Lorraine Wright and I are very excited to offer our 4-day signature workshop, the Advanced Family Externship, and share our ideas with you about advanced practice with families. We’ve taught this 4-day workshop at many universities around the world: in 2018 we were invited to Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland in May 2018 and the University of Akureyi in northern Iceland in October 2018. These Externship workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to bring together an international group of family nursing and interdisciplinary scholars who have passion for advancing the scholarship of practice and research with families. The international networking opportunities at the Externship workshop are one of the side-benefits of this learning experience.
Advanced practice with families guided by a Family Systems Nursing framework will be the focus of the 4-day workshop and will feature application of the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models, Illness Beliefs Model, and the Trinity Model. Offering workshop participants an opportunity to observe a live demonstration of a therapeutic conversation with a local family experiencing illness is a favourite learning experience. Workshop participants become members of our clinical team. The goal of this intensive 4-day learning experience is to increase capacity of health care professionals to care for families and address illness suffering with competence, confidence, and compassion.