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Brain Injury

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Role of Domestic Violence, Traumatic Stress, and Brain Injury in Behavioral Health


Domestic violence is a traumatic experience that changes a person’s life forever. The coercion and control can have far reaching consequences, including having a significant impact on behavioral health through mental health and substance use coercion. And when relationships become physically violence, violence is often directed at the head, neck and face—through blows to the head or strangulation that can cause brain injuries. The traumatic, personal cause of this brain injury causes significant psychological and neurological trauma.

Brain Injury and Housing Insecurity: Understanding the Connection


Emerging evidence has begun to show a significant relationship between sustaining a brain injury and experiencing housing instability. Although the prevalence of brain injury among unhoused populations has been relatively established, there is recent focus on the occurrence of brain injury for those who are facing housing insecurity, and how brain injury impacts a person's trajectory into homelessness.

Neurobehavioral Challenges in Acquired Brain Injury: Embracing the Challenge with Dignity


This presentation provides an overview of thought processes in the management of neurobehavioral challenges post ABI. It includes a reconceptualization of the traditional “behavior team / behavior plan” as “dignity team / dignity plan” and includes common challenges, thought processes, and specific interventions in both a theoretical and practical format. Case examples are provided.

Interaction of Medications and Substances with Brain Injuries


This webinar will discuss general principles of medication management of neuropsychiatric symptoms after brain injury, explain which medication classes should be avoided (or used with caution) in individuals with brain injury, describe pharmacologic strategies for managing mood and behavioral disturbances in individuals with brain injury, and describe pharmacologic strategies for supporting cognitive function in individuals with brain injury. 

Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Behavioral Health Settings


This session will review the incidences and prevalence rates of brain injury within the behavioral health community and the impact of providing brain injury informed services. Iowa's endorsed brain injury screening tool will be featured to include strategies to support implementation and access to the brain injury services program, neuro resource facilitation and Iowa Brian Injury Resource Network.

Overview of Brain Injury and Behavioral Health


Having 1 or more brain injuries with loss of consciousness is associated with greater risk of BH problems, including problematic substance use beginning in adolescents, more psychiatric symptoms, and a significantly elevated risk of suicide. (TBI and Substance Use Disorders, 2021, Not only does brain injury cause behavioral health problems, but associated challenges can also affect the effectiveness of behavioral health treatments. Identifying and supporting those with brain Injury can lead to more successful outcomes.