From 29th January to 1st February the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) provided a course in Neuropsychologically Informed Rehabilitation (NIR). Dr Ivan Pitman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Trust, delivered the training as part of the Forensic In-Reach Brain Injury Service (FIBIS).

NIR is an innovative approach to the care, treatment, support and rehabilitation of individuals within mental health, forensic and homeless settings. It aims to break the repeated cycle of negative outcomes that are often observed in more ‘traditional’ care and approaches. NIR is not about a whole new way of working, but instead provides a framework, language and approach to communicate, implement and enhance the good practice that already exists in complex care and rehabilitation settings. This approach is designed to support care and custodial staff who directly deal with the most difficult individuals. It aims to develop their skill and knowledge, to increase their motivation, improve their job satisfaction and support their resilience.

The training took place at HMP Holme House Learning Centre and was attended by Forensic Psychologists throughout the North East of England. The course involved classroom teaching and role-play based learning, with a brief test at the end of each module. Modules included: The Coaching Model, Changing Behaviours and Planning For My Patient.

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NIR course trainees praised the course:

This was an excellent, enjoyable and informative event, that has inspired me to use new techniques and skills with the men I work with, to hopefully respond to their needs more successfully."

"A very helpful and informative course, enabling participants to re-think and re-formulate their perception and assessment of the individuals they work with, in view of the possibility of brain injury."

"Really enjoyed the training, and especially Dr Pitman’s style of training and knowledge."

If you would like to know more about NIR, the training programme or other services provided by the FIBIS, please contact us at fibis@thedtgroup.org or alternatively contact Elizabeth Wilce, Project Manager, on 07515 993748.