Headway Suffolk

Ipswich Hub 01473 712225

Bury Hub 01284 702535

Courses

FREE Understanding Brain Injury course

Monday mornings (10.30am – 12.30pm) for 6 weeks from 14 January – 18 February
at Ipswich hub, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich IP3 9FJ

Our Understanding Brain Injury course is led by Headway Suffolk’s multidisciplinary therapy team and is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition, but there is an optional suggested donation of £5 to offset costs.

The aim is to help you understand the effects of brain injury through trauma or a neurological condition on yourself and those you love. We will look at how the brain works, the impact of trauma on areas of the brain, practical strategies and tips to manage difficulties with memory, attention, function, communication, fatigue, anxiety and mood. It will also provide an opportunity to meet others who have similar experiences.

Following completion of the programme we offer a day that is designed and specifically for family and friends only, covering the topics outlined above. This will run on Monday 25 February from 10am – 12pm, with a light lunch included.

The full syllabus is as follows:

Module 1: Introduction and Brain Injury Overview (Monday 14 January)

The course begins with an overview of all the sessions in brief to give an idea of the material covered. This session explores the anatomy of the brain and the way it processes information. It is an interactive session which helps us identify the particular needs of the group and tailor the material covered to make it relevant and practical for each individual. The order of the following modules may change from course to course but all topics will be covered.

Module 2: Physical and Functional Impact of Brain Injury (Monday 21 January)

We discuss our holistic approach to the role of physiotherapy in recovery and the role of occupational therapy in helping clients meet the wide ranging challenges of achieving day to day activities. For some this may include looking at supportive aids for the home, discussing the possibility of volunteering or looking at support at work depending on the individual circumstances of the group members.

Module 3: Living with Fatigue (Monday 28 January)

In our experience fatigue is a common outcome of acquired brain injury and neurological conditions which can be difficult for people to accept. In this session we look in more depth at the cause and effect of fatigue and strategies to help manage it.

Module 4: Emotional and Psychological Impact of Brain Injury (Monday 4 February)

Our counsellors look at the common outcomes of brain injury and the emotional effect on clients and their relationships. Clients have an opportunity to share their personal brain injury experiences with one another in a safe and confidential environment which has proved to be a very effective part of their healing process.

Module 5: Cognition, Attention and Memory (Monday 11 February)

This unit explains cognition – the mental process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thoughts, experiences and senses – and how this is impacted by a brain injury. It looks at short term memory and attention impairment and the effect this can have on listening and being listened to. We share some helpful strategies.

Module 6: Effective Communication (Monday 18 February)

This unit focuses on the skill of communicating as effectively as possible across the range of relationships and expressing needs calmly, clearly and appropriately. It addresses problems with word finding and impaired speech in an interactive and experiential session.

Module 7: Family and Friends Day (Monday 25 February)

This unit is solely for the family members and friends (or colleagues) of the clients attending the course giving them an overview of the topics covered and providing them with the same opportunity of sharing their experiences of living or working with someone who has acquired brain injury and the changes it makes to their relationships.

To book: Telephone 01473 712225 or email: juliewilman@headwaysuffolk.org.uk. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

FREE Understanding Brain Injury course

Tuesday mornings (10.30am – 12.30pm) for 6 weeks from 5 February – 12 March
at Bury St Edmunds hub, St Georges House, Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3TA

Our Understanding Brain Injury course is led by Headway Suffolk’s multidisciplinary therapy team and is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition, but there is an optional suggested donation of £5 to offset costs.

The aim is to help you understand the effects of brain injury through trauma or a neurological condition on yourself and those you love. We will look at how the brain works, the impact of trauma on areas of the brain, practical strategies and tips to manage difficulties with memory, attention, function, communication, fatigue, anxiety and mood. It will also provide an opportunity to meet others who have similar experiences.

Following completion of the programme we offer a day that is designed and specifically for family and friends only, covering the topics outlined above. This will run on Tuesday 19 March from 10am – 12pm, with a light lunch included.

The full syllabus is as follows:

Module 1: Introduction & Brain Injury Overview (Tuesday 5 February)

The course begins with an overview of all the sessions in brief to give an idea of the material covered. This session explores the anatomy of the brain and the way it processes information. It is an interactive session which helps us identify the particular needs of the group and tailor the material covered to make it relevant and practical for each individual. The order of the following modules may change from course to course but all topics will be covered.

Module 2: Physical & Functional Impact of Brain Injury (Tuesday 12 February)

We discuss our holistic approach to the role of physiotherapy in recovery and the role of occupational therapy in helping clients meet the wide ranging challenges of achieving day to day activities. For some this may include looking at supportive aids for the home, discussing the possibility of volunteering or looking at support at work depending on the individual circumstances of the group members.

Module 3: Living with Fatigue (Tuesday 19 February)

In our experience fatigue is a common outcome of acquired brain injury and neurological conditions which can be difficult for people to accept. In this session we look in more depth at the cause and effect of fatigue and strategies to help manage it.

Module 4: Emotional & Psychological Impact of Brain Injury (Tuesday 26 February)

Our counsellors look at the common outcomes of brain injury and the emotional effect on clients and their relationships. Clients have an opportunity to share their personal brain injury experiences with one another in a safe and confidential environment which has proved to be a very effective part of their healing process.

Module 5: Cognition, Attention & Memory (Tuesday 5 March)

This unit explains cognition – the mental process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thoughts, experiences and senses – and how this is impacted by a brain injury. It looks at short term memory and attention impairment and the effect this can have on listening and being listened to. We share some helpful strategies.

Module 6: Effective Communication (Tuesday 12 March)

This unit focuses on the skill of communicating as effectively as possible across the range of relationships and expressing needs calmly, clearly and appropriately. It addresses problems with word finding and impaired speech in an interactive and experiential session.

Module 7: Family & Friends Day (Tuesday 19 March)

This unit is solely for the family members and friends (or colleagues) of the clients attending the course giving them an overview of the topics covered and providing them with the same opportunity of sharing their experiences of living or working with someone who has acquired brain injury and the changes it makes to their relationships.

To book: Telephone 01473 712225 or email: andreacook@headwaysuffolk.org.uk. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.