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Horses and Zebras: Mental health, concussion, “post-concussion syndrome”, and evidence-based treatment

  • 10 Nov 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Via Zoom


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"Horses and Zebras: Mental health, concussion,

“post-concussion syndrome”, and

evidence-based treatment"

1 hour Webinar

Friday, November 10th, Noon – 1:00 PM Central

Live via Zoom

Free CE for NPA Members!

Concussion is a relatively common injury and mental health care providers can play a central role in supporting concussion recovery. Unfortunately, it is rare that training or education for mental health care providers include concussion care and this injury can be intimidating, given the involvement of the brain. As the research has grown, our understanding of the neuropathology of this injury and downstream changes to physiology has improved exponentially and have provided strong support for treatment options that mental heath care providers are well-equipped to utilize. This workshop will provide a brief overview of concussion as an injury in both youths and adults. It will then focus on evidence-based tools and treatments that can be utilized by a variety of mental health care providers to support and treat their clients who sustain a concussion. 

Kate Higgins, Psy.D., ABPP-CN

Dr. Kate Higgins is sport neuropsychologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics and the lead provider at a new Nebraska Medicine concussion clinic housed in Memorial Stadium and created through a collaboration between Nebraska Medicine and Husker Athletics.  

Dr. Higgins completed a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at Forest Institute, a 2-year fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has published in multiple areas, including the reliability and validity of concussion baseline data, the role of effort in baseline concussion testing, effects of mental health on concussion recovery, and mental health screening in athletes.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1.    Define “concussion" and expected recovery trajectories

    • Tools to identify clinical concussion profiles and treatment or referral options for each
    • Tools to identify anxiety, depression, sleep dysregulation, and dysregulation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in concussion patients

    2.    Summarize the role of mental health in acute concussion and protracted recovery

    • Case study of acute concussion
    • Case study of protracted recovery concussion
    • Identify important educational points to cover with concussion patients

    3.    Identify evidence-based treatment options for mental health symptomology after concussion

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      Continuing Education - 1 CE

      The Nebraska Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Nebraska Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Participants attending this webinar can receive 1 CE for psychologists as well as master’s level clinicians, with full attendance required. No partial credit is awarded; late arrival or early departure will preclude awarding of CE credits. This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice

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      Cancellations: Written notification is required on or before November 10, 2023, for complete refund of registration fee.

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