Online CE Course on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Effects of Aging Newly Updated at HealthForumOnline

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HealthForumOnline's (HFO) newly updated online continuing education (CE) course for mental health professionals, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The Effects of Aging, explores what can be expected from and clinically provided for individuals with TBI as they age. HFO offers over 95 nationally-approved online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, marital family therapists and other allied health care providers that are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective - with free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.

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While new neuro-imaging techniques and medications are being developed to refine diagnosis and treatment of TBI, there are emerging concerns and data to suggest that TBI may have a significant impact on the “normal” aging process across the lifespan."

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing education (CE) is pleased to announce updates to the CE course entitled, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The Effects of Aging; one of seven online CE courses in HFO’s Neuropsychology category. Our extensive online CE resource library for psychologists, social workers, counselors, marital family therapists, and other allied health care professionals contains over 95 courses covering over 20 topics in mental health.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major health care concern in the United States, with approximately 1.5 million new cases of TBI annually resulting in 83,000 new cases of permanent TBI-related disability (1-2). At this time, approximately 6 million persons, or roughly 2% of the U.S. population, are living with a TBI-related disability. More recent estimates report that each year 235,000 Americans are hospitalized for nonfatal TBI, 1.1 million are treated in emergency departments, and 50,000 die (3). It is an especially relevant healthcare concern in light of the number of recent veterans returning from combat with TBI. By the year 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that almost 10 million people will suffer from TBI annually worldwide (4).

While new neuro-imaging techniques and new medications are being developed to refine diagnosis and treatment of TBI, there are emerging concerns and research data to suggest that TBI, particularly severe TBI, may have a significant impact on the “normal” aging process across the lifespan. This online CE course for mental health providers reviews the medical, psychological, and social consequences that can occur over time following TBI and the implications for improving quality of life in this population.

This theory- and evidenced-based information provided in this online CE course will enable mental health providers to identify important developmental milestones regarding “aging” through the human lifespan and indicate ways that TBI may affect this “normal” aging process. Prominent causes of TBI are discussed to familiarize clinicians with the biopsychosocial sequelae, with a focus on veterans engaged in military conflicts. Lastly, a review of the current literature associated with TBI and aging is provided to help to guide those working with this population in setting goals for ongoing, long-term therapy.

1.    Thurman, D., et al. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: A public health perspective. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 1999. 14(6): p. 602-615.

2.    Langlois, J.A., et al. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2006.

3.    Corrigan, J.D., et al. The epidemiology of traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2010. 2(2): p. 72–80.

4.    Hyder, A.A., et al. The impact of traumatic brain injuries: A global perspective. NeuroRehabilitation, 2007. 22: p. 341–353.

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Mental health professionals can chose from HFO’s 20 categories of continuing education (CE) topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine containing over 95 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. HealthForumOnline (HFO) is [approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 65 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.

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