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Preconference sessions

Preconference workshop 2:

SOS: Save Our Staff, Save Ourselves — Leadership, Burnout and Awakening Compassion

Leadership strategies for navigating organization and individual strain, and connecting the pieces of the puzzle to awaken compassion

Instructors: Ali Hall, JD; Melody Cole, MS, RDN, CD; Jenny Rodefeld, MSW, LCSW

Learner level: Intermediate to advanced

Continuing Education hours: 6

Today’s leaders are faced with many challenges, from enhancing employee well-being and retention to producing high-functioning teams, supporting staff compassionately and guiding staff through multiple varieties of strain. Particularly, strain from burnout and secondary trauma are processes of change that happen in us, our coworkers and our teams, in response to relentless stress and exposure to others’ trauma. Over time, this can lead to changes in our psychological, physical and spiritual life that also affect our family, our organization and those we serve. Those very qualities that make us effective with others — such as empathy, compassion or caring — may leave us more vulnerable to burnout and secondary trauma, yet may provide us with significant protective factors as well!

Each participant will emerge with specific and concrete ideas for healing and protecting from strain, and leadership ideas for helping their coworkers, teams and organizations do the same. We will focus on the role compassion plays in being a leader as well as MI-enabled skills that contribute to increased empathy and trust to enhance organizational change and engage team members.

Workshop learning objectives:

  • Explore the sources and individual/organizational impacts of strain
  • Engage in self- and organizational-reflective activities
  • Conceptualize coping strategies for healing and change plans to work proactively with sources of strain
  • Consider ways to express compassion through MI microskills
  • Practice giving and receiving constructive coaching through a guiding style
  • Apply MI-enabled leadership skills to real-life scenarios

Preconference workshop 3:

Attention students! Special preconference workshop

A joint presentation with the UW–Madison Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

*Reach out to ashley.kuehl@wisc.edu for a custom student registration link. This session is for full-time students attending accredited institutions of higher learning.

Building Skills in MI for Interprofessional Team-Based Practice: An Effective and Versatile Approach

Instructors: Amy Parins, MPAS, PA-C; Beth Martin, PhD, MS, RPh, FAPhA; Michelle Drapkin, PhD; Yasyn Lee, MD

Learner level: Beginner

Continuing Education hours: 6

Motivational Interviewing is a communication approach that can be effectively applied in many healthcare professional settings. Healthcare professionals, in any area of service, are likely to encounter people who might be reluctant to embrace change in their behaviors, thoughts and attitudes. Everyone on a health/social care team can benefit from learning and incorporating this skill into their interprofessional practice.

This interactive workshop will create a rich learning environment for the reinforcement of the common processes of MI. An interprofessional/interdisciplinary team of facilitators will bolster participants’ confidence in the use of MI through introspection, small and large group practice, video, didactic discussion and modeling. Participants will work across professions to bring their respective training, expertise and anticipated use of MI to collaboratively apply the skills and style.

Workshop learning objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of having MI skills and knowledge across a range of professions
  • Define your own role in helping people resolve ambivalence
  • Describe MI in the context of your profession and the interprofessional team
  • Apply MI skills in interprofessional case scenarios

UW CIPE Motivational Interviewing Badge

Students who participate in this interprofessional preconference workshop will receive a formal UW–Madison IPE digital badge through UW CIPE called the Interprofessional Motivational Interviewing Badge (IPE MI Badge). The UW CIPE Badger Program is the branch of the UW–Madison Badger program that provides focused IPE academic training called IPE Badges. Successful completion of the IPE MI Badge, as a formal microcredential, signifies the achievement of competence in interprofessional MI.

The IPE MI Badge can be showcased via personal profile, social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) and/or shared with potential employers as a way to help you articulate the skills you have gained from completing the badge criteria. This badge also counts toward the UW IPE Path of Distinction.

Preconference-approved Continuing Education Hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists and others

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UW–Madison Continuing Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the programs and their content.

By participating in a preconference session you will earn:

  • Instructional hours: 6
  • American Psychological Association — Continuing Education hours: 6
  • Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services — Substance Abuse Counselors Continuing Education hours: 6
  • Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services — Marriage and Family Therapists Continuing Education hours: 6
  • Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services — Social Workers Continuing Education hours: 6
  • Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services — Licensed Professional Counselors Continuing Education hours: 6

Explanation of Continuing Education hours.