Survivor and Family Education Series 2018

The seven-week series will run Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm, March 27 to May 8, 2018.

It's presented by brain injury professionals at Parkwood Institute and covers topics for people recovering from an acquired brain injury (ABI), their families, friends and caregivers.  

The series provides participants an opportunity to share information, meet other individuals and family members affected by brain injury and gain peer support. This year the series will be broadcast in a webinar format to communities across Ontario. Participants can view the series and interact with speakers from home or from community locations. Details on community locations and how to access the webinars will be available soon.

Topics include:

  • Brain Injury 101 and practical strategies for managing your life 
  • Discussion about role changes after ABI 
  • Information regarding programs offered by the Ontario Brain Injury Association throughout the province
  • Discussion about headaches and pain following brain injury, led by a physiatrist from Parkwood Institute 
  • Coping with emotional changes (anger, frustration) following brain injury
  • Survivors’ and Caregivers’ stories

Spring 2018 Schedule

The survivor and family education series is a forum open to individuals with acquired brain injury, their family, and friends. 

Sessions are Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00 pm. In London, the sessions are held in the Parkwood Institute Main Building Auditorium (Room B2-109). People may also login and watch on their computers or tablets by selecting the link below. You can attend any or all of the sessions. No registration is required for attending the sessions in person or online.

March 27: Brain Injury 101 – Part 1  

Speakers: Kelly Williston, Occupational Therapist and Jill Bowen, Social Worker

This session provides an overview of the structure and function of the brain and what happens to it when it is injured. It will describe some of the changes a person may experience (physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural) after a brain injury and offer strategies to manage them.

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April 3: Brain Injury 101 – Part 2

Speaker: Kelly Williston, Occupational Therapist                                               

This session will be a continuation of the previous week’s session discussing strategies to manage changes following a brain injury.               

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April 10: Life Hacks and Strategies for Managing Symptoms after Traumatic Brain Injury

Speakers: Shannon McGuire, Physiotherapist and Becky Moran, Occupational Therapist     

This presentation will discuss common symptoms experienced after a brain injury.  It will review the risk factors for developing persistent symptoms and principles of brain recovery or ‘neuroplasticity’. Most importantly, concrete, practical strategies to help manage issues such as light and noise sensitivity, headache, dizziness, fatigue, balance problems, sleep dysfunction and cognitive changes will be shared. 

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April 17: Ontario Brain Injury Association – Services, Programs & Resources

Speaker: Tanya Jewell, Community Engagement Coordinator, Ontario Brain Injury Association

In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about the programs, services and resources the Ontario Brain Injury Association offers to survivors, family members and caregivers across the province. Some of these include the Peer Support Program, the Online Concussion Support Group, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Training courses, an ABI HELP line and online resources.

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April 24: Role Changes Following ABI

Speakers: Jill Bowen, Social Worker Jill Robinson, Social Worker

A brain injury affects not only the lives of the people who are injured, but also the lives of everyone around them. This session will focus on discussion of how the roles of the survivor and of people in the surrounding family and social circle are affected by the ongoing effects of an injury.

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May 1: Brain Injury and the Practice of Mindfulness

Speaker: Lisa McCorquodale 

This session will introduce and discuss the practice of mindfulness and the benefits mindfulness may provide in reducing and/or coping with the emotional, cognitive and psychosocial changes that are experienced as the result of sustaining a brain injury.                                               

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May 8: Survivor & Caregiver Stories

In this session you will have the opportunity to hear the story of a survivor and the story of a caregiver as they journey through the recovery from brain injury.

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