Soldiers Project Pennsylvania to Host Clinician Training at Chestnut Hill College Training to Discuss Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Release Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host training for The Soldiers Project on “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): Implications for Assessment and Treatment” on Thursday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.


William J. Ernst, Psy.D., assistant professor of psychology, will present the training. The training is open to social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and those in the medical field. Two continuing education credits (CEU) will be offered for social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists who attend. All members and guests who plan to attend the workshops will need to preregister to receive CEU certificates on the day of the training.


The purpose of the training is to define and describe MTBI, especially within the context of war-related injuries. Physiological processes associated with MTBI and their impact on neuropsychological functioning will be examined. Neurocognitive and socio-emotional outcomes following MTBI along with implications for assessment and treatment will be discussed.


William J. Ernst, Psy.D. is an assistant professor in the Psy.D. program in clinical psychology at Chestnut Hill College, where he teaches courses in neuropsychological assessment and biological bases of behavior. Dr. Ernst has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given presentations at national and state professional conferences on a number of topics including traumatic brain injury and interprofessional collaboration. He is also a clinical neuropsychologist and maintains a small independent practice focusing on neuropsychological assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and traumatic brain injury.


The Soldiers Project Pennsylvania located on the campus of Chestnut Hill College is part of the National network of The Soldiers Project. The Pennsylvania branch was opened in the spring of 2010 to provide statewide mental health services. The Commonwealth has over 70,000 veterans who have served. The Pennsylvania Director is Sister Nancy DeCesare, IHM, PhD, a tenured faculty member, experienced clinician and administrator.


The Soldiers Project was started in 2004 by psychiatrist Judith T. Broder, M.D., who believed that it was her professional obligation to help returning troops and their families to manage the myriad of war-related mental health issues. Now nearly five years since its inception, The Soldiers Project in the Southern California area alone has more than 200 volunteer clinicians with over 400 in the entire country.


There is a $25.00 charge for those attending who are not members of The Soldiers Project PA, with or without CEU’s. Registration is required.


Payment can be made at the door. Please email Sister Nancy DeCesare, Ph.D. at to register.