Effects of Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Caregiver Perspectives and Knowledge Gaps

Oct. 8, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Family caregivers of service members that experience chronic effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) discern that their loved ones experience myriad cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems. Caregivers often experience many of these same issues, disrupting the family dynamics. They often feel marginalized by the medical system and conclude that their health care providers lack insight into their experience. Knowledge gaps also exist regarding what caregivers understand about mTBI and resources to help them manage symptoms and patient outcomes. This webinar will address these issues and explore how education for caregivers, family, friends and health care providers could potentially enhance treatment outcomes and caregiver success.

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

  • Describe three primary issues that present as common themes among families dealing with chronic mTBI
  • Articulate how inclusion of the caregiver in the care continuum can lead to increased support for the chronic mTBI patient
  • Apply education as an intervention to reduce risk factors for persistent symptoms and negative outcomes


Pamela S. Sjolinder, MACE, CBIS
Contract Support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Regional Education Coordinator Intrepid Spirit One, National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite at Fort Belvoir Fort Belvoir, Virginia


Elizabeth K. Pletcher, MSW, LSW
Contract Support to DVBIC Recovery Support Specialist Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Oct. 8, 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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