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Life After Brain Injury

Life After Brain Injury presents its

2015 Brain

Injury Retreat

for survivors and family caregivers

 

New format! Daytime only

Saturday, March 28th,  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 29th,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Text Box: Two days of workshops, fun activities and camaraderie in an atmosphere of belonging and acceptance.

$60 for Saturday (includes lunch and dinner)

$40 for Sunday (includes brunch)

$90 for both days



To register, or to inquire about scholarships, call


805-490-8211 or email us at info@LifeAfterBrainInjury.org.





Life After Brain Injury’s 2015 Brain Injury Retreat


Workshop Descriptions


    Workshops are Tentative and Subject to Change.


 


 

Life After Brain Injury is an Independent-Living based organization. Our mission is to support brain injury survivors’ efforts to be as self-reliant as possible while helping them maximize their potential and enjoy a meaningful, satisfying life.

The Independent Living philosophy was born of the Disability Rights Movement in the 1960s. It affirms that people with disabilities deserve the same rights and opportunities as anyone. These include the opportunity to live, work, shop and play where they choose, instead of having to live in an institution.

  


 


 


SATURDAY


 


8:15 to 8:45, Cafeteria


Check In


 


9:00, Wapner Room


   Brain Injury: The Basics


presented by Cherie Phoenix, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Life After Brain Injury   


Learn how…


  • to decrease your mental and physical fatigue;

  • your brain injury affects your abilities and your behavior;

      to curb your anger before you blow, and get along better with others;

  • you can improve your short-term memory using practical, tactical tools and strategies.


 


10:00, Molle Library     


Psycho-education around Depression


presented by Marcela Malcolm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist;


Kaiser Permanente


Cultivating and strengthening your capabilities, resources and coping skills can contribute to your mental health and well-being.


 


10:00, Wapner Room


Tai Chi


presented by David Chang


The art of Tai Chi is excellent for strengthening your core and improving your balance. This workshop is accessible – that is, everyone will be able to do and enjoy Tai Chi at their own level according to their own abilities.


 


11:00, Molle Library     


Self-Care for Caregivers Dealing with Depression


For caregivers only.


presented by Marcela Malcolm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Kaiser Permanente


 


11:00, Wapner Room


Living with Hope After a Brain Injury


presented by Tonia Wittkower, MA in special education; motivational speaker;


brain injury survivor

 


Tonia tells her life story about sustaining a TBI in the 1980s, before the Independent Living Philosophy and brain injury recovery were better understood. Luckily, her family and her college friends intuitively formed a strong support system that allowed her to complete school and create a new life for herself.


 


12:00, Cafeteria


Lunch


 


12:00, Behind the cafeteria, against the grassy hill


Group Photograph




1:15, Wapner Room


Problem-Solving


presented by Marc Christiansen,  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; professor, Santa Monica Community College; and brain injury survivor

Yes, problem-solving is a teachable skill! Learn how you can improve your ability in this area.


 


2:00,  Cafeteria      


Creative Self-Expression through Arts and Crafts


presented by Nan Young, founder of Art Trek, a nonprofit that brings art to schools and promotes a creative mindset

Make personal works of art to take home with you.


 


2:15,  Wapner Room     


Improving your Overall Social Skills


presented by psychologist Dr. Steven Graff, Tri-Counties Regional Center


Making and keeping friends, and recognizing and changing or avoiding inappropriate behaviors both in public and with your friends and family. 




3:15, Wapner Room      


Improving your Romantic Social Skills, or


“Avoiding the Friend Zone”


presented by psychologist Dr. Steven Graff, Tri-Counties Regional Center


Learn how to:


  know when someone is interested in you;


  attract someone to yourself;


  successfully interact with a potential boyfriend or girlfriend;


  keep the romance going in an existing relationship.


 


4:30, Molle Library       


Employment readiness


presented by Janet Stuhr, Department of Rehabilitation 

 


Think you’re ready to work again? Learn…


  • what kind of assessments you may be asked to do;

  • what a vocational counselor does;

  • how the Department of Rehabilitation works;

  • what programs are out there to help you become employed.


