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Military Caregiving
  • The courses listed in this section focus on education for professionals serving wounded service members, veterans and their caregivers.
  • Enrollment is free.
  • Continuing education units may be available upon completion of a brief course survey and exam.
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Family Courses

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Medicare 2017 & What it Means for You
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for adults over age 65 and other qualified individuals. While the program basics remain virtually unchanged year-to-year, a new year always brings a few tweaks to the program. This session will provide a brief update to the ?Back to Basics: Medicare? session provided January 27, 2016 with changes to the program for 2017. The session will also provide a broad overview of the Medicare program?s coordination of benefits with other programs such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, TRICARE for Life and VA Benefits, among others. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey - Part 1
Participants will discuss the stressors associated with chronic illness and its impact on health and wellness of individuals and families; explore the ways families influence the health and wellbeing of each other (i.e. family routines, nutrition, dynamics, interpersonal communication, support, etc.); and learn effective strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration among service providers (mental health clinicians, early interventionists, dietitians, family advocates, medical doctors, etc.) when working with families struggling with chronic illness. Participants will engage in case study discussions to identify and assess the family development, transitions, caregiving, and nutrition/wellness perspectives of chronic illness issues within military families. Strategies, tools, and resources will be shared. 
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey - Part 2
During Part 2, of the Chronic Illness Webinar Series, participants will explore ways to help military families harness resources, utilize resilience, and provide support to promote effective management of chronic illness. Participants will engage in case study discussions to identify and assess the family development, transitions, caregiving, and nutrition/wellness perspectives of chronic illness issues within military families. Strategies, tools and resources will be shared. Course Objectives: Participants will promote effective management of chronic illness with military families by: Understanding ways to harness resources. Identifying strategies to utilize resilience. Discussing techniques to provide support.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Promoting Knowledge Gain and Behavior Change Through Effective Education
This session will focus on the theme of working with lay audiences to elicit knowledge gain and behavior change. We have spent more than a year providing military helping professionals top notch content and subject matter expertise on a variety of relevant topics but we have never really focused on core professional development. And for some professionals, specifically those with no background or training in education or through a professional licensure, this may be brand new information. *1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
TRICARE Autism Care Demonstration
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects a wide range of essential human behaviors such as social interaction, communication, imagination and relationships. Identifying health coverage, access to care, and eligibility for various services can be difficult to navigate for many families who are caring for individuals with ASD. In this webinar, presenters from the Defense Health Agency (DHA) will provide an overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), in addition to advice for service providers and military families on how best to assist beneficiaries under the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD). ACD provides supplemental services to qualifying dependents of active duty service members, retirees and certain National Guard and Reserve members. This session will also provide detailed information covering the cost of ACD and identifying points of contact for specific TRICARE? regions. Presenter(s): Richard Hart Senior Health Policy Analyst Defense Health Agency Health Plan Execution and Operations Dori Rogut M.S., PMHNP, BC Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health Benefits and Standards Defense Health Agency Clinical Support Division Condition-Based Specialty Care  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Communication for Interpersonal Relationships
Interpersonal communication is a core feature of everyday life. It is fundamental to how we care for loved ones, support family members, connect with friends, and advance in careers. This webinar is primarily intended for military family service providers and will cover basic aspects of interpersonal communication. Specific topics include reasons for learning about interpersonal communication, types of interpersonal communication goals, and kinds of interpersonal communication tasks. Guidelines will be provided for disclosing information, maintaining relationships, providing comfort, and managing conflict. After completing this webinar, participants will be able to: Describe types of goals in interpersonal communication situations. Identify three guidelines for disclosing information. Identify three guidelines for maintaining relationships. Identify four guidelines for providing comfort. Identify three guidelines for managing conflict. Presenter Leanne Knobloch, Ph.D. Professor, Director of Graduate Studies of Communication College of Liberal Arts & Sciences University of Illinois 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Challenges Facing Families in Crisis
All families experience struggles and points of crisis. Military families face many of the same concerns but with different challenges due to military life and combat experiences. This session will address some of the unique challenges for military families and examine ways to support them. Learning Objectives: Identify two risk factors that increase the military family?s vulnerability during crisis Name at least two resources for military families in crisis Name three ways mental health concerns increase challenges for military families Presenter: Michelle Lewis, MSW, LICSW, CT Integrative Counseling Solutions 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Empowering Caregivers and Families
Military helping professionals identify communication as a significant challenge in their work with Service members and families. This session will provide an in-depth look at effective practices for communicating sensitive topics. Highlighting real-life challenges and solutions, case studies, practices from the field and a panel of professionals will be employed in addressing some of the most pressing communication issues military helping professionals face. Military helping professionals participating in this session will be able to: Identify practices which promote effective communication. Apply communication practices which promote trust. Identify communication practices which promote client efficacy. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Month of the Family Caregiver: Organizations Responding to Hidden Heroes
