VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Family Support Research

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Division of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology

 

BRAIN INJURY FAMILY SUPPORT

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation believes in resilience promotion through whole family support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our research, publications, trainings, and clinical services are geared toward promoting a whole family, resilient response following brain injury.

Based on decades of research, we have developed a comprehensive approach to supporting survivors of TBI and their family members. The Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) is a mainstay of our research program and is designed to address the emotional, behavioral, relational, and cognitive challenges that can arise after TBI. As a result of the success of the BIFI, we have now also developed the Resilience and Adjustment Intervention (RAI) for individual survivors, and the Therapeutic Couples Intervention (TCI) for couples adjusting to one partner’s TBI. All of our interventions use the Curriculum-Based (C-B) model of combining psychological support, psychoeducation, and skills development to promote resilient family healing after brain injury.

 

Upcoming Events

Current Psychotherapy Research Programs 

VCU is proud to announce two ongoing research projects for TBI survivors and family members. Drawing from the success of the BIFI, the RAI (Resilience & Adjustment Intervention) and the TCI (Therapeutic Couples Intervention) are both based on the Curriculum Based (C-B) framework that guided the BIFI. Additionally, both interventions infuse topics that were key to BIFI efficacy. To learn more about the RAI, please click here. To learn more about the TCI, please click here. Clinicians who would like to refer a TBI survivor to the RAI or a TBI survivor and their spouse / partner to the TCI, please complete a referral form (accessible here) specifying the program of interest and fax to the number indicated.

Customized BIFI Training

Virginia Commonwealth University proudly offers customized BIFI trainings for organizations and / or practitioner groups interested in integrating the BIFI into their practice. Customized trainings are available internationally. Click here for more information.

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)