A new concussion toolkit and e-learning course is available on CATT to assist those who support survivors of intimate partner violence in recognizing brain injury.
CATT for Women’s Support Workers includes a 45-minute video-based, interactive course consisting of a series of online educational modules and resources, including the voice of a real survivor of violence, dubbed ‘Jane’ to protect her privacy. The free, online course is now available nationwide, in English and French. PDF resources and articles on intimate partner violence and how to employ a trauma-informed approach are also available.
Dr. Shelina Babul worked with the Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research (SOAR) initiative on the project. SOAR is an initiative led by Dr. Paul van Donkelaar of UBC Okanagan and Karen Mason, former executive director of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
“If left unrecognized and unmanaged, concussions and traumatic brain injuries can have long-term consequences,” said Dr. Babul. “This new toolkit adds to our existing suite of e-learning courses and gives support workers evidence-based tools to better support survivors.”
The project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada and the Max Bell Foundation.