Using Positive Psychological Approaches in Resident Engagement

On-Demand Webinars: Using Positive Psychological Approaches in Resident Engagement

Using Positive Psychological Approaches in Resident Engagement

Behavioral Management/InterventionCognitive ResearchLife EnrichmentQuality of Life

Recorded on: 06/11/2019

Live Webinar: Tuesday, June 11th, from 1pm – 2pm EST

Join us for a presentation and discussion on how to transform care for older adults using positive psychology. We will begin by understanding the tenants of positive psychology; positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. This session will compare and contrast positive psychology care philosophies and encourage practitioners to reflect on how they provide recreation and activity programming for older adults using up-to-date brain science. Discussion time will be provided and an action plan using new techniques and recourses will be encouraged.


Dr. Nancy Richeson
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Dr. Nancy Richeson has been at the forefront of developing recreational therapy interventions for use in the care of older adults. “Non-drug, psycho-social interventions are important alternatives because pharmacological treatments have limited effectiveness for certain behaviors in older adults with dementia––and can have serious side effects.”

Dr. Richeson’s research interests include creating evidence-based practice in recreational therapy by testing the effects of such interventions as animal-assisted therapy, Reiki, and pedometers. In addition to coordinating USM’s online gerontology program, she teaches a variety of courses in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department as well as health/geriatric-related course work, including wellness education and health in later years.

Recently Dr. Richeson and her colleagues developed a recreational therapy assessment in long-term care titled the BANDI-RT. She has been on the board of directors for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification. She was recognized as the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Member of the Year in 2003 and in 2011 was awarded the Scholarly Achievement award. In 2012, Dr. Richeson took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the American Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Charles de Vilmorin
Linked Senior

Charles de Vilmorin is the co-founder and CEO of Linked Senior, a resident engagement platform for senior care. He has more than 9 years of experience in the healthcare and long-term care field. He is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Validation Method Worker.