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Help Me, HelpYou: Learn how to build better relationships after brain injury
Friday, Sept. 28 – Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
C arolinas R
esearch D epartm
ent, Peggy C ook
1100 B lythe B
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Help Me, HelpYou: Learn how to build better
relationships after brain injury
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Noon – Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 401 Medical Park Drive, Concord, NC 28025
(on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast)
The Hampton Inn and Suites on 9850 Weddington Road Extension, Concord, NC, is offering a reduced conference rate for a limited number of rooms. Rooms may be booked through the hotel at 704-979-5600 or www.charlotteconcordmillssuites.hamptoninn.com (enter the conference group code CHS). Reservation requests received after Friday, Sept. 7, will be accepted on a space/rate available basis.
Sponsored by Carolinas Rehabilitation
This conference is partially supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research Grant H133A20016 through Carolinas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System.
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Relationships After Brain Injury Day 1: Identifying the Challenges
Noon - 1 p.m. Registration
1 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Relationships Matter. All relationships experience difficulty. Learn about the unique set of challenges that can occur after a brain injury.
2:20 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Under the Hood: Understanding the mechanics of relationships: Learn how you affect others and others affect you.
3:20 - 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 - 4:30 p.m. Communication Breakdown. Good communication is important for all relationships, especially during conflict. Learn about common communication problems in relationships.
4:30 - 4:40 p.m. Break
4:40 - 5:30 p.m. Goals for Maintaining and Enhancing Relationships With Others. Now that we know the challenges, how do we overcome them? Discuss goals for Day 2.
5:30 - 6 p.m. Your Time: Questions and Answers With a Panel of Experts.
Day 2: Working on the Solutions
8 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:50 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks.
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
9 a.m - 12:15 p.m. Communication in Relationships Part I: How to Communicate What You Want and Need
Session A Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time in the Right Way.
Care to Chat? Learn to state your needs in a way that you will be heard and understood by others.
Coping and Conflict Resolution. Sometimes it seems easier to be negative or to blame others. This session will teach you how to respond more positively towards others.
Session B The Role of Emotions in Communication
How Am I Feeling? Learn to be more aware of your emotions and why you feel the way you do.
Acting vs Acting Out. Learn how to deal with your emotions so that you can calmly and more effectively communicate your feelings and needs to others.
12:15 -1:30 p.m. Lunch
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
1:30 - 4:45 p.m. Communication in Relationships Part II: How to Understand What Others Want and Need
Session C Be a Better Listener.
Open Your Ears and Your Mind. Learn how to listen better so that you can be more in tune with other peoples’ needs.
Keeping the Peace in Relationships During Conflict: Listening to Others When You Are Upset Can Be Difficult. Learn how to listen better during conflict.
Session D Lost in Translation: Interpreting the Needs of Others.
Reading Between the Lines: What Are They Really Saying? Learn the skills to better understand what others are trying to say.
Reading Body Language: How Are They Really Feeling and How Should I Respond? Learn to be more aware of body language that tells us how others are feeling.
4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Your Time: Discussion, Questions and Answers With a Panel of Experts.
Samantha Backhaus, PhD Clinical Neuropsychologist, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Neuro Rehabilitation Center
Tami Guerrier, BS Carolinas Rehabilitation
Flora Hammond, MD Carolinas TBI Model System Project Director
Carolinas Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Mark Hirsch, PhD Carolinas Rehabilitation
Dawn Neumann, PhD Indiana University School of Medicine
Taryn Stajskal, PhD Wellness Strategies, PC
Theodore Tsaousides, PhD Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Registration Form • Registration deadline: Sept. 14, 2012 • $40 per person, check or money order • Everyone registered must be at least 18 years old • Limited to the first 70 to register • May register more than one participant on registration form
You will receive confirmation (email or mailed) along with directions to the conference when your registration is received.
For questions please phone: Peggy Cook at 704-355-4824 or Dee Hamm at 704-355-1095.
Registrant 1 (Circle one: Person with TBI Relative Spouse Caregiver Friend)
Last Name First Name MI
Registrant 2 (Circle one: Person with TBI Relative Spouse Caregiver Friend)
Last Name First Name MI
Registrant 3 (Circle one: Person with TBI Relative Spouse Caregiver Friend)
Last Name First Name MI
City State Zip
Email Phone number
Please complete the registration form and return by mail with payment to
(make checks payable to Carolinas Rehabilitation): Carolinas Rehabilitation
Research Department, Peggy Cook 1100 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
*Authorized use only
Check ___________ Money Order ___________
Completed Registration Form ___________
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