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  • Making Informed Choices: How to Assess the Need for and the Availability of Mental Health Services in your Community (2/19)

    Includes a Live Web Event on 02/19/2021 at 12:30 PM (EST)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, Dr. Richard Pulice will cover a very important topic on how to assess the need for mental health and how to find mental health and related services in your community. Please note that this livestreamed webinar is a repeat of the December 10, 2020 livestreamed webinar.

    COVID-19 has expanded the level of stress and anxiety in healthcare workers in ways that we could not have imagined, leaving many trying to decide whether they should go it alone or seek support. This workshop addresses how to determine whether support is advisable and how to find mental health and related services in the community. It begins by examining the barriers to accessing care, including societal and self-stigma, cultural and ethnic biases, availability, accessibility, and some basic concerns related to a person’s ability to pay. We will discuss the types of services available, who provides them, and what the commitments to participation are. The services discussed will include peer support, individual and group counseling, and holistic and pastoral approaches as well as traditional psychiatric care. At the conclusion of the event, we will discuss strategies for self-evaluation and the determining the next steps in care and support. 

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Recognize whether support is advisable and how to find mental health and related services in the community.
    2. Identify barriers to accessing care, such as self- and societal stigmas, cultural and ethnic biases, availability and accessibility, and basic concerns related to a person’s ability to pay
    3. Discuss types of services available, who provides them, and commitments to participation

    Please note that this livestreamed webinar is a repeat of the December 10, 2020 livestreamed webinar.

    Dr. Richard Pulice, PhD

    Professor of Public Health, Regis College

    Richard Pulice is an experienced motivational speaker, trainer, teacher and researcher, who focuses on issues related to social justice and equity for persons with disabilities. He presently serves as a Professor of Public Health at Regis College (Weston, MA) and is a Professor Emeritus in Social Work and Public Health at the College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY). While at Saint Rose, he was the founding Director of The Institute for Community Research and Training and the Coordinator of the Public Health Program. In 2019, Dr. Pulice was appointed as a Permanent Visiting Professor of Social Science, Psychology and Public Health at the University of Kisubi in Entebbe, Uganda. Dr. Pulice has graduate degrees in community clinical psychology from Marist College, in public health from Columbia University, and in social welfare from Brandeis University. He completed a Research Fellowship at the Columbia University School of Public Health in Psychiatric Epidemiology. In addition, he has had advanced training in health economics, research design and statistics (quantitative and qualitative), labor mediation, clinical practice and gerontology. Dr. Pulice has over 40 years of experience in public and mental health. Among other experiences, Dr. Pulice has consulted on program development for mental health services in the Netherlands, and worked in Puerto Rico, Romania, the Czech Republic and Uganda on issues related to the social reintegration and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. He served as a Trustee for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as a grant and peer reviewer for several federal, state and private organizations and as a Mentor for the IREX Community Solutions Program (a program sponsored by the US State Department).  

    In 2015, he was awarded a grant and was designated a Specialist in Global Public Health by the Fulbright Organization. In his home communities, he has served as a Trustee for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, a volunteer for the Homeless Action Committee in Albany NY.  Relocating to Massachusetts in 2015, he is as a volunteer for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a member of the Knights of Columbus and is the State Chairman for Special Olympics for the K of C in Massachusetts. 

  • Developing a Resilient Lifestyle

    Includes a Live Web Event on 02/09/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, co-sponsored by the NRRO, Dr. Francis Battisti will direct participants in how to lead with a resilient, affirmative mindset as we forge into the "next normal." This webinar will promote developing individual practices for a resilient lifestyle for caregivers, leaders and community members.

    In this time of global uncertainty, individuals are being confronted with unparalleled challenges. It is difficult to remain positive in the face of grave uncertainty, believe that our individual efforts do impact results, react to the financial uncertainty of an ongoing health-care crisis, and remain focused on the goal of maintaining a healthy, productive life. The results of this uncertainty can inhibit creativity, reinforce rigid thinking, exacerbate ongoing anxiety and other mental health concerns, and cause us to question our futures. How do we alleviate the difficulty of juggling the balance of life?

    This webinar will encourage participants to work towards a balanced future by developing a resilient way of life. To meet the growing demands of the next normal, individuals will need to think of things in a different way, a resilient way. They will need to develop strategies for personal life enhancement, to reach a resilient mindset. This workshop is organized around the principle that resiliency is a skill set that can be developed and enhanced. Principles and practices of Positive Psychology is the framework for this action-oriented program.  

    Resilience is the key to a brighter next normal. Focused on shaping the future, rather than grinding through the present, this program will introduce participants to strategies that will assist with developing a resilient mindset and lifestyle for increased satisfaction and productivity. Ingredients of a resilient lifestyle will be explored and outlined. 

