LAUGHTER: A SERIOUS MEDICINE - The New England Journal of Medicine reports that negative thoughts increase blood pressure, activate stress hormones, weaken immune systems, making it easier for us to fall sick.  Norman Cousins asks in his book, Anatomy of an Illness, "If negative emotions produce negative chemical changes in the body, wouldn't positive emotions produce chemical changes?"  Is it possible that laughter, confidence and the will to live have therapeutic value?  This seminar answers that question.  Along with teaching the therapeutic benefits of humor, this program will demonstrate specific techniques to manage life's #1 health problem - stress.  Workable group bonding modalities are also taught in this program.

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OVERCOMING ADVERSITY - WITH A "LITTLE" ADJUSTMENT - On June 17, 1972 Greg Little's life changed forever. Following a horrific automobile accident, he survived a traumatic brain surgery (TBI), an eight day coma, weeks of paralysis and had to relearn how to walk and talk. He was faced with the normal consequences of TBI, such as short-term memory loss, anxiety/depression and poor impulse control. He now teaches groups how they are limited only by their own ability to adapt. This program currently available in breakout and keynote formats only.

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​PLANNING QUALITY OF LIFE IN LONG-TERM CARE - One or two days of "hands-on" experience for participants.  Seminar features an interdisciplinary approach; Age Appropriateness; More than 100 therapeutic activities for the aging; Motivational techniques for residents and staff; Activities for specific elderly groups (confused and/or bedbound, including comatose); The "how-to's" of writingmeasurable goals for ALL levels of functioning in order to comply with regulatory agencies; Handouts; CEU's offered wherever possible.

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​​LEISURE COUNSELING & CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: NOT FOR THE BACK BURNER - Individuals receiving treatment for chemical dependencies (CD) often view recreational activities offered during their stay in treatment as a break from attending lectures or individual sessions.  It is important they realize that what they started doing in their free time is the reason they are in treatment. The typical drug addict began using drugs and/or alcohol at age 14.  Soon, all of their "leisure activities" involved chemicals. This session will provide an eye-opening explanation as to the importance of leisure skill development. While experiential in nature, it provides problem solving activities, which can be employed in multiple therapy sessions.  It is appropriate for the entire interdisciplinary treatment team.

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