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 firstname.lastname@example.org with an inquiries.
Current Group Programs
Online | Kelowna clients
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
Online | Vernon and Kelowna Clients
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
Online | Kelowna clients
Caregiver support group facilitated by a clinical counsellor providing tools for taking care of yourself as you care for another.
- must be a caregiver of someone with a brain injury
- able to provide support for caregivers from the comfort of their homes
- peer mentoring and connection, along with tools for healing
- can be offered in one-to-one sessions where needed
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
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
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'
Kelowna and Vernon
Stretching in the Park
Gentle stretching in the park
- range of motion exercises on socially distanced yoga mats in the park
- gentle stretching to ease back into movement after isolation
- Kelowna Group A: Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30am at the base of Knox Mountain
- Kelowna Group B: Wednesday 1-2pm at the base of Knox Mountain
- Vernon Group: Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am in Polson Park
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
- Summer dates: June 29th, July 27th, and August 24th from 1-3pm
Previous Group Programs | Due to COVID-19 some of our programs are on hold
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
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
- how to manage ongoing symptoms
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.
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
Walking can help improve brain function as well as general health, balance, and coordination.
- meets weekly at Polson Park
- connect the with great outdoors
- build relationships with others on a similar path
- relieve stress; uplift mood
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
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
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
Social outings in the community accompanied by a BrainTrust Community Support Facilitator. Examples include:
- attending a community based cultural event