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 info@braintrustcanada.com 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

In-Person Groups

Group Program: Return to Balance
Kelowna

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
Kelowna

Art

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
Cognitive and Social Enhancement
Vernon

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
Kelowna

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

One-to-One Programs

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Kelowna and Vernon

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
Group Programs: Substance Use and Brain Injury
Kelowna

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'
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.