Keynotes


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The Power at Hand

A powerfully motivating keynote session that will inspire individuals to "rethink" their approach to long term care and interactions with not only our elders, but with anyone with whom we come in contact. Power can mean the ability to act; the capacity for action or performance; or the capability of producing an effect. Each of us possess this power; yet, many have not figured out how to "tap in" to that particular skill, much less how to use it properly. Abraham Maslow states, "We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings." The challenge comes in discovering those skills and determining how to use them to make life better for those with whom we come in contact. Each of us want to see the difference that we can make in people's lives. Come and learn as Cat shares thought-provoking, heart-touching and emotional stories, teaching us how to "tap the power" and discover the "gifts" that lie deep within each of us.

Session Length: 1 hour

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings

Of COURSE I'm a LeaderI'm the Boss!

Cats two favorite questions to individuals are: What if? and Why not? People continue to argue whether leaders are made or born. And to what end? The true leader ignores the arguments and concentrates on how to become better! Leadership is action; translating vision into reality - it is not a position or title. Youve heard the expression, lead, follow, or get out of the way? Soare you the leader or the follower? Just because youre in a position of leadership does not mean that individuals will automatically follow you. Come to this session to learn necessary, common-sense, real life leadership skills. Determine if you are a Dictator, Commentator, Agitator, or Terminatorand learn how to become the leader who supports, motivates and inspires! If you are able to increase your skills, it will become easier for people to want to follow you, paving the way to superior quality care and quality of life. Be prepared to laugh and learn as Cat parodies some of our departmental and bossy ways.

Session Length: 1 hour

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings



The 11 Things You Can Control Every Day of Your Life

We all know how it feels to lose control of our day. A resident has "issues" before you can even get into the door of the facility. Staff have left messages on your voice mail, and notes all over your desk. Families feel that you were hired "just for them..." And that's just at work!! What about when you get home? Feel like the world is spinning out of control? Ever said, "it's just out of my hands..."? Those thoughts can result in doubts about your abilities as a caregiver, devalue your worth as a person, foster a lack of confidence in your skills as a professional, and just plain "wear you out!"

 

Whatever the events happen to be, there is little we can do to prevent them from occurring. However, we should realize that there are some things in life that we CAN control. We can prevent life's little diversions from completely derailing us day after day. This session will offer guidance and recommendations for exercising techniques to regain "control" of your life and work.

 

Session Length: 1 hour


Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings


Surviving the Business With Humor

Would you say that health care providers have a slightly "warped" sense of humor?? Let's face it! We laugh at situations that others would find horrifying! It doesn't mean that we are unprofessional, uncaring, or insensitive. Those "light moments" help us get through an extremely stressful or painful time, and allow us "longevity" in this industry. This session takes a look at the humorous side of health care. Through the humor we see very real resident/client issues and what we, as providers, should have in place to meet those issues. Utilizing humor and laughter, participants will learn necessary techniques to maintain a balance in providing care that is both meaningful and realistic. Cat ends this session with a "Jeff Foxworthy-take" on the "Top 10 Ways" you can tell you work in health care. Let's face it - without humor, how else are you going to survive?

 

Session Length: 1 hour

 

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings

 


Are You Fired Up? or Just Have That Burning Sensation?!

"I'm quitting!! I just can't do this anymore!" Tired? Overworked? Unappreciated? Frustrated? This session will address the challenges that healthcare professionals face each day at work and home. The session is not "just another stress management" lecture; it has been developed specifically for the long-term care professional. How do you stay "up" all the time? How do you keep your enthusiasm and energy? What motivates you to continue in this very stressful field? These questions and more will be answered at this motivating, uplifting session!

 

Session Length: 1.5 hours

 

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings


Just for this Week...

Could you accept a challenge for "just a week?" Cat started 2013 off balance and with a heavy heart. Her Mother had reached the advanced stages of Alzheimer's, with resulting death in February. Wanting to turn a profoundly sad, life-changing event into something positive, Cat began a blog entitled, "Just for this week..." in January, 2013. (www.catselman.me) The intent was to challenge herself to do something different and positive in the world each week, helping others, and in turn, help herself through a difficult time. She got the bright idea that if she could persuade others to not only follow what she was doing, but to also "join" her each week, countless lives could be influenced in a positive way. Thousands of followers later, in over 77 countries, the blog can be considered a success! The response to the blog, and the issued "challenges," has been tremendous! Join Cat as she shares some of the more memorable stories and responses. Laugh (quite a lot) and learn (quite a lot) as she challenges us to do more for ourselves and others! Won't you join us? Just for this week...

