The “patient” is only half of the patient; the other half is the family. I love offering speeches and workshops to health care professionals about how best to be helpful to families experiencing illness and how to change the culture of health care to make families the unit of care. I’ve presented my ideas through invited keynote addresses, presentations, and intensive Family Externship workshops in Canada, Chile, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Finland, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.
The “Family Externship” is an intensive, signature workshop offered by Dr. Lorraine Wright and Dr. Janice Bell focused on the knowledge and skills of advanced practice with families. The Illness Beliefs Model is a major focus of the Family Externship workshop. The goal of this intensive learning experience is to increase capacity in health care professionals to care for families with competence, confidence, and compassion.
We offered a Family Externship workshop at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in May 2016 and on May 22-25, 2018. In 2016, there were 27 participants from 5 countries. In October 2018, we offered an Externship workshop at the University of Akureyi in northern Iceland to 28 participants from 3 countries. The possibilities for international networking were immense. We offered a live demonstration of a therapeutic conversation with a local family and had workshop participants join us as members of our clinical team. Ideally, we have found the if more than one learner attends from an educational or health care organization, there are wonderful opportunities to support each other when you return home to begin implementing the advanced family nursing knowledge and interventions you have learned.
Dr. Janice Bell has spoken around the world to healthcare professionals and organizations on Family Health & Healing – and it’s her passion and life’s work to continue to do so.
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