Brain Injury Program Resources

Required Training

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Brain Injury

This webinar describes the relationship between domestic violence and brain injury and provides practical strategies to implement when working with an individual who may have sustained a brain injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the link between brain injury and intimate partner violence
  • Better understand brain anatomy and brain injury
  • Identify at least 3 common consequences of brain injury
  • Learn at least 3 communication, behavior and treatment intervention strategies

Trauma Informed Care

Trish Smith, LPC provides information about domestic violence and its relationship with brain injury, while covering the importance of a trauma-informed approach during intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how power and control underlie intimate partner violence
  • Learn about the brain's response to trauma
  • Identify SAMSHA's Principles of Trauma Informed Care and how to apply them in practice
  • Discuss real-life examples of Trauma-Informed Care

Recommended Training

Invisible Injuries: TBI, Strangulation and Domestic Violence

Provided by: Futures Without Violence’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 

Learn about the complex relationship between domestic violence, traumatic brain injury, and strangulation and how domestic violence organizations and health care providers are beginning to incorporate this awareness into their services. The webinar will frame what we are learning about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and strangulation from Ohio research, discuss signs and symptoms of brain injury, and share the CARE framework developed in Ohio to better accommodate the needs of DV programs.  We will hear about how one health care system in Chicago is beginning to map out care pathways and explore models for educating and healing domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who have experienced head injury and strangulation.  We will also talk about larger collaboration around the country aimed at future research and practice directions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that traumatic brain injury and strangulation are critical health concerns for domestic violence survivors and how current diagnosis and treatment models used for athletes and the military must be adapted to better serve survivors
  • Explore approaches and stages of care that survivors may encounter in different health care settings – such as emergency department, primary care, neurology, rehabilitative services, mental health
  • Learn about accommodations that service providers in order to make their services more accessible to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury
  • Learn about screening, identification, assessment, and education tools that can be used with survivors and staff in domestic violence organizations and health care settings

Once you are directed to the Futures Without Violence webpage, click on the TBI and IPV Webinar Recording link to view the webinar

Concussion 101: Do's and Don'ts for Brain Health

A presentation covering the diagnosis of a concussion including the common signs and symptoms, as well as the warning signs for which to monitor. We will also cover acute treatments, therapies and some emerging concepts for newer treatments currently being tried in concussion sufferers. Presented by Dr. Alison Alford, a board certified pediatric headache medicine specialist who recently opened her own practice, the Pediatric Headache Center which serves the children of Richmond for full service headache and concussion care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review concussion definitions, signs, and symptoms
  • Review assessment tools
  • Discuss concussion treatment options
  • Concussion prevention and education
  • Define chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Other Resources