2023 SLP Posters

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Carmen Russell



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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


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Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


College of Education and Allied Health


Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Program

Speech-Language Pathology

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Fontbonne University Archives


St. Louis, MO

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Counseling Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury:​ Exploring SLP’s Role



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