Over 50 healthcare professionals attended the recent Brainwaves session on Thursday 25 October featuring guest presenter Dr David Todd, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Reconnect Psychology who discussed ‘Motivation and Engagement after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) – how to get clients on board’.
Brainwaves provides free interdisciplinary training sessions for professionals working in brain injury rehabilitation and is jointly hosted by Physio Matters and Active Case Management Ltd. Sessions are held at Hollinwood Business Centre in Oldham.
Dr Todd covered a range of key issues in his talk, including looking at the Neuro-Behavioural Approach which involves three key elements – disengagement or ‘noncompliance’, lack of insight or mental capacity issues, and emotional and behavioural regulation problems which can be seen as ‘challenging behaviour’.
He further explored the increasing influence of intrapsychic, psychological, motivational and social factors on clients with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), looked at Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and discussed goal setting.
The session concluded with a Q&A with the audience who asked Dr Todd questions about motivation and engagement, reflected on their own practices, and shared examples of their experiences with clients.
Colin Green, Clinical Director at Physio Matters said: “It was a fantastic turnout at Brainwaves and our biggest audience yet. We have grown from strength to strength since we set up the group 2 years again and now have a regular following. It was good to see many new faces there too.”
He added: “Dr Todd made some excellent points about how to motivate and engage clients who have had an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and stimulated a good debate afterwards regarding how to make the most of our therapeutic alliance with clients. We also started useful discussions around the use of Motivational Interviewing techniques within brain injury rehab.”
Brainwaves was formed by Louise Sheffield of Active Case Management Ltd and Colin Green of Physio Matters Neurological Ltd and provides interdisciplinary training sessions for professionals working in brain injury rehabilitation.
Open to therapists, case managers, social workers, support workers, lawyers and anyone working in the field of acquired brain injury, Brainwaves shares informal clinical training, without networking and sales pitches. Training covers clinical topics such as HCPC audit process, insight after brain injury, serial casting, hydrotherapy, and many more.
The next free Brainwaves event is on Thursday 13 December with Mat Bush, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist at Physio Matters, and will explore ‘Yoga’s for Life, Not Just for Christmas – using Yoga in Brain Injury Rehab’. The session will run from 11:00am – 12:30pm.
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