Handbook of Holistic Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: Outpatient Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jun 24, 2011 - Psychology - 160 pages
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This clinical guide is the culmination of over three decades of experience in neuropsychological rehabilitation of individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Developed by the experts at the world-renowned Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at New York University Medical Center's Rusk Institute, this text emphasizes the interdependence of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functions in the human brain. The book articulates the holistic rationale of rehabilitation in a therapeutic community setting, pioneered by Kurt Goldstein. The text is accompanied by five DVDs of edited video clips that illustrate the key organizational, programmatic, and therapeutic clinical procedures that have proven so effective in optimizing the functional competence of brain-injured persons. Written in a conversational and instructional tone, the book will be of interest to senior administrators and professionals at neurorehabilitation centers, as well as psychologists and neuropsychologists in private practice or working in hospital-based program settings.

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So a google-book or e-book download of this wouldn't be worthwhile, as one of the key resources in this volume are the collection of DVDs that give an insight into the way that Ben-Yishay and team operate.
As the Clinical Manager of a UK holistic neuropsychological rehabilitation programme, I was really excited to get a copy of this book and DVD set. It's my 10th year in this job at the Oliver Zangwill Centre and the challenge of providing rehabilitation for this niche of patients remains as fresh and exciting and challenging as it was the day I arrived. This volume gives welcome insights into the way they do things in Rusk. The text is clearly written and links with the DVDs.
One of the chapters is about the role of international visitors to the programme. They actively use the presence of visitors for a "halo" effect (Chapter 7) - the international reputation of the programme attracts visitors so they actively use the visits to engage their clients ("trainees") - to ask the visitors about their impression of the programme, to foster "...the "esprit de corps" of the trainees and their feeling that they belong to an "elite" group of rehabilitants" (p102)
I think the DVDs could have benefited from a little more editing, polish and commentary.
Much as I have always hoped to have chance to visit other Rehab Centres like this, work pressures prevent this, but this book surely goes a long way to saving the need to visit - it provides an in depth rationale for their work and illustrates the way they do it. I'd say it is now essential reading before a visit, if indeed a visit remains necessary once you have read this volume and watched the DVDs that collectively provide insight into the way these experts runs their programme.
The work of generalising to your setting remains the work you would need to do!


Chapter 1 Evolution of Psychological Interventions in Rehabilitation
Chapter 2 Essentials of Holistic Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Chapter 3 Elements of a Treatment Cycle
Chapter 4 Assembling and Training the Professional Staff
Chapter 5 Identifying and Assessing Potential Program Trainees
Chapter 6 Starting a Treatment Cycle
Chapter 7 Exploiting the Halo Effects from Professional Visits
Chapter 8 Fostering Awareness and SelfUnderstanding
Chapter 9 Facilitating Compensation in the Cognitive Domains of Functioning
Chapter 10 Contributions of Significant Others
Chapter 11 Managing Interferences with the Treatment Process
Chapter 12 Questions We Are Frequently Asked

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Yehuda Ben-Yishay, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University School of Medicine

Leonard Diller, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Chief of Behavioral Sciences at New York University Medical Center

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