Family Caregiver Support after Traumatic Brain Injury

April 10, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Family caregivers require and benefit from specialized support, education and understanding from health care professionals as they move through stages of adaptation that often correspond with the treatment and recovery of a service member who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2010, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, in collaboration with the Defense Health Board, developed a “Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans”. This guide contains four modules that provide in-depth information for family caregivers of service members or veterans with TBI. This includes information to help family caregivers understand TBI, how to advocate, help children cope with TBI and how to navigate services and benefits.

This webinar will review common emotional and cognitive responses, caregiver responsibilities, learning needs and educational interventions. This discussion will explore how to build a therapeutic alliance with families and resources for professionals to enhance their understanding of the family caregiver’s experience and perspective.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Illustrate common emotional responses and role responsibilities of family caregivers during the acute and rehabilitation stages
  • Identify signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress in family caregivers
  • Educate family caregivers about two self-regulation techniques to enhance parasympathetic nervous system function
  • Construct effective skill building strategies to educate, empower and encourage family caregivers during the crisis and rehabilitation stages


Janet Cromer, R.N., M.A., BCPC
Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator Board Certified Professional Counselor Registered Art Therapist Independent Consultant Bethesda, Md.


Lauren Goudy, M.S., CCC-SLP
Senior Clinical Consultant – Traumatic Brain Injury Contract support to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Md.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before April 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

Please note:  DCoE's 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/or their families.

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