Called to Care: Integration of Positive Psychology
Section: Private Practice
Co-Section: Neurology
Session Code: PP-2A-8492
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Room: Room 205

Speaker(s):   Laurence Benz, DPT, MAPP

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Called to Care is a clinical research study and an initiative to integrate evidence-based positive psychology topics and interventions into the practice of physical therapy. Key topics deemed practical and portable from the science of positive psychology were chosen with the goal to facilitate better patient experiences and renewing or enhancing physical therapists' sense of purpose or meaningful work. Physical therapists participated in a blended training that included experiential, didactic, collaborative, and self-paced online portal including training in empathy, compassion, self-efficacy, active constructive communication, and high-quality connections. Results showed significant improvements among Called to Care trained physical therapists versus those who had not undergone the training. Integrating practical and portable evidence-based positive psychology topics positively impact patient health care experiences. This session will detail the topics and research about Called to Care, and it will also provide a curriculum that research suggests should be part of every health care provider's training.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define positive psychology and its role in positive health.
2. Explain the 4 components of empathy and how empathy training can influence physical therapists’ behavior.
3. Describe the Compassion and Relational Empathy (CARE) measure and its role in health care.
4. Integrate positive psychology principles within a physical therapy framework

CEU: 0.2

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