This workshop has grown out of the psychoeducation groups run for people with acquired brain injury who attend the Oliver Zangwill Centre (OZC) for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. All clients receive both group and individual therapy. In the first six weeks, educational groups are held each morning. Following an induction week, the remaining five weeks concentrate on: understanding brain injury, attention and memory, executive functions, communication and mood.
Not all survivors of acquired brain injury will be able to be seen by an experienced interdisciplinary team; many therapists and psychologists are working alone and may see patients at best on a weekly basis in a hospital or clinic. They may be seeing people at home of they may be using the internet or Skype to provide services. This workshop is intended for these professionals.
Our programme can be adapted for individuals and outpatients. Out outline of the programme is covered with some examples of the worksheets provided for clients. We discuss: 1) brain structure and function (what happens when you have a traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis or hypoxic damage); 2) common problems faced by survivors of brain injury (attention; memory; executive functions; mood; communication and fatigue) and 3) who am I now (personal identity change and family issues).
Speakers: Dr. Jill Winegardner, Clinical Psychologist (The Oliver Zangwill Centre); Professor Barbara Wilson, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist (The Raphael Hospital & The Oliver Zangwill Centre); Dr. Anita Rose, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist (The Raphael Hospital)