Welcome to the Alcohol & Drug Use and TBI Module!

In Module 5, participants will learn the criteria for substance use disorders and review topics related to substance use, brain injury and aging. The module will discuss screening tools for individuals with brain injuries and substance use disorders, as well as, treatment approaches for this population.

Module 5 Objectives

After completing this module, you will have acquired knowledge about:

  • The clinical criteria for substance use disorder
  • The impact of substances on cognitive functioning
  • The relationship between brain injury and substance use
  • Assessment approaches for individuals with traumatic brain injury and substance use disorders
  • Treatment models.

About the Author

This module has been developed in collaboration between Robert Ferris and staff Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Robert “Bob” Ferris has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ohio State University, 1972. Obtained a Certificate in Substance use Counseling from Ohio State University in 1974. Mr. Ferris has been a licensed Social Worker, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1982. Mr. Ferris served as a Regional Services Supervisor for the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission for over 35 years. During his time with SHIP, Mr. Ferris provided oversight of Community Services Funding and coordinated Substance use Services. Since 1990, Mr. Ferris was responsible for development of policies and protocols, as well as programs that addressed the unique treatment needs of people with traumatic brain injuries and substance use disorders. In addition, Mr. Ferris coordinated Technical Assistance Services, clinical consultations for SHIP. Mr. Ferris does consulting work where he shares his expertise and experience in working with person with brain injuries and substance use disorders.