Brain Injury—Its Impact on Justice Involved Students
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When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:20 PM CT

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NE MCLE #192555. 3.0 CLE Hours (Distance Learning)
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$195.00 – Regular Registration
$150.00 – NSBA Voluntary Dues-Paying Member
$75.00 – NSBA Voluntary Dues-Paying Member Junior Actives
Free – Law students

Most people have heard of the term Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), typically as it relates to sports injuries. However, many in the justice system—including attorneys—fail to recognize the symptoms of brain injury in their juvenile clients and instead confuse those symptoms for mental illness. In this seminar, the presenters will explain the challenges related to providing educational services for juvenile justice youth and how brain injury and cognitive disabilities add to the complexity of meeting their unique needs.

Matthew Garlinghouse, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Garlinghouse completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of North Dakota. He subsequently completed a 4-year fellowship in Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging at Dartmouth Medical School (now Geisel School of Medicine). He has previously held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and Henry Ford Health Systems / Wayne State School of Medicine. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His clinical practice involves the pre-surgical assessment of patients with cancer and epilepsy, as well as the assessment of persons who have experienced a brain injury.

Peggy Reisher, MSW, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska
Peggy Reisher has worked in the field of brain injury for over 25 years.  She helped establish the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA-NE) in 2009 and became the executive director in July 2013. BIA-NE’s mission is to create a better future for all Nebraskans through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy and support.

Reisher has a master’s degree in social work and work 14 years on the traumatic brain injury unit at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. where she helped patients and families identify community resources upon discharge from the hospital.

Reisher is currently the president elect of the United States Brain Injury Alliance and on the Munroe Meyer Institute Board of Directors.

Randy Farmer, M.Ed., Lincoln Public Schools Pathfinder Education Program
Randall Farmer M.Ed. is the Educational Director of the Lincoln Public Schools Pathfinder Education Program located in the Lancaster County Youth Services Center in Lincoln, NE.  He has worked with youth at-risk for 30 years.  He has worked in a variety of settings: an adolescent secure mental health facility, an alternative middle school, a residential school for youth socially or economically in need, and the public schools.   The last 18 years have been at the Lancaster county juvenile detention center, teaching 4 years, and currently the administrator for the last fourteen years.

Randall currently serves on the executive board of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (  He also served as president of the NPJS education council for 5 years.  He has for 14 years, worked with the Nebraska Department of Education on committees for improving educational services for youth in out-of-home placements.   Randall is a regular speaker to various groups and organizations in the state, and nationally, about the need for quality educational services for youth at-risk.  He has consulted with numerous juvenile justice-based education programs across the country.   Randall and his wife Dr. Staples-Farmer also provide professional development trainings for Lincoln Public Schools on system involved youth.  Randall is continually learning, and engaging others in the pursuit of the best practices for educating system involved youth and believes strongly in the motto: “The kids always come first.”