The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey offers comprehensive webinars on a variety of topics designed to provide you with valuable information, strategies and resources that can assist you. All webinars are free and open to the public.
If there is a webinar that you are unable to attend, you will be able to view the presentation within two weeks of the live broadcast. Click here to visit the Webinar Archive.
Mental Wellness During COVID-19 and Beyond
May 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Presented by: Alexandria P. Theordor, MSW, LCSW, CBIS, Center for Brain Injuries, Cognitive Rehabilitation Department, Hackensack Meridian Health
- Identify the common challenges to mental wellness and brain injury and how they can be magnified during the pandemic.
- Become aware of the triggers and warning signs of reduced mental wellness.
- Learn coping strategies for immediate management of stress symptoms.
- Increase knowledge of available community resources to maintain optimal mental wellness.
The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Presented by: Wynnifred Hoodis, MS, RDN, Clinical Faculty Preceptor, Dietetic Internship, Foods and Nutrition, College of Saint Elizabeth
Nutrition plays a role in the promotion of healing following traumatic brain injury. This webinar will address what therapeutic measures involving nutrition are recommended in current research to attenuate secondary injury cascades following traumatic brain injury. The discussion will include the role of macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids in brain health and how to incorporate “brain healthy” foods and supplements in a food plan.
Wynnifred Mercado Hoodis, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and clinical faculty member at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Wynnifred is a clinical preceptor to students in their hospital rotation as part of their dietetic internship graduate level program. Wynnifred has worked in acute care clinical practice at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, which is home to the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and has been ranked as one of the Top 100 hospitals in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. Wynnifred also has many years experience working with bariatric surgical patients at Garden State Bariatric Clinic in Short Hills, NJ. Wynnifred has a BA in Science from the University of Texas in Austin, BS in Human Environmental Science with emphasis on Nutritional Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Master of Science Nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ.
Exploring Executive Dysfunction in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Presented Monday, September 23, 2019
Presented by: Hilary Murphy, PhD, Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
Hilary Murphy Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and formally trained pediatric neuropsychologist with a specialization in the assessment of neurodevelopmental and neuro-medical disorders. In addition, she is a NJ certified school psychologist and her training provides her with expertise in collaborating with educators and families to develop comprehensive educational and treatment programs. Her areas of expertise include Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), specific learning disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, epilepsy, stroke, and developmental disabilities.
Executive functioning encompasses a myriad of higher order cognitive skills required for goal-directed activity. This network of abilities is frequently disrupted by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), resulting in deficits in adaptive, academic, and social domains. This workshop will focus on identifying individual facets of executive functioning as well as how these deficits may manifest in daily life. In addition, appropriate assessment techniques and available treatment protocols will be reviewed.
- Impact of TBI on cognitive functions in pediatric populations with an emphasis on attention and executive control.
- Discussing the skills encompassed by the term “executive functioning” as well as the contribution these abilities have on all areas of life.
- Reviewing strategies for managing these deficits socially and academically.
THESE WEBINARS ARE FUNDED IN PART BY THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES, AND NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.