Introduction to abi - Causes, Effects and resources

This 4-hour module, presented by Mark Lamont, is being offered in both Hobart (9 September 2014) and Launceston (7 October 2014). 

KEY INFORMATION

Hobart:
9:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday 9 September 2014
83 Melville Street, Hobart

Launceston:
9:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Eskleigh Foundation, 16987 Midland Highway, Perth

Module 1: 
Introduction to ABI – Causes, Effects and Resources

Time:
4 hours 
Pre-requisite ABI training: Nil

Cost:
$50.00 (+GST)

Presented by Mark Lamont

MODULE INFORMATION

OVERVIEW

Participants will be given sufficient information to understand the common features of ABI as well as to increase their understanding of the experience of ABI so that they think about their approach to working with people living with an ABI. The workshop will provide a brief review of the normal brain and its functions, exploration of causes and common consequences of ABI (with emphasis on cognitive, behavioural and psychological changes) and discussion of the impact of ABI on the individual and family.

At completion of the session participants will be able to:

  • identify key functional areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, and behaviour;

  • describe the common causes and effects of brain injury;

  • describe the differences between ABI, mental illness and intellectual disability;

  • describe the impact of ABI on the individual and the family and identify factors that contribute to this; and

  • locate key resources.

This workshop is appropriate for new staff working directly with people living with or affected by ABI, and for experienced staff who have had relatively little ABI-specific training. It is also appropriate for workers from other sectors who may have intermittent contact with people with ABI and are seeking an understanding of the impact of ABI on cognition and behaviour.

Why Acquired Brain Injury Training?

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services Review of Funded Services for People with Acquired Brain Injury Final Report clearly states “Education was seen as one of the major gaps in the current service delivery system. Throughout the consultations, education was continually raised as a priority area.  If this service is provided correctly it may impact on the level of pressure that is placed on other service types by this client group.”

About Mark Lamont

Mark has been a clinical neuropsychologist for over 20 years. Previously he has been Clinical Coordinator of South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service and ABI Team Leader at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. He currently lives in Tasmania and continues to provide training in Tasmania and Victoria. In addition to conducting training, he has wide experience in consulting with families and service providers regarding rehabilitation and adjustment of people following serious injury.

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