Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external blow to the head results in an alteration of brain function. These changes in brain function may range from “mild” with short-term consequences to “serious” with permanent injury and impairment. Such trauma may be accompanied by a wide variety of physical (e.g., seizures), cognitive (e.g., inhibition, working memory), affective (e.g., emotional dysregulation), and behavioral (e.g., impulsivity) impairments that have significant implications for the impacted individual, his or her family, and society as a whole. In many instances, these associated deficits and limitations increase the likelihood of mental health services being accessed and utilized. This training is designed for mental health and substance use treatment professionals who want to gain a greater awareness and understanding of TBI with the goal of improving intake, screening, communication, and treatment and discharge planning processes. Other related topics such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), adaptive functioning, alexithymia, anger, violence, and aggression, anosognosia, apathy, attentional and concentration impairments, confabulation, empathy, executive function, fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), risk taking behaviors, rumination, sleep disturbances, social adjustment problems, substance misuse, suicidality, Theory of Mind (ToM), and victimization will be discussed throughout this training. Empirically-based research findings and case study examples will be highlighted throughout this training.
1. Learn about common classifications of TBI and its related definition features
2. Develop a working understanding of TBI and its associated emotional, behavioral, social, and physical health consequences
3. Review existing empirically based literature examining TBI and its impact on mental health and substance abuse treatment settings
4. Explore the role of co-occurring conditions including trauma, substance use, and other psychiatric disorders among client populations impacted by TBI
5. Describe appropriate communication, screening, and intervention options appropriate for clients and families impacted by TBI
Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Program Director, and lead developer for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefitting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Through his work at Pathways, Jerrod has extensive experience working with clients diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, serious and persistent mental health (SPMI) conditions, trauma and stressor related disorders, substance use and other addictive disorders, sleep disorders, and criminal justice-involved populations. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is also certified as a Brain Health Coach, Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Professional, Youth Firesetting Prevention/Intervention Specialist, an Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), a Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, an Autism Specialist, Digestive Health Specialist, Gut Health Specialist, Stress and Mindset Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Sleep Science Coach, Sex Crimes & Relational Paraphilic Attachments (RPA), Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP), and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider in the state of Minnesota. Jerrod has published numerous articles and book chapters. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com