Group Programs

Information. Strategies. Connection With Others.

Recovery after concussion or brain injury can be lonely and confusing.

To support you, we offer a variety of group programs in both Kelowna and Vernon. Programs are offered based on availability, need, and interest. See our complete list of current and past programs offered below. Feel free to call us at 250-762-3233 or send an email to with an inquiries.

Eligibility: You must be a BrainTrust client to participate in our group programs. Read more here about becoming eligible for our services.

Current Group Programs

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In-Person Groups

Group Program: Return to Balance

Return to Balance

This group is for you if you are having difficulty accepting your brain injury. Learn to balance the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of self. Concepts covered include:

  • redefining self after brain injury
  • adjusting to the 'new you'
  • tools and coaching for optimal living
  • relationship strategies
Group Programs: Peer Support
Vernon and Kelowna

Peer Support

Discuss and share experiences with others with acquired brain injury. 

  • receive resources and information for coping with post-injury life
  • examine and share new research in neurology
  • lead a session for other group members on a topic of shared interest
Group Programs: Art Therapy Series

Art Therapy Series

Explore and express yourself through art. Participants experiment with a variety of art forms and materials.

  • no previous art experience necessary
  • unleash the creative, intuitive side of your brain
Men's Group

Men's Peer Support

A support group for men who have been through the criminal justice system. 

  • The goal is to create a circle of healing and the opportunity to support each other through shared experiences.
Group Programs: Substance Use and Brain Injury

Substance Use and Brain Injury (SUBI)

Treatment alternative for clients with cognitive deficits; delivered at a slower pace with repetition as needed.

  • 8-week program
  • education and treatment information on substance use after brain injury
  • goal-setting for recovery
  • tools for self-care
  • signs and strategies for managing a 'slip'

Employment after Brain Injury

Removing barriers and supporting clients with sustaining successful employment.

  • in class sessions using the Brain Injury Canada Return to Work guidebook.
  • suitable for clients with previous work experience whose ultimate goal is to return to work
  • priority will be given to clients who otherwise do not qualify for long/short term disability
Cognitive and Social Enhancement

Cognitive and Social Enhancement

Work on cognitive skills to further neuroplasticity. 

  • discuss community events and news
  • participate in games that challenge attention, memory, and concentration
  • suitable at any stage of recovery 
Walking Group
Kelowna and Vernon

Walk and Talk

Walking can help improve brain function as well as general health, balance, and coordination.

  • connect the with great outdoors
  • build relationships with others on a similar path
  • relieve stress and uplift mood
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Choosing Change

A self-esteem group for managing life's challenges. 

  • This program utilizes well-known self-esteem resources to address the identity crisis that is often created by acquired brain injury
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One-to-One Programs

Brain Trauma Recovery

Functional Gains

Althetic Therapist, Christine Atkins, assists clients with sustaining and increasing mobility with the added benefit of decreasing isolation and decompensation during a pandemic.

  • Assesment of baseline functional mobility and overal mobility goals
  • Individualized program plan with corrective exercises for continuity and independent practice
  • runs to the end of March 2021
Managing Your Emotions
Kelowna and Vernon

Managing Your Emotions

Understanding and working through emotional dis-regulation after brain injury

  • 8-week program
  • CBT-based approach to emotions, run by one of our community support facilitators
  • provides a toolbox of effective ways to manage emotions after brain injury
  • suitable at any stage of recovery, available to any client 
Social Navigation
Kelowna and Vernon

Social Navigation

A program which looks to support individuals in redeveloping their social skills to reduce isolation post acquired brain injury.

  • Topics covered in this program include: healthy boundaries, core listening skills, understanding body language, giving compliments, coping with adult bullies, sharing your opinion, social anxiety, and vulnerability.

Previous Group Programs | Due to COVID-19 some of our programs are on hold

Community Presentations

Brain Injury 101

This is an information session. If you or a loved one has a recently diagnosed brain injury, this is the place to start at BrainTrust. You'll learn about:

  • the effects of brain injury
  • strategies for managing post-injury life
  • how BrainTrust can help
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Persistent Symptoms After Concussion

This six-week education program is for those still suffering from concussion symptoms 3 months or more post-injury.

  • guest speakers (e.g. optometrist, vestibular specialist, hearing specialist)
  • common issues people face with persistent concussion symptoms
  • how to manage ongoing symptoms
Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic Exercise

There are many benefits to engaging in appropriate aerobic exercise after brain injury. Research has indicated that people report fewer cognitive, physical, and emotional issues. They also tend to feel healthier and more engaged in life.

  • runs 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes
  • individual exercise plans are tracked
  • must have a physician's consent

Read the research on the parameters of our exercise program.

Group Programs: Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Take part in a gentle, restorative yoga practice.

  • no previous experience necessary
  • movements adapted to meet post-injury needs
  • class takes place in a large quiet space at the BrainTrust office
  • yoga mats available; small class size
  • improve flexibility and balance, quiet the mind, enhance mood
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A consistent mindfulness practice can increase self-awareness, social skills, and memory. It can also decrease anxiety and worry.

  • how and why to apply mindfulness in daily life
  • explore calming visualization techniques
  • mix of silent and guided meditation
Group Programs: Cooking


Learn/re-learn how to prepare simple, healthy meals that follow the Canada Food Guide. 

  • healthy and inexpensive menu planning
  • making nutritious choice
  • shopping tips and budgeting
  • safe food preparation
Brain Jam Session

Brain Jam

Anyone with an interest in music is welcome to attend - no musical experience necessary.

  • playing instruments, singing, songwriting
  • sharing enjoyment in music with others
  • fun way to relieve stress and uplift mood
Group Programs: Leisure Club

Leisure Club

Social outings in the community accompanied by a BrainTrust Community Support Facilitator. Examples include:

  • movies
  • bowling
  • hiking
  • attending a community based cultural event

We also offer Life Skills Support

We offer assistance in many areas of post-injury life.