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Social Communication after Brain Injury City Health

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Course overview

This course plans to examine the role of project-based intervention in improving communication skills and quality of life for people with acquired brain injury (ABI).

You will review the literature in detail and describe a 6-week programme that was part of a published feasibility trial. The essential elements of this intervention will be described in detail. Goal setting will be discussed with examples of how to use Goal Attainment Scaling as an outcome to set social communication goals (within a group treatment). This course will also examine new and emerging approaches to working with social communication difficulties after TBI including, dating and sex.

You will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

  • Understand the relevant literature and essential elements of delivering project-based intervention for people with brain injury.
  • To design a project for your patients/clients that could be used to improve communication skills in people with brain injury.
  • Identify treatment outcomes that can be used to measure whether project-based intervention has been effective.
  • Be able to set social communication goals with people with brain injury and identify strategies to achieve those goals.
  • Discuss a range of intervention approaches and identify some of the barriers that may affect delivery in public and private settings.



English requirements

Proficient speaker of English



  • PowerPoint lecture;
  • Question and answer;
  • Group discussion;
  • No formal assessment

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Behn, N., Marshall, J., Togher, L., & Cruice, M (2019) Feasibility and initial efficacy of project‐based treatment for people with ABI. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 54 (3), 465-478.

Feeney TJ, Capo M. Making meaning: The use of project-based supports for individuals with brain injury. Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research. 2010;8(1):70-80.

Grant M, Ponsford J. Goal attainment scaling in brain injury rehabilitation: Strengths, limitations and recommendations for future applications. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 2014 Oct;24(5):661-77.

Togher L, Wiseman-Hakes C, Douglas J, Stergiou-Kita M, Ponsford J, Teasell R, Bayley M, Turkstra LS, Panel IE. INCOG recommendations for management of cognition following traumatic brain injury, part IV: Cognitive communication. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2014 Jul-Aug;29(4):353-68.

Module leaders

  • Dr Nicholas Behn

    Nicholas is a Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from The University of Sydney, Australia in 1999 with a BAppSc in Speech Pathology. He worked as a Speech and Language Therapist both in Australia and UK with a keen interest in working with people with neurological conditions particularly, traumatic brain injury ...