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The Children’s Trust is providing a new, innovative approach to psychosocial neurorehabilitation in a first of its kind external training day for healthcare professionals: ‘SPECS: Seeing Brain Injury Clearly’.

Taking place at the charity’s headquarters in Tadworth, Surrey on Monday 22nd July 2019, the day will give professionals a chance to learn more about managing psychological and social challenges faced by children and young people with acquired brain injury (ABI).

SPECS is an acronym for core psychosocial factors that are important to address in successful neurorehabilitation: Social, Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual. Psychologists at The Children’s Trust believe it is vital that professionals are confident to rehabilitate not only the cognitive and physical needs of children with acquired brain injury, but also to understand the interaction between psychosocial support and cognitive recovery.

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Birgitta Norton, Educational Psychologist at The Children’s Trust, commented: “Those who have completed SPECS internally feel they have an enhanced awareness and confidence to work effectively with children, young people and their families affected by ABI. In turn, families have reflected on the abilities of staff to support them in increasing their knowledge of acquired brain injury and reducing a sense of isolation.”

SPECS is designed to be fully interactive with plenty of opportunities for attendees to take part in practical exercises. The delivery includes multi-modal learning methods such as whole-group discussion, small-group learning and individual reflection.

Key content of the day includes:

  • Introduction to SPECS
  • Cultural and family belief systems
  • Adjustment, grief and loss
  • The concept of reasonable hope
  • Managing expectations and transition
  • Difficult questions and communication

Delegate places for the training course are £130, including lunch, and can be booked online.

To find out more about the course visit the website or call 01737 365 000 (ex. 4352).

The Children’s Trust gives children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability opportunities to live the best life possible by providing specialist rehabilitation, education and community services across the UK.

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