This edition of Brain Injury Professional, entitled Acquired Brain Injury Family Interventions, is guest edited by Dr. Kristine Kingsley. Kristine Kingsley, PsyD, is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Associate Coordinator of Internship Training at NYU Langone Health. She is currently in private practice and serves a clinical supervisor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. Since 2002, Dr. Kingsley has been involved in designing and delivering clinical services (assessment, intervention) to individuals with acquired neurological disorders. Her clients involve individuals with diagnoses of traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, and mild cognitive impairment, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Brain Neoplasms and Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Kingsley has presented and published both nationally and internationally on how to provide holistic neuro-rehabilitation services, emphasizing family engagement and intervention using culturally competent models and practices. Additionally, she has taught and supervised hundreds of psychology residents on the intricacies of family assessment and treatment. Dr. Kingsley is a faculty member of Cognitive Rehabilitation at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM’s) and a co-author to their most recent systematic review (2009-2015), as well as one currently in progress. She recently contributed in the writing of ACRM’s 2nd Edition “Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual and Textbook: Translating Evidence-Based recommendations into Practice. Dr. Kingsley is the Chair- Elect (2019-2021) of ACRMs International Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, and is serving a four year term as the Editor and Communications Chair for the American Board of Professional Psychology
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Message from Guest Editor
After a life changing brain injury or illness, it has been widely accepted that family members are directly and significantly affected by their loved ones’ limitations. For many years and to a great extent, research on families after brain injury focused on describing family challenges and family members’ reactions. On the other hand, in holistic neuro-rehabilitation models, clinicians understood early on the value of actively engaging family members in the “trainee’s” recovery journey, so as to optimize the rehabilitation outcomes (Ben Yishay, 1974). Rosenthal and Young (1988) were among the first to publish an article on family intervention. In the article they described six types of intervention such as education, marital counseling or family therapy, sexual intimacy, family support groups, family networking and advocacy. The authors noted the importance of understanding and applying family system principles. The principles emphasize the need to understand the family as a system with individuals connected to and influenced by one another.
In this special edition, we have managed to attract a number of diverse topics on family and interventions. We hope you will enjoy reading a series of case conceptualizations using a psychodynamic approach based on some of the earlier works by researchers such as Laroi (2003), as much as you will savor a problem solving oriented intervention designed primarily with young adults in mind (J. Patronick, S.Glazer, S & Shari L. Wade).
Furthermore we are presenting an intriguing interview with Dr. Angelle M. Sander, who answers questions about the Traumatic Brain Injury Models System, and the work conducted specifically with families. This special edition also showcases the work of our international colleagues (Anne Norup & Mia Moth Woldffbrandt) for example, on the challenges siblings encounter while growing up in a family where a member is struggling with the sequelae of an injury; you can also read about an interesting intervention by Dr. Andrew Bateman based on the Miller et al. Values Card Sort task, a widely used and useful tool for evoking conversation about personal values. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability around the world. In particular, Latin America has the highest incidence of TBI due to road traffic injuries and violence, and the second highest rates for short-term intracranial injury due to violence. An article written by Drs. Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla and Paul Perrin on a theoretical based model on family care, speaks about engaging Latino families into treatment. We end this special edition with yet another perspective on how to engage families; this time we develop how motivational interviewing can be introduced into a family system to address ambivalence and increase adherence to suggestions in a collaborative manner. At this point I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for my colleagues who made this edition possible, as well as those of you who taught me so much over the years on the resilience of families in the face of adversity. I would also like to pay my respects to the tens of hundreds of families I met over the years, and to remember their love and resilience for one another.