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INBIRTC Seminar: Brain Injury & the Criminal Justice System

Seminar Agenda

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8:15 AM
Welcome & Introductions  Click title for PPT

8:30 AM
Brain Injury 101   Click title for PPT                                               
Speaker:   Lance Trexler, PhD
This presentation will provide an overview of acquired brain injury, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury, and ranging from mild to severe injuries.  The presentation will address methods to measure severity, both in the acute and chronic stages, the course of recovery from brain injury, and brain injury as a chronic condition.

10:45 AM
Brain Injury and Criminality Click title for PPT
Speaker:  Lance Trexler, PhD
This presentation will report on the prevalence of brain injury in the criminal justice system and the types of brain injury that may lead to criminal behavior will be the two main topics of this presentation.

11:45 AM   LUNCH

12:45 PM
Case Study Click title for PPT
Speaker:  Samantha Backhaus, PhD
This presentation will include a case study describing a person who had a significant legal history who unfortunately suffered a brain injury. The scope of their rehabilitation services will be described.

1:45 PM
Screening for Brain injury  Click title for PPT
Speaker:  Claire Brownson, MA
This presentation will orient participants to the “OSU” and will train them how to screen for brain injury using RHI’s adapted version of Dr. John Corrigan’s invaluable measure: The Ohio State University TBI Identification Method + ABI. Several case studies will be reviewed to maximize training.

3:00 PM
Brain Injury and Criminal Justice Panel:  A Legal Perspective        
Panelists: Peter Bisbecos, JD; Judge David Certo, JD; Andy Fogle, JD; Molly Wright, JD
This panel discussion will focus on the legal and practical consequence resulting from the developing science of brain injury identification and rehabilitation.  We know that brain injury is a significant factor in criminal conduct, yet until quite recently diagnosing and treating brain injury in the general population was not on the radar of the legal community.  As that is now changing, it is critically important that we identify the issues resulting from these advances and begin discussions surrounding the appropriate response when a criminal defendant or offender is diagnosed with a previously unrecognized brain injury. 

3:45 PM
Discussion and Closing Remarks


8:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions

8:10 AM
Medical Aspects of TBI   Click title for PPT
Speaker:  Flora Hammond, MD
This presentation will identify medical complications that may interfere with rehabilitation & recovery
Discuss surveillance, prevention, and treatment approaches to prevent secondary complications of TBI. Identify medications that may hinder or facilitate rehabilitation progress and outcome.

9:45 AM
Neuropharmacology in Brain Injury   Click title for PPT
Speaker:  Flora Hammond, MD
This presentation will..... participants will gain knowledge of neurotransmitters functions of cognition, behavior and emotion. Participants will learn the basic principles of neuropharmacologic prescription. Participants will revie0w the research evidence available to support or refute the use of pharmacologic agents in brain injury.

12:45 PM
Speaker:  Lance Trexler, PhD
In this presentation, we will review the most common cognitive disorders that follow from brain injury as well as the psychological and emotional consequences, particularly as related to psychosocial adjustment.

2:00 PM
Behavioral Management of Brain Injury       Click title for PPT          
Speaker:  Quratulain Khan, PhD
In this presentation we will iIdentify barriers to effective behavior management and learn about general behavior approaches and management of specific problem behaviors.

3:00 PM
Speaker:  Lisa Osterman, MA
This presentation will highlight the challenges that returning citizens with BI face as they reintegrate into the community and discuss a pilot initiative in Marion County that seeks to identify methods and resources for connecting reentrants with critical supports and services.

4:00 PM
Speakers:  Lance Trexler, PhD & Fran Osburn, MS
This presentatin will discuss the possible next steps in the evolution of managing brain injury in the criminal justice system and participants are encouraged to ask questions or make recommendations for future research, training or policy in the area. 

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