Psychosocial Rehabilitation

What is psychosocial rehabilitation?

Psychosocial rehabilitation involves rehabilitation interventions which help you to manage behaviours, perceptions and reactions to your injury or condition which may hold back the process of recovery or maintenance of your wellbeing. A rehabilitation program may focus solely on a package of psychosocial interventions. However, it is more likely that psychosocial activities will be offered in conjunction with medical and or vocational rehabilitation services.

What is the aim of psychosocial rehabilitation?

Psychosocial rehabilitation interventions aim to change your perceptions of injury, pain, future loss and life changes which can undermine recovery and wellbeing. They aim to help alleviate anxiety associated with accepting an injury and the recovery process and assist in maintaining or improving wellbeing. Psychosocial interventions help address issues which can undermine and act as barriers to progressing rehabilitation.

What types of psychosocial assistance may be provided?

Psychosocial interventions, recommended by a rehabilitation service provider may include measures such as:

  • general psychosocial counselling, adjustment / family/relationship counselling, parenting support, anger management,
  • basic life skills (re)training,
  • involvement in community support services, self-help or chronic disease/illness support groups
  • health/fitness and exercise regimes,
  • drug and alcohol management programs,
  • lifestyle programs,
  • financial counselling, and
  • attendant care, home support and accessing accommodation services.