Ellen Scherling-Morales, MA, OTR/L, CRC, CBIS, is an Alliance provider who has been instrumental in the startup of allied health services as part of North Carolina’s first Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Pilot Project.
Ellen has more than 44 years of experience working with people with disabilities, including individuals with TBI, first as an occupational therapist and then as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. Ellen has served in both clinical and leadership roles.
“I have worked in multiple states and overseas in a variety of settings providing different levels of care, throughout the rehabilitation continuum, to individuals with TBI,”she said.
After retiring last year from NCDHHS, Ellen started an occupational therapy private practice specializing in cognitive rehabilitation. “I use evidence-based approaches in my practice, particularly from various OT cognitive models and the ACRM cognitive rehabilitation training programs,” she said.
In addition, Ellen has led the Fayetteville Brain Injury Support Group since 2004, listening to the needs of TBI survivors and family/caregivers. “Listening to those frustrations and concerns are what brought me to be a TBI waiver provider,” she said.
Ellen is currently developing a brain injury support services program that focuses on work and/or training outcomes, in partnership with Service Source, a non-profit, community leader in the provision of services for people with disabilities. “My goal has always been to help individuals with TBI reach their potential, striving towards independence, self-sufficiency, and self-empowerment,”she said.