Clinical Groups

Next level ABI rehabilitation and support

Facilitating progress is fundamental in any walk of life. From elementary school lessons to learning how to drive, everybody deserves a path to achievement. TABIRS believe progression should be rewarded. That’s why Clinical Groups were set up – to provide the additional support individuals need to take their ABI rehabilitation to the next level.

Clinical Groups are recommended for clients who are willing to engage with peers and have the potential to apply the skills learned to settings outside the group. Our groups will always be there when you need them. If an individual is ready, willing, and able to change their behaviour and improve their skills, the door to our Clinical Groups is always open.

All groups are facilitated by or directly supervised by a clinical team member. Psycho-educational and goal-oriented by nature, cognitive, communicative and behavioural abilities are always tested before group participation begins.

Rewarding rehabilitation, one group at a time.

We have a wide range of progressive Clinical Groups available:

Living Well With a Brain Injury Group | 12 Weeks

This workshop focuses on how brain injury affects lives and how individuals can effectively cope with changes.

Topics include:
• Brain basics and changes after an injury
• Ways to cope/ compensate
• Communication
• Managing emotions, relationships, family, and sexuality.

This group is best suited for individuals who were old enough at the time of injury to know a ‘before and after’.

Positive Psychology Group

Everybody deserves happiness in everyday life. This group seeks to implement regular positive thought routines by:

• Identifying harmful thought processes and replacing them with compassionate, supportive phrases
• Identifying areas of strength to build self-esteem
• Becoming more mindful of positive experiences to increase happiness in the moment

Your Best Self Workshop | 12 Weeks

Designed to build self-esteem and a better self-image. The workshop explores the power of inner strength and personal values. Inspiration and cofidence are just two takeaways from the end of each session.

Finding Happiness Workshop | 12 Weeks

Aiding the development of proven cognitive routines to increase everyday happiness. Topics include being grateful, focusing on the positives, forgiveness, mindfulness, and more.

cTech Group | 12 Weeks

Is the person you know capable and inspired to use an Apple or Android device? Great! cTech helps with cognitive compensation. This group explores apps that may improve social participation while helping to tackle cognitive difficulties. Please note, there are a limited number of iPods available for practice in the group.

SUBI Groups

The Substance Abuse and Brain Injury (SUBI) project was initiated to study the problem of substance abuse and brain injury. This website provides information for Healthcare Providers, persons with an acquired brain injury, and the general public.

SUBI Intensive Group

The SUBI Intensive group is a twelve-week program in which clients attend sessions twice a week. The group aims to provide client education, peer support, prevention messages and harm reduction as well as problem solving and coping strategies. Clients will undergo a brief assessment and be assigned to either the pre-contemplative or contemplative group depending on the stage of recovery they are in.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. The group at CHIRS is an open meeting and is held at CHIRS’ head office on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. AA members chair the group and a CHIRS staff member is available throughout the meeting.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Group 12 Weeks

Based on The Skills System, a modified version of DBT for people living with ABI, this group is designed for people who often regret what they say or do when feeling upset. Participants learn how to understand their feelings and develop skills to manage strong emotions and challenging situations.

Skills include:
• Mindfulness meditation
• Recognizing which types of thinking and behaviour are likely to help achieve goals
• What to do to keep on track

Best results expected when skills are practised in a group setting to explore how they can be applied to important real-life situations.


For information about workshop dates, subsidy and times, please contact TABIRS today by calling (416) 696-6031, toll free: (833) 696-6031.

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