Fairfield University’s Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies to host two community conferences

Media Contact: Teddy DeRosa, tderosa@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2118

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 4, 2016) — Fairfield University will host two conferences in April for professionals in the fields of palliative care and trauma and recovery for first responders. Theses events are open to the press for coverage.

Best Practices in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Children and Families is a half-day educational workshop for professionals dedicated to improving palliative care. Held in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room at Fairfield University on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., the cost of the event is $35, which includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

The conference will promote an improved understanding of pediatric palliative care and its role in pediatric medicine, develop an understanding of the experience of working with dying children and identify strategies that the healthcare team could implement to minimize suffering and maximize support for bereaved parents. It will also discuss the impact an interprofessional healthcare team has on a child’s quality of life when living with a complex medical condition.

Keynote speaker Kerry Moss, will deliver a lecture titled, “Pediatric Palliative Care and the Experience of Working with the Dying Child. Dr. Moss works in the Hematology/Oncology & Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.

The conference is sponsored by the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University and the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care.

To register, visit https://www.fairfield.edu/palliative-conference/

On April 30, The Egan School, in partnership with the Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network (FCTRN) and the Sandy Hook Community Foundation will host “Trauma and Recover for First Responders: A Community Coming Together,” for firefighters, police, EMTs, nurses, physicians and mental health therapists. 

Untreated trauma disrupts the brain’s ability to process in healthy ways, which can lead to depression, anxiety, or alcoholism. This conference will highlight the services available to first responders, and what can be done to improve the issue of facing trauma. 

The conference will be held in the Dolan School of Business on April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature guest speakers in the healthcare field, workshops on treatment and resiliency in the face of trauma, and real-life stories from first responders.   

Dr. Robbie Adler-Tapia will deliver the keynote, “We Can Do Better: Bringing the Management of Workplace Trauma Exposure to the 21st Century.” Dr. Adler-Tapia is a licensed psychologist who previously worked as a firefighter and an emergency medical technician (EMT).  She is currently an employee assistance provider for law enforcement, firefighters and first responders, as well as a team member for the National Fallen Firefighters, “Taking Care of Our Own” Program. 

Participants will also be educated about effective treatments for dealing with trauma, specifically Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment created to relieve stressful memories through developing coping mechanisms. It is considered to be one of the most highly effective treatments for trauma. 

To register, visit https://www.fairfield.edu/trauma-conference/

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Posted on April 8, 2016

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