2018 Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium: Day One – April 19, 2018

Session One

Disability in Rural America:

Panel Format

Moderator: Craig Sicilia, Ph.D. – TBI Network

3PM till 3:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

Rural landscapes dominate 72% to 97% of the total landmass of the United States. While only a small percentage of the national population lives in these areas, those that do represent a higher percentage of people who are unemployed, living in poverty, are elderly, and experience disabilities such as Brain Injury. Individual in these areas face unique challenges in acquiring services and supports, such as relying on services that are more informal and less specialized, traveling farther and pay more for services, and tend to receive a lower quality of service compared to their urban counterparts. These challenges and more are the focus of this panel presentation.

 

TBI, Mental Health and Suicide:

Stacey Chay, LICSWA, MHP – Eastern Washington University

3PM till 3:50PM – Room: SEWC 148

Stacey Chay is the Program Director for the Spokane based MSW Hybrid program. She has a B.S. in Psychology, a BASW, and an MSW from the Eastern Washington University. She has worked in many different practice settings including Children’s Administration, Frontier Behavioral Health, and the Spokane County Regional Support Network. Her presentation will focus on a discussion of what Social Workers practice, in addition, to discussing mental health issues and risks commonly faced by individuals with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

 History of the TBI Council of Washington State:

Scott Bloom, M.A. CBIS – TBI Council of Washington

3PM till 3:50PM – Room: SEWC 147

The Washington State TBI Council plays a key role in addressing services and needs for Traumatic Brain Injury survivors. In 2007, the Tommy Manning Act addressed issues related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the State of Washington. The intent of the statute was to bring together expertise from the public and private sectors to tackle the needs and gaps in services for those living with TBI. This was carried out by creating the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council (WA State TBI Council), the history and purpose of the council will be explored in this presentation.

Session Two

Facing Pain: Empowering a Beautiful Life:

Daniella Clark, Ph.D.

4PM till 4:50PM – Room: SEWC 147

Dr. Clark is a former lecturer at Washington State University, performing artist, and TBI survivor that will discuss her story of recovery from a severe ski accident which fractured her face and skull. Specific strategies for improving morale during rehabilitation and post-injury adjustment will be discussed. She will include specific steps survivors can take to encourage the healing process following a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Caretakers Massage for TBI Survivors:

Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LMT – Inland Speech Pathology and Therapeutics

4PM till 4:50PM – Room: SEWC 148

Dr. Shute has over 32 years of experience in Spokane with regards to speech-language pathology, cognitive-communicative disorders, teaching, and the healing arts and sciences. For this session, he’ll be discussing his expertise in Therapeutic/Medical/Wellness Massage geared toward caretakers and individuals that sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury.

 Resource Access and Procurement:

John Dubois, M.S. – Washington 211

Holly Williamson – American Red Cross

Richard Parry, M.D. – Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

4PM till 4:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

Access to resources after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can play a critical role in ensuring successful outcomes. This panel will examine the resources available in Eastern Washington to TBI survivors and their families and how to remain informed with regards to access to those resources. Comprising our panel are S. John Dubois representing Washington 211, Holly Williamson representing the American Red Cross, and Dr. Richard (Rick) Parry, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Integrative Health at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.

Dinner – Center for Clinical Research & Simulation – April 19th, 2018 – 5:30PM till 7PM

Dinner Keynote

Treading Gently: The Psychopharmacology of Traumatic Brain Injury:

Bruce Wright, M.D. – Washington State University

At the 2018 symposium dinner, Dr. Wright will be presenting, Treading Gently: The Psychopharmacology of Traumatic Brain Injury. Currently, Dr. Wright is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Washington State University. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Legislative Speaker and Panel

Speaker: Representative Matt Shea, Washington House of Representatives

Panel: Details TBA

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Main Presentation

Veterans and Traumatic Brain Injury:

Scott Bloom, M.A. CBIS – TBI Council of Washington

Heather Bahme – Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

12PM till 12:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant health issue which affects service members and veterans during times of both peace and war. The impacts of TBI are felt within each branch of the service and throughout both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems. The focus of this presentation will be to explore the multifaceted issues veterans face as they live with Traumatic Brain Injury.

