Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths (CDC, 2020). Survivors may experience various cognitive or communication disorders symptoms depending on the type of TBI sustained. The injury can range from mild to severe and may increase the risk of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Speech-language pathologists (SLP) use counseling to address the psychological well-being of people affected by TBI. However, SLPs report low counseling knowledge, skill, and confidence for working in various communication disorders (Kaderavek, Laux, & Mills, 2004) caused by TBI. This session will provide an overview of counseling and mental health concerns of persons with TBI; exploring SLP’s role. The definition and symptoms of TBI related to mental health issues will be identified. Discussion of counseling-related strategies to aid and support individuals with post-brain injury and their families will occur. Finally, a survey of students in speech-language pathology programs and clinical fellows will be provided to examine their training levels in counseling skills.
Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, Counseling strategies, Quality of life
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
Bray, B. (2022). Rebuilding after brain injury. Counseling Today, 64(12), 32–38.
CDC. (2020, August 19). Health Disparities and TBI | Concussion | Traumatic Brain Injury | CDC Injury Center. Www.cdc.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/health-disparities-tbi.html
CDC. (n.d.). Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury is a Lifelong Condition Five-year outcomes of persons with TBI*. Retrieved February 18, 2023, from https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/Moderate_to_Severe_TBI_Lifelong-a.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, May 12). Potential Effects of a Moderate or Severe TBI | Concussion | Traumatic Brain Injury | CDC Injury Center. Www.cdc.gov.https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/moderate-severe/potential-effects.html
Counseling For Professional Service Delivery. (n.d.). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Retrieved February 18, 2023, fromhttps://www.asha.org/practice-portal/professional-issues/counseling-for-professional-service-delivery/#collapse_2
Jamora, C. W., & Ruff, R. (2011). Traumatic brain injury. In C. Noggle, The encyclopedia of neuropsychological disorders. Springer Publishing Company. Credo Reference:https://go.openathens.net/redirector/fontbonne.edu?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.credoreference.com%2Fcontent%2Fentry%2Fspendiso%2Ftraumatic_brain_injury%2F0%3FinstitutionId%3D1530
Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2019). Traumatic Brain Injury. Johns Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/traumatic-brain-injury
Kaderavek, J. N., Laux, J. M., & Mills, N. H. (2004). A Counseling Training Module for Students in Speech-Language Pathology Training Programs. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 31(Fall), 153–161.https://doi.org/10.1044/cicsd_31_f_153
Kendall, D. L. (2000). Counseling in Communication Disorders. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 27(Spring), 96–103.https://doi.org/10.1044/cicsd_27_s_96
Mayo Clinic. (2019, March 29). Traumatic brain injury - symptoms and causes. Mayo Clinic.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557
Phillips, D. T., & Mendel, L. L. (2008). Counseling Training in Communication Disorders: A Survey of Clinical Fellows. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 35(Spring), 44–53.https://doi.org/10.1044/cicsd_35_s_44
Riley, J. (2002). Counseling: An Approach for Speech-Language Pathologists. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 29(Spring), 6–16.https://doi.org/10.1044/cicsd_29_s_6
Yaruss, J. S. (2019). Practical Counseling Strategies for Speech-Language Pathologists (3-hour version).https://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/docs/JSY_3-hour_practical_counseling_handouts_-_2019.pdf
College of Education and Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Master of Science (MS)
Fontbonne University Archives
St. Louis, MO
Chiang, Connie, "Counseling Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury: Exploring SLP’s Role" (2023). 2023 SLP Posters. 12.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.