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Assessment of mild TBI – A rapidly evolving area and what this means for clinical psychology and neuropsychology

21 September 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Current findings on injury mechanisms that trigger TBI and what symptoms are directly linked to this serious, but often controversial neurological condition.

The clinical awareness of the relevance of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is increasing on a weekly basis.

What was once considered a benign inconvenience is being recognised as a very serious clinical condition for many patients. The difficulty has been the ‘invisibility’ of the underlying brain injuries that lead to clinical problems (cognitive, emotional and behavioural).                                    

This workshop will update you on the current research findings on which injury mechanisms trigger TBI and what symptoms (immediate, acute and chronic) are suggestive of and found to be directly linked to TBI by using newly developed brain imaging techniques (MEG, qEEG and DTI). However, the limitations of these tools and the controversy that surrounds them in the literature will be paid attention to.

The second part of the workshop will focus on Neuropsychological examination and what neuropsychological tests are best placed to highlight even subtle cognitive deficits.  Group discussion will focus on how these subtle but organic cognitive changes can impact on a patients everyday functioning. Case examples will be utilised to highlight the commonalities across a range of individuals that have been seen clinically and in a medico-legal capacity by the facilitators.

The interplay between organic pathology, pre-injury vulnerability and post injury reactive factors, will be discussed by using case formulations. We will also have the opportunity to critically evaluate the current treatment options and discuss possible new directions based on the emerging literature. This workshop will focus on the adult clinical population but there will be the opportunity to discuss those patients who may have had their brain injury in childhood.

Target audience

Predominantly Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists but any clinician that would like to understand the emerging literature on diagnosis, assessment and potential treatment of mTBI.


BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Gain knowledge of which injuries mechanisms trigger TBI.
  2. Gain knowledge of the immediate, acute and chronic symptoms that are suggestive of TBI.
  3. Increased awareness of the different types of imaging techniques used in TBI (e.g. MRI, MEG, qEEG, DTI)
  4. Gain knowledge of the utility and limitations of brain imaging in TBI.
  5. Gain knowledge of the emerging evidence base on the nature and patterns of cognitive deficits that characterise mTBI.
  6. Gain skills in choosing appropriate neuropsychological assessments in this clinical population.
  7. Be able to disentangle the cognitive, neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms post TBI.
  8. Develop psychological formulation skills for this complex clinical population.
  9. Explore treatment options and pathways for this patient group.


Participants are asked to read the journal articles listed below prior to the workshop:

  • Journal of Neurotrauma 34:807-815
  • Hellstrom T et al., (2017) White matter microstructure is associated with functional, cognitive and emotional symptoms 12 months after mild traumatic brain injury. Scientific Reports (7) 13795

Participants are invited to bring a case, past or present that they think would be relevant to discussing in this workshop. 


Dr Priyanka Pradhan is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who completed her doctorate 2006 and QiCN in 2010. She currently works mainly in independent practice having worked in a number of settings within the NHS, including maximum security hospitals, tertiary specialist hospitals and community services. Dr Pradhan has expertise in undertaking neuropsychological assessment and intervention/rehabilitation with a variety of neurological conditions and impairments within a clinical and medico-legal context. She regularly acts as an expert witness to the court. Dr Pradhan has a special interest in group therapy as well as medically unexplained symptoms and is exploring the use of body based therapies in the treatment of patients referred to neurology services.

Dr Steven Allder is a Consultant Neurologist at Re:Cognition Health having previously worked in the NHS running acute neurology services in Plymouth between 2004 and 2015. He has a research background in multi-modal MRI brain injury. His current focus is TBI and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). He is in the process of developing new diagnostic tests such as qEEG and MEG as well as exploring the impact of ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy). Dr Allder is also consulting to organisations delivering executive leadership development, helping leverage insights from brain/mind research.


09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £240.00 (£200.00 +VAT)
Society member £150.00 (£125.00 + VAT)

Please note: Online bookings will close on 20 September 2018. Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

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Email: [email protected]
Tel: + 44 (0)1952 214065

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