    The following topical areas will be covered during this program: 

    • Psychological impacts of ongoing crisis and isolation. 
    • Principles of Positive Psychology  
    • The theory and practice of developing a resilient mind-set. 
    • Introduction to life-enhancing strategies. 


     


    “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient”

         ~  Dr. Steve Maraboli

    Dr. Francis Battisti, PhD

    Principal, Battisti Management Affiliates

    Noted educator, speaker, psychotherapist, consultant, and author, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, offers individuals and organizations a pathway to explore their potential and move toward desired transformation. His national reputation in the fields of healthy aging, motivation, health enhancement, and conflict disposition is manifest in his work with numerous corporations, major healthcare organizations, as well as governmental committees. His presentations have been offered throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. 

    Dr. Battisti was the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer and Full Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Broome Community College, where he was the 2011 Recipient of the State University of New York Distinguished Professorship for Service and a 1989 Recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a member of the State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Academy. As a Full Professor he taught courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Theory and Practice, and Introduction to Social Work and Welfare, which motivated many of his students to continue their studies as Social Workers and Psychologists. 

    Dr. Battisti maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over thirty years, treating individuals and couples. He also has consulted to long-term care communities throughout the United States. His emphasis now is in community responses to mental health needs and how to address them. 

    Francis has been recognized by “The Morning Knights Toastmasters Award” for Excellence in Communication and Leadership as well as The Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter as the honoree of the “Memory Makers Award,” for his efforts to make the Southern Tier a better place to live and work. He is also the recipient of “The David Malcom Award”, in recognition of his Exemplary Service to the Homeless. Francis is the author of, Checchino: A Father & Son Journey Toward Dusk and co-author of Tomorrow’s Weigh…The No-Diet Way to Lose Weight. His articles include: “Leveraging Workforce Research to Attract, Manage, and Retain High-Performance Employees”, “Harnessing the Diversity and Power of Your Team! Developing and Sustaining Highly Effective Teams Ensures Your Competitive Edge”, and “Advancing the Bottom Line and Service Quality via a Culture of Employee Retention”. 

    Dr. Battisti received his Ph.D. in Human Development from Marywood University. He lives with his wife, Dr. Helen Battisti in Upstate New York and is an avid believer in pursing one’s passion. 

  • The Resilient Leader: Guiding Your Organization in Times of Crisis and Change (1/29)

    Includes a Live Web Event on 01/29/2021 at 12:30 PM (EST)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, Dr. Francis Battisti will direct participants in how to lead with a resilient, affirmative mindset while learning ways to better understand and assess individual team member's readiness for change. Please note that this livestreamed webinar is a repeat of the December 10, 2020 livestreamed webinar.

    As a leader within your team, a key responsibility is to lead with a resilient, affirmative mindset. Through this program, you will learn ways to better understand and assess individual team members' readiness for change. Drawing from the principles of Resilience theory, participants will also better understand the importance of creating a resilient, life-enhancing culture and the activities that help us do that. 

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Summarize psychological impacts of ongoing crisis and isolation
    2. Describe the Six P’s of Resilience
    3. Apply principles of a resilient leader management style
    4. Develop a plan of action for implementation

    Please note that this livestreamed webinar is a repeat of the December 10, 2020 livestreamed webinar.


    “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient”

         ~  Dr. Steve Maraboli

    Dr. Francis Battisti, PhD

    Principal, Battisti Management Affiliates

    Noted educator, speaker, psychotherapist, consultant, and author, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, offers individuals and organizations a pathway to explore their potential and move toward desired transformation. His national reputation in the fields of healthy aging, motivation, health enhancement, and conflict disposition is manifest in his work with numerous corporations, major healthcare organizations, as well as governmental committees. His presentations have been offered throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. 

    Dr. Battisti was the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer and Full Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Broome Community College, where he was the 2011 Recipient of the State University of New York Distinguished Professorship for Service and a 1989 Recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a member of the State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Academy. As a Full Professor he taught courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Theory and Practice, and Introduction to Social Work and Welfare, which motivated many of his students to continue their studies as Social Workers and Psychologists. 

    Dr. Battisti maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over thirty years, treating individuals and couples. He also has consulted to long-term care communities throughout the United States. His emphasis now is in community responses to mental health needs and how to address them. 

