Family Private Care

Serving The Care Community

Family Private Care is dedicated to providing the care community with all the tools they need to provide great service to those in need. We currently offer the following continuing education units (CEUs) at no cost to nurses, social workers and case managers:

Each CEU provides:

1 clinical/core hour for social workers (ASWB)
1 clock hour for certified case managers (CCMC)
1 Contact Hour for nurses (GNA)


Therapeutic Laughter

Overview

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die (Abraham Lincoln)… In the high stress world of healthcare, professionals (as well as patients/families) deal with serious situations on a daily basis.  This presentation will take a closer look at Therapeutic Laughter and the benefits that it may bring to the healthcare setting.  Laughter has many physiological benefits – such as exercising/relaxing muscles, elevating pain threshold and tolerance and can improve blood pressure.  From Norman Cousins (author), to psychiatrist, Dr. William Fry and Patch Adams, MD – there have been multiple studies and movements to attempt to bring laughter into the healthcare setting.  More recently, in 1995, a physician and yoga teacher noticed similarities between laughter and yoga breathing techniques; thus – the Laughter Yoga movement began.  This CEU will focus on techniques, exercises and resources around Therapeutic Laughter and how it may benefit you and your patients/families. 

Objectives

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

1. Identify one key component of history of therapeutic laughter that precipitated the study of gelotology (the scientific study of laughter)

2. State two key benefits of therapeutic laughter and also name a time when laughter is not appropriate. 

Understanding Grief

Overview

The experience of grief is a milestone of life and many have experienced this milestone more than once. Few individuals are equipped to navigate the process of grief with ease; many struggle against the waves of emotions that accompany each new stage. Grief is a complex emotion that can affect us physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. In this informative presentation Jeana Fortenberry, Chaplain, and/or John Butler, BA, MS, of Family Private Care will discuss all the different aspects of grief including the different types/causes of grief, and the different manifestations of grief. In addition, attendees will explore the cultural/spiritual impacts on grief and the importance of childhood grief. Lastly, effective coping techniques will be discussed and practiced. By the end of this presentation, attendees will walk away with an increased knowledge of grief and its affects, in addition to a set of effective techniques and skills which can be used to help their patients and clients cope with grief.

Objectives

Explore the complex emotion and process of grief

Learn effective skills and techniques to help patients and client cope with grief

Health Literacy

Overview

Effective communication between the patient, their providers, and their support system is one of the key factors in promoting health literacy in the healthcare field. It’s a fast-paced and ever-changing world full of stressors, multiple transitions, and complex situations. How can we, as healthcare providers, do better in positively communicating the health needs of our patients in a way to reduce internal liabilities, improve the quality of the experience, provide adequate information, and promote compliance to solutions? This presentation will help to explore in more detail the methods of communication used, the biases held that affect communication, the realities of the interaction, and ways to promote health literacy for our patients and their support networks.

Objectives

By the end of this session – the participant will be able to:
- Identify normal communication methods and styles – with their potential effects and limitations within the current medical model of care.
- Determine how to explore and identify personal biases held due to experiences, exposures, beliefs, etc. and their effects on professional interactions and conversations with patients.
- Identify ways to actively support patients and their support systems through the application of researched techniques and skills in order to increase effectiveness of verbal, non-verbal, and written communications.

Stress In Healthcare

Overview

Many of us have witnessed or experienced a serious illness, an accident, a personal assault, or other traumatic events. With time the grief typically passes, the pain lessens, and life eventually gets back to normal. However, in some cases, people experience severe distress, anxiety, and depression for months or even years following a traumatic event. PTSD is a serious, potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event, such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one; war; rape or other violent assaults. Healthcare professionals who work with trauma victims have a challenging and complex job. It can be seen as a privilege, bringing an added sense of connection, value and meaning to one’s life; but it can also become personally draining, at times overwhelming us. The impact that repeated exposure to details of trauma can have on professionals is sometimes referred to as vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress or burnout. In this presentation, your esteemed presenters will provide an overview of all of these conditions. You will learn how they are similar and how they are different from each other. Your esteemed presenters will discuss their first hand experiences with PTSD as well as case scenarios to help you fully understand these important terms and how they can affect you and your clients. You don’t want to miss this informative and engaging presentation!

Objectives

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

1. State the 4 main symptoms of PTSD.

2. Identify at least 2 professionals who are affected by vicarious trauma.

3. Describe 2 differences between burnout and vicarious trauma.

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