This course is appropriate for professionals that manage and/or review brain injury claims and authorize treatment and for professionals involved in patient treatment.
Brain injury (BI) affects an estimated 2.5 million Americans each year, many of those were injured on the job. Due to brain injury complexity, having all parties involved in the management of the case, knowledgeable about the cognitive and neuropsychological symptoms involved in brain injury is critical as it relates to optimal outcomes. (19.1006 a. 8/9)
BI often leads to changes in cognitive and neuropsychological functioning that requires intensive and specialized rehabilitation. Persistent cognitive deficits associated with BI include: impaired attention/concentration, decreased memory, impaired vision, decreased processing speed, and impaired executive functions (i.e., decision-making, problem-solving, self-awareness, etc.).
Cognitive and neuropsychological rehabilitation involves the systematic and staged application of evidenced-based interventions to remediate and/or compensate for deficits stemming from brain injury.
For the adjuster, proper identification of the treatment goals, stages of cognitive recovery, and evidence based research all contribute to a better perspective of risks, frequency and degree of loss associated with BI in the injured worker. Cognitive / neuropsychological rehab is critical in achieving the optimal return to work rates for the brain injured patient resulting in; integration back into community or work force and maximum outcome.
During this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Discuss cognitive / neuropsychological consequences of brain injury
- List at least 3 evidence based techniques used to improve cognitive functioning
- Discuss 3 factors/variables that affect the efficacy of cognitive / neuropsychological rehabilitation
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Gary S. Seale, PhD
Regional Director of Clinical Services
Gary S. Seale, PhD, is Regional Director of Clinical Services for the Centre for Neuro Skills. He received his doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. He is dual licensed in Texas as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Psychological Associate with Independent Practice, and he holds a clinical appointment at UTMB in the School of Health Professions – Department of Rehabilitation Science.
Dr. Seale has worked exclusively in postacute brain injury rehabilitation for over 28 years and has conducted research and published peer-reviewed articles on topics including rehabilitation outcomes, the relationship between positive emotion and recovery of functional status following stroke, and emergency preparedness for disabled populations.