    Francis has been recognized by “The Morning Knights Toastmasters Award” for Excellence in Communication and Leadership as well as The Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter as the honoree of the “Memory Makers Award,” for his efforts to make the Southern Tier a better place to live and work. He is also the recipient of “The David Malcom Award”, in recognition of his Exemplary Service to the Homeless. Francis is the author of, Checchino: A Father & Son Journey Toward Dusk and co-author of Tomorrow’s Weigh…The No-Diet Way to Lose Weight. His articles include: “Leveraging Workforce Research to Attract, Manage, and Retain High-Performance Employees”, “Harnessing the Diversity and Power of Your Team! Developing and Sustaining Highly Effective Teams Ensures Your Competitive Edge”, and “Advancing the Bottom Line and Service Quality via a Culture of Employee Retention”. 

    Dr. Battisti received his Ph.D. in Human Development from Marywood University. He lives with his wife, Dr. Helen Battisti in Upstate New York and is an avid believer in pursing one’s passion. 

  • The COVID Crisis: The Lessons We Are Learning

    This presentation will address what we have learned and will continue to learn as we face this pandemic.

    During this unprecedented time, we have learned much, and we will continue to learn as we face this pandemic.

    During this workshop, three Communities will share their experiences and the changes they have made in order to address the many challenges caused by this virus. They will share their stories of understanding the need for transformation, implementing practical procedures and processes, and learning positive lessons from their experiences.

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

  • On-Demand Video for Purchase: Is it Alzheimer's?

    This webinar gives an overview of Alzheimer's disease, dementia and how caregivers define a resident's quality of life.

    Is It Alzheimer's? 

    There are multiple diseases that can cause dementia, which is an umbrella of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and can make daily life very complicated. Since more than one disease can cause dementia, it can be difficult to decipher what is actually causing the dementia. Alfred W. Norwood, BS, MBA, will describe:

    • How Alzheimer's disease (the most common disorder that causes dementia) affects the brain
    • Causes and effects of Alzheimer's disease
    • How caregivers define resident quality of life


    Alfred W. Norwood

    Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology

    Alfred is an expert in physiological psychology who has worked with the Avila Institute for the last 15 years, developing and presenting workshops and in-services on a number of topics associated with aging. He has years of experience working as a consultant for long-term care systems and facilities and trained staff in the use of non-pharmaceutical, individualized care plans for residents with moderate to severe dementia.

  • On-Demand Video for Rent: Is it Alzheimer's?

    This webinar gives an overview of Alzheimer's disease, dementia and how caregivers define a resident's quality of life.

    Is It Alzheimer's? 

    There are multiple diseases that can cause dementia, which is an umbrella of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and can make daily life very complicated. Since more than one disease can cause dementia, it can be difficult to decipher what is actually causing the dementia. Alfred W. Norwood, BS, MBA, will describe:

    • How Alzheimer's disease (the most common disorder that causes dementia) affects the brain
    • Causes and effects of Alzheimer's disease
    • How caregivers define resident quality of life


    Alfred W. Norwood

    Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology

    Alfred is an expert in physiological psychology who has worked with the Avila Institute for the last 15 years, developing and presenting workshops and in-services on a number of topics associated with aging. He has years of experience working as a consultant for long-term care systems and facilities and trained staff in the use of non-pharmaceutical, individualized care plans for residents with moderate to severe dementia.

  • On-Demand Video for Rent: Identifying Your Inner Leader

    This webinar discusses reflective leadership and how to handle everyday challenges with confidence.

    Identifying Your Inner Leader

    It is a challenging task to be in a leadership position. You are directing a team and leading others by example. Author Thomas Mann once said, “If you don’t understand yourself, you don’t understand anybody else.” Terrance McGuire, Ed.D begins this session by asking, “Does knowing who you are benefit you as a leader?” In this insightful talk, Mr. McGuire discusses the importance of knowing who you are as a leader because, as a leader, you have the ability to influence people in your personal and work lives. He offers a reflective discussion on how finding your inner leader is not only a spiritual journey, but a journey that takes time to feel secure in a new leadership role.  In this presentation we will discuss: 

    • How knowing yourself can help you to be a better leader
    • The 5 principles of developing your inner leader

    Terrance McGuire, Ed.D, D.Min

    Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.

    Terrance McGuire is a specialist in the area of organizational mission and human development. He brings leadership experience from 40 years in the not for profit sector as an educator, corporate executive, and consultant. His experience includes working with all levels of religious and lay leadership and boards in Catholic health care, Catholic social services, and other ministry-based organizations in the USA and Canada. He presently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Terry holds a Doctorate in Education Degree (Ed.D) for the International Graduate School and a Doctorate in Ministry Degree (D.Min.) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Terry is a Deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago serving the faith community of St. Alphonsus in Lemont, IL.

  • Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative

    Recorded On: 08/11/2020

    This presentation will focus on the meaning of compassion and distinctions between burnout and compassion fatigue.

    This webinar will outline some concrete steps that are available to all to help restore and heal the mind, body and spirit that are impacted by compassion fatigue, at any time, but particularly in this time of COVID-19.

