Adjusting to life after a traumatic accident is challenging. From dealing with the wheelchair to creating interpersonal relationships, every aspect of life is affected by the new injury. Grieving and acceptance are also part of the process, but learning to survive in spite of the disability is one of the biggest results.
The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN), as part of the American Trauma Society, provides resources for those recovering from trauma. Through peer visitation and peer support groups, newly-injured people can talk with others who are going through similar situations. There is also a program called Family Class for caregivers to handle the many emotions of trauma.
Another program offered by TSN is called NextSteps. This class is based on the principles of the self-management approach, allowing the person with the disability to play the most important role in his or her recovery.
The online, six-week course of NextSteps begins Thursday, Sept. 3. To register and learn more about the free course, visit http://nextstepsonline.org/.