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Professionals......Brain Injury Support Group Facilitators Needed!
We are looking for people to facilitate brain injury support groups in Bennington, St Albans, Middlebury and White River Junction. These volunteer positions are a wonderful opportunity to be in an environment of support with individuals whose lives have been affected by brain injury. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.
TBI Provider List / Resource Directory
Vermont Trainings / Education Courses / Higher Education - Spring 2009
Information provided by Nick Nichols, Vermont Department of Mental Health
Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice - A Tool Kit for Physicians
An estimated 75%-90% of the 1.4 million traumatic brain injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits that occur each year are concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI).
Many individuals who sustain an MTBI are not hospitalized or receive no medical care at all. An unknown proportion of those who are not hospitalized may experience long-term problems such as persistent headache, pain, fatigue, vision or hearing problems, memory problems, confusion, sleep disturbances, or mood changes. Symptoms of MTBI or concussion may appear mild, but can lead to significant, life-long impairment affecting an individual's ability to function physically, cognitively, and psychologically.
Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent MTBI or concussion and improve a patient's health outcomes through early diagnosis, management, and appropriate referral.
In response, CDC, in collaboration with an expert work group, has recently updated and revised the "Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice" tool kit. This tool kit is available free-of-charge and contains practical, easy-to-use clinical information and tools.
TBI Certification Resources
The American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (AACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. AACBIS provides staff and professionals the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate their learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential. http://www.aacbis.net/
Veterans Health Initiative
The Veterans Health Initiative (VHI), an Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards program, offers independent study courses developed to recognize the connection between certain health effects and military service, facilitate better documentation of military medical history and prepare health care providers to better serve their veteran patients.
The VHI independent study courses are accredited and satisfy medical licensure requirements by delivering important education and information in the specified areas. These courses are a ccessible only through the VA Learning Management System (LMS), a web site intended for employees and staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Study Courses: Agent Orange, Caring for War Wounded, Agent Orange, Endemic Infectious Diseases of Southwest Asia, Gulf War, Health Effects from Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons, Hearing Impairment, Military Sexual Trauma, POW, PTSD, Radiation, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Amputation, Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Impairment.