Using Positive Psychological Approaches in Resident Engagement During a Pandemic


Using Positive Psychological Approaches in Resident Engagement During a Pandemic

COVID-19Life EnrichmentNon-Drug Therapeutic StrategiesQuality of Life

Live Webinar: Tuesday, August 25th, from 1pm – 2pm EST

During this session the participants will learn about how to engage residents during the pandemic using positive psychological approaches to care. The cornerstones of positive psychology, practice philosophies, and practical hands-on examples of how to use these techniques in your agency will be provided. The goal will be to increase your curiosity so you will naturally want to learn these techniques to promote engagement.

Participants will be able to:

  • Verbalize the three cornerstones in positive psychology (i.e., positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions) and how they relate to recreational therapy practice for older adults with dementia.
  • Verbalize at least one philosophy (e.g., The Best Friends Approach™) and how you can use this philosophy within your practice.
  • Develop one action item that you can immediately incorporate at your agency that will enhance resident engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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*All attendees will receive 1-hour of NCCAP, NCCDP and NAB CEU credits for attending the live webinar.

Dr. Nancy Richeson
Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Dr. Nancy Richeson’s research interests included creating evidence-based practice recreational therapy by testing the effects of such interventions as animal-assisted therapy, Reiki, and pedometers. She coordinated USM’s online gerontology program and she taught courses in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department as well as health/geriatric-related course work, including wellness education and health in later years. She has been on the board of directors for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Jenn Taylor, Ph.D., CTRS
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Jenn Taylor, PhD, CTRS, has been a nationally certified recreational therapist for more than fifteen years, and she has served diverse populations in public health, parks and recreation, corrections, behavioral health, and long-term care settings. She brings a multi-disciplinary approach to community based health interventions and aims to positively affect clinical health outcomes in practice. In addition to being a corporate trainer, she has spoken at regional, state and national conferences and delivered the keynote address for the California Park and Recreation Society- Recreation Therapy Institute.