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  • DVBIC Director Explains TBI Pathway of Care

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    Col. Sidney R. Hinds

    Col. Sidney R. Hinds, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) national director, spoke to health care professionals about the Traumatic Brain Injury Pathway of Care at the recent 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

    DVBIC serves as the Defense Department lead agency on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and manages the TBI Pathway of Care for the Military Health System (MHS).

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  • DCoE Director on Resilience: Importance of Personal Vision, Mission, Values

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    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) director, spoke to health care professionals about the role of resilience in handling life’s curve balls--particularly for service members, veterans and their families who have faced extraordinarily difficult situations--at the 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS) last week.

    Stoltz used a powerful story-telling technique as he walked the audience through examples from his 30+ years of psychological health experience detailing how extreme psychological tragedy or trauma can severely affect an individual’s physical health. Stoltz used extreme examples to make his points, he said, “Because we learn from extremes. It’s easier to see the point with extreme cases.”

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  • Technology Experts Outline Warfighter Perspective on Behavioral Health Apps

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    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rebekka Heite

    When psychologist Don E. Workman used to ask his then-teenage son what he was doing for the weekend, the answer was often "hanging out with my friends."

    That didn't mean the friends actually showed up, Workman explained to an online audience of therapists and care providers at a webinar hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Rather, his son sat alone in his room at his computer and his friends sat at their computers. But to the teenager, whether they were physically present wasn't the point. What mattered was the interaction.

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  • Stress and the Holidays: What would the Griswolds Say?

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    National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2)

    In the holiday comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold (played by actor Chevy Chase) wants a perfect family Christmas; however, things go awry quickly.

    We think movies like this are funny because most of us can relate to the tales of holiday stress (aka holiday traditions) as spun on our viewing screens. Most of us have had something go wrong during a holiday gathering, particularly during a family holiday gathering.

    “You set standards that no family can live up to.” – Ellen Griswold

    Webster’s dictionary defines “holiday” as a special day of celebration... a day when most people do not have to work… as a period of relief.

    No work? Relief? In reality, and in quite a contrast from the traditional definition, we’ve come to view the holidays – basically the time between mid-November to mid-January – as a period of great stress and anxiety with more work to be done.

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  • Webinar Addresses Technology Innovations for TBI

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    U.S. Army photo by Maj. Deanna Bague

    Technology solutions come out so quickly that we’ve all heard “there’s an app for that!” Integrating these tools into how health care providers assess and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) is increasingly important, for military members, veterans and their families, said experts during a recent webinar hosted by National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), a Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) center.

    “Technology is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives and provides a unique resource, using mobile apps and websites, for how we provide care to military members suffering from brain injuries,” said David C. Cooper, a psychologist with the Mobile Health Program at T2.

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  • Military Care Coordinators Learn to Identify Brain Injuries, PTSD

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    For the 18 military care coordinators in the room, the serious topics under discussion—brain injuries and psychological health--eclipse the lazy beams of afternoon sun shining into the second-floor training room in Shirlington, Virginia.

    The men and women, representing many military departments, were there to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in warfighters. Learning how to identify these signs gives care coordinators the ability to make referrals to the experts who will provide proper treatment.

    PTSD is a clinically-diagnosed condition that can happen to people who have experienced one or more traumatic events. TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Mild TBI, also known as concussion, is the most common form of TBI in the military.

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