The Potential Unlimited Programme: A review of pilot research and future directions

Matthew Thomas, Lucie Shanahan

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The Potential Unlimited Programme commenced in 1998, as a collaborative approach to rehabilitation between Southern Area Brain Injury Service in New South Wales and Outward Bound Australia. To date, five programs have seen over 40 participants with acquired brain injury undertake a three stage process including a 7 to 9 day course of outdoor experiential education, imbedded within extensive pre and post-course group work. This review examines two separate pilot evaluations (Walker et al., 2005, Brain Injury, 19, 1237-1241; Thomas, 2004, Brain Injury, 18, 1271'1286) and provides an outline of directions for further program development and research. While there were limitations in the designs employed in these preliminary studies, each indicated participants had likely benefited on important aspects of psychosocial functioning from their involvement. Directions for future research and development include an exciting adaptation of the program for adolescents, which is currently in progress. Our plan to conduct a randomised wait-list controlled trial and further investigation of specific components of the program are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSBI 2010
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations in Neurorehabilitation
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventBrain Impairment Conference, ASSBI - Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Duration: 06 May 201008 May 2010


ConferenceBrain Impairment Conference, ASSBI


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