Program Details

Full Time

The Watson Centre Society for Brain Health (WCBH) offers a full-time program for clients who have suffered traumatic brain injury or concussion. The program is five days per week, three and a half hours per day and is based in Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby.

Our team includes brain and neuroplasticity (brain change) experts. We work with each of our participants to better understand their learning profiles and to develop plans that work to meet their learning needs. Our team adopts components of the Arrowsmith Program in order to increase function in specific areas of the brain that may be damaged or underperforming.

Participants work on four different 35-minute Arrowsmith Program brain exercises and have one 35-minute physical activity block. They also participate in a 10-15 minute guided meditation period. These cognitive and physical blocks are tailored to each individual based on his or her abilities.

Full Time participants have a choice of enrolling in morning or afternoon sessions.

Daily Schedule

  • Morning session: 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Afternoon session: 1:00pm-5:00pm

WCBH at Fortius:

(Physical activity will be one of the five cognitive rehabilitation blocks)

Morning:

  • 8:30-9:15 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
  • 9:15-10:00 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
  • 10:00-10:25 Nutrition Break
  • 10:25-10:45 Mindfulness/Meditation
  • 10:45-11:20 Cognitive Exercise
  • 11:20-11:55 Cognitive Exercise
  • 11:55-12:30 Cognitive Exercise

    Afternoon:

  • 1:00-1:45 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
  • 1:45-2:30 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
  • 2:30-2:55 Nutrition Break
  • 2:55-3:15 Mindfulness/Meditation
  • 3:15-3:50 Cognitive Exercise
  • 3:50-4:25 Cognitive Exercise
  • 4:25-5:00 Cognitive Exercise

Part Time

In addition to our full time program, WCBH also offers a part time program. Like the full time program, the part time program is custom tailored to each individual’s health goals after a full cognitive assessment. In addition to the cognitive remediation exercises based on the Arrowsmith Program, the part time program also offers aerobic exercise, mindfulness meditation, and clinical counselling, but is condensed to run five hours per week for nine months on Tuesdays and Thursdays (2.5 hours each day).

At the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health, we understand that brain change can be a reality.

Daily Schedule

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30-4:00pm
  • 1:30-2:10 Activity in Training Centre
  • 2:10-2:55 Conative Exercise
  • 2:55-3:05 Nutrition Break
  • 3:05-3:15 Mindfulness/Meditation
  • 3:15-4pm Cognitive Exercise

Consideration

Our program also takes the following into consideration:

Mindfulness meditation - We understand the benefit that mediation can have on health and wellness. Mindfulness is part of our treatment plan because it helps prepare the brain for learning and positive change.

Nutrition
The food we eat and the liquids we drink fuel our bodies. At WCBH we are committed to educating our clients on the role of nutrition in brain health. A specific nutrition plan will be developed for each of our clients so that we can ensure they can optimize their cognitive performance.

Holistic individual plan
Each client at WCBH has a comprehensive, individually tailored plan that is reviewed on a weekly and monthly basis with our team. The plan will be generated based on each client’s goals and objectives. Therefore,monthly progress is directly related to the larger goals of each client.

Through standard measurement procedures our team monitors the cognitive progress of each of our clients.

Symptoms

People who come to the WCBH after experiencing a TBI might have the following long-lasting symptoms:

• Shortened attention • Memory problems • Problem-solving difficulties • Poor judgment

After six months at the centre, clients report the following changes:

• Clearer thinking • Increased memory and memory for more details • Increased executive functioning • More outgoing and talkative • Better ability to understand main ideas in conversations • Better decision-making skills • Improved social skills
  • Most of the conversation today around brain injury seems to be focused on who or what caused it.  This is due in part because many in the medical field embraced the assumption that the brain is the only organ in the body that could not heal itself.  The Watson Centre Society for Brain Health, has moved beyond that conversation and challenged the assumption by providing a path to healing and in turn, hope for individuals who suffer from brain injuries.

    Jim McTaggart
    NHL Alumni, Hockey Executive
  • WCBH has helped me to recover from my MVA TBI / concussion. I had to admit “disability and injury” as I could not function any longer with the Competitive Edge that I had come to rely on within myself and my career! I recommend the full-time program. The time I put in will pay dividends towards my future… Admit and come to accept your injury and great things await with perseverance and resilience. The Watson Centre Society and support persons are patient. Please consider your mental and emotional well-being for yourself and your loved ones, let alone your future financial ability to earn. I have recovered crucial working life – executive functioning abilities.

    Cassandra, PhD
    Current Watson Centre Society Participant
  • My brain injury was 30 years ago and since my injury my thinking has been cloudy and slow and since being in this program for the past 6 months my thinking is clearer and faster…participating in this program is better than winning the lottery. 

    Janice
    Former Watson Centre Society Participant
  • I’m now naturally able to wake up at a reasonable time and have less of a need for napping. Better functioning in my days/life. I have improved socially for a few months now. 

    Eric
    Former Watson Centre Society Participant
  • Their focus is on restoring function in TBI victims so that they can once again enjoy life to the greatest extent possible. I highly recommend and endorse the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health for this purpose, and if they were closer to where I am in Seattle, I would send all my clients to them to get their lives back.

    Scott Blair
    Personal injury lawyer
  • I am a 49 year old, 11 year NHL veteran and my career was cut short due to multiple concussions. Since then I have been looking for a program(s) that might help me with my day to day mental struggles. A few months ago happened to sit in on a few of the Watson / BrainExTM seminars and am now excited to be able to take part in this groundbreaking approach for potential cognitive healing and a better way of life.

    Jamie Huscroft
    Retired Canadian hockey defenceman
  • WCBH is implementing a unique multidisciplinary and holistic approach in treating the effects of traumatic brain injury. This comprehensive program has the potential to present real opportunity for individuals affected by TBI to become whole again.

    Dr. Mike Dowling, DC, CCSP
    Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • I was fortunate enough to live a dream and play in the NFL for 14 years. While I don’t feel any negative cognitive effects at 46 years old, I know that the possibility is always there. Whether it is me or any of my former teammates that might benefit from the work of the Watson Center, I am glad they are there and care enough to do the work they are doing.

    Robbie Tobeck
    Former American Football Centre
  • As a 48-year-old 10 year NFL veteran, I am beginning to notice subtle changes in my own cognitive abilities. Misplacing my keys, fumbling over words, and forgetting names are becoming commonplace in my everyday life. I have long believed I would benefit from a Watson Centre Society/BrainExTM type program that was customized to address the specific needs of an NFL Player.

    Don Davey
    Former American Football Player
  • Mark Watson and the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health are taking on the root cause of TBI symptoms head on. As someone who played almost a decade of contact sport – I have yet to see a program that approaches the treatment with as much holistic innovation.

    Shea Emry
    Retired CFL’s Nastiest Player, Men’s Health Advocate