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Mission Statement We are dedicated to serving individuals who have sustained a Traumatic Brain, Stroke and Spinal Cord injury and their families. We provide support during all stages of recovery and provide an opportunity for individuals and families affected by a traumatic Brain or Spinal cord injury to receive ongoing support through education and community programs. Additionally, we provide an environment for individuals and their families affected by Traumatic Brain or Spinal Cord injuries to encourage and to be encouraged by their peers in a stimulating and positive atmosphere.
The peer support program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) vision is to focus on a compilation of challenges commonly faced by people with SCI, Stroke & TBI during their rehabilitation and upon discharge from a Rehabilitation hospital. In almost all cases the peers will work in a group setting facilitated by the coordinator of the peer support program. Although in some cases a peer supporter will work with a person or family member with a similar type of injury one-on-one. Additionally, the peer support meetings create an atmosphere of shared dynamics where a sense of trust is built and the crisis can emerge as an opportunity to create new meaning around the experience while offering people mutually respectful relationships. As trust builds in the relationships and people feel valued, new ways of thinking, doing, and living become possible. The situation is shared rather than "handled," and it offers an opportunity for tremendous individual and community growth.
- Robert Medel
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