The Watson Centre for Brain Health (WCBH) offers a full-time program for clients who have suffered traumatic brain injury or concussion. The program is five days per week, three and a half hours per day and is based in Vancouver at Oakridge Centre until January 9, 2017, when it will move to Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby.
Students work on four 35-minute cognitive exercise or activity block Arrowsmith Program brain exercises and one 35-minute cognitive exercise or activity block. They also participate in a 10-15 minute guided meditation period.
Individuals registered in the program engage in custom tailored cognitive programs that diagnose and treat cognitive weaknesses caused by brain injuries.
At the Watson Centre for Brain Health, we understand that brain change can be a reality.
Our team includes brain and neuroplasticity (brain change) experts. We work with each of our clients to better understand their learning profiles and to develop plans that work to meet their learning needs. Our team adopts components of the Arrowsmith Program in order to increase function in specific areas of the brain that may be damaged or underperforming.
Our program also takes the following into consideration:
We understand the benefit that mediation can have on health and wellness. Mindfulness is part of our treatment plan because it helps prepare the brain for learning and positive change.
The food we eat and the liquids we drink fuel our bodies. At WCBH we are committed to educating our clients on the role of nutrition in brain health. A specific nutrition plan will be developed for each of our clients so that we can ensure they can optimize their cognitive performance.
Holistic individual plan
Each client at WCBH has a comprehensive, individually tailored plan that is reviewed on a weekly and monthly basis with our team. The plan will be generated based on each client’s goals and objectives. Therefore,monthly progress is directly related to the larger goals of each client.
Through standard measurement procedures our team monitors the cognitive progress of each of our clients.
People who come to the WCBH after experiencing a TBI might have the following long-lasting symptoms:
• Shortened attention span
• Memory problems
• Problem-solving difficulties
• Poor judgment
After six months at the centre, clients report the following changes:
• Clearer thinking
• Increased memory and memory for more details
• Increased executive functioning
• More outgoing and talkative
• Better ability to understand main ideas in conversations
• Better decision-making skills
• Improved social skills
(September – December 2016):
Students attend class from 1:00pm-4:30pm.
Fortius Sport and Health
(January – June 2017):
Students have a choice of enrolling in morning or afternoon classes. The morning class runs from 8:00am-11:30am and the afternoon class runs from 12:30pm-4:00pm.
Students can sign up for a 10-month option if they start at the Oakridge location in September or a six-month option if they start in January at the Fortius location.
1:40-2:15 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
2:15-2:50 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
2:50-3:00 Nutrition Break
3:00-3:20 Mindfulness/ Mediation
3:20-3:55 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
3:55-4:30 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
WCBH at Fortius: (Exercise will be one of the five blocks, but the times will fluctuate)
8:00-8:35 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
8:40-9:15 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
9:15-9:50Cognitive Exercise or Activity
9:50-10:00 Nutrition Break
10:20-10:55 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
10:55-11:30 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
12:30-1:05 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
1:10-1:45 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
1:45-2:20 Cognitive Exercise or Activity
2:20-2:30 Nutrition Break
2:50-3:25 Block four
3:25-4:00 Block five
I am a 49 year old, 11 year NHL veteran and my career was cut short due to multiple concussions. Since then I have been looking for a program(s) that might help me with my day to day mental struggles. A few months ago happened to sit in on a few of the Watson / Arrowsmith seminars and am now excited to be able to take part in this groundbreaking approach for potential cognitive healing and a better way of life.
Retired Canadian hockey defenceman
WCBH is implementing a unique multidisciplinary and holistic approach in treating the effects of traumatic brain injury. This comprehensive program has the potential to present real opportunity for individuals affected by TBI to become whole again.
Dr. Mike Dowling, DC, CCSP
Chiropractic Sports Physician
I was fortunate enough to live a dream and play in the NFL for 14 years. While I don’t feel any negative cognitive effects at 46 years old, I know that the possibility is always there. Whether it is me or any of my former teammates that might benefit from the work of the Watson Center, I am glad they are there and care enough to do the work they are doing.
Former American Football Centre
As a 48-year-old 10 year NFL veteran, I am beginning to notice subtle changes in my own cognitive abilities. Misplacing my keys, fumbling over words, and forgetting names are becoming commonplace in my everyday life. I have long believed I would benefit from a Watson Centre/Arrowsmith-type program that was customized to address the specific needs of an NFL Player.
Former American Football Player
Mark Watson and the Watson Centre for Brain Health are taking on the root cause of TBI symptoms head on. As someone who played almost a decade of contact sport – I have yet to see a program that approaches the treatment with as much holistic innovation.
Retired CFL’s Nastiest Player, Men’s Health Advocate