Goals / Objectives
This treatment module contains information to allow the participants to better understand how their TBI is related to impulsivity issues. The primary goals of this week are for participants to:
- Better increase their ability to consider the outcomes of their behaviors before acting
- Identify various situations where they are at increased risk of behaving impulsively
- Aid participants in identifying specific factors that contribute to their impulsivity
- Provide psycho-education on how impulsivity is related to TBI
- Facilitate discussion with the participants about how being aware of their tendency to behave impulsively will assist them in future behaviors
- Practice skills for identifying the need to think through behaviors
- Assign homework which involves participants practicing the ability to stop and think, consistently, so as to develop a habit of doing so
TIME: Allow 1.5 hours for the session.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: A minimum of four participants is recommended.
Activities / Content
- Introduce Impulsivity and Goals for this Module (5-10 min)
- Indenification of Factors That Contribute to Impulsivity and Strategies for Impulse Control (5-10 min)
- Identifying Impulsivity (10-15 min)
- Break (5 min)
- Closing Discussion (10-15 min)
- What Is Impulsivity After Brain Injury (PDF)
- Tips and Suggestions for Caregivers (PDF)
- Steps for Journaling About Impulsive Behavior (PDF)
- Stop, Think, Plan, Do (PDF)
These handouts can be found in the handout section for this week, the facilitator’s guide will indicate when these should be referenced.
WRITE ON BOARD
Write the following learning objectives on the white board so that participants may reference them throughout the treatment group:
- Confidentiality: The information we discuss in this group is private, and members are expected to keep it that way.
- Respect: Give your attention and consideration to participants, and they will do the same for you. Examples include:
- No talking over each other,
- Pay attention to the person talking (listen, don’t just wait for your turn to talk)
- Encourage each other, etc.
- Participation: You are expected to take part in the discussion and contribute to this group. The pace of this group, however, may limit some participation. Let’s briefly discuss one way that the group leader(s) can signal you when we need to wrap up discussion and move on.
Write the following learning objectives on the white board for reference throughout the treatment group:
- Structure and topic
- Homework review
- Education about the relationship between impulsivity and TBI
- Ability to identify impulsivity, and how a history of TBI effects likelihood of impulsiveness
- Identification of factors influencing impulsiveness
- Structured 5-minute break for stress management technique
- Group activity emphasizing the use of Stop-Think-Act
- Quiet & Questions
Note: If additional rules were agreed upon, be sure to include each additional rule during this review.