Brain Injury Clubhouse Model

An environment to engage brain injury survivors.

Clubhouse

The BIND Clubhouse program is based on the operating standards established by The International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance. The Clubhouse model was adapted from the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) standards and have been successfully utilized by mental health Clubhouses for over 70 years. Currently, there are over a dozen brain injury Clubhouses in the United States, Canada, and Australia. BIND is the first and only Texas-based member of IBICA to complete Clubhouse training and to open a Clubhouse program in Texas.

The BIND Clubhouse is not traditional rehabilitation because it revolves around a work-ordered day rather than treatment groups or therapy. Members are encouraged to consider the organization their daily job, and everyone participates in numerous operations and decision-making of the program. Through their work, Members build vocational skills, increase self-esteem, and develop confidence in their ability to contribute productively.

The Clubhouse is organized into several work units. Members, staff and volunteers work together in the units to run all aspects of the organization. BIND work units include:

  • Communications Unit
  • Wellness Unit
  • Outreach/Advocacy Unit
  • Kitchen & Maintenance Unit

Click here to download and print our brochure: BIND Information Page

Click here to be directed to the BIND YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdM5WBGwXNiZ-qmSVzw9tRA

Becoming a Member

Membership and contribution to the work-ordered day allows each person the opportunity to belong to a community that welcomes them and needs their active input and involvement. Member involvement is essential because they direct and inspire the program. In a Clubhouse setting, Members quickly come to realize that their presence is needed and in fact, relied upon.

To qualify for membership, applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a documented acquired brain injury
  • Be independent in self-care or use assistive devices independently
  • Be willing to participate in a working community
  • Have financial resources to pay Member dues
  • Must not be a threat to self or others

To apply for BIND membership, please complete the membership application and return it to BIND by fax at 972-769-2464 or mail to: BIND, 1416 Gables Court, Plano Texas 75075. Click here to access the membership application in Spanish. To contact a BIND Member, email members@thebind.org.

“The amazing part for me is friendship with people who have the same issues. It means a lot for us. You lose friends sometimes because they are afraid.”

– Jim, Stroke Survivor

Peer Partners

The Brain Injury Network of Dallas is proud to facilitate the Peer Partners program, the only peer-directed mentoring program in our area for people affected by acquired brain injury.  Since 2012, we have utilized a program developed at the Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Supported by grants from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, this program is available for use within communities who are interested in providing structured, peer-led support for those struggling with adjustment to brain injury.

For more information about the Peer Partners program, please call us at  972-769-BIND (2463), or email us at info@thebind.org.