Past Continuing Education Offerings
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Past Continuing Education Events

Below are recordings of some of the past continuing education events of EMU at Lancaster. 
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Self-Care for Caregivers

Healthcare professionals function in a stressful setting in the best of times. When faced with situations like the current COVID 19 crises, healthcare providers, their families, and their patients experience even greater pressures. In this webinar, we will identify how stress and trauma can manifest in our lives, our family and our patients. Participants will learn to recognize the importance of self-care and develop a self-care and resilience plan which can be implemented immediately.

Presenter: Beth Good, PhD. has her master’s in public health nursing and her PhD in nursing science and research. 

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Nervous Systems in an Anxious Time: The Neurobiology of Crisis, Trauma & Resilience

Unparalleled. Unprecedented. Extraordinary. Whatever descriptor you use for the COVID-19 global crisis, it is clear that humanity is facing a species-defining moment as we learn to live with the virus and its impacts. How have our brains and nervous systems evolved to respond to crisis and trauma? What supports and enhances our capacity for resilience? How can individuals tip the balance of experience toward post-traumatic growth? Join Dr. Gregory Czyszczon as we explore these topics through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology.  

Presenter: Dr. Gregory Czyszczon is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Eastern Mennonite University.

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Trauma-informed strategies for Healthcare providers: During and After COVID-19

This webinar will take the mystery out of what it means to provide trauma-informed health care, and will give health providers hands-on knowledge and strategies to provide trauma-informed care during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidance related to:

●      Understanding how primary and secondary psychological trauma affects our patients|
●      Taking trauma into account when interacting with the patient 
●      Underlying trauma responses that may impact patient treatment success or failure and how to assess for and mitigate those.
●      Somatization of trauma (how stress and trauma can affect us physically, including common psychosomatic medical symptoms seen in health care settings).
●      Using appropriate differential diagnosis to avoid over-diagnosing psychosomatic symptoms. 
●      Knowing when to incorporate a mental health practitioner into the patient's treatment team to address psychosomatic or trauma induced medical symptoms or other mental health needs.

Janelle Bitikofer, MSW, LCSW is a mental health and addictions counselor, medical social worker, and trainer with more than twenty years of experience assisting individuals and families, and strengthening health systems. 

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Helping Parents Respond to the Impact

This webinar will focus on the impact of the waves (overwhelm) and wounds (trauma) on the body, brain and behavior and some tools to release trauma energy, re-integrate the brain and self-regulation. Calm, caring and regulated adults are one of the best resources for children.

Presenter: Elaine Zook Barge is a trauma and resilience educator for individuals and organizations dealing with stress and adversity. 

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