E19 - Creating an Effective and Efficient Stress Reduction Program for Patients and Practitioners (1.50 CEs)
Date & Time
Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Kathy Gruver
Through the use of personal examples, client history, humor and slide presentation, Kathy Gruver will explain in-depth the warning signs of stress and how we can use various personal techniques to overcome the stress response. We incorrectly believe that stress is the problem – something overwhelming us that we cannot control. Yet stress isn't really the problem. It's our personal reaction to stress that is the fundamental issue. Based on a program Gruver created for the U.S. military, she teaches practical and proven methods in a group setting and leads everyone in a visualization for progressive muscle relaxation, and mini-meditation. Gruver also discusses how we can use visualization to boost our immune function and improve sports and work performance outcomes. Additionally, you’ll explore how our words and affirmations can make a difference in our daily lives. Also the session will incorporate all of our senses in daily mindfulness to decrease the stress response and gain control over our reactions, bringing us to greater peace and productivity. Attendees will walk away with an increased sense of control over stress, and practical tools that can be immediately put to use in their everyday lives.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Define the warning signs of stress and master the ability to recognize them in themselves, co-workers and patients.
  • Practice a mini-meditation and mindfulness techniques for self-care and explain them to others.
  • Explain how thoughts and words affect our health, and demonstrate use of affirmations and visualization for enhanced health.