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Psychological rehabilitation book
This chapter argues that the psychological aspects of the model especially remain unaddressed in rehabilitation practice. The paradigmatic change in brain injury rehabilitation includes a change in focus from purely physical aspects to a broader picture including the psychosocial consequences of brain injury. Rehabilitation requires interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination between professionals, persons with acquired brain injury (ABI), and their relatives, in order to address the physical, psychological, and social needs of the client. Accounts from persons with ABI and their relatives indicate a gap in the services being provided, particularly a lack of psychological rehabilitation. Instead of dehumanizing and pathologizing ABI survivors, normalization could be an important aspect to consider further, as it suggests a basic mutuality in the experience of suffering. As long as there is so much stigma attached to ABI, acceptance of being a person with ABI can be difficult and extremely shameful.