Join the eXtension Family Caregiving and Military Families Learning Network Communities of Practice as they host a two-part webinar series beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST on Thursdays, May 9 and May 16, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.
Each of the conference times for the two-part webinar series is 75-minutes in length and will cover specific TBI information for military families:
TBI is known as the signature wound of war during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The number of those wounded with TBI and accompanying complications has necessitated major changes in the ways in which the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs treats these injuries. Although family caregivers are to receive education about TBI as early as possible, many families find they need additional and ongoing support.
In this two-part presentation the presenter will review basic information about TBI, its complications and issues family members face living with TBI. The presentation will also provide information about coping and specific problem solving strategies that have been useful to other caregivers living with TBI and additional resources to further enhance caregiver knowledge.
Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint faculty appointment with the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center. He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987. After his internship at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle, WA, he served on faculty with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also been a faculty member with the School of Medicine and with the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
His research has examined adjustment processes among persons living with chronic and disabling health conditions, with particular emphasis on the role of social problem-solving abilities and other factors that predict adjustment following disability. This work has resulted in over 200 professional publications and federal grant funding for over 15 years (including support for five randomized clinical trials). His research team pioneered the use of long-distance technologies in providing problem solving training to family caregivers of persons with acquired disabilities, including the first randomized clinical trials of a psychological intervention for family caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries, and for family caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injuries. In 2006, he was featured in the instructional DVD entitled, Caregiving, as part of the Psychotherapy Video/DVD Series on Relationships published by American Psychological Association.
He has recently been appointed to the Defense Health Board’s Neurological/Behavioral Health subcommittee to provide advice on psychological/mental health issues and neurological symptoms or conditions among service members and their families. He served as Editor for Rehabilitation Psychology (2006-2011), published by the American Psychological Association. Currently, he is the Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He was co-editor of the first edition of the Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (2000). He is a Fellow of three APA divisions and holds board certification (ABPP) in rehabilitation psychology.
No registration is required to join the web conferences, simply go to each of the following webinars to attend.
Part I – TBI: What Families Need to Know
Part II – Be an Expert Problems Solver: Caregiving & Coping with TBI
The sites will provide handouts associated with each presentation and a direct link to join the event.
This post was written by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.