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Traumatic Brain Injury & SUD: Brain Injury, Addictions and the Importance of Family Involvement

This webinar will seek to describe the complex dilemma families find themselves in when a loved one has TBI and further when that loved one develops the additional problem of SUD.  The impact of SUD on TBI recovery will be reviewed as well as the impact of SUD on ongoing cognitive and physical rehabilitation.  Models of family therapy will be described taking into account the complexity of working with a person who has the combined problem of TBI and SUD.


Learning Objectives:

  • Review the relationship between TBI and SUD
  • Describe the symptoms of TBI following or during rehabilitation
  • Discuss risk factors for substance use in the TBI population
  • Understand differing family characteristics in relation to TBI vs SUD
  • Describe various family assessment and treatment approaches


Presenter Information

Dr. Sparadeo began his career as the Director of the Mayor’s Task Force on Substance Abuse in the City of Providence, R.I. and he was also the Director of Substance Abuse Services for the Providence Mental Health Center at that same time.  After creating a system of clinical services for the City of Providence he was appointed as CEO of Talbot House.  Talbot House was the largest residential substance abuse treatment facility in New England.  Dr. Sparadeo then completed his doctoral studies with a residency at the Boston V.A. Medical Center followed by a 2-year fellowship at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital (RIH).  The focus of his clinical training was neuropsychology and chronic pain.  He completed his fellowship and was appointed to the Brown University School of Medicine faculty and the Rhode Island Hospital medical staff in the position of Director of Rehabilitation Psychology.  Dr. Sparadeo trained numerous interns and fellows at Brown University.  As Director of Rehabilitation Psychology, Dr. Sparadeo created the first comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program for survivors of traumatic brain injury.  After 8 years in his position at RIH Dr. Sparadeo was appointed National Director of Substance Abuse and TBI rehabilitation services at New Medico Health Systems in Boston, Massachusetts.  He created inpatient substance abuse treatment programs in 8 rehabilitation facilities throughout the U.S.  He returned to RIH and Brown University to become the director of the Concussion Care Center in the Emergency Department at RIH.  He was also the chief clinical consultant to the Trauma Center and Stepdown Unit, and he was the co-director of the Interdisciplinary Spine Center in the Neurosurgery Department at RIH for 5 years before opening a private practice specializing in the neuropsychological assessment, pain assessment and pain management.  He developed a specialized substance abuse treatment program for people with both TBI and substance abuse.  Eventually, he developed a specialized treatment program for people with chronic pain and opiate addiction.  Over the many years of his career Dr. Sparadeo has been a consultant to many agencies and healthcare programs throughout the U.S.  He has also served on numerous boards of directors.  He was the founder and president of the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island.  He was also the Chairman of the Governor’s Permanent Advisory Commission on TBI.  He was also a member of the national committee on substance abuse and disability at SAMHSA in Washington, D.C.  Most recently, Dr. Sparadeo has been a consultant and chief trainer on a federally funded grant at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.  Dr. Sparadeo’s career has also included the publication of many scientific papers and book chapters, and he has been on the faculty of Salve Regina University graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling where he teaches the Neuroscience of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Psychopharmacology for Counselors and the Neuroscience of Opioid Abuse.

This training is a collaboration between Mid-America ATTC, Mountain Plains ATTC, and NASHIA. 

Starts: Jul. 28, 2021 11:30 am
Ends: Jul. 28, 2021 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 27, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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