During the month of November - National Family Caregiver Month - a lot of attention is paid to caregivers and the critical roles they play. However, when we think about caregivers and community-based resources and supports, we often only think about persons caring for an older adult. But what about military caregivers? This free webinar will highlight two organizations and their very specific missions to support caregivers of all stripes but especially the 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States. The responsibilities of a military caregiver may include a wounded service member but also a person with a special healthcare need or developmental disability. Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families for over 100 years through services and support surrounding medical rehabilitation, employment and training, children?s services, adult and senior services, and camping and recreation. More recently Easterseals has responded to military caregiving by providing support for caregivers and their families through respite care, inclusive childcare, employment and career services, transportation, behavioral/physical health services and advocacy at the federal and local levels. Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a program within the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. RCI supports caregivers ? both family and professional caregivers through advocacy, education, research and service. OFC coaches the families of returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties they face when returning. The program has been implemented across the nation and within communities to teach military families how to best navigate the challenges that come with caregiving in order to build a stronger family network. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Part 1 Medicaid & Military Families: An Introduction
This module, the first in a three part series, will provide an overview of the Medicaid program. Participants will learn about the overall purposes of the Medicaid program; its relevance to military families, especially those with family members who have special needs. Participants will also learn about the manner in which Medicaid is implemented and variations among the states; and developments currently underway with the program. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Military Caregivers: Commonalities & Differences Shed Light on Individuality
Families play an integral role in today's military, especially when a service member becomes wounded, ill or injured. The role of spouse, parent, grandparent or significant other changes as military families learn to care for their warrior and provide assistance as he or she adjusts to life with a disability. Each family caregiver is unique, as is their wounded service member and his or her condition. Even with these unique qualities there are some commonalities of military family caregivers, which provide professionals with knowledge about the caregiver's needs. In order to better understand military family caregivers, professionals can explore through questions what caregiver commonalities fit with each situation. By asking questions regarding the warrior and caregiver and then listening carefully, professionals will gain knowledge of the military family caregiver's assets, challenges and needs. The webinar identifies questions to help professionals recognize the commonalities and differences of military family caregivers as they work with them. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
What You Need to Know about Assistive Technology but Didn't Know Who to Ask
From wheelchairs to hearing aids memory supports to speech devices assistive technology solutions have long been a staple for supporting the functioning of individuals with disabilities especially wounded service members. However there can be barriers to successful implementation of an assistive technology solution. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Preparing Caregivers to Communicate Effectively Using Three Types of Communication Skills
Caregivers communicate with a variety of individuals including, health care professionals, family members, military professionals, and their wounded warriors, throughout their caregiver journey. Many times though, professionals and caregivers conversations can go astray, resulting in misunderstanding and ultimately hindering the relationship between the two parties. During this webinar, the presenter will identify three types of communication skills that will change the way professionals and caregivers have communicated in the past. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Effects of Visible and Invisible Parent Combat Injuries on Military Families
This webinar will review the research literature on optimal child and family development and barriers to this optimal functioning. Drawing from both the civilian and the military literature, the presenters will provide guidance on what sets the stage for successful family functioning, how military life can interrupt these processes, and what families can do to safeguard against risks. It is well documented that military life presents risks to mental and family health. Both visible and invisible injuries affect the climate of the family and every member. The presenters will provide practical suggestions for families to successfully negotiate key developmental milestones, in spite of stressful circumstances caused by war injury. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Hidden Heroes: Americas Military Caregivers
Military caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. Yet playing this role can impose a substantial physical, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers. This presentation will provide an overview of RANDs recent study that examined the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States and assessed the array of policies, programs and services available to support the men and women who render this care. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Caregiver Identity Discrepancy and Implications for Practice
Participants will be introduced to basic tenants of the Caregiver Identity Theory and implications of the theory for understanding the caregiving experience and its impact on caregivers. A center piece of this perspective is the assertion that the caregiving role is not a new role, but rather a transformation of an existing role. Participants will learn about five phases of caregiving and identity discrepancy which many caregivers experience as they move between phases. The implications of this perspective for strategically intervening to support caregivers will also be discussed. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Give Care Take Care
While caregiving may present itself as a natural extension of ones relationship some of the tasks associated with caregiving may be new or different for both the caregiver and service member. Caregivers may have to assume the role of surrogate decision maker for their wounded service member, help with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, among a myriad of other tasks. This session will describe how to respect the autonomy of the warrior as a surrogate decision maker. It will also describe tasks associated with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, including potential challenges, evaluating those challenges and tips for addressing them. With a little knowledge and some critical thinking skills, caregivers can effectively give care while taking care. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Handling Marital Conflict Constructively
