Fundamentals of Traumatic Brain Injury
With the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of service members, civilian contractors, and even reporters have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) due to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other blasts. So what is a TBI exactly and what effects does it have on individuals, their families, and the mental health providers who serve them? Based on content from the Center for Deployment Psychology, this training will provide you with an introduction to the mechanisms, signs, symptoms, severity levels, and prevalence and incidence rates of TBI in both civilian and military populations. You will review the most up-to-date recommendations for assessing, managing, and treating this multifaceted head injury. In addition, you will learn about the overlap between TBI and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including the importance of care coordination strategies and resources available to these individuals. Using a blend of didactic information and experiential exercises based on a case study, by the end of this course you will have the tools you need to apply these concepts with the clients you serve. This course is intended for any mental health provider interested in gaining competency in working with individuals (military or civilian) who have sustained a TBI.