Brain injury 101: And Considerations for Providing Therapeutic Recreation Services

*This course has been pre-approved by NCTRC for 5 clock hours.

Learn how to better understand the characteristics, prevalence and best assessment and treatment methods for working with people with mild to severe traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injuries, and stroke. The learner will need to pass a quiz to test competency with at least a 70% in order to receive credit.


  • The CTRS will be able to define the difference between traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, and stroke

  • The CTRS will be introduced to the Glascow Coma Scale and Los Ranchos Amigos Scale and learn how to develop assessment information based on its findings

  • The CTRS will examine a case study and recognize the importance of flexibility with the inconsistencies and fluctuations of a patients ability and how to treat them

Eryn Friedman-Sinclair, MA, CTRS

Instructor Bio:

I graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services from Ithaca College obtaining my CTRS , completed my Master’s Degree in school counseling from Seton Hall University in 2010, and recently completed my certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Currently I teach at Kean University in the Recreation Therapy Department and for past 16 years have worked at the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at their Center for Head Injuries. I have experience providing therapeutic recreation services for adults with mild to severe brain injuries and stroke in the acute care and subacute rehabilitation settings.

Eryn Friedman Sinclair, MA, CTRS

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