Acquired Brain Injury System Navigation of Southeastern Ontario

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2017 Annual ABI Conference a Huge Success!

On June 9, 2017 ABI System Navigation of Southeastern Ontario hosted our annual ABI Conference for Professionals. Over 100 delegates were in attendance and feedback from the evaluations was overwhelmingly positive. Our speakers: Keynote- Dr. Steve Joncas, Brandie Stevenson, Omer Vandevyvere, and Mark Koning were knowledgeable and […]

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“Learn, Lead, Inspire” June Conference- Group Harvest Summary

In the link below you will find a summary of the group discussion portion of the conference. This activity looked at contributing factors (at client, system and service provider/personal levels)  to supporting successful outcomes.  Thanks to all who attended and participated.   Group Harvest

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month!!

We’ve got a lot of events happening around Southeastern Ontario to recognize the strength of survivors in our midst. If you’re one of them, take a moment to recognize the incredible challenges you have faced and persevered through. Join in a brain injury event near you – there are lots to choose from!

In Brockville, the Community Brain Injury Services (CBIS) will be hosting an Awareness Walk at the 1000 Islands Mall, June 17th. In Kingston, CBIS hosts a Brain Injury Picnic for clients and families on June 26th. In Belleville, The Brain Injury Association of Quinte District hosts a Vigil June 1st, and an Art Show at the Belleville Library with a reception June 11th at 4 pm. Also in Belleville, Pathways to Independence hosts a walk on June 27th at Zwicks Park.

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“Learn, Lead, Inspire” ABI Conference for Professionals

Click the link below to see the official conference flyer: 2016 Conference Flyer Final Click this link to register online: http://braininjuryhelp.ca/learn-lead-inspire/

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Parkwood ABI Survivor and Family Education Series

Free ABI Survivor and Family Education Series!

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Free Workshop for Community Professionals!

Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016 Hosted By: SEO ABI System Navigation Presenter: Shannon McCallum Accommodating a person with a brain injury means that services are provided in a manner that takes into consideration the needs of the individual. Providing accommodations creates an opportunity to address potential barriers […]

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New Navigator Introduction

My name is Shannon McCallum, and I will be filling the role of System Navigator during Rachael Henry’s maternity leave. I have worked for Providence Care for a number of years in the areas of mental health, and rehabilitation both in the hospital and community setting. I look forward to continuing the efforts of System Navigation in this region. My contact information is as listed at the bottom of the screen.

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CBIS Creative Coping Conference for Family

The Providence Care Community Brain Injury Services is offering the “Creative Coping” Conference for family and friends of brain injury survivors. The event will be held on October 29, 2015 in Kingston. Linda Lowery will provide the keynote address, speaking of her experiences following her 22 year old son’s traumatic brain injury. As well there will time time for small group discussions and self-care workshops in a number of areas. There is no cost but registration is required. For more information, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

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Local Concussion Service Directory Launched!

The period of time following a concussion is difficult. The sufferer may be wondering many things, such as returning to work or sports, how to deal with lingering symptoms, and what they can do to make the best possible recovery. We’ve developed a Local Concussion Service Directory to assist individuals following a concussion in locating various specialists closer to home. It’s searchable, and features listings within or close to Southeastern Ontario – making it easier to find help when you’re in need.
I’d also like to enlist you as members of the community to share your recommendations with me. If you’ve had great support through your concussion recovery, let’s make sure we share with others who are going through the same thing. If you’re a service provider who is providing support it would be great to hear from you directly!

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Read our Newsletter

Did you know that System Navigation produces a newsletter twice a year? Within it, you can get a glimpse of all our activities and initiatives over the past 6 months, and a head’s up on what is to come. If you join our mailing list you’ll get one delivered to your inbox, but if you want to see what we’ve been doing up till now, check out our archives. A Spring 2015 issue is waiting to be read!

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Brain Injury Family Intervention Training for Professionals

This training event held June 11 and 12 in Toronto, is a fabulous opportunity for anyone involved in helping survivors and their families understand the effects of brain injury. These interactive workshops focus on enhancing clinical skills in assessment, engagement and intervention with families of persons who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). The workshops will be of interest to case managers, social workers, psychologists, nurses, OTs, PTs, SLPs, rehabilitation counselors or clinicians in general practice who are interested in learning more effective ways to work with families after adult or pediatric ABI.

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Advancing the Fundamentals Workshop for Professionals

Are you a healthcare or community service professional who already knows the basics but wants to enhance your professional “toolbox” with strategies, apply best practices, and widen your understanding of the challenges associated with brain injury? Join us on March 26th for a FREE full-day workshop which will provide a more in-depth look at common challenges after brain injury impacting communication, behavior, cognition, fatigue, mental health and case coordination. Speakers from a variety of disciplines will share their expertise and insight that will be sure to benefit Allied Health Professionals, Rehabilitation Workers, Care Coordinators, and Case Managers, amongst many others.

