How To Approach, Engage, and Direct Individuals Living With TBI-A Training Series for First Responders

Event Description

This 4-part series is designed for the first responder community including law enforcement, parole, and probation personnel, EMTs, and any other members of the community engaged in emergency and front-line efforts.  
The series kicks off with a 90-minute foundational introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In this session, participants will learn what TBI is, its common signs and symptoms, how it can occur, and why conventional intervention methods often don't work with individuals living with TBI. We encourage all participants to attend the first session, it will establish a baseline of understanding for all participants as we move thru the series. 
This training series will provide participants with tips and strategies for first responders who may encounter individuals living with a history of brain injury when responding to calls in the community. People living with brain injury have higher rates of mental health conditions and problematic use of substances and are often overrepresented among vulnerable populations. First responders may encounter individuals and their family members affected by brain injury when responding to crisis situations such as individuals expressing suicidal ideation and intent, those who are homeless, victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and justice-involved individuals. Participants will become familiar with common clues of a history of brain injury and strategies to engage with individuals and deescalate as needed when encountering those living with this often-hidden disability. 


Training Series Dates (participants must register for each session): 
June 9th - Introduction - Kick-Off 

10:00 am MST - 11:30 am MST

June 16th: Intensive Workshop 1 for Law Enforcement and EMT Personnel

9:00 am MST - 10:00 am MST 

Intensive Workshop 2 for Probation and Parole Personnel

1:00 pm MST - 2:00 pm MST 

July 14th: Wrap-Up Panel 

10:00 am MST - 11:30 pm MST 


Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be able to describe at least 3 common brain injury-related impairments 

  1. Attendees will be able to identify three signs that an individual may have a history of brain injury 

  1. Attendees will learn 3 strategies to safely engage with and redirect individuals living with a history of brain injury 


Anastasia Edmonston, MS, CRC


Trainer bio coming soon!

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