Any relationship is bound to experience conflict and it is clear that all couples have differences and disagreements. Military Service Members and their Spouses often experience unique challenges that come with military life, the truth is every conflict can be resolved if key strategies are used. In this presentation Mr. Roos will introduce attendees to the primary origins of conflict. Furthermore attendees will understand how conflict develops within oneself, to confront conflict instead of avoid it, and to work together to bring about resolve and grow closer as a couple. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Part 2 Medicaid and Military Families: Children with Special Needs
This course is part two of a three-part training series that will provide basic and necessary information on Medicaid, a federal-state program that often provides health care coverage for low-income families and those with disabilities. The second module will concentrate on Medicaid options for children with special needs. The overall purpose of these modules is to assist family support providers and others with a general knowledge of Medicaid and to provide some guidance on where to turn for resources and further information. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Part 3 Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs
This webinar is part three of a three part training series that will provide basic and necessary information on Medicaid, a federal-state program that often provides health care coverage for low-income families and those with disabilities. The third module will examine Medicaid options for older families members, such as spouses and adult children. The overall purpose of these modules is to assist family support providers and others with a general knowledge of Medicaid and to provide some guidance on where to turn for resources and further information. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Working to Balance Life
Trying balance work, family, and life can be an elusive task. This presentation will discuss the work-life balancing act through understanding unbalance, personal health effects, and organizational impact. Strategies are discussed that lay the groundwork for finding personal work-life balance. Alternate ways of conceptualizing life balance are proposed, as well as an exercise to begin swinging the pendulum towards a more balanced and fulfilling life. This presentation is appropriate for those who are seeking life balance, as well as employers, supervisors and managers who are trying to retain and strengthen their workforce. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Going to College: A Guide to Transition Planning for those with Disabilities
In the 21st century, receiving appropriate postsecondary education is key to successful employment and decent quality of life. This webinar provides an overview of the transition from school and from combat to postsecondary education, discusses challenges and opportunities for students with disabilities and wounded warriors, and presents strategies for preparing the transition to postsecondary education and for succeeding in postsecondary education. Some of the strategies include person centered goal setting, understanding the demand of college, use of self-advocacy skills, and securing reasonable accommodations. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Financial Planning for Military Caregivers
Worries about finances may be a source of great stress for caregivers and their families. For military family caregivers, finances may have a big impact on their ability to manage day-to-day and, eventually, retire. As the holidays approach we begin to take an especially hard look at our budget and financial responsibilities and challenges. In this webinar military helping professionals will learn about practical resources to help caregivers better manage their finances, ensuring families and service members live more comfortably while planning for the future. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Test Your Caregiver IQ
Find out how much you know about todays caregivers by testing your caregiver IQ in this webinar session. Your caregiver IQ will highlight your overall understanding of who caregivers are, their similarities and differences, challenges and joys they experience and ways you can support them. This interactive session will provide a Q&A style format with participants and will dive further into the necessary content using the questions asked in understanding this unique audience. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Communication In the Crunch
We all have the intention to communicate clearly and frequently are able to make this happen. However, under stress or in the Crunch, most of us revert to less skillful styles of making our point. It can be helpful to recognize these styles which present obstacles to communicating and to target specific skills which pave the way for better understanding of the other persons world. Whether with clients, family members and friends, or work colleagues, conscious choices of how we talk and listen can help. This interactive webinar will provide opportunities to discover how our personal agendas repeatedly interfere with effective communication and offer a RECIPE for more effective and efficient communication. ** There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
The webinar will discuss the ECHO program, which provides supplemental services to active duty family members (ADFMs) with qualifying mental or physical disabilities. ECHO services and supplies beyond those offered by the basic TRICARE health benefits program will be discussed.1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry
The special needs webinar will be an interactive session provided by a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist that will focus on two very common disorders in childhood, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Anxiety. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mystery of Autism Spectrum Disorders and learn about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting. 1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
A Family Members Guide to Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury
Course will focus on ways professionals can work with family caregivers on coping with service members who have traumatic brain injury. Living with a wounded warrior who has had a TBI can be overwhelming to families. Not only are caregivers having to assist with medical appointments, multiple therapy sessions, and maintaining medications for their service member, but they are also having to deal with other aspects specific to TBI patients, for example behavioral changes.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Caregiver Compassion Fatigue
The negative impact of traumatic events can extend beyond those who directly experienced the trauma to family members and professionals who support the traumatized individual. As such, military family caregivers are prime at risk for a phenomenon called compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. The experience of compassion fatigue can lead to impairment in social and occupational functioning. In this presentation Dr. Bride will introduce attendees to the concept of compassion fatigue, describe the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and discuss strategies to minimize the negative impact of compassion fatigue. .  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Overview of Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention
Managing suicide risk can often be a challenging experience for patients and providers alike. This 60 minute webinar will highlight various techniques that will help better prepare providers on how to manage these challenging situations. The presenter will provide you with a step-by-step approach for assessing, mitigating, and documenting suicide risk when working with military service members and their families.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility
