The Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) is a comprehensive, whole-family intervention designed to satiate the complex needs of families after brain injury. Founded on cognitive behavioral and family systems counseling theories along with years of clinical experience, the BIFI was designed by Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer to promote effective coping strategies for families experiencing significant emotional and behavioral changes post-injury. This manualized intervention addresses eleven topics that are frequently relevant for both injured and uninjured family members while allowing clinicians the flexibility to consider the uniqueness of the needs of each family.
The BIFI was designed to meet six primary goals of effective whole family rehabilitation after TBI. These objectives include:
In order to reach the outlined clinical goals, the BIFI was designed to be implemented in a five-session format with two or three topics covered during each 90 – 120 minute session. The sessions are best implemented by a clinician one family at a time and are most effectively delivered in a hierarchical format, with discussion of earlier topics providing a foundation for discussion of later topics. To learn more about BIFI topics or see the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the FAQs tab to the left. Additionally, to view a list of publications detailing BIFI outcome data and program effectiveness, please click on the Publications tab. Further information can be obtained by emailing Jennifer Marwitz at Jennifer.Marwitz@vcuhealth.org. The BIFI Intervention Kit and Manual are available for purchase through the university at our store.
This project funded by grant H133A070036 from the
National Institute on Disability and Rehabiliation Research (NIDRR)