The Virtual Journey Conference

October 29th, 2020

The Journey Conference is the only conference in Northern Virginia that is designed and dedicated to survivors of brain injury and their family.

The Journey Conference is an annual conference hosted by Brain Injury Services for survivors, family members, and professionals in the brain injury community. This year’s theme will focus on the importance of telling your story and how that helps you along your journey. Attending Journey is a great way for you to connect with other survivors and be educated on community resources available to you and your family as you work to find your “new normal.”

Schedule: Morning Sessions

Inspirational storyteller Lethan Candlish shares the journey after brain injury that led him to the art of Storytelling and the benefits that can come from using storytelling as a tool in rehabilitation.​
Candlish Photo
Lethan Candlish

TBI Survivor/Inspirational Storyteller

Holly’s path forever changed, when at the age of 18 she sustained a life-changing traumatic brain injury, as a result of a motor vehicle crash. Significant challenges followed, during her ongoing recovery. Holly shares her message of hope, humor, and inspiration.
Holly Kostrzewski

TBI Survivor/Inspirational Storyteller

Breakout Session for Caregivers
Diana Kostrzewski​

Caregiver/Inspirational Storyteller


Schedule: Afternoon Pediatric Sessions

Ahead of the Game: Key Issues in Youth Concussions
The presentation will discuss current knowledge about youth concussion, focusing on a summary of definitions, symptoms, assessment/testing, management, formal guidelines, return to learn and sports, research and regulations/legislation.
Dr. Rosemarie Moser

Sports Concussion Specialist

Rachel Bailey
Parenting Specialist



Morning Sessions:

Stories from survivors and caregivers with a focus on the importance of sharing your story


Afternoon Pediatric Sessions

Listen to experts share parenting tips, strategize IEPs and 504s, and share key issues in youth concussions


Full Day

Join us for a full day- In the morning, you can hear inspirational stories from TBI survivors and be empowered by the power of storytelling

Questions? Email Aleena Gardezi at or call (703) 451-8881, ext.238 with any questions about attendance, sponsorship opportunities, or day of logistics.

2020 Journey Sponsors