RN, MN; Clinical Nurse Specialist/Assoc Clinical Professor, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Poster Title: Care Conversations with Clients about Life Limiting Illness, Dying and Death
Poster Description: Conversations with clients about their care regarding their life limiting illness, dying, and death should be initiated early on when there is a diagnosis of a life limiting illness. These therapeutic conversations should not be left to the last days or hours to determine clients’ wishes.
- To learn how to explore the experiences about life limiting illness, dying and death with your clients
- To increase capacity for experiencing what happens in the conversations and the meaning to clients
- To increase your self-awareness and comfort with these types of therapeutic conversations
Poster Title: Symptomatic and Functional Improvements with Self-Management Support for Adults with Schizophrenia
Poster Description: Self-management is an approach to care that supports individuals to actively manage the impact of their illnesses and live fuller, healthier lives. We operationalized and implemented SET for Health, a model of self-management in outpatient schizophrenia case management.
- Identify key components to self-management support programs for adults with schizophrenia.
- Understand the nature of symptomatic and functional benefits possible through the implementation of self-management supports.
- Appreciate the practical impact of introducing (as indicated by HQO Standards) formal self-management in a tertiary outpatient clinic setting for patients, staff and physicians.
Biography: Mary-Lou Martin is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and a Clinical Associate Professor at McMaster University. Her clinical interests within mental health/forensics include person-centered care, therapeutic relationships, strength-based approaches, alternatives to restraint, trauma/abuse, and risk assessment and management. Her research interests include self-management and palliative care. She is a reviewer for 4 journals. She has published over 100 papers. She is a co‐author of the Short‐Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), a guide for the assessment of strengths and vulnerabilities across 7 risk domains. She conducts START workshops in Canada and abroad. She is the current president of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada and past chair of the Forensic Mental Health Nurses section and past board member of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.