2024 Winter Course Workshops

Workshop Design Playbook

Presented by Gita Mehta and Jeffrey Stein

Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM 

A workshop begins, as most things do, with a vision, and a conversation. Taking it to fruition requires careful planning. In this workshop we will explore steps required for planning a workshop through a mind mapping process and contrast it with using a checklist. We will practice using a 5-column model to organize the building blocks for a session. We will reflect on how concepts of inclusivity and psychological safety, and relationship centered care principles are best incorporated when designing a workshop.
This interactive workshop provides an opportunity to share your workshop dream with
colleagues, share successes and challenges, and gain insight from their experience.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Discuss workshop planning approaches applicable to workshop design
  • Structure workshop design principles around an organizing system - specifically using the f-column design
  • Explore how to incorporate RCC and DEI principles in workshop design

Increasing Emotional Intelligence for Improved Relationship-Centered Communication

Presented by Auguste H. Fortin VI and Andrew A. Chang

Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Clinicians and others often suppress and ignore their own emotions as a defense against the daily suffering that occurs in the healthcare system. This can lessen their ability to read and respond to another’s emotion. Recognizing, eliciting and responding to emotions are key features of relationship-centered communication (RCC) and of Emotional Intelligence (EI). The ACH’s RCC Workshop teaches important skills that are fundamental to EI. This experiential workshop will build on the RCC skills to deepen participants’ ability to recognize emotion in themselves and others and build a repertoire of empathic responses. Mindfulness techniques, exercises from the work of Paul Eckman, and paired activities to perceive one’s own emotional state will be used. Participants will receive a pocket card of empathic responses. Participants will feel better able to recognize and accept their own emotional state and the emotional state of others and will feel better equipped to respond with authentic and accurate empathy.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between emotions and feelings
  • Accurately recognize five emotions in another
  • Feel increased ability to recognize and accept own emotion
  • Describe STOP mnemonic and its use
  • Define components of NURS
  • Use various NURS statements in response to another's emotion

From the FITFAB Archives: Closing Learning Groups

Presented by: Darra Kingsley and Ellen Pearlman

Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Through this workshop, participants will explore the different reactions and behaviors that occur in response to the closing of group, and the challenges that emerge as a consequence. Participants will have the opportunity to practice facilitating some of these challenging situations and to reflect on their own reactions to the closing of a group.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Review the challenges, themes, reactions, and behaviors that emerge at the closing of a group
  • Explore the experiences with these themes and reactions
  • Review the tasks of ending the group
  • Explore approaches to different emotional reactions in a participant
  • Explore own emotions and own journey of Winter Course event 

From the FITFAB Archives: Polarity Mapping

Presented by Tara Bristol Rouse and Laura Kirk

Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Through this workshop, participants will be able to describe the difference between problems and polarities and contrast EITHER/OR thinking with BOTH/AND thinking. Participants will have the opportunity to use their own example of a polarity and be taken through the steps of using a polarity navigator to arrive at a way to maximize the best of both polarities. The ability to navigate polarities is extremely useful in approaching polarizing topics in our world as well as understanding “rubs” at a personal level.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between a problem and a polarity
  • Discuss clues for indentifying polarities
  • Review common polarities
  • Describe the experience of polarity thinking and suffering paradox
  • Identify personal experience with polarity thinking
  • Express how polarity mapping can help navigate paradox