Clinician’s Guide: Assisting Family Members Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury

July 9, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) reports that in one year alone traumatic brain injuries (TBI) accounted for approximately 2.2 million emergency department visits, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths. Those who survive a TBI may experience short- and long-term effects such as alterations in thinking, sensation, language, behavior and emotions, which affect the entire family. Family members are often at a loss to understand problematic behaviors and assist their loved one in daily routines and during times of stress.

This webinar will address family challenges and adjustment following TBI. Discussions will include teaching caregivers coping mechanisms and specific problem-solving strategies associated with optimal adjustment. Lastly, the presentation will highlight readily available resources for clinicians and family members.

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

  • Recognize and describe ineffective coping techniques among distressed family members
  • Differentiate the elements of effective and ineffective problem-solving
  • Evaluate ways in which family members can learn effective problem-solving skills to promote healthy methods of coping and adjustment


Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology College of Education and Human Development Texas A&M University College Station, Texas Editor in Chief, Journal of Clinical Psychology


Brooke Heintz, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW
Education Network Coordinator Office of Education Outreach Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Maryland


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. (2014). Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) July 9, 2015, 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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