Cognitive Rehabilitation in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Applications in Military Service Members and Veterans

June 9, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Overview

Service members and veterans who experience a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) often have persistent cognitive symptoms. These symptoms may be attributed to the mild TBI, also known as concussion, or deployment-related complaints such as chronic pain, headaches, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, substance use disorders, and life stressors following return from deployment. It is critical for service members, veterans, their families and health care providers to correctly identify the originating cause of the symptom(s) for a successful recovery process.

This presentation will highlight available resources and expertise to help provide cognitive rehabilitation to service members and veterans with a history of concussion and deployment-related symptoms (such as PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain). Through case examples and interactive discussion, speakers will address existing evidence and best practices that helped establish a collection of general principles of cognitive rehabilitation, strategies for assessment and treatment, and clinical tools to help patients manage their cognitive challenges.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will know how to:

  • Describe the scope and process of cognitive rehabilitation for service members and veterans with mild TBI
  • Identify and apply guiding principles of therapy for service members and veterans with mild TBI
  • Articulate available resources for providers of cognitive rehabilitation that are appropriate for service members and veterans with mild TBI

Presenters

Douglas B. Cooper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Research Director/Neuropsychologist, Department of Neurology San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas Contract support for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Micaela Cornis-Pop, Ph.D.
National Program Manager, Polytrauma System of Care Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services Richmond VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia

Moderator

Linda M. Picon, MCD, CCC-SLP
VA Senior Consultant, TBI Liaison to DCoE Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services Veterans Health Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) June 9, 2016, 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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