Accepting TBI: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Nicole Taylor, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Hale Martin, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Jason Nupp, Psy.D.


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Caregivers, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex condition which often involves unique functional impairments and unpredictable recovery patterns. Family members are frequently required to serve as the primary caregiver for the patient, which may result in significant emotional distress due to the complications of the injury and changes in the relationship between caregiver and patient. This negative psychological effect, often referred to as “caregiver burden,” has several consequences unique to TBI including decreased physical and emotional functioning for both the caregiver and the patient. Efforts have been made to better understand and address these factors, but few interventions exist specifically to help caregivers process and cope with the challenges of caring for their injured loved one. This paper outlines some common sources of caregiver burden associated with TBI, introduces a unique treatment approach for caregivers that utilizes aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and outlines specific interventions designed to address the psychological needs of the caregiver.


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33 pages

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