Program for Incarcerated Teens Addresses TBI


A Texas program for incarcerated adolescents has incorporated TBI screening and treatment to address impulsive behaviors and a lack of self-control. Through a grant, the study will provide assessment and treatment and be coordinated with Wayne Gordon, Ph.D. through Mount Sinai in New York to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
The number of adult individuals with brain injury who are in prison approaches 70% nationally. These individuals have brain injuries from multiple causes including: fights, domestic violence, car accidents and other sources of brain injury. Many of the people in prison with TBI have experienced multiple brain injury. Dorothy Lewis, MD, in her well-known and recognized study of Death Row inmates, found that the rate of neurological injury and/or illness approached 90% on Death Row. Her study of incarcerated adolescents also revealed high rates of neurological injuries and related problems with self-control, impulsive behaviors and anger management.
We know that brain injury can produce problems with impulse control, planning and anger management. Certainly the Texas program is focusing on the causes of behavior which can get teens into trouble and providing treatment for them to learn self-regulation and behavioral alternatives. Maybe the Texas program can set the standard for a new way of treating individuals with brain injury who are incarcerated.
Click here to read the news report on the Texas program.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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