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Treatment of Comorbid TBI and PTSD: Lessons Learned


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Treatment of Comorbid TBI and PTSD: Lessons Learned

  • Date Created: 11/13/2017
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Treatment of Comorbid TBI and PTSD: Lessons Learned Author(s):

Rodney D. Vanderploeg, PhD, ABPP-CN


In the patient population of VA, particularly Veterans of the OEF/OIF service era, it is likely that those with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) also have a diagnosis of PTSD. Therefore, this cohort of Veterans face overlapping deployment related trauma(s) as well as current medical and mental health problems.

This course provides a brief overview of two treatment studies for co-occurring PTSD and TBI: the SCORE Cognitive Rehabilitation Trial and Prolonged Exposure (PE). The author describes factors affecting treatment outcomes and compares the effectiveness of the two approaches.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the treatment elements of two clinical approaches to co-occurring TBI and PTSD in Service members and Veterans.
  • Identify the factors associated with positive treatment outcomes.
  • Describe the relative treatment effectiveness of the two approaches presented. 4. Discuss the likely underlying factors driving patients' complaints in co-occurring TBI and PTSD.

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