Monday, August 23, 2010

TBI, PTSD & Employment Training

TBI, PTSD & Employment
An online training tool for employers, supervisors & hiring managers

About This Training
Due to advances in military medicine and protective equipment, increased numbers of Service Members are surviving the injuries they sustain on the battlefield. However, the changing combat landscape has caused a sharp increase in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which are increasingly recognized as leading injuries of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although their injuries may not be visible, returning Service Members experiencing psychological health or cognitive issues related to combat stress or a brain injury may face difficulties, especially with respect to employment.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is educating employers about TBI and PTSD, and working to dispel some of the myths associated with these common conditions. Not all TBIs and PTSD cases are the same, nor are most severe - and simple workplace supports can often help individuals with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in their jobs.

This online training resource is not designed to be a diagnostic tool or a substitution for professional/clinical advice. It is designed to educate and inform HR professionals, hiring managers and employers about TBI and PTSD, and how these injuries may impact employment, while illustrating that employment can play a vital role in the recovery of our wounded warriors. Basic clinical information about TBI and PTSD is offered in addition to scenario-based learning and links to tools and resources. We encourage you to use and share these resources to help ensure a successful employment environment - for employers, employees and co-workers who may be experiencing the impact of TBI and/or PTSD.

Please allow up to 45 minutes to complete the training.


This America's Heroes at Work training was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service with strong support from the Job Accommodation Network; the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.