1506 – Brain Injury Techniques

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 7:45-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 7:45-9:15 am / Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)


Faculty: Joan Danks, CTRS



The human brain controls how we feel, think and act. A brain injury can change everything about a person in the blink of an eye. The consequences of a moderate to severe brain injury are complicated, compound and can dramatically vary from person to person. In this course, we will discuss techniques and strategies on how to facilitate therapeutic interventions in aquatic therapy for individuals with moderate to severe brain injury.



1)  Define brain injury and identify differences between severe, moderate and mild brain injury.

2)  Examine consequences and problems of severe to moderate brain injury.

3)  Explore aquatic therapy techniques and tools applied to the brain injury population. \

4)  Determine achievable outcome driven goals – “My goals, your goals, our goals.”

5)  Consider and demonstrate rehab-centered and community reintegration applications.


FACULTY: Joan Danks, CTRS, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Brain Injury Supervisor for the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Craig Hospital in Denver. She has experience working in a multitude of community and clinical settings and currently works with the outpatient brain injury team, providing aquatic therapy. While working for the City of Lakewood in Colorado, she developed and implemented an aquatic therapy program for individuals with a variety of abilities.