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Improving First Impressions: A Step-by-Step Social Skills Program

Improving First Impressions: social skills training for people with cognitive impairment

 A step by step manual for remediating social skills

 Description: ‘Improving First Impressions’ is an empirically tested manualized program for social skills training.  Designed for people with acquired brain damage, this program is based upon well-established behavioural principle for reinforcing positive social skills. The difference is that this program is designed specifically for people who have poor new learning and difficulties with executive control.  Consequently, it is suitable for any client group where the improvement of social skills is an important target but the participants may have cognitive impairment. The structured manual details 12 separate sessions of 1-2 hours in length that are designed to address basic social skills that are important in forming first impressions, such as greetings, starting conversations, changing topics, listening to others. The manual provides step-by-step instructions and is supplemented with detailed handouts to accompany each session.  The program is designed for training social skills in two or more clients at a time. To read more Click Here

Making sense of Brain Tumour: A practical guide for therapists

Making Sense of Brain Tumour: A practical guide for therapists.

Use the Making Sense of Brain Tumour (MSoBT) therapist manual to provide individualised psychosocial support for people with brain tumour and their families.

Description: Individuals with brain tumour and their family members can experience considerable distress associated with the diagnosis, an uncertain prognosis and complex neurological and functional impairments. The psychological support needs of people with brain tumour are often overlooked and there is a lack of brain tumour-specific psychological therapy resources. The MSoBT therapist manual was developed to support health professionals to deliver person-centred and goal directed counselling and rehabilitation to adults with brain tumour and their family members. A clinical trial indicated significant improvements in mental health, existential well-being and QoL for people with brain tumour relative to standard care. In the 2017 international palliative care guidelines for adults with glioma, the MSoBT program was endorsed as showing clinically significant benefits for managing depression. The MSoBT therapist manual is intended for use by professionals with qualifications in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. The neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy approaches require appropriate training at a post-graduate level. To read more Click Here

Making the Most of Your Memory: An Everyday Memory Skills Program

Making the Most of Your Memory: An everyday memory skills program.

Use this memory training program to guide small group interventions for patients with epilepsy, stroke and other acquired brain injuries.

Description: Making the Most of Your Memory is an intervention manual for clinicians to guide delivery of a small group program, which aims to improve understanding of memory function and practice everyday memory skills. A range of compensatory memory strategies, both internal and external, are demonstrated and applied to real-world situations (within sessions and through homework tasks), and psychoeducation helps patients to understand their memory function and the impact of factors like brain injury, sleep, stress, medications, drugs/alcohol and mood on everyday functioning. The kit includes a manual describing the 6-week memory training program, handouts and digital facilitator slide templates. This memory program has been designed to be delivered by neuropsychologists and other clinicians involved in the rehabilitation of cognitive problems following acquired brain injury or in the context of epilepsy. The program was evaluated with groups of outpatients with a range of different neurological disorders, including epilepsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury. To read more Click Here

Managing Social Anxiety following Traumatic Brain Injury: A cognitive behavioural program

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) especially designed for people with acquired brain injuries

Description: This manual has been empirically tested and shown to be an effective means to provide CBT for social anxiety in people with traumatic brain injury and other forms of brain damage. It uses classic CBT approaches to managing social anxiety that are modified to be simple and effective for people with cognitive impairments. The structured manual details nine, hour-long sessions. The first commences with an introduction to a model of social anxiety, and the development of personal goals followed by seven sessions that work through strategies to manage physical feelings, negative thoughts and other unhelpful behaviours and cognitions with a final review session. The manual provides step-by-step instructions and is supplemented with simple handouts and homework sheets that can be freely copied. To read more Click Here

Reading a Smile (and Other Great Expressions): An Emotion Perception Treatment Program

Reading a smile and other great expressions: a treatment for emotion perception.

Remediating emotion recognition is now possible with this structured program.

Description: Reading a smile (and other great expressions) is an empirically tested program designed to rehabilitate emotion recognition in people with acquired brain injuries or any other condition that may impair emotion perception. The structured manual details 13 separate sessions of 1-2 hours in length that are hierarchically organized.  Early sessions commences with simple exercises in emotion perception and later ones work on more complex ecologically valid situations. The manual provides step-by-step instructions and is supplemented with colourful cards, board games and videos. To read more Click Here

TBI Express: Social communication training for people with TBI and their communication partners

TBI express: A social communication training manual for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their communication partners

Use TBI Express to help improve communication and conversation for people with traumatic brain injury and their family members or carers

TBI Express is a communication training program for people with traumatic brain injury, their families, friends and carers. Sometimes a brain injury affects how a person communicates. They may speak too much or not enough, have trouble staying on topic or not be able to think of what to say. Treatment can improve communication after traumatic brain injury. However, families and friends often don’t know how to help. TBI Express can support families and friends to find the best ways to help communication after brain injury. The TBI Express kit includes a manual and DVD resource for delivering the program to either a group including both people with TBI and family members / carers, or a group of people with TBI only. Our research found including communication partners in training achieved the best outcomes. To read more Click Here


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