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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.

 

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  • Includes a Live Web Event on 08/23/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an organizational development process of exploration based on the power of positive inquiry. The focus of AI involves creating a collaborative environment of discovery into what makes an organization most effective. Based on positive psychology principles, AI asks questions that ignite the positive energy within the organization rather than spotlight breakdowns and malfunctions. Join Dr. Battisti as he offers an overview of the principles and process of AI and how they can be used within organizations to create a culture of creativity and reflective thought that enhances quality of care delivery. A Plan of action will be initiated during the presentation to begin the process of incorporating AI practices.

    SUMMARY:  

    Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an organizational development process of exploration based on the power of positive inquiry. The focus of AI involves creating a collaborative environment of discovery into what makes an organization most effective. Based on positive psychology principles, AI asks questions that ignite the positive energy within the organization rather than spotlight breakdowns and malfunctions.

    Join Dr. Battisti as he offers an overview of the principles and process of AI and how they can be used within organizations to create a culture of creativity and reflective thought that enhances quality of care delivery. 

    A plan of action will be initiated during the presentation to begin the process of incorporating AI practices.


    CREDIT INFORMATION:

    Administrators (NAB)

    This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.0 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval #20230822-1-A86113-DL

    NAB Domains of Practice

    1B1 Psychosocial Needs (e.g., social, spiritual, community, cultural)

    1B5 Care Recipient (and Representative) Grievance, Conflict, and Dispute Resolution

    2C11 Employee Grievance, Conflict, and Dispute Resolution

    2C12 Employee Satisfaction, Engagement, and Retention

    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 #SW-0265. Participants can earn 1.0 Contact Hours.

    Dr. 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 and 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 Toastmaster 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 pursuing one’s passion. 

  • In this session, Dr. Comfort will discuss when to refer residents to end of life care. He will review rate of decline—especially for those who have cancer—and address topics such as pain management, delirium, nausea and vomiting, dyspnea, and nutritional issues. Dr. Comfort will also review patient decisions at the end of life, such as DNR (do not resuscitate), cognitive screening, palliative sedation and care.

    Webinar Description

    In this session, Dr. Comfort will discuss when to refer residents to end of life care. He will review rate of decline—especially for those who have cancer—and address topics such as pain management, delirium, nausea and vomiting, dyspnea, and nutritional issues. Dr. Comfort will also review patient decisions at the end of life, such as DNR (do not resuscitate), cognitive screening, palliative sedation and care.

    This archived version is recorded from our live long-term care conference, "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-Term Care." The video features footage of the speaker and the presentation slides.




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  • Palliative Care is developing into a specialized area of medicine as interdisciplinary teams are created with the primary focus of symptom management, while utilizing the patient and family as a unit of care. Dr. Comfort will discuss types of pain and how to evaluate them for pain management recourses. The use of opioids will be explored.

    Webinar Description

    Palliative Care is developing into a specialized area of medicine as interdisciplinary teams are created with the primary focus of symptom management, while utilizing the patient and family as a unit of care. Dr. Comfort will discuss types of pain and how to evaluate them for pain management recourses. The use of opioids will be explored

    This archived version is recorded from our live long-term care conference, "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-Term Care." The video features footage of the speaker and the presentation slides.

  • Those participating will develop a better understanding of the use or decisions not to use tube feeding, with a particular focus on patients with dementing illnesses and stroke. Participants will be able to discuss feeding tube use in the following areas: clinical details on feeding tubes, dementing illnesses and difficulty in feeding and hydration, and the use of feeding tubes in strokes, differentiating between different types of stroke and probable outcomes; ethical grounding on the use or decisions not to use medically assisted nutrition and hydration; considering the right paradigms in differing situations.

    Webinar Description

    Those participating will develop a better understanding of the use or decisions not to use tube feeding, with a particular focus on patients with dementing illnesses and stroke. Participants will be able to discuss feeding tube use in the following areas: clinical details on feeding tubes, dementing illnesses and difficulty in feeding and hydration, and the use of feeding tubes in strokes, differentiating between different types of stroke and probable outcomes; ethical grounding on the use or decisions not to use medically assisted nutrition and hydration; considering the right paradigms in differing situations.

    This archived version is recorded from our live long-term care conference, "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-Term Care." The video features footage of the speaker and the presentation slides.

  • At-risk payors and providers are increasingly adopting value-based payment approaches. These include the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, another round of voluntary bundling (Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced), and accountable care organizations. These, and other market-driven changes, will place continued emphasis on improving quality and lowering costs. In this session, you will hear about the changes scheduled for October 1, 2018; other market-driven changes taking place across the country; why you need to prepare ahead of time; and how to position your organization to succeed in this increasingly challenging environment.

    Webinar Description

    At-risk payors and providers are increasingly adopting value-based payment approaches. These include the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, another round of voluntary bundling (Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced), and accountable care organizations. These, and other market-driven changes, will place continued emphasis on improving quality and lowering costs. In this session, you will hear about the changes scheduled for October 1, 2018; other market-driven changes taking place across the country; why you need to prepare ahead of time; and how to position your organization to succeed in this increasingly challenging environment.

    This archived version is recorded from our live long-term care conference, "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-Term Care." The video features footage of the speaker and the presentation slides.

  • The lecture will include a discussion of the nature of spiritual suffering and its treatment, as well as common mental syndromes and their psychiatric approach (such as delirium, depression and panic). Participants will explore emotional suffering, its nature, approaches to treatment, severity, and outcomes. They will learn about physical suffering, common forms of therapy and drug usage for pain control, dyspnea and obstruction. The session will touch on challenges of family care and approaches to therapy, as well as grief and the challenges it presents to staff and families.

    Webinar Description

    The lecture will include a discussion of the nature of spiritual suffering and its treatment, as well as common mental syndromes and their psychiatric approach (such as delirium, depression and panic). Participants will explore emotional suffering, its nature, approaches to treatment, severity, and outcomes. They will learn about physical suffering, common forms of therapy and drug usage for pain control, dyspnea and obstruction. The session will touch on challenges of family care and approaches to therapy, as well as grief and the challenges it presents to staff and families.

    This archived version is recorded from our live long-term care conference, "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-Term Care."  The video features footage of the speaker and the presentation slides.