real-life superheroes of the brain injury community in Washington State. You are the BEST!
It’s almost time to celebrate! With 18 local BEST artists and nearly 50 pieces of art, the “Superhero” show is getting ready to soar!
You are cordially invited to attend our FREE opening reception tomorrow night at the Tacoma Art Museum from 5 pm to 7:30 pm to celebrate the local artists of the brain injury community! Enjoy an evening of art, superheroes, and light refreshments.
To learn more, visit our event page and check out the ABOUT section.
Can’t wait to see you there!