Children and Adolescents Affected by Traumatic Brain Injury

This self-paced online course provides a beginner level overview of traumatic brain injury—its prevalence, signs and symptoms, and the effects on the child’s development and their family.   Through videos, participants will hear from experts in the field as well as from young people and their families.   The course will also provide information on resources to support families when a child or adult caregiver has experienced a traumatic brain injury.


  • Describe the prevalence; signs and symptoms; and effects on cognition, behaviors, and mood, of TBI in children and adults.
  • Incorporate screening for TBI into assessments.
  • Identify and refer to appropriate community resources, assist clients in learning to advocate for services, and help clients identify and live with ambiguous grief.

This course is designed for child and adolescent behavioral health clinicians including social workers, addictions counselors and other mental health professionals.  The course was developed for social workers and other mental health professionals at all the beginning and intermediate practice levels. 

Stephen R. Hooper, PhD is the Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, a Professor Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Associate Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

Marilyn Lash--Since 1996 Marilyn Lash, MSW, has been the president of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc. which publishes practical, user-friendly materials for families and professionals on brain injuries.  In addition, for over 20 years, Ms. Lash worked in a variety of settings to support children, adolescents, and adults with physical and developmental disabilities as well as traumatic brain injuries, including 7 years as the training director of the Research and Training Center in Rehabilitation and Childhood Trauma.

Jennifer Moynihan Wynn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate.  Ms. Wynn has provided therapeutic services to people with traumatic brain injuries and their families at Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s Day Rehabilitation Center.  She also was a support group leader and training coordinator at the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.

AGENDA: Self-paced on-line course of 3 hours
Part 1: 1 hour and 30 minutes, Introduction to Traumatic brain Injury

  • Prevalence
  • Why Clinicians Should Screen
  • Risk Factors
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Effects on Functioning

Part 2: 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Screening Tools
  • Ambiguous Grief
  • Compensatory Strategies
  • Recent TBI
  • When a Parent as a TBI

Part 3: 10 minutes

  • Resources
  • Post Test
  • Course Evaluation

NBCC ACEP #6642: UNC School of Social Work (SSW) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6642.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  UNC SSW is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  UNC SSW designates this continuing education activity for 3 NBCC clock hours

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, #1406, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 8/10/2019 to 8/10/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits.

This course has been approved for 3 hours of General Skills Building credit from the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.  Approval #19-545-H-S.

Confirmation Notices & Certificates of Completion: We will confirm your registration by email after payment is received. If you successfully complete this course, your certificate will be ready for you to print or save. Successful completion includes:

  • Amount of time spent in the course has met the course minimum.
  • You have completed the course evaluation
  • You have passed the Post-Test (80%).

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued for this event.

Inclement Weather Policy: N/A

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at (919) 843-6083. Websites and courses have been developed in compliance of US Section 508 standards where applicable or meeting W3C priority 1 guidelines for web accessibility.

Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding this course.

Funded wholly or in part by the federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.958) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.

Training Start Date(s): 
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 00:00
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