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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

Clinician’s Guide: Assisting Family Members Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury

July 9, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) reports that in one year alone traumatic brain injuries (TBI) accounted for approximately 2.2 million emergency department visits, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths. Those who survive a TBI may experience short- and long-term effects such as alterations in thinking, sensation, language, behavior and emotions, which affect the entire family. Family members are often at a loss to understand problematic behaviors and assist their loved one in daily routines and during times of stress.

This webinar will address family challenges and adjustment following TBI. Discussions will include teaching caregivers coping mechanisms and specific problem-solving strategies associated with optimal adjustment. Lastly, the presentation will highlight readily available resources for clinicians and family members.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe ineffective coping techniques among distressed family members
  • Differentiate the elements of effective and ineffective problem-solving
  • Evaluate ways in which family members can learn effective problem-solving skills to promote healthy methods of coping and adjustment

Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Editor in Chief, Journal of Clinical Psychology

Brooke Heintz, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW
Education Network Coordinator
Office of Education Outreach
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Maryland

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. (2014). Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) July 9, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

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Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.


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