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Well-being for all

 A completely customized program for your group can improve staff morale and patient/client satisfaction.

PATIENTS

Group or private sessions for palliative care, cancer & pain.
Care-giver stress-relief, too.

TRAINING

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CEU credit courses in non-drug pain relief for nurses. Quick techniques they can use with patients (and selves)  right away. 

Staff Support

Stress-reduction sessons can help every member of your non-profit, business or health-care group be more effective. 

Consulting

Next-level program development in partnership with health-care groups. Department or hospital-wide coordination can cut opioid use by half. 

 

CEU Training for Nurses

"Mind-Body Pain Management Techniques for Nurses" began as a pilot program at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California.

Feedback from nurse participants was excellent, and we are improving the mix of theory, application and practice with each group. Techniques included guided imagery, mindfulness, NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and Verbal First Aid patient communication strategy.*

Huntington's nursing education department sponsored the workshop series with the support of palliative care and oncology nurses impressed by colleague Pierre-Etienne Vannier's work with cancer patients. 
 

During 2017, Vannier & Voss delivered four 4-hour courses for nurses and physical therapists: two Intro workshops, plus one intermediate and one advanced training.

Pre and post-training surveys were conducted after each training. Results (averaged from all classes):
 

  • 100% of the nurses were very satisfied (77%) or satisfied (23%) with these trainings.
     

  • 98% learned techniques that were new to them.
     

  •  62% of the nurses are very likely to use these techniques with a patient in the near future (25% are likely to do so, and 11% felt neutral about it).


FEEDBACK FROM NURSES

“The techniques I learned today are very powerful and helpful.”

“This was another excellent workshop. Not only are these techniques valuable patient care skills, but [they are] important skills for care providers."

"I wish ALL of the nurses on the floor could come to this class!"

“Pierre-Etienne & Stephanie’s expertise, guidance and easy welcoming style was combined with sincere commitment to help us learn pain management for our clients, family and ourselves.”

“I really appreciate all the feedback and cont. practice we get during these three sessions. I really learned a lot during these three sessions. I personally applied the things I learned, though I have curtailed it to make it shorter to be more applicable at the nursing units.”

“Found these two new techniques more applicable: less time consuming overall, easier to teach & remember. Thank you for the new skills to use!”

Loved how we first practiced as a class, then with a partner. Gave me chance to learn first, then teach back in order to feel more confident. One suggestion - take referrals for patients who may benefit working with you!”


“Everything was very interesting...”
 


*Verbal First Aid is the communication training created by Judith Simon Prager and Judith Acosta,

detailed in their classic book The Worst Is Over, and is used with permission. 

Let's create a program for your group: 323-478-1920

Group Sessions for Patients, Care-givers or Staff

Could your staff, patients or care-giver group benefit from some stress-reduction? Non-drug pain relief techniques? Better communication skills?  You can improve staff retention and/or patient satisfaction scores with a Mind-Body Skills program. Our custom programs draw from the best of mindfulness, meditation, self-hypnosis, NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and physical trauma release trainings.

A short-term (6-8 week) program of 60 or 90-minute weekly sessions can strengthen your group's resilience and their ability to handle challenges. [Drop-in practice sessions are also useful. Experience indicates that a structured program where the content builds each week on previous lessons is more effective than a come-when-you-can series for new participants.

Each session includes a technique or idea to practice at home, leading to more self-managed care, as well as some immediate relaxation/guided imagery and time to debrief and connect.

A flat-rate structure allows us to serve 1-20 participants with no added cost. Minimal handouts are included.  Recordings for at-home practice, when offered, are delivered online.

 
Lead the way to end opioid abuse: 323-478-1920
 

Consulting for Health-Care Organizations

What matters to your organization?   
Let's create a program that matches your priorities with measurable results on the rubrics that count most. 

 

Courses for nurses can add some skills to your staff, but if you want genuine change to promote non-opioid alternatives, management and senior practitioners need to jump aboard. There are thousands of research studies about the efficacy of hypnosis for pain relief, nearly as many for mindfulness, and yet nothing shifts an attitude more than experiencing it yourself.  Mind-Body Specialist Stephanie Voss can demonstrate these techniques to your decision-makers and help plan a program to minimize over-prescribing and weed out drug-seekers so that your physicians can focus on the patients who truly need their help.

Mind-Body Pain Management Training can:

+ INCREASE PATIENT SATISFACTION

    Help patients thrive on the attention of trained nursing staff or complementary care providers while doctor-patient time remains limited.

 + PREVENT ADDICTION

    Manage patient expectations about levels of discomfort and provide non-pharmacological comfort measures. Even people who consider themselves beyond the reach of drug problems can find themselves swept up while following prescription regimes. See an interesting personal essay by conservative columnist Michael Reagan about his troubles following a surgery in 2018:  To Hell And Back.

 

 + SAVE MONEY

    (Especially for HMOs) by reducing the amount of opiates prescribed AND by not having to pay for costly rehabs. One of the leaders in opioid reduction is the ALTO program initated at the St. Josephs Hospital in Paterson, NJ, where a combination of staff training and commitment to offering non-opiate pain relief first has cut Emergency Room opiate prescriptions by more than half!  While they did not include a hypnotherapist, they did have nurses trained in nitrous oxide, dry needling, aruvedic healing and a harpist!

To read more about the ALTO program, follow the headline to a link to a New York Times story featuring the program after 6 months: An E.R. Kicks The Habit and a story from National Public Radio after a year: Opioid Use Reduced by More Than Half With Dry Needles, Laughing Gas.)

 

+ SATISFY CEU REQUIREMENTS WITH A CLASS THAT IS NEVER BORING

    Are your nurses dragging their heels on training? Or getting it all done online just to satisfy requirements? Offer more!

+ IMPROVE STAFF MORALE AND RETENTION

    Stress-reduction and pain relief taught to nurses gets practiced first on them. Provide them with a regular series and they are more calm, capable and committed at work. 

+ GENERATE FUNDING

    Donors love contributing to cutting-edge programs that let them know your organization is serious about well-being. Patients offered free services that offer genuine relief of pain and emotional torment often donate much more than the fee that was waived.