Veterans Affairs | Traumatic Brain Injury & Polytrauma: Identification, Assessment & Services (Video Conference)

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Editor's Note, 4/24/13:
  • This page has been updated with post-event information.
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  • PowerPoint presentation 1, Riechers: (click here).
  • PowerPoint presentation 2, Serna: (click here).

  • This event is a video conference that will broadcast from the Mandel Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, to multiple sites around the state.
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Providing integrated services for traumatic brain injury (TBI), other traumas, and co-occurring substance use disorders to veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their family members requires a special sensitivity to the military culture of the veteran and their unique experiences.  While veterans seek services throughout the Ohio public mental-health and addiction-treatment systems for many reasons, there is a vast array of services within Veterans Affairs (VA) to access. Therefore, it is important for all providers to be aware of and to facilitate access to VA-based services.

Key words/topics: 

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Polytrauma
  • Military culture
  • Benefits eligibility
  • VA system of care
  • Family members/caregivers

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to ...

  • Describe diagnostic criteria for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or co-occurring substance use disorder
  • Identify key elements of military culture and implications for clinical approaches to care
  • Explain TBI and other polytrauma services available to veterans and family members and how to access them
  • Appreciate the dynamics of being a family member and implications for best serving them


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center:

  • Ronald G. Riechers, II, MD, is medical director of the Polytrauma Program at the Cleveland VA and assistant professor of Neurology at the Case Western Reserve University Medical School.
  • George S. Serna, PhD, is a neuropsychologist at the Cleveland VA and clinical instructor of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University:

  • Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, is director of implementation services at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (get bio).


This event is one of a three-part series co-sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and the Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. Click each to learn more:

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Patrick Boyle, PhD, LISW-S, LICDC-CS


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Individuals and service teams from organizations implementing the following practices and service strategies are also encouraged to attend:

  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
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Patrick E. Boyle, PhD, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, is director of implementation services at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University, where he oversees the technical-assistance services of all Center projects, including two Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives. The technical assistance includes program consultation, clinical consultation, and training for service systems and organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, emerging best practices, and other strategies that improve quality of life and other outcomes for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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April 24, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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April 17, 2013 (11:59 PM) EST
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