Treating Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

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CEU Course Description

Each year traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in approximately 2.8 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths in the U.S. TBIs account for almost 2% of all emergency department visits, and more than one-quarter million Americans are hospitalized each year with a TBI. Therefore, health care professionals should possess insight into TBI to best serve patients. With that in mind, this course reviews the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) TBI Advisory, which highlights key elements of TBI and describes TBI relevance to behavioral health, including recommendations for how health care professionals can better meet the needs of patients who have a history of TBI.  

Author: This Advisory was written and produced under contract number 283-12-6401 by the Logistical Support Services (LSSS) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). John D. Corrigan, PhD and Judy L. Dettmer, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, Dr. Charles Smith and Robert Day served as Product Champion, and Valerie Kolick served as the Alternative Contracting Officer’s Representative (ACOR).

Recommended Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2021). Treating Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury (Updated). Advisory. Publication No. PEP21-05-03-001 Published August 2021.

References/Contributions by:  

  1. Corrigan, J. D. (2019). Traumatic brain injury and behavioral health treatment. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
  2. Corrigan, J. D.; Hagemeyer, A. N.; Weil, Z.; Sullivan, L.; Shi, J.; Bogner, J.; Yang J. (2020). Is Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with Adult Alcohol Misuse? Journal of Neurotrauma, Jul 2020.1637- 1644.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Report to Congress: The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. Atlanta, GA. Psychiatry. Advance online publication. https://
  4. Stubbs JL, Thornton AE, Sevick JM, Silverberg ND, Barr AM, Honer WG, Panenka WJ. Traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed individuals: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Public Health. 2020 Jan;5(1):e19-e32.

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CEU Course Objectives

  1. Recognize TBI concepts central to patient care.  
  2. Examine how TBIs are classified.
  3. Identify the effects of TBI.
  4. Recall strategies health care professionals should use for patients with TBI.
  5. Evaluate recommended treatment approaches for patients with a history of TBI.

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Treating Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury
  2. What is TBI?
  3. How Common is TBI?
  4. How are TBIs Classified?
  5. What are the Effects of TBI?
  6. What Are the Links Between Behavioral Health and TBI?
  7. What Strategies Should Counselors Use for Patients With TBI?
  8. Conclusion
  9. Resources for Additional Information

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CAADE Approval

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Added On: 09/01/2021

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