Breakout Session One

Caregiving:

Florrie Munat – BIAWA Spokane Chapter

1:10PM till 1:40PM – Room: SEWC 122

Florrie Munat is the author of Be Brave: A Wife’s Journey Through Caregiving (2017), a memoir about her six years of caregiving for her husband Chuck, who at age sixty-nine suffered an ischemic stroke and was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. Florrie has authored many children’s books, stories, and over 150 Young Adult book reviews. She’s worked as a Reference Librarian, English Teacher, and in the promotion department at Wesleyan University Press. Learn more about Florrie and Chuck’s caregiving story at www.florriemunat.com.

Disability as Orientation:

Ryan Parrey, Ph.D. – Eastern Washington University

1:10PM till 1:40PM – Room: SEWC 111

Dr. Parrey is a faculty member in the Center for Disability Studies & Universal Access at Eastern Washington University. His expertise focuses on disability, disability experience, life-writing, ethics, gender, and phenomenology.

 Employment after Traumatic Brain Injury:

Gloria Kraegel – Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)

1:10PM till 1:40PM – Room: SEWC 147

Employment after sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be problematic. While many people return to work after a TBI, other do not. Consistent employment can bring fulfillment and a sense of self-worth to individuals; thus, it is an essential component to a meaningful life. Gloria Kraegel, Executive Director of the Brain Energy Support Team, and Dr. Bruce Santy will discuss the larger issues and obstacles surrounding employment after a TBI

Main Presentation

The Language of the TBI Experience:

TBI Survivor Panel

2PM till 2:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can change a life in an instant. This panel of TBI survivors, of different ages and backgrounds, will discuss their experiences after a TBI and how it has fundamentally changed the course of their lives. Specifically, they’ll delve into the dynamics of how their new perspectives on life can conflict with those of their families, friends, and medical professionals.

Keynote Presentation

Concussion Health:

Christine Guzzardo, Ph.D. – Northwest Neurobehavioral Institute

3PM till 3:30PM – Room: SEWC 122

Our 2018 symposium keynote address will be given by Christine Guzzardo, Ph.D.

Dr. Guzzardo is a Pediatric and Adult Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive specialized training in Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the APA accredited University of Southern California and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, specializing in pediatric and adult Clinical Neuropsychology, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

Lunch Break and Testimonial Session

Support Group Testimonial Session:

Various Presenters

Begins at 3:40PM – Room: SEWC 111

Support groups can be a crucial part of the healing process following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In this short session, TBI survivors will impart their experiences and discuss how support groups facilitated their recovery process.

Main Presentation

EGG Biofeedback with TBI Patients:

Myron Thurber, Ph.D., PT, LMHC, BCB, BCN – Neurotherapy Northwest

4PM till 4:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

Dr. Thurber received his doctorate degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Rehabilitation. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Physical Therapist in the State of Washington, in addition to being certified in General Biofeedback and EEG Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Institute of America. His presentation will delve into how EEG Biofeedback holds definite potential to provide further assistance in cognitive rehabilitation following a TBI.

Breakout Session Two

TBI Rehabilitation Panel:

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute – Brain Injury Unit

5PM till 5:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is dedicated to helping those affected by a Brain Injury in the Inland Northwest. As the only Level 1 Trauma rehabilitation hospital in the region, they’ve spent more than 20 years helping patients recover from Brain Injury. This panel of professionals from the St. Luke’s Brain Injury Unit will be presenting a case study of their work

Cognitive-Communication Problems Associated with PCS:

Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LMT – Inland Speech Pathology and Therapeutics

5PM till 5:50PM – Room: SEWC 147

Dr. Shute has over 32 years of experience in Spokane with regards to speech-language pathology, cognitive-communicative disorders, teaching, and the healing arts and sciences. For this session, he will be discussing the nuances of Post-Concussive Syndrome (PCS), along with the repercussions and recovery strategies thereafter.

Concussion First Aid Workshop:

Hildie Buit, MEd. – American Red Cross

5PM till 5:50PM – Room: SEWC 111

The American Red Cross Concussion Workshop will teach attendees the necessary steps to take in order to provide Frist Aid for Concussions, via a Concussion First Aid Response Scenario. This will be a hands-on workshop.

Main Presentation

Pediatric Brain Injury:

Christine Guzzardo, Ph.D. – Northwest Neurobehavioral Institute

6PM till 6:50PM – Room: SEWC 122

Dr. Guzzardo is a Pediatric and Adult Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive specialized training in Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the APA accredited University of Southern California and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, specializing in pediatric and adult Clinical Neuropsychology, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. Her presentation will focus on reviewing cognitive complications and recovery in injuries ranging from mild concussion to severe TBI.

 

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