Educational Opportunities

Follow the Yellow Brick Road…The Heart, The Brains, The Courage in the Provision of Exceptional Palliative Care

Feb. 15, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Miami Valley Hospital South, Education Center Conference Room, our speaker Jackie Matthews, RN, MS, AOCN, ACHPN, CNS will present “Follow the Yellow Brick Road…The Heart, The Brains, The Courage in the Provision of Exceptional Palliative Care”.

Palliative care is the healthcare specialty that focuses on providing relief from pain, symptoms, and the stresses of chronic, serious, or life limiting illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for patients and families by supporting the primary medical plan, improving care coordination, and communication of the patient’s expectations, values and goals. This event will provide information to improve your skills in primary palliative care, and to recognize and understand the process for accessing specialty, multi-disciplinary palliative care.

Continuing education will be provided and registration is required. See our website for the registration/flyer under the Continuing Education Opportunities section or Sharon Becker at (937) 734-9452(937) 734-9452.

Excellence in ElderCare: Mental Health First Aid Training for Older Adults and Those with Later-Life Issues

Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Miami Valley Hospital South, 2400 Miami Valley Drive, Dayton, Jennifer Cox, MA. R-DMT, Certified National Mental Health First Aid Instructor & Director of Training and Rochelé Burnette, MA, Certified National Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Project Coordinator of the East Dayton AWARE Project, both from ADAMHS Board Montgomery County (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services), will be facilitating this training.

Mental illness and aging can often be a double stigma. According to the National Council on Aging, there are more than 6 million Americans 85 and older. That number is expected to more than triple by the year 2050, when the youngest baby boomers turn 86. Older adults and care partners are less likely to identify a problem as a symptom of a mental health disorder. Furthermore, older adults have high rates of late onset mental health disorders (anxiety/depression) and low rates of identification and treatment. Even ‘mild’ mental illness symptoms can have catastrophic consequences in vulnerable older adults. Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) now offers a tailored supplement which builds upon the effectiveness of the standard MHFA curriculum by focusing on older adults and the aging population.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based 8-hour training that teaches participants how to recognize and assist someone who is developing a mental health problem and/or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps persons learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and addictions. Participants are introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and receive education that builds understanding of their impact and overviews of common support responses.

Participants will learn the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia. Additionally, the issue of stigma will also be incorporated.

Participants that complete a Mental Health First Aid training do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. They do however, become equipped to offer a five-step action plan.

Participants that attend the full 8 hours of training will secure a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid. Any time missed of the 8 hours of training must be made up in order to secure certification. Please plan to arrive on-time and stay for the entire training. Mental Health First Aid training is interactive in its teaching format. Please dress comfortably for the day and prepare for possible room temperature fluctuations.

Continuing Education is available for this training and registration is required – seats for this event are limited. For more information, visit our website under the Continuing Education Opportunities section or call Sharon Becker at (937) 734-9452(937) 734-9452.

Save-the-Date: 10th Annual Medicine and Spirituality Conference

Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will be hosting the 10th Annual Medicine and Spirituality Conference: The Soul Work of Living and Dying at Sinclair College Conference Center, Building 12.

While modern medicine and contemporary technologies have extended our lives, we still struggle with the question of living well. For physicians and patients grappling with questions of what it means to live fully in the midst of chronic or life-threatening illness, the quest for answers is worthwhile, challenging and deeply personal.

This year’s tenth anniversary Medical-Spirituality Conference is an invitation to explore these issues with acclaimed authors and speakers, Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., and Steven Z. Pantilat, M.D. Both encourage us to contemplate suffering and life’s meaning in the face of difficult diagnosis with awe, purpose and humility.

Registration will be open soon!

Save-the-Date - Finding Our Voice: Talking About Mental Illness and Equipping the Faith Community

Save-the-Date of Wednesday, May 9, 2018, as Good Samaritan Hospital’s Health Ministry Program will be offering an all-day community workshop called “Talking About Mental Illness and Equipping the Faith Community” at the Ray & Joan KROC Corps Community Center.

The mental health needs of those living in our greater Miami Valley area are complex. In Montgomery County, one in five residents are dealing with a mental illness and eight out of 100 people report suffering from a major depressive episode within the last year. Furthermore, 55.8% of individuals suffering from substance abuse or mental health issues don’t receive treatment. When these concerns are combined with those connected to the use of substances such as alcohol, marijuana and heroin the challenges can be overwhelming. It is not always clear what the faith community’s role might be in working with those with a mental health diagnosis. Join us for this one day event as we explore ways to break the silence on mental illness and how we can equip our communities of faith to be safe havens for those living with these conditions.

Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund is passionate about loving her family, God, and being part of faith communities. Lund’s mission is to spread hope and love to people in pain and on the margins. Sarah is a national speaker and author of the highly acclaimed "Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church". She is an ordained minister and has served as a pastor in three states and now serves as a Vice President for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and Vice Chair of the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN). She received the Bob and Joyce Dell Award for Mental Health Education from UCC MHN in 2015 for “her outstanding authorship and leadership in breaking the silence about mental illness in family and in church and offering healing and hope.”

All who are concerned about mental health in our community and those that serve in faith communities are encouraged to attend this special event.

Registration and brochure will be available soon. If you would like to receive the brochure as soon as it is available, please call the Health Ministries Program at (937) 734-9454(937) 734-9454 or send an email.