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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

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Webinar by Dr Ceri Trevethan, Clinical Psychologist (Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation)

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CPD 1.5 hours

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to an injury caused to the brain by any form of trauma to the head (head injury). There are many potential causes including falls, road traffic accidents, assault and accidents at home or at work. TBI can range in severity from mild to very severe. TBI typically has a significant negative impact on the person directly affected as well as on their support network.

The effects of a TBI can vary hugely according to a range of factors such as the type, location and severity of injury. Symptoms are often wide-ranging and can include physical effects (e.g. balance, mobility problems, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus), cognitive effects (e.g. memory, attention, word-finding problems), emotional effects (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma, difficulty adjusting to changes and losses) and behavioural changes (e.g. aggression, impulsivity). People affected by TBI have the potential to make excellent progress with appropriate neuro-rehabilitation, particularly during the early stages post-injury, however, many survivors can also experience loss of employment and family breakdown.

People with TBI with no obvious physical symptoms but who are affected cognitively, emotionally or behaviourally (e.g., higher-level cognitive impairment, trauma symptoms, disinhibited behaviour) can feel that their difficulties seem “invisible” and are difficult for others to understand. There are also often barriers to appropriate rehabilitation for people affected by Concussion, Post-Concussion Syndrome and Functional Neurological Symptoms.

In this webinar, Dr Trevethan will help the delegates develop a greater understanding of TBI and how it may present. You will also develop your understanding of a framework for head injury and TBI neuro-rehabilitation, awareness of key risk assessment issues and some practical tips on effective ways to engage with people affected by cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes as a result of TBI or head injury.


This Zoom webinar is relevant to a broad range of legal professionals, professionals in charitable sectors etc. who have contact with people with brain injury or who would like to learn more about these presentations.


Dr Ceri Trevethan is a fully qualified and accredited senior clinical psychologist registered with the HCPC and British Psychological Society. She is an experienced clinician, lecturer and researcher who specialises in Acquired Brain Injury, Neurological Conditions, Trauma and Adult mental health conditions. Dr Trevethan has delivered evidence-based neuropsychological and psychological therapies within various community, outpatient and inpatient settings across NHS, charitable and private settings. Her work life spans Aberdeen University, the NHS and her private practice, Aberdeenshire Clinical Psychology Ltd. She is an experienced expert witness providing neuropsychological assessment for personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

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