Coaching Student Veterans and Service Members With TBI

Sept. 11, 2013; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Student veterans and service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI) experience unique challenges as they navigate college and community life. In this webinar, participants will learn about “dynamic coaching” in which clinicians act as coaches who model and instruct clients to use self-regulation. Coaching occurs within three evidence-based domains or areas of need: self-learning, self-organizing and self-advocacy. In these domains, participants will learn how to collaborate with clients to identify goals, create plans, select strategies, track performance and make adjustments. The speakers will emphasize coaching that prepares clients to attend college and supports them while they are there. Participants also will learn to use goal attainment scaling to create person-centered outcomes. Additional resources will be provided for clinicians working with student veterans and service members with TBI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to describe how coaching:

  • Uses self-regulation to elicit strategic thinking
  • Differs from more traditional and intensive therapy
  • Leads to higher levels of performance in school and the community


Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Mary R.T. Kennedy has many years of clinical and research experience with young adults with executive dysfunction after brain injury. She has published on topics related to executive dysfunction, metacognition and self-regulation, and works nationally and locally as an advocate for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Additionally, she has chaired and/or worked with several professional groups who review the cognitive rehabilitation therapy evidence and create evidence-based practice guidelines. Currently, she conducts outcomes and intervention research with college students with brain injury using a dynamic coaching model and runs the NeuroCognitive-Communication Lab with graduate students.
Don MacLennan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Chief, Speech Pathology Section Minneapolis VA Health Care System Don MacLennan has provided cognitive rehabilitation across the continuum of care to veterans and active-duty service members for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System’s Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Team. The team helps veterans and service members make the transition back to school and work.


Lt. Cmdr. Cathleen Shields, M.S., CCC-SLP/CBIS, USPHS
Acting Director of Education, DVBIC Silver Spring, Md. Lt. Cmdr. Cathleen Shields’ career path has led her through a variety of clinical, management and administrative experiences in hospitals, home health and skilled nursing facilities. She is a certified brain injury specialist and a clinical specialist for adult dysphagia and neurological diseases. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Pennsylvania State University.

Continuing Education

This webinar has been approved for the following:

  • 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 1.5 Credits by the American Psychological Association
  • 1.5 Nursing contact hours as a co-provider with the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • 1.75 CE Contact hours for Physical Therapist and Assistant approved by the State of Illinois
  • 1.75 CE Contact hours for Occupational Therapist and Assistant approved by the State of Illinois
  • 1.5 CEHs for Social Work approved by the Missouri Division of Professional Registration Committee for Social Work

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