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Assessment of mild TBI-A rapidly evolving area and what this means for clinical psychology and neuropsychology

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Assessment of mild TBI-A rapidly evolving area and what this means for clinical psychology and neuropsychology

21 Septemnber 2018

Current findings on injury mechanisms that trigger TBI and what symptoms are directly linked to this serious, but often controversial neurological condition.
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Assessment of mild TBI-A rapidly evolving area and what this means for clinical psychology and neuropsychology 21 Septenber 2018 The clinical awareness of the relevance of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is increasing on a weekly basis. What was once considered a benign inconvenience is being recognised as a very serious clinical condition for many patients. The difficulty has been the ‘invisibility’ of the underlying brain injuries that lead to clinical problems (cognitive, emotional and behavioural). Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists are referred these patients via a variety of pathways (legal, medical, primary, secondary and tertiary care), some of whom come with a diagnosis of Post Concussional Syndrome. Clinicians are required to carry out assessments, provide formulations and tailor interventions for these clients, whose diagnosis is unclear. This workshop will update you on the current research findings on which injury mechanisms trigger TBI and what symptoms (immediate, acute and chronic) are suggestive of and found to be directly linked to TBI by using newly developed brain imaging techniques (MEG, qEEG and DTI). However, the limitations of these tools and the controversy that surrounds them in the literature will be paid attention to. The second part of the workshop will focus on Neuropsychological examination and what neuropsychological tests are best placed to highlight even subtle cognitive deficits. Group discussion will focus on how these subtle but organic cognitive changes can impact on a patients everyday functioning. Case examples will be utilised to highlight the commonalities across a range of individuals that have been seen clinically and in a medico-legal capacity by the facilitators. The interplay between organic pathology, pre-injury vulnerability and post injury reactive factors, will be discussed by using case formulations. We will also have the opportunity to critically evaluate the current treatment options and discuss possible new directions based on the emerging literature. This workshop will focus on the adult clinical population but there will be the opportunity to discuss those patients who may have had their brain injury in childhood.

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SKU CONF-LC21SEP18
Conference Date 21 September
Start Date 21 Sep 2018
End Date 21 Sep 2018
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