The ABIL AGM & Conference on 7 March welcomed a very large number of delegates and 4 excellent speakers – Professor Nick Alderman, Dr Caroline Knight, Jocelyn Blumberg and Dr Louise Warren
AGM – Tony Hart (Chair) thanked ABIL members and delegates for their continued support of ABIL and cited another successful year of conferences that covered a wide range of ABI-related issues. Tony thanked the Executive Committee for their hard work and commitment and acknowledged how challenging it can be to balance this in addition to demanding jobs outside of ABIL.
Two new members were elected to join the Executive Committee – Clare Fundell and John Murphy and ABIL extend a warm welcome to both. Tony offered special thanks to Norman Keen for his unwavering work on the ABIL website and to Irwin Mitchell for their ongoing support in administration, co-ordination of conferences, provision of venue and of course refreshments and cakes!
It is ABIL’s 10-year Anniversary this year and a celebration is planned for the conference on Tuesday 5 December 2017, so please make a diary note for what promises to be a special occasion.
CONFERENCE – The conference focused on Neurorbehavioural Rehabilitation and our 4 speakers provided an engaging, interesting and often entertaining insight into this complex area.
Thank you to Professor Nick Alderman for getting the conference started by providing a fascinating background to how neurobehavioural rehabilitation began and how it has developed in its attempts to alleviate social handicap arising from neurobehavioural disability.
Dr Caroline Knight provided insight into psychosocial treatment programmes and challenging behaviour that might be referred for intervention as well as long-term psychosocial outcomes.
Jocelyn Blumberg acknowledged the challenges of supporting people with challenging behaviour and the importance of recognising potential burnout. Promoting self-care, Jocelyn encouraged audience participation to share experiences of emotionally challenging situations and took us through a Mindfulness exercise.
Dr Louise Warren looked at the impact and risk of challenging behaviour on everyday life in the community. Louise referred to the mechanics of emotional self-control as well as prevention and management and how we enable change in the community.
ABIL extend thanks and appreciation to our speakers for providing a fascinating insight into a very complex field which is challenging for all concerned.
Tony Hart – Chair of ABIL