Family Therapy After Brain Injury
Being a family therapist, it's automatic for me to include the family because we know that a brain injury affects the family, but how the family deals with the situation also affects the outcomes for the person with the brain injury. So because I work with a younger population, it's imperative that the families become involved right at the outset, and we just make it standard practice. When we're reading with a young person for the first time, we'll also include as many family members as possible, and if not every family member can make it to the first assessment interview, then I will follow up. I will make sure that I make the rounds and meet with both parents, all the siblings because I think it's really important that we try to identify what the family's needs are for support. Often, a lot of rehabilitation is focused on supporting the individual with the brain injury, but we also know that family members, including siblings, are in need of support, and siblings, in particular, often get left behind. You know, they're not involved in case conferences and meetings, and we know that from working with siblings in the research, that siblings are also profoundly affected by the brain injury.
Posted on BrainLine April 29, 2009. Reviewed January 16, 2018.
Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King.
Caron Gan is an Advanced Practice Nurse, Registered Psychotherapist, and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Ontario and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She has worked with clients with brain injury, providing psychotherapeutic intervention to youth, adults, couples, and families.