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Choices & Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviors

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Thank you for registering for the Choices & Changes webinar. Here’s what you need to know: • You will be emailed a link to attend prior to the first week of the webinar • Follow the onscreen prompts. You do not need an account to access the program but you may be directed to download a free app. Once the meeting is launched, please activate your device's camera and speakers • Please log in 10 minutes early on our first day. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact me at the number or email below. weCHC Chronic Disease Self-Management Program , toll free 1-855-259-3605 cmcintosh@wechc.org

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Thank you for registering for the Choices & Changes webinar. Here’s what you need to know: • You will be emailed a link to attend prior to the first week of the webinar • Follow the onscreen prompts. You do not need an account to access the program but you may be directed to download a free app. Once the meeting is launched, please activate your device's camera and speakers • Please log in 10 minutes early on our first day. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact me at the number or email below. weCHC Chronic Disease Self-Management Program , toll free 1-855-259-3605 cmcintosh@wechc.org
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Healthcare professionals learn best practices communications with clients

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Choices & Changes is designed to provide healthcare professionals with conceptual models for effective communication and facilitation of client health behaviour change to optimize health outcomes.  It also provides opportunities for practice and immediate feedback to improve their own interviewing and behaviour change counselling shills.  It is a valuable resource designed to provide healthcare professionals with the literature, theory and strategies to effectively engage clients in positive healthy behaviours to optimize health outcomes.  Choices & Changes is an evidence- based program, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Communication, and approved and accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Explore the role of a healthcare professional as a facilitator of change
  • Identify specific strategies to assess the motivation to change
  • Understand the skills needed to influence behaviour change
  • Demonstrate essential techniques to influence change

Course Overview

  • Conceptual models for effective communication and facilitation of client health behavior change to optimize health outcomes
  • Opportunities for practice and immediate feedback to improve their own interviewing and behavior change counselling skills

 Important Information:

  • The workshop is offered at NO COST
  • Manual provided
  • Workshop certificate upon completion

Choices and Changes is an evidence-based program, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Communication, and approved and accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada.


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Organizer Windsor Essex Community Health Centre

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Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (weCHC) was formed as a result of the amalgamation of Teen Health and Sandwich Community Health Centres in 2009.

As a community Health Centre our Mission is desiging and delivering  an accessible, inclusive and collaborative approach to providing primary care, illness prevention and health promotion.

 

The Chronic Disease Self Management Program

The Windsor Essex Community Health Centre is the Erie St. Clair LHIN lead for the Chronic Disease Self Management Program.  The program is divided into two streams:

1) Community Education Workshops

2) Healthcare Provider Continuing Education Workshops

 

1. Community Education Workshops Include:

The Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program will teach participants how to (6 weeks, 2.5 hours):

  • Improve communication with your healthcare provider
  • Positive thinking, guided imagery and relaxation techniques
  • Action planning, problem solving and setting personal goals

 

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program will teach participants how to (6 weeks, 2.5 hours):

  • Light exercises to improve strength and flexibility
  • Techniques to deal with stress, pain, depression and improve sleep
  • Fatigue management, pain medication and treatments

 

The Diabetes Self-Management Program will teach participants how to (6 weeks, 2.5 hours):

  • Learn to manage blood sugar levels and prevent complications
  • Healthy eating, light exercise, foot care and dealing with difficult emotions
  • Gain confidence with medication management

 

 Diabetes, Healthy Feet & You (1 week, 2.5 hours):

  • Led by peers who have experienced firsthand diabetic foot related complications
  • Focus on prevention of diabetic foot related complications
  • Education surrounding when to seek guidance of a health care professional
  • Information on local foot care resources
  • Very participative - participants will do a hands on foot exam on themselves

 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (6 weeks, 1.5 hours):

  • Learn the imortance of and how to reduce stress
  • Techniques to communicate needs to family members and healthcare or service providers
  • Communication in challenging situations
  • Recognizing the messages in emotions, dealing with difficult feelings and making tough caregiver decisions

 

2. Healthcare Provider Continuing Education Workshops Include:

Choices & Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviors (4.5 hours):

  • Explore the role of a health care professional as a facilitator of change
  • Identify specific strategies to assess the motivation to change
  • Understand the skills needed to influence behavior change
  • Demonstrate essential techniques to influence change

 

Brief Action Planning (4.5 hours): 

  • Learn how to assess patients' confidence and commitment to engage in health behavior change
  • Learn skills to influence change in patients' health behaviors
  • Learn techniques to use in clinical settings to promote adherence to treatment plans and encourage follow-up for reflection, reassurance and next steps

 

 

 

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