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Identifying, Understanding and Accommodating Your Client with a History of Traumatic Brain Injury

August 29, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
3 CEU/clock hours
Location: 115 Stillman Hall


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is “…a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, that disrupts the normal function of the brain”. Concussions are TBIs, but brain injury from strokes, loss of oxygen or electrocution are not. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2013 in the United States 2.5 million people were treated and released from Emergency Departments due to TBI, another 282,000 were hospitalized and discharged, and approximately 56,000 died. Risk for TBI is associated with participation in contact sports, military service, lower socio-economic status, being violent or around people who are, homelessness, and psychiatric disorders, especially substance use disorders. While it is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in the general population have had at least one TBI with loss of consciousness sometime in their life, this prevalence doubles, triples or quadruples in select populations like persons with disabilities, prisoners, or persons dually diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. This workshop is designed to assist clinicians working in many settings to understand why TBI presents a unique clinical challenge, screen for problematic histories of TBI and adapt your interactions and treatment planning to accommodate these individuals’ unique neurobehavioral consequences. By the end of the training participants should be able to:


  • Describe why TBI causes neurobehavioral problems that are not as common in persons with strokes or anoxic brain injuries
  • Conduct screening for a problematic history of TBI
  • Use reference materials for problem-solving challenging neurobehavioral problems


Meet your presenter:

John D. Corrigan, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University and Director of the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, which among other activities is the designated lead agency in the state of Ohio for TBI policy and planning. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.


The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. Our social worker and MFT provider number is RST111002.