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Addressing the Needs of Youth with TBI and the Ontario Youth Criminal Justice System

Approximately 50% of young people who have been charged with an offense have a documented history of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This advocacy video ‘Addressing the needs of young people with TBI in the Criminal Justice System’ was created to raise awareness and understanding regarding the high prevalence of TBI in youth justice and the impact this can have on the justice trajectory. The cognitive-communication and social communication challenges associated with TBI can compromise a young person’s ability to fully participate in proceedings and advocate for themselves. The compelling video  uses storytelling, interviews, and didactic learning to engage viewers, as well as to educate and empower those who work in the justice system with capacity building through increased knowledge, strategies, and empathy.


A two-part training series for the Probation and Parole Officers Association of Ontario was recorded and available for those who work in related fields looking to expand their knowledge on the subject.

Training Webinar Recording: Understanding Acquired Brain Injury in Youth and Young Adults (up to age 25 years) in the Justice System. 

Topics: Part 1

  • Overview of acquired brain injury (ABI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Prevalence of TBI in justice settings and risk factors for clients aged 12-25 years
  • Cognitive and communication problems in clients with TBI.
  • Overview of how cognitive and communication problems can affect all interactions in the justice system and the transition from the justice system to the community, including:
    • effects on recalling and recounting interactions,
    • following directions, understanding written and spoken information,
    • and conveying respect for justice personnel, accountability, and remorse.
  • Role of the ABI LHIN Navigators and how they can be a resource for you and your clients.

Topics: Part 2

  • Overview of the difference between skill versus will, how and why these differences matter.
  • Introduction to basic strategies for effective communication.
  • Introduction to basic strategies to support language and literacy and why this is important
  • Community based resources and supports for youth and young adults with TBI
  • Role of the Northern ABI Resource Clinician
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