Healthcare professionals not only need fresh ways of presenting material to staff; they also need ways of relating creative training techniques to their topic. Most creative training books are geared toward business or school settings. This course offers specific ideas for those who work in healthcare and aging. The emphasis is on having fun, because relaxed learners learn more, but the techniques are scientifically backed. You will learn, for example, how an optical illusion can drive home a key point and how motion enhances memory. Attendees will enjoy hands-on experiences illustrating the role of humor, play, and imagination in learning, and most importantly, they will leave with dozens of concrete examples and resources.
Creative Training for Healthcare and Aging: Rejuvenate Your Techniques; Regain Your Enthusiasm
Speaker(s): Kathy Laurenhue, M.A.
2 hours – 1 day
Number of participants:
Who will benefit from this seminar:
Activity directors and staff at adult day centers and long-term care communities responsible for staff training
Kathy Laurenhue is CEO of Wiser Now, Inc., a multimedia publishing and staff development company that emphasizes well-being in aging as reflected in its tagline, “Backed by science, fueled by fun.” Research is revealing throughout life it’s as important to keep our social connections active as our brain connections. Therefore learning new information while nurturing our relationships with one another is the ultimate goal of everything Wiser Now produces.
Kathy has a master’s degree in instructional technology (multimedia training) and an undergraduate degree in English. She is an advisor to the Humor Academy that is part of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). Kathy has given training seminars throughout the United States and Australia, and has developed multimedia training materials for national companies in both countries.
Kathy is the author of the Creative Mind Play Collections, and Getting to Know the Life Stories of Older Adults: Activities for Building Relationships (Health Professions Press, 2007). She also co-developed the Elder Care Conversations program, a USB of 12 modules aimed to improve activity programming.