Survivor Life Skills Tool Kit: Workbooks help survivors rebuild their lives after brain injury

Survivor Life Skills Tool Kit: Workbooks help survivors rebuild their lives after brain injury

Kathleen R. Bell, M.D., Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D.,CRC, Kurt L. Johnson, Ph.D.,CRC, Debbie Leonhardt, Barbara Stahura, Barbara Webster

Helpful life skills for survivors of brain injury are found in this special collection of four workbooks. All the workbooks in the Survivor Life Skills Tool Kit have been written by national experts as well as people who live and deal with brain injury every day. The titles of After Brain Injury - Telling Your Story; Living Life Fully after Brain Injury; Lost and Found and  Survival Kit all focus on creating positive, practical and effective steps to help survivors of brain injury get through each day and work toward a new future.

This Tool Kit is “a must” for every family, survivor, brain injury association, rehabilitation center, and resource library.

Item: SKIL4
Price: $120.00
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This is a special collection of four workbooks on life skills to help survivors of brain injury. After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story, a journaling workbook for survivors of brain injury and blast injury, has journaling exercises to help express how the injury as affected and changed your life. The brand new workbook, Living Life Fully after Brain Injury, is a valuable resource with in-depth chapters ranging from coma to living in the community and a CD containing worksheets for survivors, families and clinicians to use. Lost and Found provides more in-depth information on compensatory strategies after brain injury with a focus on cognitive challenges to help survivors of brain injury and their families cope with daily living. This workbook is a long-awaited publication for survivors of acquired brain injury.The brain injury Survival Kit is a planner and organizer full of tools, strategies, checklists, schedules, reminders, logs, and charts designed to help survivors develop compensatory strategies for everything from the tasks of daily living to organizing their household and routine.

Item SKIL4
Pages After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story, 120; Living Life Fully, 211; Lost and Found, 202; Survival Kit; 208
Year 2011


Kathleen R. Bell, M.D.

For over 25 years, Dr. Bell has concentrated her clinical care, teaching, and research in the area of brain injury in a variety of settings. She has been the Project Director for the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System for the past eight years, and her specific TBI research interests have included telephone-based counseling, post-traumatic headache, exercise after TBI, and medical education.

Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D., CRC

Dr. Fraser is an active counseling and rehabilitation psychologist, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a certified life care planner who directs Neurological Vocational Services within Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Within neurological rehabilitation, he has specialized in epilepsy, brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. He is author or co-author of more than one hundred publications and co-editor on four texts. He has been awarded numerous Federal grants by the Department of Education (NIDRR and RSA). He has focused on vocational rehabilitation and employment research with evaluation of innovative psychosocial rehabilitation strategies, prediction of vocational rehabilitation outcome across different neurological disabilities, and understanding demand-side employer behavior toward qualified workers with disabilities.

Kurt L. Johnson, Ph.D., CRC

Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and taught at Florida State University prior to joining the University of Washington in 1990. He has worked with survivors of traumatic brain injury and their families during all phases of their recovery from acute care to returning to work and the community. He is also an active researcher and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Johnson has managed multiple grants related to disability including the U.W. Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, the Americans with Disabilities with Act Knowledge Translation Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, and grants investigating the use of technologies to aid cognition and navigation for people who have survived brain injury.

Debbie Leonhardt, M.A.

Debbie Leonhardt is a survivor, a professional counselor, author, eloquent speaker, friend, and a most gracious lady. She founded Alexander Counseling and Consulting Services in Taylorsville, NC and specializes in mental health and addictions counseling. Her counseling and support of persons with brain injuries, as well as their family members, draws on her personal experience and professional expertise. She is a popular workshop leader at brain injury conferences and retreats and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.

Barbara Stahura

Barbara discovered the power of personal journaling years ago and now shares her knowledge in workshops that provide pathways to personal growth and self-empowerment. Her book After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story grew from her long-running journaling group in Tucson, Ariz. She has also facilitated journaling events for the National Guard, family caregivers, writers, equine-facilitated experiential learning groups, and others. She is also an award-winning author and certified instructor of Journal to the Self® and a Certified Journal Facilitator. She now lives in Indiana with her husband.

Barbara Webster

As a facilitator of support groups for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts since 1995, Barbara Webster has worked with survivors of brain injury for many years. Drawing on her personal experience after a car crash and undiagnosed “mild” brain injury, she experienced first-hand the catastrophic changes in her life. Unable to work and barely functioning to get through the day despite a supportive but bewildered family, she was no longer a multitasking competent professional and individual. This workbook is a compilation of the strategies that she and the hundreds of survivors have used to confront and deal with the cognitive challenges of brain injury.


You can read the Table of Contents for each item in the Survivor Life Skills Package at the following links:

After Brain Injury: Telling your story

Living Life Fully

Lost and Found

Survival Kit


You can read the Excerpts for each item in the Survivor Life Skills Package at the following links:

After Brain Injury: Telling your story

Living Life Fully

Lost and Found

Survival Kit

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