This book has shown that participants with ABI had insight into their difficulties, differences and feelings and the many Keys that opened their ABI Cage. As they reflected, they realised that their hope, acceptance and attitude (their mindset) had helped them to learn new ways to help themselves feel and fare better.
We believe that this study adds further to the growing calls for positive models not just in relation to people with ABI, but also for those with mental health (Slade et al., 2017), disability (Martz & Livneh, 2016) and across social work (Connolly & Harms, 2015). Furthermore, this study clearly shows how, by reflecting on how people with ABI perceive their lifeworld, we open up limitless possibilities for learning. In implementing these possibilities, much still remains to be done.
The study has shown that educational principles can be applied to empower people with ABI to learn to acquire better insight into ABI.
The power of recovery lies within the injured person…Education is the key. (Freeman, 1998, p. 14).
Anderson, L. W., & Krathwohl, D. R. (Eds.). (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing: A revision of Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon (Pearson Education Group).
Ashworth, F., Clarke, A., Jones, L., Jennings, C., & Longworth, C. (2014). An exploration of campassion focused therapy following acquired brain injury. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 88(2), 143–162.Crossref
Barker, R. N., Sealey, C. J., Polley, M. L., Mervin, M. C., & Comans, T. (2016). Impact of a person-centred community rehabilitation service on outcomes for individuals with a neurological condition. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(11), 1136–1142. doi:10.1080/09638288.2016.1185803 CrossrefPubMed
Connolly, M., & Harms, L. (2015). Social work: From theory to practice. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
Cutler, M., Nelson, M. L. A., Nikoloski, M., & Kuliski, K. (2016). Mindful connections: The role of peer support group on the psychosocial adjustment of adults recovering from brain injury. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 15(3–4), 260–284.Crossref