After careful consideration of the current state of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have once again made the decision to postpone the conference rescheduled for September to June 2-4, 2021.  The health and safety of all our attendees and speakers is of the upmost importance.  This is uncharted territory and we want to proceed with an event that people can feel secure in booking and attending.

Due to these changes, the workshops may not be the same as the ones currently posted. We are working on confirming the new schedule as quickly as possible, and will make an announcement once information has been updated. Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Brain injury workshops

This day of the workshops is for individuals looking to learn more and participate in discussions on brain injury. Each workshop is for different audiences, noted in the descriptions below.

To participate in workshops, you must register online.

Please note times are subject to change.

8:30 – 10 am | Constructing and Re-Constructing an Identity Following Brain Injury: Becoming the Me I Want to Be

Workshop administrator: Tim Feeney, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Belevedere Health Services

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a framework for the development of positive, personal, and meaningful supports for individuals with complex needs. Included in this framework are methods for developing supports that focus on meaningful engagement in chosen life activities, creating positive personal identities, and the development of scripts for positive interaction. Moreover, the reality of any successful intervention requires those who provide supports to be flexible when developing supports and to include each individual in determining what helps and what doesn’t help and then to be planful in making whatever adjustments might be needed to increase the success of any intervention scheme.

10:30 – 12 pm | When Love Hurts: Understanding traumatic brain injury in intimate partner violence

Workshop administrators: Dr. Paul van Donkelaar & Karen Mason

Although much of the global research and media attention related to concussion is centered around professional athletes, emerging research indicates the majority of women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) have also experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Yet, most women’s transitions houses, shelters, and other agencies serving survivors do not screen for TBI, nor take it into account when providing training for staff, or counselling, support, and referrals for clients.

This workshop will explore the recent, but growing, body of global research exploring the links between IPV and TBI, with a particular focus on a ground-breaking collaborative research study underway between the University of British Columbia and Kelowna Women’s Shelter. The study is shedding new light on the statistical incidents of TBI in survivors of IPV, and working closely with front line service providers, health care, and brain injury experts to develop and test screening, training and educational tools for workers, and develop a dedicated network of social and medical supports for women who’ve experienced TBI in IPV.

The eventual goal? To educate and train staff to more effectively support survivors as they confront the unique and difficult challenges of living with a brain injury, and ensure better outcomes as they heal and move forward into lives free of abuse. The workshop will not only educate attendees on the prevalence of TBI in IPV, and how the related challenges are likely to manifest with the women they serve, but will also provide an overview and examples of tools and best practices in incorporating a TBI and trauma-informed lens into their work.

1 – 2 pm | Traumatic brain injury: sex and gender implications for clinicians, patients, and their significant others

Workshop administrators: Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva & Sara HanafyPh.D student

The field of sex and gender research is rapidly evolving and growing internationally. Current public health mandates require addressing a wide range of determinants of health including sex and gender. Pre-injury gender norms and roles, often set on the basis of biological sex, contribute to the disturbed gender relations after the injury, and set up the tone how women and men with traumatic brain injury (TBI) would feel and interact with their clinicians and other people.

Key topics covered during the workshop include facts from the literature concerning biological vulnerability to injury, and vulnerability due to gender norms and roles; discussions on how gender norms, roles and relations influence patients’ recovery. A broad equity approach to discuss topics of socioeconomic status, cultural and ethnic diversity, etc. that may lead to inequities between and within men and women with TBI will be taken. A common understanding among clinicians, patients, and their significant others of key concepts  of sex and gender in healthcare is anticipated, stimulating participants to continue mastering the reasons why sex and gender should be considered in TBI.

Purpose of the workshop: To ensure that  clinicians, patients, and significant others have sufficient understanding of the sex and gender implications in TBI, its course of recovery and outcomes, we created evidence- and needs-based educational knowledge translation  interventions focusing  on evaluation of sex- and gender-related strengths and vulnerabilities in the TBI context.  

Change in knowledge and attitudes towards sex/ gender implications in TBI, before and after delivery of the workshop may be formally tested on workshop attendees who expressed interest to partake in proposed educational sessions as part of a research project.

2:30 – 4 pm | LoveYourBrain: Experience the benefits of Yoga & Meditation, without leaving your chair

Workshop administrator: Kate Durie, Ottawa instructor for the LoveYourBrain Yoga program at PranaShanti Yoga Centre, brain injury survivor

Join us for an experiential session that’s all about healing & loving the whole of you – from the inside out – with one of LoveYourBrain’s Ottawa-based teachers, Kate Durie. You will be guided through a gentle chair-based yoga and meditation practice, accessible to all, followed by a brief overview exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation for ABI. No yoga experience necessary!

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