 


4:30, Wapner Room      


Yoga


presented by Glenn Crocker, Registered Yoga Teacher, Agoura Power of Yoga


Yoga is a wonderful way to find inner peace while improving your flexibility and strength. “Accessible” yoga means there will be something for everybody, at each person’s individual level, according to their own abilities.  You don’t have to stand; many yoga moves can be done in a chair or wheelchair.


 


5:30, Cafeteria


Dinner


 


6:45, Wapner Room      


BBC2 Documentary, “L.A. Stories:  End of Life”


 


This one-hour film by television journalist Louis Theroux follows three people who have a terminal disease or condition as they fight to stay alive. One of them sustained a brain injury. His family’s faith kept them strong and confident that their loved one would one day come out of his coma.  (Includes Q and A afterward.)



SUNDAY


 


8:15 to 8:45, Cafeteria


Check In


 


9:00, Wapner Room           


Control Your Brain Injury, Don’t Let It Control You


presented by Cherie Phoenix, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Life After Brain Injury  


Have you ever wondered, “Who is this ‘new me’?” and “Why can’t I move on after my brain injury?” You must first make peace with your impairments, and then you can reinvent yourself. This workshop teaches a home-based approach to recovery based on an alliance formed among survivor, caregiver / family, and therapist / educator.


 


10:00, Molle Library     


Living a Differently Abled Life


presented by Carol Leish, MA; ADA motivational speaker; board game creator;


brain injury survivor


Carol brings a special insight to the world of disabilities because she speaks from her own experience. By workshop’s end, you will have a better understanding of what it’s like to live with dignity and know you are as good as anyone else.


 


10:00, Wapner Room   


Guided Meditation


presented by Danette Banyai, Certified Hypnotherapist

 


In this workshop, you will be verbally guided into a state of consciousness by the presenter’s voice. This process will teach you how to relax your body, clear your mind, concentrate on breathing, and focus your awareness and attention.


 


11:00, Cafeteria


Brunch


 


12:00, Behind the cafeteria, against the grassy hill


Group Photograph


 


12:00, Molle Library     


Caregiver Coping Mechanisms: Avoiding Caregiver


Burn-Out.  For caregivers only.


presented by Carolyn Kopp, MS; Family Consultant; Gerontologist; Coast Caregiver Resource Center


California Resource Centers serve families and caregivers of adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions including stroke and TBI. They provide core services ranging from counseling and care planning to legal/financial consulting and respite, at low or no cost.

 


12:00, Wapner Room   


Improving your Memory


presented by Cherie Phoenix, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Life After Brain Injury


Learn how to use tools and strategies to compensate for a poor memory.


 

1:00, Molle Library


Caregivers’ Support Meeting.  For caregivers only.  


facilitated by Carolyn Kopp, MS; Family Consultant; Gerontologist; Coast Caregiver Resource Center


California Resource Centers serve families and caregivers of adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions including stroke and TBI. They provide core services ranging from counseling and care planning to legal/financial consulting and respite, at low or no cost.



1:0, Wapner Room 


Survivors’ support meeting.  For survivors only.


facilitated by Ryan Needham, peer counselor, Life After Brain Injury; brain injury survivor, and


Cherie Phoenix, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Life After Brain Injury


 

2:30, Wapner Room      


Exercises for Cognitive Enhancement


presented by Cherie Phoenix, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Life After Brain Injury  


 


Help your brain thrive by providing it with the Big Three: proper nutrition, mental and physical exercise, and sleep. Are you getting enough of each? Start by getting your mental workout here!


 


3:15, Cafeteria       


Prize Drawing


Must be present to win.




Life After Brain Injury is a nonprofit organization where survivors are encouraged to participate, belong, and grow. We are an Independent Living-based organization and provide free support services to the brain injury community in and around Ventura County, California.


We invite you to attend one of our many support meetings or social activities and experience the sense of community and belonging we are known for.


Or make an appointment to meet, one-on-one, with our Director to discuss any unmet needs you might have, or to identify goals you'd like to reach in the future.


Meet one of our amazing friends Troy and hear him tell his story in the video below.
We've had our first donation! The vehicle sold for $1,825 and Life After Brain Injury will receive $1,278 of that! Thank you, kind donor!
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