Those affected by chronic illness or disability may experience concerns in areas of life that those not affected by illness or disability are more likely to take for granted. Although employment discrimination is prohibited in the United States, some individuals may be reluctant to disclose their illness or disability to potential employers for fear of being passed over for a position. When a person’s disability or illness is readily visible, that person may become frustrated or discouraged by frequent questions, ignorant statements, or expressions of pity. On the other hand, when a person’s disability is not apparent, requests for help may be brushed off or ignored, as others may assume that person to be able-bodied. Many disabilities may not be visible to anyone, so it is generally best to not make assumptions about a person’s health or capabilities. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to work with those with chronic illness in addition to mental illness. Descriptions and explanations of illness/diseases will be discussed, along with a variety of techniques. Please bring any examples along as a part of the discussion – this is an interactive workshop.
Objectives - upon completion, participants should be able to:
1. List at least two chronic illnesses.
2. List at least three techniques used most often and viewed as being most effective.
3. List at least two ways to determine if chronic pain is the issue.
4. List at least two personal and social issues caused by excessive use of opioids.
5. List at least two ways to work with adults newly diagnosed with an illness.
3 hours CE credit for LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMTF-S and contact hours for social workers. Certificates will be awarded via email or at the end of the workshop. Payment may be made via PayPal - Square is available at the workshop for card swipes as well.