Brain Injury 101 and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) vs. Traumatic Brain Injury - Important Differences and Similarities
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Online via Zoom
3.0 CE Hours for Social Work (MICEC) and MCBAP (RELATED)
Course fee: $54
Presenter: Dr. Mary Newton, PhD, LMSW
More than 5 million people in the United States live with the after-effects of brain injury from car accidents, falls, domestic violence, physical abuse, assaults, and other causes. No matter what population you work with, as social workers, you will most certainly come into contact with someone who has sustained a brain injury at some point in their lives. Many individuals living with brain injuries are misdiagnosed with other mental health disorders, because so few practitioners truly understand how to identify or even screen for brain injuries in their target population. This presentation uses simple language and real-life examples of people who have sustained a brain injury, as well as helping to break down medical definitions and terminology into understandable components. This presentation will also focus on defining both PTSD and TBI, along with their symptomatology. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) often coexist because brain injuries are often sustained in traumatic experiences. This presentation outlines the significant overlap between PTSD and TBI by establishing a critical outline of the overlapping symptoms and problems with differential diagnosis. As examples, the treatment of soldiers returning from the Iraqi war will be discussed to illustrate the misunderstanding of symptoms and later consequences. Their misdiagnosis leads to lack of appropriate treatment and poorer outcomes.