 

Session Length: 1-1.5 hours

 

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings


As if I wasnt even there

The caregiver-resident relationship is the cornerstone of the long term care profession. A sound relationship enhances trust and encourages continuity of care, both of which contribute to resident health and well-being. A weak relationship, on the other hand, can affect resident care negatively and has been shown to place a professional or facility at a higher risk for complaints and even lawsuits. Many times, our staff completes care (good nursing care) without saying one word to the resident. We get the job done, but it is almost done in spite of the resident. There are no conversations, no true interaction, based on knowledge of the individuals life. CMS has been focusing on this area of care and quality of life since the release of their Psychosocial Negative Outcomes Guide; however, our staff continue to provide care the old way. We need to build caring relationships between our staff and residents. We need to teach our staff effective communication techniques for working with persons who have dementia, and hold them accountable when they are not utilized. In this session, Cat will share how to build a caring atmosphere and improve relationships between your residents and staff. Remember, its more than "just getting the job done." HOW did you do it?

Session Length: 1.5 hours

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings


Do We Know Where We're Going? The Future of the Activity Profession

Reduction of staff hours; challenges to training, education, and qualifications; evolvement of the universal worker; the MDS 3.0; conflict and dissension within the profession; lack of professionalism and ethics. Are we spinning our wheels? Are we going backwards? Or is this a time when we can renew, redefine and promote a profession that truly provides quality of life to elders? We need effective advocacy that is based on a holistic capacity-building model for change. Looking forward to the future, Cat addresses the profession's challenges and outlines the necessary leadership, policy/regulatory mandates, and strategic planning that is needed for continued growth and evolvement. Get the facts on what is considered a qualified activity professional, and learn the lessons of how to be that professional! Come to this session with an open mind, courage and a strong commitment to face the profession's challenges.

 

Session Length: 1.5 hours

 

Intended Audience: Activity/Recreation Professionals


Change, Cutbacks, and Cooties - The Common Sense Approach to Dealing with Stress

When you were a little boy or girl, did someone at one time or another say, Ooh! You have cooties! For most of us, we had no idea what a cootie was, or whether or not we actually had them. BUT, we knew whatever they were, they were BAD!!! As we got older, we realized that cooties were a pretend infectious disease given to a child of the opposite sex under the age of ten, usually by another child of the opposite sex, as an insult. As adults, we finally figured out that puberty makes ones permanently immune to cooties! However, at the time, those old cooties sure worried us a lot and caused a lot of stress. We never thought that there would be something out there WORSE than cooties! More budget cuts? Tighten our belts?! Figure it out!? Wow! Do you feel like you're going under for the last and final time? Looking for relief somewhere? ANY WHERE? Cities, states, nations, businesses, and individuals are all experiencing budgetary and staffing cuts. For some, these cuts, and other changes, can become utter devastation. For others, they confront their losses, make the necessary adjustments, and move on. So what makes the difference, and how can we learn to adjust and succeed? In this very humorous and motivating session, Cat will discuss the challenges we are facing, and offer proven techniques to accept the continuous changes and stress in our lives.

Session Length: 1 to 1.5 hours (session may be adjusted to fit specific agendas/schedules)

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings.


Whats WRONG with Being a Good Follower??

Absolutely nothing!! If it were not for good followers there would be no good leaders. As Aristotle once said, He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. Not everyone becomes (or wants to be) a leader; however, those who follow will no longer accept old fashioned leaders, full of authoritative ideas and who impose new management techniques on others. They want leaders with deep-rooted human values and who respect the talent and contributions given by others. In this session, Cat will focus on attributes of the follower to emphasize contributions that are integral to the facility teams successand provide strategies for the development of a stronger team. We would get nowhere fast, if all we had were leaders.

Session Length: 1 to1.5 hours

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings


Cant Never Could!

As a child, every time I uttered those two defeating words, "I can't," my Mother would always tell me, "Can't never could!" She went on to explain that if I automatically believed that I could not accomplish a particular task, attain a certain goal, or meet some type of benchmark, then I would most certainly fail. She explained further that if I thought I could accomplish anything, and made the attempt, most times I would be successful! If I did not at least try, I would never know whether I could, or could not. Just words, but words with a profound effect on an individual's life.At some time in our lives, we get to a point where we feel like giving up. Sometimes we give up before we even start, and other times we give up just before we are about to become successful. What makes the difference for individuals? How can we learn to conquer our fears and make the attempt? Belief in one's self andpositive mental attitudes can improve health, enhance relationships, increase chances of success, and add years to your life. Come join Cat as she shares stories and strategies that teach the power of confidence and positive attitude.

Session Length: 1 hour

Intended Audience: All disciplines; All settings