Psychosocial support for children with ABI is ‘critical’ says The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is excited to be sharing its approach to psychosocial neurorehabilitation in a first of its kind external training day, ‘SPECS: Seeing Brain Injury Clearly’. Taking place at the charity's headquarters in Tadworth, Surrey on Monday 22 July 2019, the day will give professionals a chance to learn more about managing psychological and social challenges faced by children and young people (CYP) 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. Birgitta Norton, Educational Psychologist at The Children’s Trust comments: ‘‘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.’’ Birgitta Norton - Specialist Educational Psychologist 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 this training course are £130 including lunch and can be booked online. To find out more about the course visit: or call 01737 365 000 (ex. 4352).

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