Brain Injury Day Treatment Program
In this intensive, five-month-long day treatment program, patients undergo treatment as part of a therapeutic community. The program serves adults from the ages of 18 to 65 who have mild to severe acquired brain injuries due to various causes—including open and closed head injuries, strokes, aneurysms, tumors, and encephalopathy. Participants are required to attend five hours of treatment daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. The program runs for a 20-week cycle, covering 400 hours of treatment in total. Because of these time demands, we recommend that individuals wait to start the program until several months to several years after the initial injury or illness, when they are living in the community. There are two treatment cycles per year—from September through February and from March through July—and three phases of treatment: intensive remedial, pre-vocational/work trial, and follow-up. Important: All participants must be capable of voluntarily committing to the 20-week cycle, and have a significant other (spouse, parent, or sibling) who is willing to become a partner in the rehabilitation process.
The program’s therapeutic community assists in each patient’s rehabilitation by providing a safe, structured environment that is optimal for learning new skills, and by providing a supportive peer group where participants can interact to modify problematic behaviors, build empathy, practice new compensatory skills and develop realistic expectations for future progress. The involvement of patients’ significant others is required in order to successfully transfer the skills and strategies learned in the program to the patient’s everyday life.
The program’s staff consists of licensed psychologists and a vocational rehabilitation therapist, with a patient-to-staff ratio of 2 to 1. Fees for assessment and treatment are available upon request. Help in finding accommodations is also available for patients from out of state or abroad.