At Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust, we facilitate a number of helpful group programmes.
Family/whānau education & support group
This group is designed to discuss relevant education topics relating to having a family/whānau member with a brain injury, and to bring family/whānau support people together to share ideas and experiences. This group is currently run in Christchurch only.
Improving communication confidence & competence
After a traumatic brain injury, many important communication and social skills can be altered, which can impact life at home, work, and in the community. This group provides education and training to improve communication confidence and competence.
Making the most of your memory
The group provides education about memory and strategies to improve memory skills. We also provide lifestyle information during each session, including the importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise for wellbeing and optimal cognitive functioning. The group (maximum of eight people) is a supportive environment for members to learn about their memory, practice strategies and to share their comments and experiences.
Physical health & information training (PHIT group)
This group promotes physical activity, health and wellness following a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Brain injury education for children – Brain Crew
Brain Crew is an educational programme for children who have an adult relative who has a brain injury. Brain Crew aims to help children to understand a little more about how the brain works and also understand how an injury to the brain may affect how it works. Brain Crew also aims to help children to develop strategies of how to cope with living with a relative who has a brain injury and to develop a peer support network of children who have had similar experiences.
Young person's traumatic brain injury support group
The idea of this group is for young people with history of moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury to catch up and share experiences and ideas with others who are facing similar challenges. The group provides support and the opportunity to be heard.
This group introduces basic mindfulness techniques and focus on how mindfulness may be useful to manage fatigue, regulate mood and improve memory. Each session consists of a shared discussion of the different qualities of mindfulness, two mindfulness exercises and specific mindfulness practices that can be used on a daily basis between group sessions.