The presenter will review the barriers that prevent members and their caregivers from considering and discussing their priorities and preferences. In addition, scenarios both from research and practice will be discussed so attendees can experience the challenges faced when patients, caregivers and physicians do not address difficult subjects. The session facilitator will discuss how patient-centered interventions can uncover an individual’s intrinsic motivation to face difficult subjects. An overview of relevant theory and interventions will also be provided.
Connie Ducaine, PhD, Vital Decisions
Dr. Connie Ducaine is a licensed practitioner and a counselor educator in the state of New Jersey. As a licensed professional counselor, she has experience working with clients with advanced illnesses to provide support as they made decisions about their future, and witnessed first-hand the benefits of patient engagement. Her research interests involve understanding the experience of professionals working with patients approaching end of life, and the implications of various mental health issues. Ms. Ducaine is a past president of the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) and effective July 1, 2018, will fill the role of the President of the NJCA division focused on providing support and programming for counselor educators and supervisors in the state. Dr. Ducaine has presented regionally and nationally on an array of issues related to mental health.