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GLA Offers a Working Group for Spouses of Survivors with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

We’ve all heard it…marriage is hard work! At the best of times, marriage takes compromise, understanding, good communication and a lot of love.  However, when you add the challenge of living with a spouse who has suffered a brain injury, things can often get really hard!

Galit Liffshiz & Associates understands the need for support and solutions for the partners of brain injury survivors in dealing with the many issues arising after an ABI.  Therefore, we will now be offering a support and work group for spouses of ABI survivors.

This group will provide spouses with a safe, supportive and educational environment that will not only allow them the opportunity to discuss their issues with individuals who share their experiences, but will also allow them to learn new tools and coping skills that they can apply in their day-to-day living.

Important issues will be covered, such as:

  • Cognitive-communication challenges:
  • Improving daily family function;
  • Rebuilding relationships after an accident;
  • The inability to see another point of view (perspective taking)

In addition, problem solving and making decisions together with effective communication as spouses and survivors work to maintain normal family routine will be addressed.

The group will be run by an Occupational Therapist, a Rehab Support Worker and a Speech and Language Pathologist, all of whom maintain extensive experience with the ABI population.

Each session will focus on a topic with a defined education and strategy section and opportunities will be given for support around specific issues.  Participants will complete homework tasks that will be based on functional ‘real-life’ scenarios. These tasks will be designed to help practice skills learned within the group.

The goal of the group is not just to serve as a support group for motivation and encouragement, but to also be educational and practical.  Participants will take home the confidence and ability to put the strategies learned from the group into practice in their daily life while also understanding the foundation for them.

For more information on the Working Group or other services, please contact Galit Liffshiz & Associates.

Written by: Kate Solomon – RSW