OneOp, formerly the Military Families Learning Network, is a virtual professional development platform for providers who serve military families.
The online event will run from 10-11 a.m. Register for the free event at https://tx.ag/Reintegration. Once registered, participants will receive an email with instructions and a link.
“The impacts of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, are felt within each branch of the service, and by each individual and their family members,” said Rachel Brauner, AgriLife Extension specialist- military programs. “This is the second of two professional development webinars to aid in the understanding of TBIs and the support and resources available.”
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. A TBI is a significant health issue that affects service members and veterans during times of both peace and war.
There have been 449,026 service members diagnosed with a first-time TBI since 2000, according to the Defense Health Agency Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, TBICoE.
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, TBICoE promotes the theme “Be TBI Ready.” The agency wants health care providers and others in the military community to be aware of the latest educational trainings, research, fact sheets and other available resources to prevent, diagnose and treat TBI.
Visit health.mil/BIAMonth to see what virtual events are available during March for opportunities to learn more about TBI prevention, recognition, support, recovery and reintegration.
Webinar objectives, experts
This webinar will examine the variety of educational information, resources and strategies to help patients and their families learn about and cope with TBI. Presenters will address the utilization of a strengths-based approach, age-appropriate techniques to familiarize children with TBI, communication strategies and relationship dynamics.
Leading the webinar will be TBICoE regional coordinators Courtney Piccolo and Kristen Benson. Piccolo is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and certified brain injury specialist. Benson is a licensed social worker who has specialized in military and veteran behavioral health.
The webinar will:
- Summarize common findings and potential changes that can occur following TBI.
- Explain the recovery process and explore the TBI care continuum.
- Discuss strategies to understand, support and educate the caregiver along their journey and explore family and relationship dynamics following TBI.
- Identify resources to assist with recovery and reintegration.
Continuing education credit
Continuing education credits are available to family service professionals including social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, case managers, board certified patient advocates and certified family life educators. Credits and credit categories vary. Refer to the website for additional information.