What You'll Learn
LESSON 1: You Can Heal Your Brain
Dr. Chapek reveals that even if you have suffered one or more head injuries—even if it was many years ago—it is still possible to heal your brain.
LESSON 2: Myths and Mechanisms of Concussions
In this lesson, Dr. Chapek debunks some of the myths about concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). He unlocks the underlying mechanisms of what happens when the brain is injured and shows how the damage can continue for weeks, months, or even years.
LESSON 3: Elements of Brain Injury Assessment
Many people who go to the hospital for a CT scan following a concussion are told they’ll be fine, but they aren’t. They can suffer from issues like depression, brain fog, and memory problems. Dr. Chapek explains the critical components that are missing from most brain injury assessments. And how getting an accurate diagnosis can help you feel better faster.
LESSON 4: What to Do if You’ve Had a Concussion
The standard concussion protocols are not necessarily the optimal protocols. Dr. Chapek gives tips that parents, schools, coaches, and individuals can implement to promote faster healing.
LESSON 5: The TBI First Aid Kit
Everybody has a first aid kit, but few of us have an emergency kit for head injuries. Dr.Chapek outlines the must-have essentials of a TBI first aid kit, including what to take immediately following a head injury and for the first week following the concussion to support healing.
LESSON 6: BRIGHT MINDS: Putting the Pieces Together
In this lesson, Dr. Chapek reveals the 11 major risk factors that can either prevent healing or support the recovery process. He uses the mnemonic BRIGHT MINDS to make them easier for you to remember. Learning which of the 11 risk factors you (or your loved one) have can help you understand how optimizing certain areas of your life can enhance post-concussion brain function.
LESSON 7: Supplements for Chronic Brain Injury
Dr. Chapek explores why medications may not be the best solutions for chronic brain injuries, and he delves into the science behind the supplements that can promote blood flow to the brain, calm inflammation, and support healing.
LESSON 8: Hormones for Healing
Did you know that 25-50% of people who have suffered a head injury have damaged their pituitary gland, the master hormone gland in the brain? Dr. Chapek explains how this negatively impacts neurohormone production, which can contribute to symptoms like depression, anxiety, low libido, low energy, memory problems, and what you can do about it.
LESSON 9: What to Eat to Heal Your Brain
Dr. Chapek outlines the foods that can make concussion symptoms worse as well as what to eat to heal the brain. He shares how making a few simple modifications to a very popular diet can make it the ideal brain-healing plan.
LESSON 10: Correcting Structural Integrity
In some cases, people who suffer a head injury also experience problems with the cervical spine or with the bones of the skull. These may cause a host of problems, such as headaches. Dr. Chapek explores steps you can take to correct misalignments associated with head trauma.
LESSON 11: Strengthening & Retraining Your Brain
Everybody understands that it can be beneficial to go to physical therapy after a soft-tissue injury to strengthen damaged muscles. Here, Dr. Chapek examines why it’s just as important to rehab your brain after a head injury. He shares exercises that are intended to strengthen areas of the brain associated with focus, memory, learning, moods, and more.
LESSON 12: Sleep
Dr. Chapek estimates that up to 70% of people with head injuries have sleep problems. In this lesson, he explains why sleep is so important for a brain recovery program and what you can do to get more restful sleep.
LESSON 13: Exercise & the Brain
Here, Dr. Chapek explains why getting your blood pumping can enhance overall brain function and mental well-being after experiencing head trauma. He also shares how to know when it’s safe to begin an exercise routine.
LESSON 14: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
In this lesson, Dr. Chapek discusses why he thinks hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the “magic bullet” for brain injuries. And he explains the mechanisms behind HBOT—a noninvasive treatment that involves breathing concentrated oxygen in a special pressurized chamber—and discusses the ideal number of sessions required to speed the healing process.
LESSON 15: The Road Map for Healing
This lesson offers a recap of the key elements of this course so you can get on the road to healing.
How it Works
Learn at your own pace.Access hours of exclusive video content from your mobile device, desktop, or the comfort of your couch. Plus, when you sign up you also receive lifetime access to our extensive library of course materials so you can refer back to them again and again.
Knowledge without action is futile.That’s why all our courses are filled with practical knowledge, tools, and tips that can be easily applied to your everyday life. With evidence-based resources and recommendations from your qualified instructor, you’ll discover the foundations of better brain health to optimize your physical and mental well-being.
Engage and connect.Interactive online discussion boards allow you to interact and engage with an entire community of brain health enthusiasts. This is a place where you can post questions, leave comments, celebrate successes, share your challenges, and discuss what’s top of mind with instructors and fellow students.
Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Kabran Chapek
Dr. Kabran Chapek has been a staff physician at Amen Clinics since 2013. As a graduate of Bastyr University in the Seattle area, he is an expert in the use of functional and integrative treatments and collaborates extensively with many of the Amen Clinics physicians. He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s and dementia, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Chapek is the founding president of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate group of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In his groundbreaking book, Concussion Rescue, Dr. Chapek describes in detail the programs and protocols he uses at the Amen Clinics to put patients on a pathway to recovery. For anyone struggling with the effects of concussion, this book guides you through strategies from the cutting edge of brain science.
Exclusive content taught by Naturopathic Physician and Author Kabran Chapek, ND.
Exclusive access to double board-certified psychiatrist and brain imaging specialist, Daniel G. Amen, MD and Kabran Chapek, ND, founding president of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate group of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
24/7 access to community discussion boards where course members can share experiences and offer support.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the all access pass?
All-Access Pass gives you access to all of the courses offered in Amen University.
What is Amen University?
Amen University is an online learning experience that offers access to content produced by Daniel G. Amen, MD and carefully selected experts to bring you information centered around brain health and wellness.
How do I take and access my course?
Follow these steps to access your courses: 1) After logging into your BrainMD account, go to the My Account tab. 2) Click where it says My Courses. 3) Click on “Go to Course” and select which course you’d like to start taking. Oh, and 4) Happy learning! Amen University courses are entirely on-demand, which means that you can enroll in the courses that interest you and learn at your own pace. You can begin the course whenever you like, and there are no deadlines to complete it. Each course includes pre-recorded video lessons, course worksheets and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as you'd like. In addition, many students utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others' work.
Can I access my course on mobile devices
Amen University courses can be accessed from several different devices and platforms, including a desktop / laptop, iPad and tablet devices. The courses are also mobile friendly and can be viewed on your smartphone browser.
How long do I have to complete my course?
As noted above, there are no deadlines to begin or complete the course. Even after you complete the course, you will continue to have access to it, provided that your account’s in good standing.
What happens after I finish the course?
You can review the course materials at any time. You can also interact with the community of other students to encourage each other along your way to health and wellness.
Do I need to purchase or read Dr. Chapek’s book Concussion Rescue to take this course?
No, it is not required that you purchase or read Dr. Chapek’s book, Concussion Rescue to participate in this course. That said, many students do find this resource helpful as a companion piece.
Will this course cure my concussion?
Please Note: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor is it intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or medications. If you work the program as presented, you have a wonderful chance of seeing significant improvement. The interventions outlined within this course are meant to be incorporated into your life, however, if you stick to the program, most people notice a big difference in a short period of time.
How does this course help someone with a concussion?
Dr. Chapek’s protocols can lead people with head injuries onto a path to healing. Within this course you will find: recommendations for assessments, nutraceuticals, diet, exercise, brain training, and more.
Is the online course tailored specifically to my brain injury?
This course is designed to address head injuries in general.
How do I find out if my brain injury is serious?
It is critical to seek medical attention for if you think you may have suffered a brain injury.