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The Avila Institute of Gerontology offers many opportunities for long-term care professionals to earn continuing education credit hours through webinars, on-demand recordings, and in-person events. Although it varies per program, continuing education may be available for different disciplines including Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Dietitians, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists and Catholic Chaplains.  Check the “Continuing Education” tab to see if credit hours are available for your discipline.

 

  • Fifth Webinar: An Exploratory Journey: Meeting of the Microbiome and Longevity

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, Dr. Helen Battisti will discuss how science has shown us that there is a bidirectional communication between our brain and our gut, known as the Gut-Brain Axis.


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    Science has shown us that there is a bidirectional communication between our brain and our gut, known as the Gut-Brain Axis.  Recent research is shedding new light on how this symbiotic relationship between our intestinal bacteria and our brains can have a direct effect on our health both physical and psychological. Longevity, for the purpose of this presentation, is being defined by the research found in the Blue Zones around the world. This presentation will provide a unique odyssey for participants to assess how they are living, and, if desired, how they can transform themselves to develop a more enriching, productive and satisfying life. 



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    Helen Battisti

    Ph.D., RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Endwell Family Physicians

    Dr. Battisti is a Health Promotion Specialist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a former Assistant Professor and the Director of the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  She maintains a practice at Endwell Family Physicians, Endwell, New York, as a Registered Dietitian.  Her areas of research include both childhood and geriatric health and obesity.

  • Day 2/Tuesday (1-day package): Developing Resilience for Hope and Healing in Unprecedented Times

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    Day Two focuses on self-care in stressful times that will allow participants to develop a resilient mindset and healthier lifestyle for overall work-life balance.

    Day 2 Presentations include:

    • Developing a Resilient Mindset for Healthcare Team Members
    • An Exploratory Journey: Meeting of the Microbiome and Longevity

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    If you have any questions or concerns about registering and attending the webinar, or about continuing education, please contact support@avilainstitute.org.

  • Fourth Webinar: Developing a Resilient Mindset for Healthcare Team Members

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    In this live 2-hour presentation, Dr. Francis Battisti will direct participants in how to develop a resilient mindset and lifestyle for increased satisfaction and productivity and assess an individual team member’s readiness for change.

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    In this time of global uncertainty, healthcare professionals are being confronted with unparalleled challenges (e.g., remaining positive in the face of grave uncertainty, additional regulations, the belief that individual efforts do impact results, reacting to the financial uncertainty of an ongoing healthcare crisis) all-the-while remaining focused on the goal of maintaining quality of care.  The results of this uncertainty can inhibit creativity, reinforce rigid thinking, exacerbate ongoing anxiety and other mental health concerns, question one’s career future and promote difficulty juggling the balance between work and family.  In order to meet the growing demands of their positions, healthcare providers need to develop strategies for professional/personal life enhancement in order to reach a resilient mindset.  This program is organized around the principle that resiliency is a skill set that can be developed and enhanced. Principles and practices of Positive Psychology are the framework for this action-oriented program.  

    Focused on growing professional and personal performance, 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. 



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    Francis Battisti

    Ph.D., 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. 

  • Third Webinar: Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2020 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, speaker Mary T. O'Neill will discuss the meaning of compassion and distinctions between burnout and compassion fatigue.

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



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    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.

  • Second Webinar: Long-Term Healthcare Ministry Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, speaker Julie Trocchio will review the public policy priorities and activities of the long-term healthcare ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also discuss stronger and new partnerships, ethical issues, and how to promote the well-being of our staff and residents.

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    This presentation will review the public policy priorities and activities of the long-term healthcare ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will discuss stronger and new partnerships, ethical issues and how to promote the well-being of our staff and residents. Participants will be able to describe long-term care ministry advocacy priorities and engage in advocacy that impacts organizations, residents and their communities.



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    Julie Trocchio, RN, BSN, MS

    Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care, Catholic Healthcare Association of the United States (CHA)

    Julie Trocchio is a Senior Director of Community Benefit and Continuing Care for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She coordinates CHA activities related to planning and reporting community benefits and leads CHA advocacy on the charitable purpose of not-for-profit healthcare. She also coordinates CHA programs and advocacy related to the well-being of aged and chronically ill persons in need of long term care and home and community-based services. She is co-author of CHA’s Social Accountability Budget and Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit and CHA/AAHSA’s Social Accountability Program: Continuing the Community Benefit Tradition of Not-for-Profit Homes and Services for the Aging. Prior to joining CHA, Julie was Director of Standards and Quality for the American Health Care Association. She has held nursing positions in acute care, long-term care, public health and school health programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in community health nursing from the University of Maryland.