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

    Mary T. O'Neill, BCC, D. Min.

    Retired VP of Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education, Catholic Health Services

    Mary T. O’Neill has over 30 years of experience with training Ministry students for national board certification as Chaplains and spiritual care providers to patients, families and staff persons in healthcare. She is certified as a Pastoral Educator through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Mary T. is also a Licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist and has worked many years in care for persons struggling with illness, disability and the diminishment of age. For 18 years, Mary was employed as the Assistant Administrator/Director of Pastoral Services at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, NY, a specialty palliative care hospital that emphasizes care for the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Her recent employment for 13 years was with Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI), NY, as VP for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education. Catholic Health Services is a health system that covers a wide spectrum of health and behavioral services. She received her master's degree from St. Louis University and her Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. She is currently actively retired and living in Maryland.

  • Disorders and Diagnoses that Differ from Dementia

    In this 1-hour presentation, Alfred W. Norwood will discuss the differences between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia while exploring how depression and delirium also differentiate from dementia. It is broken down into two parts, "Is It Alzheimer's?" and "The 3D's: Depression, Delirium, and Dementia."

    Webinar Description

    This webinar discusses the differences between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia while exploring how depression and delirium also differentiate from dementia. It is broken down into two parts:

    Is It Alzheimer's? 

    There are multiple diseases that can cause dementia, which is an umbrella of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and can make daily life very complicated. Since more than one disease can cause dementia, it can be difficult to decipher what is actually causing the dementia. Alfred W. Norwood, BS, MBA, will describe:

    • How Alzheimer's disease (the most common disorder that causes dementia) affects the brain
    • Causes and effects of Alzheimer's disease
    • How caregivers define resident quality of life 

    The 3D's: Depression, Delirium, and Dementia

    Depression, delirium and dementia can be difficult to differentiate. It is important that caregivers understand typical resident behaviors so that they accurately observe any changes. Understanding the resident ensures he or she is appropriately treated for depression, delirium or dementia. This provides valuable insight to the healthcare team on the differences between these three diagnoses. You will learn:

    • About dementia and other common diseases of aging
    • Depression and its causes and symptoms
    • How depression differs from dementia and how to help
    • Delirium and its causes and symptoms
    • How delirium differs from dementia
    • Improper medication use as a source of delirium



    More Information

    If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please contact us at support@avilainstitute.org. 

    Registrants seeking continuing education will be asked to watch the live webinar in full, pass a post-test, and submit an evaluation form. 

    • Administrators (NAB): This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.25 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS— Approval #20210421-1.25-A66823-DL.
    • Catholic Chaplains: The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for a total of 1.0 Continuing Education Hours.
    • New York State Social Workers:  Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0265. Participants can earn 1.0 contact hours.

    Alfred W. Norwood

    Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology

    Alfred is an expert in physiological psychology who has worked with the Avila Institute for the last 15 years, developing and presenting workshops and in-services on a number of topics associated with aging. He has years of experience working as a consultant for long-term care systems and facilities and trained staff in the use of non-pharmaceutical, individualized care plans for residents with moderate to severe dementia.

  • In-Service Kit: Working Effectively as a Team

    This in-service will discuss how collaboration among healthcare staff in the long-term care environment can benefit care of the residents.

    This ready-to-teach in-service package includes all the pieces needed to teach a 25-minute in-service.

    In-Service Topic "Working Effectively as a Team"
    This 25-minute in-service addresses the important of collaboration among healthcare staff in the long-term care environment. Understanding the qualities of an effective team is important so the team can provide the best quality of care to their residents. Being aware of the qualities of a dysfunctional team will benefit the team so they know what not to demonstrate in a collaborative working environment to be the most effective as a team and provide excellent care. Teamwork can have many challenges – we will discuss the different obstacles of teamwork and solutions on how to work more collectively. Workstyle differences can be the biggest challenge of working together. Understanding how different everyone on your team works is the key to a successful team.Recognizing and being mindful of the qualities of an effective team player is vital so an individual can continually work on enhancing teamwork skills. Caregivers will learn:

    • The signs of an effective team
    • The signs of a dysfunctional team
    • What can be done to make a dysfunctional team a functional team
    • What obstacles make teamwork challenging
    • Different work styles
    • Qualities of an effective team player

    This in-service kit includes:

    • A recorded video of the in-service (internet access required)
    • Lesson Plan (PDF) Presentation slides and script (Microsoft PowerPoint File)
    • Presentation handout as slides and notes (PDF)
    • 4-page summary of presentation (PDF)
    • Pre-test (PDF)
    • 4 post-tests with 5 questions each and answer key (PDF)
    • Follow-up (PDF)
    • Certificate Template (PDF)