Support groups can provide a sense of community and identity for survivors and caregivers.
In addition to the programs provided by Brain Injury Services for our clients and caregivers, below are groups and programs available in the community. The programs below are not hosted by Brain Injury Services. Please verify the information and/or RSVP by calling or emailing with the provided information.
Online Caregiver Retreat: Nurturing Our Capacity to Care
November 8th – December 13th
5 – 7 PM
This six-week program is led by Love Your Brain expert faculty and offers tools and community connections to support sustainable caregiving. Through a blend of workshop-style presentations, experiential activities, guided meditation, and group discussion you’ll learn • An effective framework for negotiating boundaries to balance meeting your own needs and those of your loved one
•Powerful strategies to work with difficult emotions, grief, and limiting beliefs
•How to cultivate more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others
Learn more: https://www.loveyourbrain.com/attend-a-virtual-caregiver-retreat
Speaking on Purpose
First and Third Wednesday
Many people join Toastmasters to become better speakers. Speaking on Purpose is a supportive online community for those with physical and neurological impairments, such as brain injury, to come together and practice speaking and learn new skills — and have fun along the way! https://sop.toastmastersclubs.org/
Living With Brain Injury Support Group
10 AM – 12 PM
The Living with Brain Injury group is a unique and supportive community of individuals recovering from BI. This support group is intended to improve our recovery experience through respectful sharing and connective experiences. Contact: Rachelle Price at email@example.com
The Helping Hands Stroke Club
Every Friday 1 – 2 PM
Meeting topics vary and are comprised of open discussions, guest speakers, fitness demonstrations, cooking classes, potlucks, health expos, game days, and creative therapies such as art and music therapy. Meets at the Joseph Willard Speech-Language-Hearing site. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/speech-hearing/services
Fredericksburg Stroke Support Group
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 – 8 PM
Free monthly support group for stroke survivors and caregivers. Every first Tuesday of the month. Contact: Susan Halpin at 540-741-4815 or Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Inova Fairfax Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group
Tuesday, October 4 7 – 8:30 PM
Share your story and help others. Learn about reducing the risk for stroke and find community services available to you. Every first Tuesday of the month. Caregivers welcome. Contact: Laura Buhler at 703.776.3030 opt 2 or email@example.com
Caregiver Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, October 5
Brain Injury Association of Virginia is offering caregivers a safe place to receive support and strength and share their experiences with others in the same position. Every first Wednesday of the month. Contact: Debra at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLiC Care Virtual Support Group
Tuesday, October 11
7 – 8:30 PM
“Integrative Medicine and Brain Injury” presented by Dr. Sunil Jain, integrative physiatry at Carilion Clinic Roanoke. CLiC Care is a monthly online support group for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and families. Meets the second Tuesday of the month. Contact Stacey Nichols at email@example.com.
Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group | Aldie
Thursday, October 20
4 – 5 PM
A support group where you can share your personal experiences, listen to others who have a history of stroke/brain injury, and learn new research and information.
Every third Thursday of the month. Contact: Hannah Balberde at 703-957-2039 or Hannah.Balberde@Encompasshealth.com
Thursday, October 20
7 – 8 PM
A free, online social group for adult brain injury survivors across Virginia is offered by Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Support Group
Tuesday, October 25
Brain Injury Association of Virginia offers a group for people living with brain injury, their families, and friends. The group is a safe place to explore the challenges of brain injury and exchange ideas and information with others who really “get it.” Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Christine Baggini at email@example.com
CLiC Forward Community
October 19 – November 23
This free, online series of Tai Chi classes for brain injury survivors and caregivers across Virginia is offered by Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 9/23/22 to sign up.