Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

First Advisor

Not Applicable

Advisor Role

Not Applicable


Mild to moderate brain injury (MBI) can be a complex condition resulting in diffuse impairments that require flexible and creative supportive interventions for university students living with MBI. This study sought to increase awareness and understanding of MBI, enrich the body of lived experience research, amplify the voices of the participants and create a catalyst for change. The participants’ lived experience of the role of the negative social perception of impairment within an organizational context and the individual’s internalization of this social construct into chronic shame are critically examined. The study utilizes a multimethod approach that is influenced by the principles of Grounded Theory, Participatory Action and Autoethnographical research. The author discusses the personal and professional benefits and challenges to be found when the experience of MBI is shared by the participants and the researcher. The paper concludes with a discussion of the findings and presents suggestions for practice collectively developed with the participants.

Convocation Year


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