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Continuing Education

Caring for Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

Date: 8:30am PDT September 26 Location: Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber

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Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber

This conference on caring for current war veterans diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is presented by the Returning Veterans Project and VISN 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center. Please see below for the training agenda and presenter information. 

Details & Registration

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Location: Lewis & Clark College, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber

Cost: $60, includes 6 CEUs. Lunch and morning refreshments will be provided. $20 for current Lewis & Clark graduate students. Student spaces are very limited.

This training is free for Returning Veteran’s Project Providers. Please use the link below to register.

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About the CEUs earned at this training: NASW approval has been applied for. Lewis & Clark is accredited by the Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges and is an approved provider (#04228) of continuing education hours for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Agenda & Presenters 

(Draft as of July 29, 2014)

Assessment and Treatment of mTBI/Concussion for OEF, OIF, OND Veterans

Presenters: Katherine Noonan, Ph.D. and Joanna Close, M.S. CCC-SLP, from the Poly-trauma Support Team Clinic at the Portland VA Medical Center. 

Katherine and Joanna will present on the assessment and treatment of mTBI/concussion in returning OIF/OEF/OND veterans, with education and discussion on the impact of post deployment issues in this population.

The Impact of Alcohol and Drug Use on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Presenter: Jay Wurscher, Alcohol and Drug Services Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) – Office of Child Welfare Programs; Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the field of addiction treatment and prevention since 1982. 

Jay’s experience includes: addiction counselor, clinical supervisor, program manager for a community based prevention program and trainer.  He has presented at numerous national conferences on substance abuse issues in child welfare and community collaborations. Since 1992 Jay has taught summer courses at the University of Oregon Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Jay is a member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Addictions and Mental Health Policy Advisory Counsel, and formerly served on the Governor’s Methamphetamine Task Force. 

Review of Research Utilizing Biomarkers to Document Brain Injuries  

Presenter: Elaine Peskind, M.D., Co-director of the VA NW Network Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington.

Dr. Peskind will review recent research studies that have utilized numerous biomarkers to document brain injury. She will discuss the neuroimaging, behavioral, and psychological sequelae of repetitive blast and impact mild traumatic brain injury in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.

Conditions that Co-Occur With mTBI  

Presenter: Murray Raskind, M.D., Co-director of the VA NW Network Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington.

Dr. Raskind will review current treatment for mild traumatic brain injury that is often complicated by co-occurring conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use disorders, and posttraumatic headache. This requires a multi-modal approach that addresses both specific symptoms and practical functioning.

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