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Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit: A Clinician's Guide to working with Spinal Cord Injury

There is a significant amount of trauma associated with acquiring a spinal cord injury (SCI), and many people will struggle to manage the grief for the loss of their previous way of life. Some will adapt more easily, while others will experience depression and other mental health issues. Most will need support to transition to an entirely new, different and sometimes challenging lifestyle.

To help address these challenges for spinal cord injury patients, their families and carers, the ACI State Spinal Cord Injury Service (SSCIS) has developed a toolkit to support clinicians in understanding and managing psychosocial issues associated with acute and long-term spinal cord injury. The Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit: A Clinician's Guide to working with Spinal Cord Injury initiative covers topics such as managing grief and trauma, common psychological and emotional issues experienced by people with a spinal cord injury, and ideas for handling challenging behaviours.

The toolkit highlights ways to distinguish between grief and depression and has a number of brief standardised tools to help clinicians assess issues such as mood, anxiety, pain, trauma, substance use and psychosis.

Elearning course

To help you learn to apply the toolkit, the SSCIS has developed a course of four elearning modules.

Register on the ACI Moodle site to do the course.

The course is free and open to all health professional graduates, students and support staff working with people who have sustained a spinal cord injury or similar condition.

Contact

For more information, please contact the ACI State Spinal Cord Injury Service on phone: 02 9464 4666 or email: aci-info@health.nsw.gov.au

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