Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Disease

by Gary Gilles

Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Disease

The prevalence of chronic illness is redefining how healthcare is delivered today. With new pharmacological discoveries and technology to treat chronic conditions comes an ever-increasing need to address the psychosocial needs of patients, family members and caregivers that must share the burden of ongoing treatment. This workshop explores in detail the many-faceted and often complex dynamic of chronic illness. Topics will include: the common emotional and social symptoms of patients, families and caregivers, barriers to compliance with the prescribed treatment regimen, and practical methods for facilitating self-management. Application of the learning will be applied to a variety of chronic conditions.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish chronic from acute illness
  • Understand developmental issues and stressors facing patients with chronic illness
  • Weigh the emotional and physical impact chronic illness care takes on families and caregivers
  • Apply the developmental and emotional issues to cases studies
  • Identify principles of compliance and non-compliance among chronically ill patients
  • Learn methods for enhancing patient and family self-management of chronic illness

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Gwen Blankenship

I’m curious to know more about when/where this Workshop is offered. I’m a LCSW caring for my husband who can’t work due to chronic pain. We live in Richmond, VA.

Gary Gilles

Hi Gwen,
Thanks for reaching out to inquire about the Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Disease workshop. I’m sorry that your husband is struggling with his pain to the point he can’t work. That is a burden you both shoulder and a tough one for different reasons.
I do this workshop periodically in the Chicago area and occasionally elsewhere. Right now it is not scheduled at least for the next few months. Although the topic is not the one you inquired about, I WILL be doing a workshop in Richmond, VA on October 16 entitled: Applying Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice: Treatment Strategies for Across the Lifespan. If you like the content of my blog, then this workshop may be of interest to you for your CEUs. Check for more info. Thanks again for touching base. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to offer you a specific date for the psychosocial workshop. You can also subscribe to my newsletter on my website, which will let you know when that workshop will be offered next.

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