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When Change Chooses You: Helping Clients Manage and Adapt to Unanticipated Life Changes

September 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Stevens Student Center (SSC) Event Rooms 245-246

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Program Description

Major life changes most often involve varying degrees of stress and this pressure often is exacerbated when change is unanticipated. Predictability helps enable clients to prepare—both mentally and emotionally—for modifications that result from significant life variation. The reality is that change sometimes happens that is both unpredicted and for which clients are not yet prepared to handle. In this context, Dr. Burger relates salient principles that human service providers can utilize in therapy settings that will help equip clients to address such stress. Decision-making strategies, life coping skill development, healthy emotional processing, physical health and lifestyle implications, social support systems, and stress management strategies are examples of psychosocial dynamics shared in the presentation in order to help clients adequately address unexpected and undesired life changes.

Grievance Policy

Cedarville University seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Dr. Luke Tse, tsel@cedarville.edu, 937-766-3297. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Cedarville University facilities are handicap accessible and individuals needing special accommodations should contact Loren Kuhn, lmkuhn@cedarville.edu, 937-766-4444.

Event Information

Who: For Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage, Family Therapists, Psychologists, Nurses and Health Professionals.
What: Continuing Education Workshop, When Change Chooses You: Helping Clients Manage and Adapt to Unanticipated Life Changes
When: September 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Where: Stevens Student Center (SSC) Event Rooms 245-246
Cost: $42 (or $79 for both workshops)

Speaker / Keynote

Dr. Amanda Burger, Licensed Psychologist

Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has practiced clinical health psychology in both hospital and private practice settings. She presently is Director of Behavioral Medicine at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency in Youngstown, Ohio.

Program Objectives

As a result of this training participants will:

  • Assess psychological models related to personal constructs, adaptation, and change.
  • Analyze the role that predictability has in helping clients to prepare for healthy adaptation.
  • Explain cognitive and behavioral techniques and experiential exercises to help clients cope with undesirable life change.
  • Demonstrate the impact of change in emotional and heathy well-being.
7:30 am Check in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Review of the Literature
10:00 am
Break
10:15 am
Strategies to Cope with Unanticipated Change
11:45
Questions and Answers

Program Evaluation

Psychological Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain

September 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Stevens Student Center (SSC) Event Rooms 245-246

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Program Description

Pain impacts clients at all levels, including physical, emotional, social, and cognitive. Although opioid and other medicinal treatments can be effective for some patients, there are many who do not respond to medications, or who continue to have bothersome residual symptoms or experience significant side effects. Additionally, many clients who experience psychiatric disorders also experience chronic pain as a comorbid condition. This workshop will help participants better understand the bidirectional relationship between pain and emotional symptoms, the impact of pain on the therapeutic process, the importance of collaborating with clients’ physicians, and clinical strategies to help clients manage pain in the counseling setting. Information pertaining to the opioid epidemic will also be reviewed so that clinicians are better prepared to engage their clients’ well-being with respect to potential harms such as addictions to pain medications.

Grievance Policy

Cedarville University seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Dr. Luke Tse, tsel@cedarville.edu, 937-766-3297. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Cedarville University facilities are handicap accessible and individuals needing special accommodations should contact Loren Kuhn, lmkuhn@cedarville.edu, 937-766-4444.

Event Information

Who: For Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage, Family Therapists, Psychologists, Nurses and Health Professionals
What: Continuing Education Workshop, Psychological Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain
When: September 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Stevens Student Center (SSC) Event Rooms 245-246
Cost: $42 (or $79 for both workshops)

Speaker / Keynote

Dr. Amanda Burger, Licensed Psychologist

Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has practiced clinical health psychology in both hospital and private practice settings. She presently is Director of Behavioral Medicine at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency in Youngstown, Ohio.

Program Objectives

As a result of this training participants will:

  • Use a review of foundational physiology, anatomy, and brain functioning as a primer for understanding chronic pain.
  • Assess relevant research literature relating to empirically supported treatment methods for chronic pain.
  • Identify cognitive and behavioral techniques and experiential exercises to help clients cope with chronic pain.
  • Discuss impact of pharmacological treatment for chronic pain, particularly management of opioid treatment.
  • Discuss questions and case study material.

Schedule

12:15 pm Check in
1:00 pm Review of the Literature
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Strategies to Cope with Chronic Pain
4:15 pm Questions and Answers
  Program Evaluation