Traumatic Brain Injury & SUD Series

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The Mountain Plains and Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTCs) are proud to partner with the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) to present seven virtual trainings focused on the significant intersection between brain injury and addiction. The trainings consist of an introductory session followed by six special topic webinars. Special topics will include the intersection of brain injury with addictions, intimate partner violence, suicide, as well as implications of brain injury and addiction, and special considerations for individual and group therapy. The final session will be focused on the introduction of a Brain Injury and Addictions Toolkit.


Click on the dates to register for upcoming sessions. Resources, slides, and videos of each date will be added when available


March 24, 2021: Brain Injury 101

This session will provide participants with an overview of brain injury including information on what brain injury is and the prevalence within the general population. The session will then describe brain injury in the context of high-risk populations such as intimate partner violence and criminal and juvenile justice. Finally, participants will gain an understanding for how to screen for brain injury and they will learn strategies for supporting individuals with brain injury within the addictions setting.


March 31, 2021: Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence is a complex public health issue with a widespread impact on individuals, communities, and society. Many survivors of abuse also struggle with substances. This presentation will introduce the role of domestic violence and other abusive tactics—specifically mental health and substance use coercion--as additional drivers of substance misuse and addiction. To add another layer of complexity, a critically important consequence of domestic violence has been hidden in plain sight for decades—brain injury. This webinar will share what we have learned from groundbreaking research in Ohio on the intersection of brain injury and domestic violence, as well as a service provision framework called CARE (Connect, Acknowledge, Respond, Evaluate). You will leave with tools to assist you in raising awareness and addressing partner-inflicted brain injury in your services and help you better support the unique needs of people impacted by domestic violence, brain injury, and addiction.


April 15, 2021: Suicide

Starting with a background on suicide and the connection to traumatic brain injury (TBI), this presentation explores the relationship between suicide, TBI, and co-morbid substance use. After presenting some research-based findings, the speaker concludes with a discussion of the brain mechanisms that may mediate this relationship


April 28, 2021: Part 1 Implications of Brain Injury & Addiction


May 12, 2021: Part 2 Effective Strategies for Group & Individual Therapy


May 26, 2021: Criminal Justice


TBD: Addictions and Brain Injury Toolkit 



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