An Introduction to the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence’s Caregiver and Provider Resources| Anchored Episode 24

Anchored Ep 24 Podcast with TBICoE's Kristen Benson and Courtney Sadler
Anchored Ep 24 Podcast with TBICoE’s Kristen Benson and Courtney Sadler

About the Episode 

This episode provides an overview of traumatic brain injury, including the signs and symptoms to look for, and an intro to the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence. We discuss how TBI affects military families, spouses, and children when a family member is affected by a TBI. Finally, we talk about resources provided by TBICoE in their work to better support caregivers of those impacted by TBI as well as service providers working with families affected by TBI.

Podcast Guests

Kristen Benson, MSW, LMSW, is the Regional Education Coordinator for the TBICoE of the Defense Health Agency. She is a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia and earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020.

As a UPENN Stephen A. Cohen Veteran’s Network Scholar, she specialized in military and veteran behavioral health and completed her advanced year internship with the Poly Trauma team at the Philadelphia VAMC. In addition to her work with the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, she is a supervisee in social work for private practice and is completing a Master of Business Administration degree with Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

Courtney Piccolo (Sadler), MPH, CTRS, is a Regional Education Coordinator with the TBICoE of the Defense Health Agency, located in Richmond, VA. She is a passionate Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).

She graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Health, Fitness & Recreational Resources and was awarded the Thomas L. Goodale award for outstanding student in Therapeutic Recreation. She graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University with a Master of Public Health and focus on social, behavioral & community health.  Her areas of interest include the use of holistic care in the treatment of brain injury, examining TBI co-morbidities, and improving quality of life for veterans & service members with TBI.

CE Information

1.0 CE credit will be available for this podcast episode through the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Family Therapist licenses. The UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work is an approved CE provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. *Participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CE rules. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on June 7, 2023.

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Episode Links and Materials

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence| TBICoE Homepage 

Provider Resources Page| TBICoE Website

Provider Education Page| TBICoE Website

Patient and Family Resources Page| TBICoE Website                   Includes Patient Fact Sheets, TBI Patient Resources, Family and Caregiver Guides

Regional Education Coordinators| TBICoE Website

Podcasts Page| TBICoE Website| TBICoE Mailbox Email

Interactive Self-Care Workshop for Military & Veteran TBI Caregivers| OneOp Webinar

Brain Health: Understanding Military-Related TBIs| OneOp Webinar

Support for Reintegration after TBI: Strategies for Advocates, Care Coordinators, and Case Managers| OneOp Webinar


Podcast Music: “Memories,” Royalty-Free Music via Bensound

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368 and 2019-48770-30366.

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