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"Sex, Drugs and TBI: Epidemics Sweeping the Nation” (05/19/2017)
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This session will include explanations of both traumatic and non-traumatic/acquired brain injury in relation to domestic violence and opiate overdose. The session will include description of treatment options and implications for direct practice with both populations in regards to impaired cognition.

When: Fri., May 19, 2017
1 PM - 4 PM
Where: Rio Salado Community College Tower
2323 W 14th St
Room 515
Tempe, AZ  85281
United States
Presenter: Malissa Mallett, LMSW and Ashley Bridwell, LMSW
Contact: Chapter Office

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5/19/2017 from 1PM - 4PM: "Sex, Drugs and TBI: Epidemics Sweeping the Nation” (3 CEUs diversity) presented by Malissa Mallett LMSW and Ashley Bridwell, LMSW
Learning objectives include:
Evaluate the prevalence of opiate overdoses in Arizona
Develop an understanding of the relationship between opiate overdoses and Brain Injury
Define Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain injuries
Analyze the effects Anoxic and Hypoxic injuries on the brain
Evaluate and Contrast treatment options
Explain Arizona’s response to the opiate epidemic and its limitations
Causes, types, functional impact and resources regarding individuals with brain injury as a result of domestic violence.   
Functional impact in physical ability, cognitive function and psychosocial functioning will be discussed in detail. 
Statistics regarding domestic violence and brain injury, including recent findings from the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center domestic violence project at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute.
Cognitive impairment in shelter residing domestic violence survivors and how differences in cognitive functioning manifest themselves.
Implications of cognitive impairment in navigating out of shelter and into housing and employment will be addressed 
Practice recommendations for the direct practice level will be discussed and implication for identification and screening in shelters will be reviewed for macro policy changes within shelter environments.
 Malissa Mallett, LMSW is an ASU graduate with her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work. Malissa has worked with a variety of vulnerable populations to include intellectual disabilities, Seriously Mentally Ill, domestic violence, crisis response, chronic disease, Veterans issues and brain injuries. She began her career in direct practice and has since gravitated to social work leadership/management roles. She currently serves as the Program Director with Arizona Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona. 


Ashley E. Bridwell, LMSW grew up in Phoenix AZ, attended ASU where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in Social Work with an emphasis in advanced clinical/direct practice.  
Prior to graduation, she completed an internship at Advocates for the Disabled, a small grassroots non profit specializing in ascertaining Social Security Disability benefits for the homeless disabled population.  She also completed an internship at Banner Desert Medical Center on the neurological-orthopedic unit.  

Ashley is currently a rehabilitation program coordinator and social worker at Barrow Neurological Institute Outpatient Rehabilitation and Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. 

In addition to her work at St. Joseph’s Hospital she has taught adjunct at ASU’s School of Social Work and is now affiliated as adjunct at the ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy as the traumatic brain injury in vulnerable population specialist.  

In the community Ashley has educated many local homeless/domestic violence providers on the correlation and impact of brain injury and homelessness. 

In 2013 Ashley was given an appreciation award by the Chief of Police in the city of Phoenix for educating police officers in their Crisis Intervention Training Program on traumatic brain injury and other physical and cognitive disabilities.  Ashley has also received the 2016 YWCA Leader of the Year Award and the 2016 Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year Award for Social Services.

Ashley is the past former chairwoman of the city of Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues; she currently serves on the board of directors for Ability 360,  the Crisis Response Network and as a member on the City of Phoenix Police Department Cross Disability Advisory Board. Ashley has recently been accepted to the nationally renowned  Emerge program a leadership and political candidate training program for women, 
 which she will complete in June of 2017.

Ashley’s true passion for vulnerable populations with brain injury is illustrated by her most loved grant funded project through the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center.  Ashley and Dr. Javier Cardenas co developed an innovative program to screen, identify and address brain injury specifically in the domestic violence population.  The program has expanded to collaborating with six domestic violence shelters where comprehensive neurological care and cognitive retraining groups are offered to women and children experiencing symptoms of brain injury. The findings from this ongoing program were recently published by Ashley and her colleagues in the July 2016 Journal of Neuro Trauma.

The cost for this event is as follows:
NASW members $60
Non-members $80
Student/Retired members $50

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