  • Full Conference (2-day package): Developing Resilience for Hope and Healing in Unprecedented Times

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    On Day One, speakers Feldkamp, Trocchio and O’Neill will discuss the latest changes in long-term care practices, specifically those affected by COVID-19. Day Two focuses on self-care in stressful times that will allow participants to develop a resilient mindset and healthier lifestyle for overall work-life balance.

    The complete conference includes:

    • Surviving the Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Update
    • Long-Term Healthcare Ministry Advocacy in the Time of COVID- 19
    • Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative
    • Developing a Resilient Mindset for Healthcare Team Members
    • An Exploratory Journey: Meeting of the Microbiome and Longevity

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    If you have any questions or concerns about registering and attending the webinar, or about continuing education, please contact support@avilainstitute.org.

  • Day 1/Monday (1-day package): Developing Resilience for Hope and Healing in Unprecedented Times

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    On Day One, speakers Feldkamp, Trocchio and O’Neill will discuss the latest changes in long-term care practices, specifically those affected by COVID-19.

    Day 1 Presentations include:

    • Surviving the Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Update
    • Long-Term Healthcare Ministry Advocacy in the Time of COVID- 19
    • Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative

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  • First Webinar: Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Update

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    In this live 2-hour presentation, speaker Janet Feldkamp will discuss the impact of COVID on current regulatory requirements for post-acute care facilities including new transmittals, guidance and other issuances from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She will also foster analysis of the Office of Inspector General’s Work Plan on post-acute care providers and multiple agencies' focus on fraud enforcement and prevention.

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    This session will provide information and potential action items regarding survey and certification protocol and requirements, including recent changes and proposed changes. COVID-19 has caused tremendous chaos in the lives of facility leaders, employees and residents. The dramatic changes have affected numerous regulatory and enforcement criteria and the focus will continue to change as the country and the long-term care industry recovers to what will be our new normal. CMS and state agencies frequently readjust their focus regarding procedures and processes for surveys. The Office of Inspector General annual Work Plan provides information on current focuses, and understanding the importance of compliance with requirements is imperative for good leaders. The, discussion will also include other areas such as emergency preparedness, HIPAA, COVID-19 and other hot topics for nursing facilities.



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    Janet Feldkamp, RN, BSN, LNHA, CHC, JD

    Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

    Janet Feldkamp is a nurse attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience representing long-term care providers. During her first nine years practicing as a Registered Nurse, Feldkamp worked in intensive care and then with long-term care providers. She gained experience as a Facility Surveyor, Director of Nursing, Administrator and Nurse Consultant for a multi-state long-term care management firm, but she always yearned for an advanced degree. Feldkamp now specializes in health law with an emphasis on long-term care regulatory matters, such as survey certification and informal review requests, compliance and fraud and abuse. She also counsels clients about handling family conflicts and end-of-life decisions as well as a variety of challenging issues for post-acute care providers.

  • Disorders and Diagnoses that Differ from Dementia

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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



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    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.

  • Dementia Stages and their Effects on Independence

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this 1-hour presentation, Alfred W. Norwood will discuss the stages of dementia while describing actions to take once it becomes more advanced. It is broken down into two parts, "Stages of Dementia" and "Strategies to Promote Independence for People with Dementia."

    Webinar Description

    This webinar discusses the stages of dementia while describing actions to take once it becomes more advanced. It's broken down into two parts:

    Stages of Dementia

    Dementia is a collection of symptoms that progressively worsen. It’s essential that care staff understand how to interact with residents with dementia. The better the care, the better the quality (and often length) of life. Caregivers searching to improve their methods for residents with dementia will find information in this webinar valuable, as Alfred W. Norwood, BS, MBA, presents:

    • Why dementia is a diagnosis and not a disease
    • Understanding dementia’s progressive stages
    • How to get to know the residents to improve quality of life
    • Adjusting activities depending on the stage of dementia
    • Age-associated memory impairment
    • Risk factors for memory impairment
    • Early signs of possible dementia

     
    Strategies to Promote Independence for People with Dementia

    Since dementia is a combination of symptoms that worsen over time, residents’ coordination and mobility progressively deteriorate, leading to difficulty walking and even swallowing. The cumulative loss of independence leads to eventual dependence on caregivers, with resident behavior ever less predictable and more difficult to manage. In this webinar we will discuss strategies to help promote residents’ independence even as dementia worsens.  

    Participants will learn:

    • How dementia, stress and dependence are linked  
    • How to use procedural memory to help residents improve memory ability, language, and everyday function  
    • How to use errorless learning and rituals
    • How to build rituals and use errorless learning to promote independence   
    • How to provide control and social support to residents to alleviate behaviors



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    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 1.00 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS— APPROVAL # 20210421-1.00-A66847-DL.
    • Catholic Chaplains: The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for a total of .75 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 .75 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.