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Responding to the “Crises” in Healthcare: Addiction, Workplace Safety (Trauma/Violence) and Self-Care

Date: Friday, March 29

Time: 9 am-3 pm

Location:  Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room)
161 Chestnut Street, Rochester, NY 14604

Parking:  Washington Square Garage ($2 for the first two hours /$10 maximum), and Midtown Garage (located across the street).  

Registration:  8:30 – 9 am; Online Registration

Emergent “crises” within healthcare - from addiction to workplace trauma, violence and burnout - demand that healthcare practitioners and healthcare administrators focus conversations and resources collectively in innovative ways to yield different and hopefully better results. The purpose of this program is to dive deeply into a few of these emergent “hot topics” to explore ways in which we can respond proactively to influence positive change within our community. 

Morning Program: Healthcare’s Response to Addiction: Adequate But Not Enough?

Addiction, a chronic and relapsing condition, is a disease reaching epidemic proportions within our community.  People are dying from the “opioid crisis” at record rates. Addiction to alcohol continues to be a daunting challenge. Yet, is the stigma surrounding addiction preventing our healthcare community from responding in the most effective way?  Research supports that addiction is a disease, a disease from which thousands of people are dying.  Yet how are we responding to this crisis as a healthcare community?  Is it enough?  Can we do more?

Recovery is possible.  In this program, we will start to discuss ways to overcome the stigma of addiction by reframing it as a more inclusive challenge and explore opportunities for recovery.   We will also explore how healthcare is responding currently and if there are factors that could improve the collective response.

Morning Program – Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine the current level of access to treatment for addiction in our healthcare community.
  2. Discuss ideal treatment approaches.
  3. Identify barriers to treatment for addiction.
  4. Discover how overcoming the stigma of addiction and our own frustrations may yield a more effective, collaborative response from our healthcare community.
  5. Discuss innovative approaches to treatment.

Afternoon Program: Healthcare’s Workforce: Keeping It Safe!

Working in healthcare has some unique challenges.  Being responsible for the safety and wellness of others, typically who are challenged in some way, can create a significant amount of stress and safety concerns for those of us charged with this responsibility.  Healthcare workers confront the potential for violence from unstable patients, compassion fatigue from the demands of caring for others, and bullying from peers and authority figures, sometimes related to their own level of burnout. 

Trauma-Informed Care is an approach used to understand, recognize, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma and/or overwhelming experiences. The purpose of this program is to examine how healthcare professionals can use this approach to keep safe - physically, psychologically and emotionally while on the job.  We will also review and practice creative ways to care for yourself while performing this important, yet challenging work.

Afternoon Program – Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify factors leading to an unsafe work environment in healthcare.
  2. Examine Trauma-Informed Care as an approach to keeping healthcare workers safe.
  3. Explore creative approaches to staying well.
Time Program Agenda
8:30–9 am Registration
9–11:45 am Healthcare's Response to Addiction: Adequate but Not Enough (panel speakers)
 11:45 am-12:45 pm Lunch (provided)
 12:45-2:45 pm Healthcare's Workforce: Keeping it Safe!
  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Staying Well
 2:45-3 pm Program Wrap-Up & Ahas
  • Program Evaluation

Professional Development Day Bios

Last Updated 1/27/20

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