Prof. Dr. Barbara Wilson:

“Research for Clinicians” (vormittags) and “Rehabilitation After Brain Injury: Clients' Perspectives” (nachmittags)

17. März 2018 - 9-16.30 Uhr


9.00 - 9.15 Uhr:  Ankunft, Registrierung
9.15 - 10.45 Uhr: Seminar
10.45 Uhr - 11:00 Uhr: Pause
11.00 Uhr - 12.30 Uhr : Seminar
12.30 Uhr - 13.15 Uhr: Mittagspause
13.15 Uhr - 14.45 Uhr: Seminar
14.45 Uhr - 15.00 Uhr: Pause
15.00 Uhr - 16.30 Uhr: Seminar

 

 

  1. Research for Clinicians: How to combine clinical work with research
  2. (vormittags: 9.15 bis 12.30 Uhr)

Clinicians  need to evaluate their work in order to ensure its effectiveness; and they need to be in a position to inform other members of their own and other relevant professions of progress in their work. For every patient or client we see, we should ask ourselves: “Is this patient changing and, if so, is the change due to what we are doing (or have done) or would it have happened anyway?” This workshop discusses ways in which we can make research part of our clinical work. All clinicians plan their treatment sessions and make notes afterwards. From this we can take further measure in planning, measuring, evaluating and recording our interventions so that we are in effect conducting research. We need to begin with a question, posed in such a way that it can be answered. General questions, such as:  “Does medicine work or do drugs work?’ are essentially unanswerable. Instead of asking the question ‘Does rehabilitation work?’ we should ask specific questions such as “Do people learn better when prevented from making mistakes during learning?” With regard to methodology, we consider surveys, observations and experiments.  We look at group designs and single case experimental designs (different from single case reports), which allow us to tease out the effects of treatment from natural recovery, extra attention or other non treatment related effects.

 

  1. Rehabilitation After Brain Injury: Clients' Perspectives
  2. (nachmittags: 13.15 Uhr bis 16.30 Uhr)

The starting point for any rehabilitation programme is the patient or client and his or her family. We engage in an interactive process between survivors of brain injury, their families and health care staff.  Much has been written about the process of rehabilitation from the professional viewpoint but relatively little from the client or patient’s perspective. One client noted: “I live in the ruins of my old self” and those of us working in rehabilitation can see ourselves as working with clients and families to rebuild, or – more realistically - partially rebuild, the ruins. Listening to the voices of those who have received rehabilitation can give us insight into their situations that can be missed during routine assessments. Clients’ recollections can encourage greater empathy among therapists, which will in turn lead to more appropriate rehabilitation. In holistic rehabilitation programmes, much of our work involves helping people to establish a clearer narrative of the events surrounding their injury or illness, and the subsequent better understanding of what has happened enables clients to adjust to and move on from the injury. This presentation uses the words of survivors to illustrate their experiences of rehabilitation and to indicate how a meaningful life is possible despite brain injury - even when, in some cases, the effects have been very severe. A few of the clients have been in low awareness states for long periods yet still feel they have a life worth living