Brain Injury 101 Webinar Learning Series - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Brain Injury 101 Webinar Learning Series

Alberta’s Brain Injury Initiative supports adults with acquired brain injury to live, work, and participate in their communities.

The Brain Injury 101 webinar learning series explores the basics of what a brain injury is and strategies and supports for individuals living with brain injury in Alberta. The sessions are intended to help individuals, families, and agencies access information and resources about brain injury.

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Previous Sessions

Acute Concussion Management: Choosing Wisely and Avoiding Complications
Concussions range in severity from mild to severe and in some patients, symptoms can persist resulting in debilitating post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The initial events may be so distressing that patients go to the emergency department (ED) for assessment and treatment. Research has shown that CT scans of the brain are rarely indicative and delay discharge. They expose patients to needless radiation risks and add costs to the health care system. Rest (e.g., cognitive, emotional and physical) and graduated return to activities (e.g., sports, work) are recommended but limited evidence guides these practices. Moreover, patients are not often well-informed about their follow-up after discharge.

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The Stigma of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation into the Community
This presentation covers issues related to brain injury and rehabilitation. Specifically, it touches on employment, housing and interpersonal relationships. It also explores strategies to reduce the stigma that exists around brain injury, focusing on the transition from hospital to community. Finally, it discusses current research and proposed services to address psychosocial issues and the process of integration.

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Relationships and Brain Injury: Part 2
This presentation provide answers to common questions, as well as strategies to facilitate better coping in the aftermath of an acquired brain injury.

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Strike Out Stroke
A basic introductory presentation on stoke.

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What is a Brain Injury?
Explore how the brain works, the science behind brain injury, and its impact on a person.

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You have an acquired brain injury, now what?
Learn about lifestyle changes and risks individuals face after they acquire a brain injury.

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Relationships and Brain Injury: Impacts and Strategies
Discusses how brain injury affects relationships and reviews strategies that may help strengthen relationships and build healthy networks.

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Help! Support Services for Survivors and their Families
How to navigate the services and community supports that are available for individuals with a brain injury and their caregivers.

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Quick clips

Sexual intimacy in relationships impacted by brain injury
Dr. Shaiff Esmail of the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society discusses the challenges that individuals in an intimate relationship may face when they are diagnosed with a brain injury.

Relationships and brain injury: Impacts and strategies
Theresa LaRocque-Walker discusses strategies for communicating between couples in an intimate relationship when they are diagnosed with a brain injury.

Living with a Brain Injury: When will life be ‘normal’ again? (3:16)
Dr. Garnet Cummings answers one of the most frequently asked questions by survivors of brain injury and their caregivers.

Challenges and Strategies for Survivors of Brain Injury (4:19)
Dr. Garnet Cummings discusses the physical, mental and emotional challenges and strategies for survivors of brain injury.

An Unhappy Triad: Brain Injury, Mental Illness and Addiction (3:18)
Dr. Garnet Cummings discusses the “unhappy triad” of brain injury, mental illness and addiction.

Common signs of mental illness after a brain injury (2:10)
Dr. Don Massey discussed the common signs of mental illness for survivors of a brain injury.

Emotions after a brain injury (2:51)
Natasha Bodei of the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society discusses the emotions individuals face when they are diagnosed with a brain injury.

Resources discussed during this series

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative Service Coordinators

Family Support for Children with Disabilities program

Alberta Supports (call 1-877-644-9992 toll-free in Alberta, 780-644-9992 in Edmonton)

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute

The Brain Care Centre

Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society

Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society (SABIS) Resource Guide

Edmonton and Area Brain Injury and Stroke Resource Guide

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

Alberta Health Services – Alberta Caregivers College Information and Webinar Series

The Canadian Stroke Network

Stroke Recovery Association of Edmonton

Modified: 2017-05-05
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