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Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD

Speaker at 2015 NABIS Conference on Brain Injury


Session Title 1:  Pre-Conference Session - Neuropsychology for Non-neuropsychologistss:  A Guide to Evaluation, Reporting, and Treatment
As a result of this session, attendees will be able to:1-recognize the distinct role that neuropsychologists can have in evaluating and treating patients with brain injury and other neurological disorders, 2-formulate relevant referral questions that effectively guide evaluation and reporting of results, 3-recognize and encourage holistic approaches to evaluation which consider issues including psychological adjustment, pain, self-awarenss, and family and social adjustment, and 4-collaborate effectively with neuropsychologists to develop and implement pertinent and successful recommendations and rehabilitation plans. 
The role of neuropsychology in the care of patients with brain injury and other neurological disorders has expanded.  This presentation will cover a variety of issues including assessment of cognitive, psychological, vocational, interpersonal and daily living skills. Formulation of referral questions, reporting, and practical treatment approaches will also be discussed.

Session Title 2:  The Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI):  An Empirically-based, Skill-building, educational, and psychological support approach to helping families recover
Attendees will be able to 1-describe the impact of brain injury on families and commonly identified family needs, 2-discuss the theoretical, methodological, and research underpinnings of the Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI), and 3-apply educational, skill-building, and psychological support interventions to help families function more cohesively and effectively
Family and marital relationships are adversely affected by brain injury.  High rates of depression, anxiety, and frustration have been identified among caregivers.  High divorce rates have been reported.  Research on family functioning and intervention will be presented.  Discussion will focus on the Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) developed to enhance family and marital functioning. 


Current Company Affiliation:  Virginia Commonwealth University
Speaker Bio:  Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Medical College of Virginia Campus. He serves as Director of Virginia's federally designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and coordinates VCU Health System outpatient services for families and persons with brain injury. A founding member of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Dr. Kreutzer is a neuropsychologist and family therapist with more than two decades experience developing, implementing, and evaluating brain injury services. He has published more than 160 peer reviewed papers and is the primary developer of the Brain Injury Family Intervention, an empirically based education, skill building, and psychotherapeutic program for families. Dr. Kreutzer is the Editor-in-Chief of the recently published Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, and in 2010 he received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology.


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