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Results from the BIFI Training sessions are in! 

Training consisted of a two day program which was conducted between 2009-2011 with a total of 219 rehabilitation professionals.

 

Participants completed self-evaluations pre- and post-training relating to the following issues:
1. Knowledge about impact of ABI (after brain injury) on families.
2. Familiarity with theoretical models of post-ABI family intervention.
3. Self-confidence in assessment and intervention skills.
4. Possession of tools to work effectively with families after ABI.
5. Confidence in skills required to address complex familysituations.

 

The workshops provided a forum for sharing knowledge and expertise locally, nationally and internationally to enhance capacity in the ABI system. 219 professionals from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Brazil, and Sweden have learned about implementation of BIFI or BIFI-A and ways of enhancing their family intervention skills. The 2-day Brain Injury Family Intervention Training resulted in statistically significant improvements in participants’ knowledge, confidence, and skills in working effectively with families after ABI. These workshops exemplify the integration of research, education and knowledge translation to enhance clinical care for clients with ABI and their families.

 

For the full results and outcomes, click here.

 

 

Staten Island, New York BIFI Training Feedback

September 12-13th, 2011

The invited BIFI training in Staten Island, NY on September 12th-13th, 2011 was a great success. Feedback from participants was very positive. Dr. Jeff Kreutzer and Dr. Emilie Godwin were evaluated according to their presentations' clarity, relevance, audiovisual incorporation, and implementation of learning objectives. Below you will find a table reflecting participants' feedback and analysis of presenters and the overall training.


 

 

According to participants, some of the best aspects of the training were:

  • The structured and well defined practical framework presented in an clear fashion
  • Case studies, BIFI model, and research tables
  • The knowledge base of the speakers and the information they provided
  • Proof that emotional challenges seem bigger and harder to manage than physical ones
  • Emphasis on the flexibility of the program with the encouragement to apply it creatively and adapt it to ones own setting.

The most important things attendees learned at the training included:

  • Importance of the family as a “unit” and the influence of TBI on the entire unit
  • Using a structured program improves effectiveness and efficiency
  • Important aspects of a person’s life that needs to be taken care of post TBI
  • Understanding what surviving families are going through and how to relate to them
Here are some direct quotes from the participants:
  • "Dr. Kreutzer and Dr. Godwin are both obviously passionate about the information they are providing.”
  • "It was an incredible conference and I would definitely come to another one!"

 

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia BIFI Training Feedback

March 28 - 29th, 2011

The recent BIFI training in Halifax Nova Scotia was a great success. Below you will find tables and graphs reflecting participants' feedback and analysis of presenters. The BIFI team is extremely satisfied and is looking forward to upcoming events.

Participant Self Evaluations Pre and Post BIFI

Participants were asked to rate their understanding of BIFI ideas before and after the training according to the five questions listed below (*note question numbers correspond to x axis).  Respondents answered on a 10 point Likert scale, with "1" being "not at all" and "10" being "extremely."

 

Questions:

  1. I am knowledgeable about the impact of ABI on families
  2. I am familiar with different theoretical models of family intervention after ABI
  3. I feel confident about my assessment and intervention skills with families after ABI
  4. I have the tools to work effectively with families after ABI
  5. I feel equipped to deal with complex family situations after ABI

      ONE DAY BIFI TRAINING                             TWO DAY BIFI TRAINING

Presenter Evaluations

Mean scores of presenter evaluations are shown in the chart below, where 1 = poor and 5 = outstanding.

 

TRAINING DAY ONE                                                                 

TRAINING DAY TWO

Comments

Some of the best aspects of the training were:

  • "Very clear and informative presentations; very organized"
  • "Provided lots of information, helpful handouts, measures, good case studies"
  • "Team technique- different perspectives from each presenter"
  • "The warmth and authenticity and passion of the invited speakers- their extensive collective knowledge, as well as the case presentations and the detailed handouts"

Some of the most important things learned from the trainings were:

  • The BIFI itself
  • Practice strategies to use immediately with families
  • "CBT, family systems, and solution focused methods DO have relevance to TBI and those living with and supporting those with TBI"
  • Research review, recent findings

General Comments:

  • "This has been a truly excellent workshop. The presenters have excellent material, and a good sense of presentation. This will all be very useful in my practice, not only with TBI patients, but with all patients and family members"
  • "Great combination of presenters. I would recommend this conference to anybody working with clients with a mental and physical health problem"

 

 

 


 

Harrisonburg, VA  BIFI Training Feedback

January 12-14th, 2011

 

The invited BIFI training in Harrisonburg, VA on January 12th-14th, 2011 was a great success. Feedback from participants was very positive. Dr. Jeff Kreutzer and Dr. Emilie Godwin were evaluated according to their presentations' clarity, relevance, audiovisual incorporation, and implementation of learning objectives. On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being "poor" and 5 being "outstanding," both presenters received marks of 4.25 and above. Several measures had an impressive average rating of "5."

 

According to participants, some of the best aspects of the training were:

  • The knowledge and experience of the presenters, as well as their clear presentation style
  • Network opportunities
  • Handouts, notebook, and tools to use in practice
  • Real-world examples in clinical practice
  • Background research on TBI, videos of implementation of the BIFI, and case examples to give a clear picture of the complexities of serving the client population

Here are some direct quotes from the participants:

  • "Dr. Kreutzer and Dr. Godwin are excellent at their presentations and keep it fresh and alive and realistic."
  • "[the presentations were]" upbeat, moved at a reasonable pace, and covered a wide range of material on the subject."

 

 

 

 


 

 

William & Mary BIFI Training Feedback

November 2nd and 3rd, 2010

 

Attendees were asked to complete a survey regarding their understanding of TBI intervention before and after the conference. The graph below displays the average responses for the five questions, each of which were answered on a 10 point scale, with 10 indicating "extrememly" and 1 indicating "not at all." The differences in the pre and post survey responses indicated statistically significant improved understanding of concepts related to TBI intervention.

 

Question 1: I am knowledgeable about the impact of TBI on families

Question 2: I am familiar with different theoretical models of family interventions

Question 3: I feel confident about my assessment and intervention skills with families after TBI

Question 4: I have the tools to work effectively with families after TBI

Question 5: I feel equipped to deal with complex family situations after TBI

 

 

Day 1 Evaluations:

                                                                                                                            

Mean scores of presenter evaluations are shown in the chart above, where 1 = poor and 5 = outstanding. Free response questions were also included. Common themes in free-response comments are listed below. 

 

The most important things attendees learned at the training included:

  • TBI's extent of impact on the family system
  • Long term effects of TBI on the family
  • Family system approach to brain injury

Some of the best aspects of the training were: 

  • Comments and discussions between the participants and presenters
  • Meeting others with different perspectives
  • Knowledge of family systems theory and family centered therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 Evaluations:

                                                                                                                                              

The most important things attendees learned at day 2 of the training were:

  • BIFI application
  • Communication tips; one attendee noted "communication is the biggest area of disagreement for TBI survivors and their caregivers"

Some of the best aspects of the training were:

  • Training materials, including worksheets, charts, and videos; one attendee noted "you get a sense of how the intervention works, what it looks like, and might feel like when implemented/delivered"
  • Pace
  • The combination of lectures and video examples