Research Initiatives and Therapeutic Group Outcomes

To advance its commitment to quality care, Brain Injury Services participates in a variety of research initiatives. Of primary concern in the decision to pursue a research question is the protection of the rights and confidentiality of the clients who participate. All research projects and therapeutic groups support the mission, vision and values of the agency.

All potential projects and initiatives are reviewed and approved by the Service Outcomes Measurement Committee (SOMC) at Brain Injury Services, the executive director, clinical director, and the board of directors. Projects in partnership with other organizations must first be approved by the Research Ethics Board of the partnering organization.

Annually Dr. Bruce Linder, clinical director at Brain Injury Services, with staff and students from the Department of Psychology at McMaster University conduct research related to the effects of living with an acquired brain injury.

A variety of Therapeutic groups are provided for clients at Brain Injury Services. These groups offer individuals the opportunity to learn from their peers. clients increase their knowledge about an issue, enhance their interpersonal and coping skills, and gain a better understanding and acceptance of themselves.

To assess clients’ skill development, pre- and post-testing is completed for each group. This includes a knowledge test based on the curriculum of the group as well as standardized assessments. Once the program is completed, the results are used to determine individual achievement and overall group outcomes. The information is shared with involved staff and used for client skill development planning.

All research projects and therapeutic groups support the mission, vision and values of the agency.

 

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