Contemporary Perspectives is the first book to address social work practice in the field of brain injury (BI). Contributions are written by social work authors from around the world, and highlight the diversity of social work practice and theory within this field. Chapters range from practice spanning interventions with families caring for a child with BI; interventions to assist the adjustment of families facing the challenge of supporting an adult relative with BI during the inpatient rehabilitation or post-acute community phase; work with parents with BI who are caring for children deemed to be at risk; and a literature review outlining the impact of a BI on siblings. Other chapters detail a program for self-advocacy; investigate the impact of violence-related BI; evaluate a peer-support program for people with BI; report on the role of support people in facilitating return to work after BI; and examine the role of social work within the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team.
The volume highlights the valuable role social work makes to the field of BI and contributes to the knowledge base informing evidence-informed practice within this field.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Contemporary Perspectives on Social Work in Acquired Brain Injury 1. Family Forward: Promoting Family Adaptation Following Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury 2. Self-Advocacy for Independent Life: A Program for Personal Self Advocacy after Brain Injury 3. Describing an Early Social Work Intervention Program for Families after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury 4. Acquired Brain Injury, Parenting, Social Work, and Rehabilitation: Supporting Parents to Support Their Children 5. Mindful Connections: The Role of a Peer Support Group on the Psychosocial Adjustment for Adults Recovering From Brain Injury 6. Holding Resilience in Trust: Working Systemically With Families Following an Acquired Brain Injury 7. Brain Injury as the Result of Violence: A Systematic Scoping Review 8. A Clarion Call for Social Work Attention: Brothers and Sisters of Persons With Acquired Brain Injury in the United States 9. Support Persons’ Perceptions of Giving Vocational Rehabilitation Support to Clients With Acquired Brain Injury in Sweden 10. Social Workers’ Perceived Role Clarity as Members of an Interdisciplinary Team in Brain Injury Settings
Grahame K. Simpson is an Associate Professor at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, Sydney, Australia, where he leads the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group. He has over 30 years practice and research experience in brain injury rehabilitation and is founding co-convenor of the International Network of Social Workers in Acquired Brain Injury.
Francis Yuen is a Social Work Professor at California State University, Sacramento, USA. He has published widely and served as the editor for the Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation since 2003. He has been a principal investigator, evaluator, and trainer for national and local service organizations.