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CANCELLED - Relationship-Based Health Care and Coaching - 6 CEs
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When: Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Regis College (Upper Student Union)
235 Wellesley St.
Weston, Massachusetts  02453
United States

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We apologize,


but this course has been cancelled.



John Livingstone, MD
Joanne Gaffney, RN, LICSW
Continental breakfast included.
Lunch on your own in Regis Cafeteria.


Informed by the authors’ new textbook*, this interactive and experiential program will summarize updated evidence-based theory relevant to the interpersonal side of health care from clinical research in psychology and interpersonal neurobiology. We will show how both traditional strategies of clinical social work and updated, universal, strategies and tactics linked to advances in theoretical understanding can be applied in health care settings when the goals include health-related information transfer, health behavior change, and treatment decision making. Strategies for working in health care teams alongside physicians and allied professionals will be discussed. New dimensions in emotion self-care, especially while interviewing clients and working with other professionals, will be presented and practiced by participants in a psychologically “safe” context.


*Relationship Power in Health Care: Science of Behavior Change, Decision Making, and Clinician Self-Care. CRC/Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London. 2016


Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to...

  1. Identify four factors that strongly influence the outcome of interviewing health care and wellness clients when the goals are behavior change, information assimilation, or decision-making.
  2. Name a) three major strategies or tactics that facilitate health behavior change, decision-making, and information transfer and b) chose three examples of verbal or action behaviors by clinicians that are barriers to good outcome.
  3. List (or choose) steps of a protocol to practice emotion/belief self-care while interviewing clients.

John Livingstone, M.D., an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School at McLean Hospital, was founding director of Children’s Outpatient Services and Team Clinic, and helped develop the certification exam in Health and Wellness Coaching for the National Board of Medical Examiners. He trained social work students for 15 years to evaluate and work with children and their parents. In private practice of psychotherapy and health coaching for individuals, couples, parents, he is devoted to improving health care and to developing a science-base for health behavior change, decision-making, and clinician emotional self-care. His co-authored textbook speaks to these topics.


Joanne Gaffney, RN, LICSW has been practicing psychotherapy with individuals and couples for over 30 years and has specialized in the treatment of trauma and addictions. These specializations have broadened her understanding and skill in helping clients with behavior change and to recognize and regulate emotions in the body. Her early nursing career was as charge nurse on a busy medical floor and as an ICU/CCU nurse. She brought these skills to the nurse health coaching project, where she and her husband created the curriculum and taught and supervised nurse health coaches to include the emotional content of their patients in their coaching. Their co-authored text book brings the information from all these experiences to support all health care practitioners to recognize the power of, and to develop the skill of, emotional connection in health care.


Approved for 6 CEs for Social Workers and LMHCs.


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