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ERIC Number: ED364766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Vocational Decision-Making: A Dilemma for Brain Injury Survivors and Their Counselors.
Inkret, Anne; Peterson, April Crandell
A study investigated the influence and effectiveness of career counselors and psychotherapists in facilitating positive life planning for persons recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Information was collected through a personal survey of 13 fairly highly functioning adult members of a head injury support group. Respondents answered in writing or orally; some had help in reading the instrument or in offering their responses. Of the 13 survey participants, 9 had seen a vocational counselor and 10 had seen a psychotherapist at least once. Of these people, 60 percent found psychotherapy helpful and 33 percent found vocational counseling helpful in developing employment plans. The study found a wide range of vocational counseling and psychotherapeutic experiences for individuals recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Decision making and vocational planning were complicated by obvious disabilities and by the misconceptions of medical and mental health professionals regarding prognosis, recovery, and rehabilitation. Vocational counselors, occupational therapists, and psychotherapists played an important role in reestablishing the self-image during recovery. Influence in decision making for the study participants came mainly from themselves, family members, and friends. Persons who found psychotherapy and vocational counseling relevant and supportive included practitioners of these professions as part of their support systems. The study also found that the first session of brain injury survivor and counselor is critical. The study concluded that there is a need for additional training and funding for counselors and psychotherapists who work with brain injury survivors and persons with other disabilities, since they influence considerably the recovery process of brain-injury survivors. (Contains 11 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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