Social isolation and loneliness are frequent problems for people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Problems with social connection can arise from a range of impairments including cognitive, especially executive function deficits, communication problems, social disinhibition, and problems with anxiety and depression as well as from a lack of community knowledge and understanding of brain injury and its consequences. Although the problem of social isolation following ABI is well documented, attempts to develop effective interventions to improve community connection for adults with ABI have seen relatively little success. This workshop covers information on the latest research with the key objectives of increasing social activity, increasing social functioning (skills and behaviours) and supporting people to develop and maintain satisfying social relationships in the community. The workshop is open to all people involved in supporting those with brain injury: health professionals, care providers, disability advocates, family and friend of people with brain injury, and ACC case managers.
Presenter: Professor Jacinta Douglas
Professor Jacinta Douglas is an international research leader on rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. Professor Douglas holds the Summer Foundation Chair of Living Well with Brain Injury at La Trobe University in the Living with Disability Research Centre. Jacinta’s qualifications span the disciplines of speech pathology, clinical psychology and neuropsychology. Her research contribution has advanced knowledge in the domains of interpersonal communication and psychosocial functioning following brain injury. Professor Douglas currently leads a three-year multi component community connection (M-Com Connect) research project funded by the Institute of Safety Compensation and Research Recovery to investigate innovative strategies to support social activity, social relationships and community inclusion for people with severe brain injury who live in a range of different environments. Jacinta is a Fellow of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and the Speech Pathology Association of Australia and is founding co-editor of the multidisciplinary journal Brain Impairment.
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