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517 | Faith-based Counseling for Brain Injury: Techniques for Survivors and Families

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience, Workshop Tracks


Deana Adams, Ph.D.; Patti Foster, B.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




In the U.S., an estimated 2.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. This population translates to approximately one in 300 families dealing with a life-changing disability. This workshop will address the specific mental health needs of those affected by brain injury. Specific counseling techniques and coping and adaptive strategies will be offered to address the identified issues. The workshop will focus on therapeutic techniques for depression, anxiety, anger, post-traumatic stress, and grief from the perspectives of survivors and family members for willing faith-based clients. A faith-based counseling perspective is a nuance that offers the therapist a unique and effective way of managing the challenging issues of brain injury, especially the existential and spiritual aspects of understanding the devastating diagnosis and creating a purpose post-injury. Techniques such as psychoeducation, affect management, spiritual application, behavioral management, reduction of symptoms, and discovering God’s purpose after brain injury are outlined for licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders. 


Learning Objectives

1. Identify effective counseling techniques for depression, anxiety, grief, and PTSD with the brain-injured population.
2. Describe how brain injury deficits mimic mental health diagnoses.
3. Differentiate brain injury deficits from mental health diagnoses.
4. Discuss the biblical perspective of purpose during brain injury recovery for willing faith-based clients.
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