Rehabilitation Psychology Residency Training by Year
The first year is spent between the Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit (NRU) and the Barrow Neuro-Rehabilitation BRIDGE program. The NRU is a 52-bed acute inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit. People served include those with stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, and related neurological disorders and spinal cord injury. The resident participates in brief assessment, intervention, psychoeducation, staff education as appropriate, and interdisciplinary team collaboration.
The BRIDGE is a comprehensive outpatient partial-day treatment program for patients with acquired or traumatic brain injury. This specialized program is targeted for patients who require more intensive services than traditional rehabilitation programming but who do not require or cannot tolerate an intensive full-day holistic milieu treatment program. Patients participating in the BRIDGE program will receive services from: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology, and social work.
Resident responsibilities during this experience include involvement in providing weekly individual rehabilitation psychological intervention, co-leading weekly group rehabilitation psychological intervention, providing input to team members from other disciplines in best approaches to optimize patient engagement, and potentially providing periodic educational outreach in the community about acquired and traumatic brain injuries.
The second-year training site is the Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation (CTN). CTN offers intensive, day-long treatment for older adolescents and adults with brain dysfunction (e.g., traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accident, arteriovenous malformation, epilepsy, anoxic injury). As the last step in the Barrow continuum, this program is designed to transition patients to their homes, communities, schools, and work environments.
The program features a holistic milieu approach for the treatment of cognitive, language, physical, emotional, interpersonal, and vocational needs; family involvement is also an integral component to CTN’s treatment model. Treatment occurs in an interdisciplinary team setting (e.g., physical, occupational, and speech therapists; dietician; psychiatrist; physiatrist; and recreation therapist).
The resident is able to participate in a variety of activities including neuropsychological assessment, cognitive retraining, individual and group psychotherapy, job placement, a therapeutic milieu, family therapy, psychoeducation and skills groups, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary team collaboration, and research.