This book is one of very few books on the topic of family adaptation and relationships after brain injury. It is an important topic because of the unique impact that such a trauma can have on families. Whether professionals are working in the community doing home visits, or working in rehabilitation and care settings where family members visit, the issues are important t just to help family members cope in adverse conditions but also to improve outcomes for the people with brain-injuries.This book will be of value to all health and social care practitioners working in the field of brain injury and chronic illness (e.g. physicians, clinical psychologists, neuro-psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, nurses).
Dr Ceri Bowen is former International Fellow - working with families - in the Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation and is based at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London. Trained as Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapy Practitioner, he has previously worked in Community Neuro-rehabilitation and in numerous Family Therapy Clinics. Ceri is also occasional lecturer at Brunel and Roehampton Universities; founder of a special interest group for rehabilitation professionals working with families in brain injury; and on the advisory board for a major SDO project about the implementation of the NSF for long-term conditions (co-ordinated by the SPRU at York University). Dr Giles Yeates is principal clinical neuropsychologist and also a couples psychotherapist at the Community Head Injury Service, Aylesbury. His clinical work involves psychological therapy and cognitive rehabilitation with survivors of brain injury in individual and group formats. In addition he works within the family service to provide couples and family sessions, including work with child relatives. Dr Yeates is also an active researcher and author within the areas of social neuroscience, interpersonal relationships, neuropsychoanalysis, social context, psychological therapies and qualitative research following brain injury. Dr Siobhan Palmer is a clinical psychologist based at Kerwin Court, West Sussex, part of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. Having qualified from University of Surrey in 2005, specialising in neuropsychology and systemic approaches to therapy, Siobhan then worked at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for three and a half years where she developed interests of working with adjustment, awareness and cognition within a relational context. She completed the diploma in clinical neuropsychology during 2009, from the University of Glasgow. Her interest in the interplay between emotion, cognition and social context continues in her work at Kerwin Court with adults with acquired brain injury and their families.