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Finding Family at the 2017 CFHA Annual Conference

Posted By Matthew P. Martin, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Families and Health Blog welcomes you to the 2017 annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association! We have prepared this post of suggested concurrent education sessions for conference attendees who are interested in a special focus on families and health.


Is There Gold at the End of the Rainbow (Friday)

SUMMARY: Kinship caregivers of children in Protective Services custody often take on the caregiver role during a time of family crisis. The assistance of a Family Navigator, a paraprofessional with lived experience, demonstrated a reduced stress level in 74% of kinship caregivers at the Harris County Protective Services Clinic during a pilot project in 2015. These services were supported by a grant from the Hogg Foundation and were part of the clinic's Integrated Care Model.


Enhancing Medical Professionals' Compassion: An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach (Friday)

SUMMARY: This presentation will provide results from a collaborative research study in which behavioral health and medical professionals jointly trained medical residents in enhancing their compassionate response in breaking bad news to patients and family members.


Collaborative Family Healthcare in Specialty Settings - A Live Family Interview (Saturday)

SUMMARY: The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the intersection of illness and family issues. A therapist will conduct a live interview with a local family and a panel of physicians and therapists will discuss the case. Audience members will have time at the end for questions.


Family-Oriented Care Presents Obstacles, We Present Solutions (Saturday)

SUMMARY: This presentation will address common challenges associated with treating patients with their families in integrated care practices and settings. The presenters will provide a brief overview of three key barriers, will review current best practices and evidence-based guidance, and will illustrate dilemmas and the solutions in a role-play based on an actual patient/family clinical scenario.


Meeting Pediatric Behavioral Health Needs in Primary Care (Saturday)

SUMMARY: This session discusses the benefits and challenges of expanding integrated behavioral health to pediatric primary care and presents the data collected from a needs assessment, identifications of barriers, and provider education intervention within a large

Northwest health system.


Deepening our understanding of physical, emotional, and relational pain through interdisciplinary practitioner, patient, and family collaboration (Saturday)

SUMMARY: This presentation will describe how a collaborative approach between family therapists, a physician, the patient, and family facilitated an effective treatment outcome for an adolescent patient dealing with chronic pain. A deeper understanding of the bi-directional impact of the medical condition and the psychosocial stressors of adolescence and parent-child relationships will be discussed as well as a description of the treatment model and interventions that resulted in the treatment gains.

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