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Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance Support Group on Dec 17th

Hello all,

I hope you’re all staying warm!

We normally meet the 4th Wednesday of every month, but the 4th Wednesday of December is Christmas Eve and I know that many of you might be busy. To accommodate for this, I’ve re-scheduled our December meeting:

Where:12550 Aurora Ave N, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98133
Date: Wednesday, December 17th
Time: 6-7:30
Parking: please park in the lot, below/behind PROVAIL

If you are able, please come at any time.

Additionally, I would love to meet any or all of you for coffee/tea and a walk. I will be at Zoka Coffee by Green Lake (2200 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103) on Saturday, December 13th at 12:30pm. Weather-permitting, I will walk down to Green Lake around 1pm. If the weather isn’t welcoming, I will stay at Zoka until 1:30pm. Please feel free to join me!

I would love to see you all before the holidays!

Best,

Natasha

HeadStrong Mentor Training at UPS on 11/18 – “Identity & Meaningful Projects”

REGISTER HERE For: HeadStrong for Mentor Training for Brain Injury – “Identity & Meaningful Projects”

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma – Tuesday November 18th – 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Register as a professional, person living with brain injury, family member, or volunteer. Full scholarships also available.
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for rehabilitation professionals available.

HeadStrong’s Mentor Training Program is excellent for professionals, family members, caregivers, tutors, students, and people living with brain injury. The Mentor Trainings are designed to help people be empowering supports to people living with brain injury.

In the Mentor Training – Identity & Meaningful Projects we present the first two key modules of our training.

* Rebuilding Identity after brain injury;
* Design meaningful projects and activities

We explore the importance of social identity and engagement in personally meaningful projects and activities. We will work in small groups on exercises to recognize a person’s desired identity and plan meaningful projects.
We provide a Mentor Training Manual with all training materials and handouts.
Supper & beverages included.

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Comments on the Mentor Training:

“All of the information was incredibly useful…”
“Visually Appealing… detailed and cutting edge…”
“Great Sensitivity and inclusive language…”
“’Rebuilding Identity’ and ‘Conflict Resolution’ were so helpful.”
“Liked the group work because it gets everyone on the team on the same page.”

Check out the Youth & Mentor Stories. Mentoring is a traditional way societies pass on knowledge and skills, working side by side and setting positive examples. Anyone can use mentoring skills, whether you are a parent, family member, caregiver, teacher, tutor, or other professional.

For More Information or Scholarships, Contact:
Desiree Douglass, HeadStrong
dld@headstrongforlife.org
360-220-1422
www.headstrongforlife.org

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The Mood Meter App Is Here – Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a Mood Meter Application

How are you feeling, really…?
Tell your Mood Meter mobile app exactly how you feel and build emotional intelligence that lasts a lifetime.

Expand your emotional vocabulary – Discover the nuances in your feelings.
Gain insights about your inner life – Learn what’s causing your feelings over time.
Regulate your feelings – Use effective strategies to help you regulate your feelings: enhance the way you manage your life each day.
Remember to check in with yourself – Use reminders to check-in on your feelings throughout the day.
View your report – Learn how your feelings are affecting your decisions, relationships, and performance.

Learn More about the Mood Meter Here!

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HeadStrong Mentor Training at BEST on 10/29 – “Identity & Meaningful Projects”

Join HeadStrong for Mentor Training for Brain Injury – “Identity & Meaningful Projects”

Brain Energy Support Team, Tacoma – Wednesday, October 29th – 5:00 to 9:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

The HeadStrong Mentor Training Program is designed to train professionals, family members, caregivers, tutors, and anyone living or working with people who live with brain injury. Mentoring is a traditional way societies pass on knowledge by working side by side and setting a positive example. This training will help you reach your potential to be an empowering support person.

The Mentor Training includes four training modules:
*  Identity After Brain Injury
*  Meaningful Projects & Activities
*  Positive Behavior Supports
*  Conflict Resolution

In each module we explore the concepts and learn practical skills to empower ourselves and people living with brain injury. We explore the role of social identity in rebuilding life after brain injury; design meaningful projects and activities, learn skills for positive behavior supports, and practice communication tools that build trust during conflict resolution. We provide a binder with all training materials and handouts to use in your work or home setting.

In this training at BEST we will cover the first two modules:”Identity after Injury & Meaningful Projects and Activities.

We will offer trainings in the last two modules: Positive Behavior Supports & Conflict Resolution in January 2015.

See our “Mentor Training” page on our website:
or contact Desiree Douglass at dld@headstrongforlife.org or 360-220-1422.

Comments on the Mentor Training:
“All of the information was incredibly useful…”
“Visually Appealing… detailed and cutting edge…”
Great Sensitivity and inclusive language
“Rebuilding Identity” and “Conflict Resolution” were so helpful
“Liked the group because it gets everyone on the team on the same page”

Mentoring is a traditional way societies pass on knowledge and skills, working side by side and setting positive examples. Anyone can use mentoring skills, whether you are a parent, family member, caregiver, teacher, tutor, or other professional.

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HeadStrong/BICA Fall Caregiver Dinner- Seattle

HeadStrong/BICA Fall Caregiver Dinner- Seattle

WHEN: Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WHERE: Bahama Breeze
15700 Southcenter Pkwy Tukwila, WA 98188

Happy Fall Everyone!
We have had the most wonderful summer I can remember here in the lovely PNW. In August, we had a great picnic with BEST at Dash Point State Park and in October we had a fabulous time co-hosting with Seattle Children’s and BIAWA at Camp Korey’s Family Fall Fun Day.

It’d be great to get all of us parents and caregivers together for our fall caregiver dinner at Bahama Breeze at Southcenter Mall.

We often have a topic for our dinners and would love to hear your interests. Just post a note in the comments section if there is a topic you would us to highlight. If we don’t get any specific requests, our topic for our Fall Dinner will be “Planting Seeds for Success – Education and Vocation Resources”.

We hope to see you at Bahama Breeze!

HeadStrong and Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance

360-220-1422

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Camp Korey Fall Family Fun Day coming October 4th for youth ages 5 – 17 living with brain injury

Fall Family Fun Day coming October 4th at Camp Korey for youth ages 5 – 17 living with brain injury and families. Family Fall Fun Day is an opportunity for youth to drop in and bust out at the beautiful Camp Korey in Carnation, WA! Camp counselors lead dynamic choices that provide something for everyone – whether that’s making new friends, playing silly games, or creating something amazing, and definitely having a good time!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014
1:00 – 5:00 PM

CAMP KOREY
28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd.
Carnation, WA 98014

To RSVP or for more
Information, please contact:
Rachel Harmon
(206) 987-4265
rachel.harmon@seattlechildrens.org

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Share Your Thoughts about Sexuality & Dating after Brain Injury?

Would you Share Your Thoughts about Sexuality & Dating after Brain Injury?

We are two University of Puget Sound graduate occupational therapy students developing a resource manual about social, emotional, and physical issues related to sexuality and dating after brain injury.

We would love to hear from both males and females with TBI between the ages of 14-30, who are verbal and mobile in the community. We would sincerely appreciate input from family members as well.

Please contact us if you are willing to share your thoughts, concerns, and/or experiences.

Contact:

Lauren Rollins

lmoret@pugetsound.edu

Or

Libby Herriot

lherriot@pugetsound.edu

or

Leave a message at 253.879.3532 and we will call you right back.

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