Conference at UNCW to Look at the Human Side of Healthcare May 5

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington will encourage healthcare providers to think about the human side of health at a conference titled "Focusing on the Person Beyond the Paperwork," 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 5 in McNeill Hall.

Sponsored by the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS), the conference will bring together a variety of healthcare professionals to talk about ways to work together through a "strength-based" approach that builds on client and community strengths. The strength-based approach complements inter-professional practice, shifting the focus of healthcare providers from simply diagnosing what is wrong with a client and telling them what to do, to working collaboratively with clients to help them identify their goals and create plans that use their personal strengths and resources to meet these goals.

"One of the biggest challenges our graduates face is working in teams with people from other disciplines," notes Lori Messinger, director of the UNCW School of Social Work and coordinator of the conference planning team. "Social workers, nurses, health educators, recreation therapists and athletic trainers often work with the same clients in healthcare settings, and we need to learn how we can best work together."

Students, educators, and health and human service workers are all encouraged to attend the conference:

The keynote address will be given by Dennis Saleebey, professor emeritus in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. He will discuss the future of strengths perspective in inter-professional practice. A panel discussion will feature internationally recognized professionals specializing in strength-based practice in social work, nursing, gerontology, recreational therapy and public health education. The panel will include Saleebey; CHHS dean Charles Hardy; Marilyn Guglicicci, director of geriatrics education and research at the University of New England; Lynn Anderson, professor and chair of the department of recreation, parks and leisure studies at SUNY Cortland; and Nasrin Falsafi, UNCW School of Nursing assistant professor. They will discuss how each of their disciplines moves beyond traditional practices with concepts like resiliency, person-directed practice and community engagement.

The conference will include a music and movement session designed to keep participants moving during the conference and a series of workshops focused on leisure and recreation, innovative models for practice with older adults, educating students on inter-professional strength-based practice and how to success in inter-professional practice in health care settings.

UNCW CHHS was established to make a positive impact on the health and quality of life of residents of the state of North Carolina and beyond.  The overarching goal of CHHS is to help individuals, families and communities live healthier, more prosperous and more productive lives. CHHS includes three professional schools: School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and School of Health and Applied Human Sciences.

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