Caring for Whole Persons: (April 2018) Web Recording
Caring for Whole Persons: Surprising Opportunities for Well Being Through the End of Life Ira Byock, MD was recorded April 2018. Illness and dying cannot be fully encompassed by the problem-based model of medicine. Beyond symptoms and suffering, dying is a profound personal experience for the individual as well as for his or her family. The concept of "personhood" and the conceptual framework of human development will be presented as tools for understanding the nature of suffering and nature of opportunity associated with the time of human life we call "dying." Developmental landmarks and taskwork suggested by this framework are presented and illustrated by stories. A therapeutic approach to fostering human development through the end of life can empower clinicians to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life, and guide the people we serve to a satisfying sense of life completion and life closure. The value of accompanying patients with life-limiting illness and the components of a "therapeutic stance:" Competence, Reliability, Honesty, Authenticity, Non-Attachment, and Imagination Two distinct applications of Imagination are part of the "ground substance of therapeutics:" Receptive Imagination which physicians use to come into imaginative alignment with a patient and Generative Imagination through which physicians identify and explore opportunities from the patient's perspective. Eligible for CE credit upon successful completion of a quiz.
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