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New TBI Research Projects Following NIDRR Grant

The Brain Injury Family Intervention began 10 years ago as a “local project” that was funded by a federal grant called the “TBI Model Systems” grant. This year, a team led by Drs. Jeffrey Kreutzer & David Cifu of VCU has once again been awarded the prestigious NIDRR (National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research) TBI Model Systems grant. The grant provides funding for 5 years in excess of 2 million dollars to institutions which have the ability to provide a “model system of care” for TBI survivors and their families. The Model Systems grants allow institutions with stellar clinical care facilities to collect extensive data on outcomes after brain injury by following survivors longitudinally for up to 20 years. Additionally, the award will allow Dr. Kreutzer and his team to begin two local TBI research projects which are also funded through this grant. The two upcoming projects include the Therapeutic Couples Intervention (TCI) and the Resilience and Adjustment Intervention for Survivors (RAI). The TCI demonstrates VCU’s evolving and ongoing commitment to family-focused research after brain injury, and will join the BIFI as a featured focus of the TBIFamilyResearch website over the next 5 years.

TCI: Led by Dr. Emilie Godwin, the Therapeutic Couples Intervention (TCI) investigation will study the effectiveness of a manualized 5 or 6 session therapy program designed to assist couples after TBI. Like the BIFI, the TCI is founded on a Curriculum-Based (C-B) approach which provides psychoeducation, skill building, and support. The TCI integrates materials from the BIFI which have been particularly useful for couples, while adding new materials designed explicitly to meet challenges specific to couples. Topics which will be covered in marital therapy sessions as part of the TCI curriculum include:

**What is normal for brain injury? Common problems after TBI
** How are we different now? Common relationship changes after TBI
** Communicating in a ‘new’ relationship
** Managing stress effectively
** Setting reasonable goals
** Solving problems effectively
** Establishing emotional intimacy
** Renewing physical intimacy
**Parenting 101: parenting education and skills (optional material for couples who are parents)
** Parenting after TBI: Common hurdles to effective parenting (optional material for couples who are parents)
** Taking care of yourself and your relationship
**Focusing on gains and looking forward

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1 comment (Add your own)

1. Patrik Samdas wrote:
Suffered a sever TBI 3 years ago in bicycle accident. Married for 15 years, no kids, have experienced relationship challenges post accident. Lives in Charlottesville. Would prefer if sessions that are late afternoon (or even early evening).

Mon, March 17, 2014 @ 2:40 PM

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