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Workshops & Groups:

Understanding Brain Injury:   A six week course designed to offer information to individuals with acquired brain injury who are interested in learning more about the brain, brain injury and strategies for positive living.

Self-Esteem:   This course uses proven cognitive techniques to help you learn how to control the self-critical inner voice and build up a healthy sense of self worth.  You will leave this eight-week course with useful skills that can easily be applied to your day to day life and strategies to use when you face situations in which your sense of self worth is challenged.

Effective Communication:   This course will discuss how brain injury can affect communication and social skills. You will learn about types of communication, effective listening, and perspective taking. Practical strategies for conflict resolution and assertiveness will be taught and practiced in this 8-class course.

Memory and Attention:  Does your memory need a boost? Do you find it hard to pay attention or concentrate? This two day workshop provides practical suggestions for how to manage changes in memory and attention after brain injury or stroke. Open to new and returning clients. 

Frustration and Anger Management:  This course will discuss the relationship between brain injury and frustration and anger management. Clients will learn to identify their own anger styles and triggers, learn strategies to manage frustration and anger, and develop more control over these emotions.

Time Management:   Participants whose time management skills have been affected by a brain injury will learn new strategies and techniques to improve their current time management systems as well as new systems as needed.

Stress Management:   This workshop will discuss the nature of stress and introduce strategies for preventing and managing stress in your day to day life.

Nutrition:   Learn about good nutrition, assess your eating habits, learn to read labels and prepare delicious healthy meals.

Caregiver Skills Training:  This four week interactive workshop is designed to educate caregivers on how to help their loved one to become more independent in functional activities. The methods you will learn are researched based and widely used and trusted by professionals.  

Budget Boosters:  A group that strives to help people make better financial decisions with confidence and find peace with money. This monthly group will provide financial advice, guidance and coaching and includes presentations on a variety of topics.

Support:

Women’s Group:   This psychosocial support group is for women living with acquired brain injury. Areas of focus include information on the brain and brain injury, health and wellness, coping, and accessing supports. This group provides a safe environment in which group members can explore the many successes and challenges that are inherent in life with a brain injury.  Through peer support, group members have the opportunity to normalize their experiences and learn from others’ experiences.

Men’s Group:  A psychosocial support group for males with brain injuries. In addition to peer support, the group will provide educational topics and activities for members wishing to learn more about coping strategies for life post injury. This group runs on a bi weekly basis.

Young Adult Groups:   The Young Adult Groups (YAG) are for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. These groups focus on support, healthy coping strategies, personal growth and community inclusion. In collaboration with Networks Activity Centre, these groups include a recreational component.

Care Givers’ Group:  This group is designed for familial caregivers who are providing support to someone who has sustained a brain injury. Peer support is encouraged to assist caregivers in developing a stronger sense of their ability to cope and feel connected with others experiencing similar challenges. This group meets on a bi weekly basis.

Substance Use and Brain Injury Group (SUBI):  This support group for is for individuals struggling with addiction and brain injury.  SUBI is a safe place for clients to recognize their symptoms common to brain injury and substance use, e.g. short-term memory loss, diminished judgment and mood disturbances.  By sharing life experiences group members learn to recognize triggers and behavior, strategies for coping, how to build healthy relationships and how to access community resources.  This group runs weekly at Brain Care Centre.

Club CONNECT Communication Group:   This twice monthly group promotes peer connection, healthy living and provides opportunities for discussion. Come and join us for a lively hour and a half of learning and discussion! 

Personal Electronic Device & Computer Training

Basic Computer Class:   Learn basic computer operations, including how to start and shut down the system; using the mouse (left/right clicking and double-clicking); using shortcuts, paint program and identify icons, screens, and programs in Microsoft Windows.

Email-Internet:   Students will create an email account, learn to send, receive; create an address book and how to use email attachments. They will learn to search the internet and bookmark pages of interest.

Google:   Students will be taught to use Google calendar as a memory aid, use Google maps to help with directions and use Google images and video for entertainment purposes.

Internet Safety Class:   This class will help students to use basic precautions such as virus protection, evaluate website validity and learn the importance of passwords and accessing safe internet sites. 

Intermediate Word: This course is designed for users who have completed the Basic Microsoft Word course, or who have basic knowledge of Microsoft Word (font formatting, Ribbon tabs, image insertion). The version of Microsoft Word used in this course is Microsoft Word 2007.

Advance Word Objective: This course is designed for users who have completed the Basic and Intermediate Microsoft Word courses, or who have intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word (bullets, text boxes, tables, etc.). The version of Microsoft Word used in this course is Microsoft Word 2007.  

Facebook/Skype: Students will be taught to use Facebook safely for social networking and to use Skype for Face to Face chat.  

Image Editing: Using Picasa software, participants will learn a simple way to view, edit, and organize the photos on their computer.

Assistive Device Training: The assisted device training program at Brain Care Centre offers clients one-on-one training with various electronic devices including, but not limited to, computers, cell phones and iPads. These electronic devices can be used as memory assistive devices, aid in communication and organization, and enhance social aspects of an individual’s life. Furthermore, technological devices allow individuals to seek employment opportunities through such things as search engines and resume building. The assisted device training program is structured around each individual’s unique goals whereby an initial assessment is done to determine the needs of the client and then a program is developed to help the client reach his/her goals. 

For more information on computer classes or device training please contact Jean, 780-477-7575 ext: 126

Regional Support Groups

Drayton Valley BI Group
First and Third Monday of each month
@ Mitch’s
#102 4341 50 Street
1:00pm- 3:00pm

Edson Support Group
First and third Wednesday of each month
@ Brain Care Centre office.
524- 50 Street
1:00pm – 3:00pm

For more information on these groups or services provided in Edson and Drayton Valley, please contact Tannis at Brain Care Centre - Edson Office toll free at 1-866-712-7560 ext: 220