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OBIA Brain Basics offered in Kingston!

The Ontario Brain Injury Association Brain Basics Certificate Course has trained 2400 frontline staff, caregivers and others accross Ontario to date. For the first time ever, we will be bringing the course to Kingston. The course spans the basics for those with little or no prior education in brain injury, including common causes and types of brain injury, consequences, and strategies to effectively manage the effects. With the support of Bergeron Clifford Injury Lawyers, the usual registration fees of $250 have been reduced by half to $125. To take advantage of this provincially recognized training program, please visit braininjuryhelp.ca/events!

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Learning more from video links on our site!

If you are looking to further develop your knowledge of brain injury, be sure to visit our presentations library on this site, which includes links to video presentations as well as slideshows to help bring your professional knowledge to the next level. In addition, the caregiver & survivor education series contains a number of video presentations which support family members and brain injury survivors to further their knowledge of brain injury and identify helpful strategies to address ongoing concerns.

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“Effects of Concussion on Youth Development” Event in Brockville

I’m very pleased to share that Dr. Lucie Pelland, Queens University Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy will join Rachael Henry, ABI System Navigator in a talk on Concussion Awareness, based on her extensive research on the impacts of concussion in youth development. The talk will be held at the Centre for Rational and Cognitive Therapies, 243 Perth Street, Brockville on Wednesday November 25th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
The event is free, however registration is required. Please contact the Starr Langstaff at the Centre at 613-342-8140 or email starrlangstaff@crandct.com.

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Join the Webcast “After A Concussion: Managing Symptoms and Returning to Activity”

The days and weeks following a concussion are a critical time for recovery and careful consideration of factors is essential while returning to activity. Monday November 24th at noon will feature an OTN presentation that will review current best practices in supporting individuals after a concussion, and introduce a variety of evidence based resources. This presentation is targeted to anyone in a helping profession looking to better support individuals post-concussion. Presented by Dr. Garth Smith, Pediatrician with the Hotel Dieu Child Development Centre, Dr. Martin Logan, Neuropsychologist with the Providence Care Community Brain Injury Services, and Rachael Henry, ABI System Navigator for Southeastern Ontario.

This will be available via OTN sites and webcast online to any computer. OTN Event # 39401806.

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Investigating Caregiver Support Needs

Family members often find themselves taking on new roles when a loved one sustains a brain injury. While their loved one is coming to terms with their injury and engaging in the rehabilitation process, they are standing on the sidelines helping wherever they can. The practical and emotional support they offer is priceless, but often pushes them to their limits. Because of this, we’re investigating how caregivers can be better supported themselves in Southeastern Ontario. Is there a need for more support groups? Respite programs? Something else? If you’re close to someone who’s sustained an ABI, please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey to share your thoughts. If you know other caregivers, please share the link and so we can hear from as many of you as possible!

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Two Brain Injury Conferences in the month of October!

October promises to be a busy month locally. Events have been planned which will address both the needs of brain injury survivors and their families, as well as professionals in the field. Community Brain Injury Services will be hosting their annual conference on October 6, “Hope and Planning”. Registration is open to brain injury survivors as well as their families and friends. The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, in collaboration with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization are hosting “After and Beyond Neurotrauma: The Medical-Legal Conference” on October 14 in Kingston Ontario. Read the rest of this post for registration details.

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Join in a Virtual Workshop

New this fall, we will be offering “Virtual” workshops via the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Join us for an online workshop “The Top 5 Challenges to Meeting Brain Injury Survivors Needs” on Wednesday August 20th, from 12 – 1 pm. Tune in for an hour of interactive brain injury education, from the comfort of your own office. You can view from any computer or OTN site. Appropriately accommodating a brain injury survivor’s needs can be a challenging task to community service providers. Join in a brief exploration of common cognitive issues and strategies to manage them effectively. Give yourself the tools to help engage and support your clients effectively.

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Wondering About your Brain Health?

I have often fielded the question of “What will happen to me as I get older” from individuals who have sustained a brain injury. They are often concerned about developing Alzheimer or other types of dementia as they age. Although there is never a black or white answer, research has developed a new tool to help better predict when concerns are warranted. Cogniciti Inc., a for-profit brain health solutions company and Bayshore Health Sciences, located in Toronto, have developed a free online brain health test that will help those in the 50 to 79 age bracket put their worries about memory changes to rest.

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ABI System Navigation of Southeastern Ontario

303 Bagot Street LaSalle Mews, Suite 401 Kingston, Ontario K7K 5W7

Contact

Shannon McCallum, System Navigator
613-547-6969 ext. 165
1-800-871-8096
mccalls1@providencecare.ca

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