Domestic Violence Program Resources

Required Training

Brain Injury Basics: Causes, Consequences and Care

Brain injury is too often undiagnosed and unrecognized as a contributing factor to independent living and gainful employment. This webinar provides an overview of the causes and consequences of brain injury, as well as information about symptoms and severity levels. It will also discuss how unrecognized and untreated brain injury can create social and societal challenges, and the need for broad brain injury screening efforts. Lastly, it will discuss strategies and resources that can lead to better outcomes.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand brain anatomy and the pathophysiology of brain injury
  • Identify at least three common sequela of brain injury
  • Recognize brain injury and mental health co-morbidities
  • Learn at least 3 communication, behavior and treatment intervention strategies

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

Modified HELPS Screening Tool

This webinar guides you through the modified HELPS screening tool used to assess for potential brain injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the history of the original HELPS and what each letter stands for
  • To recognize when to use it and who to use it with
  • To understand how to administer and score the modified HELPS that will be used for this project
  • To know next steps to take if a client screens positive for a possible brain injury based on the modified HELPS
  • To know what to do with the completed screening tool

Cognitive Strategies for Engaging with Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury

This webinar gives suggestions of strategies that can be used with your clients who experience cognitive challenges after a brain injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize what cognition is and what cognitive challenges look like
  • Learn cognitive strategies you can use for memory, attention, and information processing challenges
  • Understand communication issues and how to overcome them
  • Know what executive functions are, how they are effected by brain injury, and appropriate adaptations and accommodations

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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

The Visitor That Will Not Leave: Anger After Brain Injury

Unmanaged anger complicates recovery from brain injury; it affects the efforts of survivors, caregivers, and treatment providers. This presentation outlines the causes of anger and anger management strategies that may be helpful in the recovery process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to differentiate between two types of anger
  • Participants will be able to describe why anger is common after brain injury
  • Participants will be able to identify and choose strategies used to manage anger whether they be survivors, caregivers, or service providers

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