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Traumatic Brain Injury: Treatment Strategies to Facilitate Community Participation

presented by Steven Wheeler

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Financial: Steven Wheeler receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Steven Wheeler has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course outlines key aspects of the therapy process during rehabilitation of executive cognitive functions following TBI. While established protocols and approaches to treating many components are outlined in the literature, these are best accomplished when in the context of a therapeutic relationship and client-centered program. Participants of this course will learn ways to establish this context within individual and group interventions to maximize functional outcomes and the transition from the hospital setting to the home and community.
This is the second course in a two-part series by Dr. Wheeler. The first course, Challenges of Community Reintegration Following Traumatic Brain Injury should be viewed first.

Meet Your Instructor

Steven Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L, CBIS

Steven Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L, CBIS, is the Program Director for the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cinicinnati, where he also serves as an occupational therapy professor. Dr. Wheeler has published and presented both nationally and internationally on community re-entry issues following traumatic brain injury (TBI).…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Therapeutic Relationship Building to Facilitate Functional Recovery

In this chapter, Dr. Wheeler describes the roles of the interdisciplinary team in the TBI rehabilitation process. Participants will learn the components of the “Whatever it Takes” approach to TBI rehabilitation and discuss the impact of impaired self-awareness on the TBI rehabilitation process.

2. Task Progression to Facilitate Self-Awareness and Change

Dr. Wheeler identifies some of the key challenges to establishing a therapeutic relationship with client’s who have impaired awareness of deficits. The participant will learn strategies for establishing therapeutic rapport and therapeutic relationships during the TBI rehabilitation process. This chapter concludes with a discussion of strategies to manage and overcome awareness deficit during the TBI rehabilitation process.

3. Strategies to Facilitate Social and Community Participation

This chapter describes the role of goal setting in the rehabilitation process following TBI. Participants will learn the value of group activities to promote social participation during the TBI rehabilitation process. They will gain an appreciation of the role of the family and caregivers during the TBI rehabilitation process.

4. Q&A

Dr. Steven Wheeler and Occupational Therapist Tim Rich discuss the first three chapters of this course.They discuss topics such as the need to understand executive functions when working with TBI and the impact of funding on rehabilitation.

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