What is Brain Tree Training?


Development

Our Value & Role Mission Statement

The Need for Brain Tree Training Courses

Tutor Information

 

Development

Welcome to the Brain Tree Training website. In this site you will find information about modular courses and resources which have been designed for professionals and carers/relatives.

These services will be useful for you if you are working or living with people who have any of the following conditions:
 

  • Traumatic brain injury
     
  • Strokes
     
  • Progressive neurological diseases
     
  • Learning disabilities
     
  • Infectious diseases (e.g. encephalitis, meningitis etc.)
     

 

Our Value & Role Mission Statement
 

  • To have a direct beneficial influence on the quality of life of people with brain injury
     
  • To teach therapists, care staff and relatives how to recognise and improve the cognitive problems experienced by people with brain injury
     
  • To be open minded about the best way to do this
     
  • To enthuse and motivate therapists, care staff, relatives and people with brain injury to continue to develop their skills further
     
  • To have a lifelong learning approach in order to ensure we seek out, understand and, wherever relevant, apply new information to develop the area of brain injury rehabilitation and cognitive rehabilitation
     
  • To provide all of our services at a reasonable economic cost
     
  • To provide all of our services in a high quality format – whether this is written materials or verbal delivery
     
  • To ensure people benefit from our teaching, by providing meaningful and comprehensive support materials e.g. course notes
     
  • To demonstrate that we care about what we do and the people we work with
     
  • To allow the ‘need’ for these services to determine their development i.e. organic growth
     

 

The Need for Brain Tree Training Courses

"All staff should be trained in the recognition and basic management of Emotional, Communication and Cognitive problems."

Section 2.4.3: Recommendation D, from The Royal College of Physicians, National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (2nd Edition) (2004). Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit, RCP, London


"All those who are involved with the patient who has a brain injury must understand Cognitive impairments and how they alter what the patient is able to comprehend, comply with and achieve."

Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury. (1998). British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine. Working Party Report, London
 

 

Tutor Information
 

  Mr Kit Malia BED, MPhil, CPCRT, was the first Certificated Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist in the UK (via the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation, USA), with a research degree in Neuropsychology. He initially trained as a teacher for people with learning disabilities and, following 6 years of teaching, spent three decades working as a cognitive rehabilitation therapist with adults who have acquired neurological injuries, at one of the largest brain injury rehabilitation units in the UK: The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. His last role was Project Officer for the mild Traumatic Brain Injury Programme at Headley Court where he was responsible for managing the delivery, by the multi-disciplinary team, of the specialised programme he designed and produced. He has published scientific papers on cognitive and psychosocial rehabilitation, and clinical standards in brain injury rehabilitation. He is the primary author of Brainwave-R (an extensive collection of cognitive strategies and techniques for brain injury rehabilitation). Mr Malia has lectured at various conferences in Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the UK. He is the invited International Fellow in Cognitive Rehabilitation for the Institute for Complex Neurodisability. He is the first International Chair of the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation, USA. He currently works with Anne Brannagan within Brain Tree Training as a developer and course provider, and is the Director of Life Tree Training (lifetreetraining.co.uk) - a company focused on maintaining healthy, purposeful life.
     

 

Ms Anne Brannagan OBE, DIPCOT, MSc, qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1988 from the London school. She did a two year orthopaedic rotation before specialising in Neurorehabilitation at the Defence Services Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court. She gained a research master's degree with distinction from Kings College in 1993. Ms Brannagan is particularly interested in the cognitive and executive sequelae of acquired brain injury. She runs workshops with Kit Malia, training both professionals working in the field and carers of brain injured individuals around the country. In addition, she has lectured on cognition at conferences in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Slovenia, Belgium, Australia and the USA. She is an active member of the College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section Neurological Practice and held the position of Chair from September 2003-2006. She assists with the COT Specialist Section Neurological Practice Brain Injury Forum subgroup, and has been active in writing clinical guidelines for patients with ABI. Ms Brannagan has developed a number of rehabilitation activities, including a practical approach to the assessment of executive problems (The Brannagan Executive Functions Assessment) following brain injury and cognitive/psychosocial groups. Her most recent roles were Neurological Team Manager & Complex Trauma Oversight Manager at Headley Court where she was responsible for managing the two multi-disciplinary teams. She was awarded the OBE in January 2010 for services provided to rehabilitation.


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