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There is Nothing MILD about a mild Traumatic Brain Injury(mTBI)

Kenneth Gilstein, Ph.D.
January 17, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MPA office or Online via Zoom
1.5 CEs
$30/MPA/MSPA members, $55/Non-members

Workshop Instructional Level:Beginning - Intermediate. Familiarity with basicinfomration on concussion, individual and family therapy, neuroanatomy

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.

Few professionals, including neurologists, neuropsychologists, physicians, and psychologists know the correct, up to date information, about mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Issues like 1) How to accurately diagnosis this; 2) What is the prognosis for recovery?; 3) What are the symptoms resulting from this injury?; 4) How to treat this injury, from an individual, family, social, and work perspectives?; are crucial for the psychologist/neuropsychologist to understand, and have the most recent research on these.

The typical patient who is experiencing a mild Traumatic Brain Injury is usually seen as a malingerer, told that his/her problems are "all in your head", and told by many physicians, co-workers, family, and friends, that "there is nothing really wrong with you". This group of patients has been called, "The Miserable Minority", in that, while outwardly they seem to be OK underneath they may struggle with impairments in attention/concentration; memory; executive functions; word accessing problems; learning; sleep; change in behavior; change in personality; depression; anxiety; "changed sense of self", etc.

Much of the time, these individuals are involved in litigation, resulting in more stress, financial problems, and long and drawn out court cases. If they are lucky, they find very competent attorneys, who have little, if any experience, with mTBI.

This workshop will attempt to present information on the current research on this topic, along with over 20 years of practical experienced of the presenter. It will also include presenting an individual who has experienced an mTBI, with the problems and difficulties that she has encountered since her injury.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. List the four symptoms that can define a mild Traumatic Brain Injury;
  2. Recognize differences between mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries;
  3. List six symptoms that result from a mild Traumatic Brain Injury;
  4. Discuss the problems that a mild Traumatic Brain Injury affects interpersonal relationships;
  5. Create a treatment plan for an individual diagnosed with a mild Traumatic Brain Injury;
  6. Describe the problems of litigation for a person with an mTBI.


Kenneth Gilstein, Ph.D., is a private practitioner in Crofton, MD. After graduating from the Ph.D. program at Utah State University, Dr. Gilstein went on to work at a full time private practice in Guilford, CT. During this time, Dr. Gilstein entered into the field of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Sports Concussions, studying with Dr. Ronald Ruff, and doing research with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sports Concussion Program. He has given workshops on mTBI throughout the United States, and internationally. In 2003, he was presented with the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Psychology, for his work in mTBI, by the Connecticut Psychological Association.