Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health: Intensive Workshops

Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health: Intensive Workshops

To address concerns around traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mental health, the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center has partnered with the National Association of State Health Injury Administrators to host a series of workshops focused on the intersection of TBI and mental health.

This first session was open to a general audience and provided attendees with a working knowledge of TBI and its relation to mental health. This 60-minute session is a pre-requisite for anyone wanting to attend any of the workshops that follow.


The Intersection between Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health: An Introduction

August 4, 2020




The intensive workshops are directed towards specific populations. The intensive workshops are intended for individuals and providers who support the mental health, substance abuse, veterans, and school-age communities.The series will conclude with a final general session, again open to anyone, focused on screening in primary health care. The intensive workshops are limited to 20 participants each. Each workshop consist of a presentation, an interactive exercise, and Q & A. This format is designed to facilitate experiential learning and problem solving. Each workshop will be led by a nationally recognized subject matter expert.


Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health for the Addiction Prevention and Treatment Community

August 18, 2020



This session was provided in collaboration with the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center



Anastasia Edmonston, MS CRC
Trainer and Consultant,
Maryland State Behavioral Health Administration

Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health in the Veterans Community 

September 8, 2020




Dr. Lisa A. Brenner, Veterans Affairs

Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health for the Mental/Behavioral Health Community

September 10, 2020      




Dr. Kim Gorgens, University of Denver

Panel Discussion: How States are Addressing TBI and Mental Health

September 21, 2020



Resources shared by panelists:




Rebeccah Wolfkiel, MPP, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

Rebecca Quinn, MSW, LMSW, North Dakota Traumatic Brain Injury Network

Justine Ashokar, PhD, The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center at Black Hills Works

Kate Kerkmans, LCSW, CBIS, The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Liz Gerdeman, MA, CBIST, MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network

Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, MA, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center


Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health in the K-12 Education Community 

October 6, 2020




Dr. Karen McAvoy

Open Session Webinar: Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health for the Primary Health Care Community

October 27, 2020         




Caitlin Synovec, OTD, OTR/L

Amber Richert, BSN, MSN, DNP




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