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DVBIC June Webinar Highlights VA Polytrauma System of Care

By DCoE Public Affairs on June 13, 2013

A physician assistant at Fort Campbell's traumatic brain injury clinic preps a soldier for a quantitative electroencephalograms (QEEG) brain mapping.
A physician assistant at Fort Campbell's traumatic brain injury clinic preps a soldier for a quantitative electroencephalograms (QEEG) brain mapping. The solider experienced a TBI and other injuries after an IED blast while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The QEEG brain mapping is just one of many tools the TBI clinic uses to help treat service members. (U.S. Army photo by Nondice Thurman)

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host its next webinar, “Advancing TBI Care for Veterans: Updates from the Polytrauma System of Care,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) June 19.  

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Polytrauma System of Care is a leader in advancing care for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and polytrauma. It provides comprehensive, high quality and interdisciplinary rehabilitation. Teams of providers establish and execute individually-tailored rehabilitation plans for individuals to maximize their recovery and functional independence. Since it can be difficult to work through the surplus of benefits information at the Department of Defense and VA, case management is an integral part of care.

Traumatic brain injury care is available throughout the entire system of care, which includes five rehabilitation centers, five transitional rehabilitation programs, 23 network sites, 87 support clinic teams and 39 points of contact.

In this webinar, clinical experts will:

  • Describe the types of care available in the VA Polytrauma System of Care and how to access rehabilitation programs
  • Highlight special VA projects and programs that promote improved access and quality care for veterans diagnosed with TBI
  • Present research findings and recommendations to enhance quality in future program development

Featured speakers:

  • Alison Cernich, Ph.D., American Board of Professional Psychology
    Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) acting deputy director for VA
    Board certified neuropsychologist 
  • Treven Pickett, Psy.D., American Board of Professional Psychology
    Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
    (DCoE) acting VA senior liaison for TBI
    Board certified rehabilitation psychologist

All participants are encouraged to join the webinar via Adobe Connect.

Registration for continuing education credits concludes June 16 at 11:59 p.m. For additional information on credits and to register for this free webinar, visit the DVBIC website.

Read about all webinars in the DVBIC winter series and online TBI education opportunities for providers.


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