This hands-on volume is both manual and workbook, designed to be used alongside the Understanding Brain Injury Group. This group aims to increase the understanding and acknowledgement of acquired brain injury and find ways of coping with the consequences. The manual section outlines the steps needed for practitioners to run the Understanding Brain Injury Group successfully, and the workbook section – also available as a downloadable resource – is intended to be used by patients.

The chapters in the manual mirror the structure of the eight sessions of the group, highlighting differing aspects of having a brain injury. Initially, the sessions cover psychoeducation regarding brain injury and what neurorehabilitation entails. Following this, the group then focuses on living with the consequences of brain injury, whether that represents physical, cognitive, emotional or lifestyle changes. Participants are invited to share their experiences and discuss coping strategies to help with both the new limitations as well as the unwanted emotions that frequently exist after brain injury. Goals are set at the beginning of the group and are revisited at the end to decide on whether they were being realistic, overachieving or pessimistic in their outlook at the start of the group. Throughout, the members of the group can record their session activity in the accompanying workbook.

Created to be used by clinicians, therapists or any individual, this resource can be used in a post-acute setting such as a neurorehabilitation unit, a slow-stream rehab setting such as community neurorehabilitation or homes specifically aimed at catering for the needs of those with neurological impairments.

chapter 1|2 pages

Why create this manual?

chapter 2|4 pages

Introducing the group

chapter 3|3 pages

Session 1

What is the Understanding Brain Injury group?

chapter 4|3 pages

Session 2

The brain and brain injury

chapter 5|3 pages

Session 3

What is rehabilitation?

chapter 6|3 pages

Session 4

Physical changes after brain injury

chapter 7|3 pages

Session 5

Thinking changes after brain injury

chapter 8|3 pages

Session 6

Mood and behaviour changes after brain injury

chapter 9|3 pages

Session 7

Lifestyle changes after brain injury

chapter 10|2 pages

Session 8

My goals for the future