This training will provide an overview of strategies for military helping professionals in serving as effective resources for families. The focus will be on how military service professionals can facilitate effective problem solving and other activities with families through collaborative approaches. Participants will increase their knowledge of key characteristics of helping professionals and factors involved in the establishment of credibility and trust for empowering military families. *1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Back to Basics: Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the largest health payer in the United States, covering almost 90 million Americans. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults over age 65 and other qualified individuals, accounts for more than 48 million of those Americans through expenditures of more than $545 billion. But what is Medicare? How does it work? What should helping professionals and caregivers know about the program? This session will provide a broad overview of the Medicare program?s Parts A and B as well as introduce the CMS National Training Program as a resource for further training and information. *1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
An Introduction to TRICARE
This session will provide an overview of the TRICARE benefit for service members and their families. The webinar includes details about eligibility, TRICAR? program options, priority access to military hospitals and clinics, the TRICARE Pharmacy Program, how Medicare affects TRICARE, and the Affordable Care Act. *1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Relating! Caring and Culture
Centered around a theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating the work environment, this FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference, no travel involved! Part 2 of the Virtual Learning Event Session will focus on professional development in the area of Cultural Competencies. Cultural competence and linguistic competence are widely recognized as fundamental aspects of quality in health/behavioral health care and in the provision of social services and supports. Cultural and linguistic competence are viewed as essential approaches for reducing disparities and for promoting equity by improving access, utilization, service delivery, and health and well-being among patients, their families, and communities. While the evidence suggests the efficacy of these approaches, many in health/behavioral health care and social service organizations continue to struggle with the full integration of cultural and linguistic competence into their policies, structures, practices, and procedures. This VLE session will explore the conceptual frameworks of cultural and linguistic competence and examine their relevance for supporting service members and their families.*1.5 continuing education credit hours are available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Recharging! Combating Compassion Fatigue
Centered around a theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating the work environment, this FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference - no travel involved! Part 3 of the Virtual Learning Event Session will focus on professional development in the area of Compassion Fatigue. Military caregivers are at high risk for the negative impact of compassion fatigue. The experience of trauma can extend beyond those who are directly impacted to those who provide care to traumatized individuals, including military service professionals. This phenomenon is referred to as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. In this Virtual Learning Event session, attendees will gain an understanding of the concept of compassion fatigue, describe the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and discuss strategies to minimize the negative impact of compassion fatigue *1.5 continuing education credit hours are available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Rethinking! Creating New Strategies to Build Trust and Credibility
Centered around a theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating the work environment, this FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference, no travel involved! Part 1 of the Virtual Learning Event Session will highlight professional development in the area of Empowering The Helping Professional: Accessing and Applying Expertise. This training will examine strategies for helping professionals in promoting collaborative work with families. The focus will be on the role of the service provider in helping families manage expectations while accessing necessary services. Participants will learn strategies for communicating their role, connecting families with services and accessing additional expertise to address identified family needs. *1.5 continuing education credit hours are available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers
As a professional working with family caregivers it helps to recognize why caregivers do not know what respite is and why they are reluctant to use it. Often caregivers do not realize the benefits of respite and are concerned about the who, what and where of respite. Professionals can respond to these questions and concerns by knowing the types respite resources available. They can also work with community respite providers to help create respite programs that address the unique needs of wounded service members and special needs children or adults. *1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members
Narcotic medications may be prescribed for a variety of treatments, primarily pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. With conditions such as chronic pain, another treatment or prescription may be given with narcotic prescriptions to augment and extend the effect of these medications. In the presentation military professionals will learn about various classes of narcotics, along with their actions, interactions with other medications, and the potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors. The presentation will also highlight differences in the therapies for acute and chronic pain management, as well as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The important role of military professionals, who work with the service member and families, to understand medication management will also be explored. *1.00 continuing education credit hour is available from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Be an Expert Problem Solver: Caregiving & Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury
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. Living with TBI can present many difficulties for families, as concomitants can include problems with regulating negative moods, displays of aggressive behavior, memory loss, and physical symptoms such as recurrent headaches and fatigue. Family members are often at a loss in their attempts to understand these behaviors and assist their loved one in day-to-day routines and during times of stress. In this presentation the Dr. Elliott will review basic information about TBI, its complications and issues family members face living with TBI. The presentation will provide information about coping and specific problem solving strategies that have been useful to other caregivers living with TBI. Service providers will also benefit from learning the utility of problem-solving strategies, and how to help family caregivers learn these approaches. *There is no continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), however, a certificate of completion is available.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free