Caring for Caregivers

Presented by: Ann Marie McLaughlin, PhD

Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland and completed an internship and post-doctoral work in neuropsychology. Dr. McLaughlin worked for 20 years in an acute rehabilitation hospital where she held positions including Director of Psychology and Program Manager for the Stroke, Chronic Pain and Brain Injury programs. She was responsible for the start up of a 45 bed brain injury unit, focusing on program development, program outcomes, and staff supervision in the inpatient unit as well as outpatient services, including a mild head injury program. In 2001, she became the Clinical Director of ReMed’s Outpatient, Home and Community Based Services. She is co-chair of the Brain Injury Home and Community Based Treatment Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, focusing on issues of cognitive rehabilitation and community integration. She has published articles on topics related to brain injury, neuropsychology, chronic pain, staff stress and family coping, and has presented on these topics at numerous conferences. She is former Secretary and current Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.

Objectives for this workshop:

– Review stressors of caregiving
– Review unique aspects of recovery and re-integration related to caring for someone with a brain injury
– Discuss conflict laden issues in brain injury recovery
– Review coping and stress management strategies