Traumatic Brain Injury
People with brain injuries have a new resource to help them overcome barriers to employment.
SCVRD’s Brain Injury Program was developed in cooperation with the Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Roger C. Peace Hospital in Greenville and the SC Brain Injury Alliance.
Implemented in September 2004 at SCVRD’s Center for Comprehensive Programs in West Columbia, the Brain Injury Program helps individuals identify barriers to employment and develops behavioral and compensatory strategies to improve their work-related performance.
All participants receive a comprehensive evaluation, including vocational and psychological assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional guidance, and exercise and fitness instruction. Based on the results of the evaluation as well as feedback from the individual and the family, a behavioral management and vocational plan is developed to address behavioral and cognitive limitations.
Individual and group therapy sessions develop awareness of the participant’s limitations and provide an opportunity to apply and practice compensatory strategies. Session topics include discussion and practice on adjustment to disability, problem solving, anger and stress management, social support, goal setting, memory strategies and substance abuse counseling.
SCVRD’s Lexington Work Training Center plays a key role in the program. Participants perform actual work tasks in a production-oriented environment under the close supervision of a job coach. The job coach helps participants learn work tasks, adjust to the work requirements and apply appropriate compensatory strategies. Clients and team members meet weekly to discuss the work experience, identify areas for improvement and plan for additional needs.
A program manager oversees client participation, conducts career assessment and exploration, and coordinates family and team meetings. The program manager also serves as a link between the client and the local VR office to ensure that services continue without interruption when the client returns home.
Additional team members include a psychologist, a neuropsychologist, an occupational therapist, a registered nurse, a job coach and a rehabilitation engineer.
For more information
Contact SCVRD’s Evaluation Center at 803-896-6040.