The Watson Centre 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
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 for Brain Health, we understand that brain change can be a reality.
- 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
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.
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.
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