February 2011

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Testimonials praising the BrainWise Program continue to arrive. A public health nurse from Jefferson County recently shared some very positive experiences from incorporating BrainWise thinking skills into his home visits with low income clients.

Armando Reyes is one of several public health nurses who collaborate with Jefferson County Human Services to provide in-home care, individualized consultation, education and psychosocial support to low income women and their families. Reyes represents a program that focuses on preventive healthcare, offers referrals to appropriate healthcare providers or services, and helps clients choose sound, health-related behaviors.

BrainWise founder and director Dr. Patricia Gorman Barry recently received the following comments from Reyes:

“BrainWise delivery is going great! It remains the primary intervention with our clients and I cannot say enough about its effectiveness and usefulness in helping our clients make healthier choices. I am becoming more familiar with other curriculums (Partners in Parenting intervention, Making Parenting a Pleasure) and I have been using BrainWise concepts as a means to reinforce certain tools addressed in those curriculums. I have to say that without BrainWise, it would be more difficult for parents to grasp specific concepts, apply them to parenting and other relationships, and have better outcomes.

“I am teaching a client that last part of Wise Way # 10 tomorrow and in our time together, I have seen great progress in her ability to make healthier choices with parenting (she yells less and uses positive parenting tools), she is able to talk to her case worker without becoming defensive or explosive, and is starting to use ‘I’ statements to advocate for herself when talking with her husband. Needless to say, BrainWise implementation is going great and we are seeing some positive outcomes.”

For caregivers such as Reyes, BrainWise is becoming a significant resource to teach clients to become self-sufficient through improvement of life skills, social resources, health habits and child care skills.