Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
You will see several workshops hosted here by the Taos Institute. These Taos workshops feature topics related specifically to relational practices in health and healthcare.
The second group of pre-conference workshops here are offered by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. These workshop are focused on qualitative research methodology. Qualitative research in healthcare can be a way to learn more about our relational practices in health and healthcare and to ultimately enhance the whole health and care process. To learn more about IIQM see: www.iiqm.ualberta.ca/
Finally, there is one workshop supported by a grant. This workshop is open to the larger community and is a free offering.
See below for the titles and descriptions to help you make your choice.
There are four sessions for the pre-conference workshops, 2 on Wed. Nov 9, and 2 on Thurs. Nov 10.
You may choose one workshop per session.
Register for these workshops at our conference registration site:
One Day of Pre-conference Workshops:
Early Bird One day
[until Sept. 1st] = $225.00
[After Sept 1st]
One day = $275.00
Two Days of Pre-conference Workshops:
Early Bird Two days
[until Sept 1st] = $400.00
[After Sept 1st]
Two days = $500.00
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Pre-Conference Workshops - Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM - select ONE.
#1 - Social Construction of Health and Illness, with Sheila McNamee and Diana Whitney(A Taos Institute workshop)
This workshop will explore the ways in which an emphasis on relationship, interaction, language and embodied practices draws attention to our own participation in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment, as well as drawing attention to the ways in which we navigate healthcare. We will present exemplars of collaborative, participatory practices in which the voice of the community informs professionals work with them. By centering on how dialogue -- a fundamentally relational process -- offers us various resources for creating ways of going on together, participants will be introduced to generative ideas for transforming our understandings of health and healthcare delivery.
Pre-Conference Symposiums - Wednesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - select ONE.
#5 – Reconstructing Aging for Health and Well-Being, with Ken Gergen, Mary Gergen, and Peter Whitehouse(A Taos Institute workshop)
In Western culture aging is typically viewed as a period of decline. Few look forward to “being old,” and vast sums are spent on avoiding the appearance. However, the common view of aging is a cultural construction. The negative stereotype is being challenged by the steadily expanding ranks of older people. At the same time, there is little in the way of a successor image currently available, and particularly an image that can inspire new and more flourishing forms of life. The two of us have been engaged for some years in attempting to reconstruct the vision of aging as an unprecedented period of growth and enrichment. This vision of positive aging also has significant implications for the health and well-being of the aging population. After describing our efforts at reconstruction – in writing, performance, and a web-based newsletter – we discuss and integrate a wide-ranging array of relevant research. We emphasize the need to celebrate the joys of aging, along with the fruits thereby produced.
# 8 - Relational Configurations Supporting Health and Healing, with Ellen Raboin, Paul Uhlig, and Sheila McNamee(A Taos Institute workshop)
It is increasingly apparent that health and healing are dynamic parts of human life that are exquisitely sensitive to the ways people live, interact, relate, and support one another. Join us for this experiential workshop designed to inquire into the social connections and qualities of human relationships that support health and healing. The emphasis will be on care in inpatient health care environments, but will have implications for care in family and community settings as well. The workshop will use reflective conversations, simulations, and systemic debriefings to create an interactive learning laboratory starting with participants' experiences of health and healing. The workshop will use principles of human systems, systemic constellations, and social construction to explore relational configurations that support health and healing, and open new possibilities for collaborative practice in health care environments.
Pre-Conference Symposiums - Thurs. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM - select ONE.
#9 - Healthcare Innovation in a Relational Key: Forming and Being Formed by Relational Leadership Practices in Healthcare,with Cathy Lalley and Kevin ClouthierIn healthcare we have become increasingly organized by the fast pace of our society and the power of our technological tools, yet it remains that we seek out a relational connection with other people in moments of physical and emotional vulnerability. A contemporary challenge confronting healthcare is how to facilitate much needed innovation while ensuring that relationship-centered care remains at the heart of our organizations and society. The facilitation of such innovation is accomplished through relational practices that recognize that both individual and organizational identity are forming as well as being formed by interaction with others. The paradoxical presence of both stability and transformation creates a dynamic potential for innovation to emerge from our day to day interactions.Complex responsive processes (CRP) is a leadership method and a way of making sense of experience that can be useful for those who want to enhance capacity for relational practices in healthcare. Participants who join this workshop can expect to explore identity as forming and being formed by all interactions. Relations of power, norms and values influence our interactions thus influence identity (collective and individual). The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and experience relational practices where group and individual identity are forming and are formed by the present moment to facilitate innovation in healthcare. It is hoped that participants will come away from the workshop with a sense of how they can integrate CRP and relational leadership practices to foster innovative change in their organizations.#12 - Developing and writing exceptional qualitative proposals for grant funding success, with Sandra Davidson and Bailey Sousa(An IIQM workshop)
Writing a research proposal for funding is vital but challenging and time consuming. Led by an experienced international researcher, grants reviewer, and review committee chair, this workshop provides you with a practical and internationally renowned hands-on-guide to maximize the persuasiveness of your qualitative or mixed-methods proposal. Drawing on theory, research, and decades of experience, this workshops is relevant to all disciplines and researchers from graduate students onwards. Come to turn the competitive funding process to your advantage and understand how you can get proposal success.
Pre-Conference Symposiums - Thursday 1:00 PM 4:00 PM - select ONE.
#15 Beyond the Buzzword: Innovation and the Research Process, with Sandra Davidson(An IIQM workshop)
The calls for innovation are everywhere and unfortunately we can easily become cynical about this over used buzzword. This workshop will guide participants beneath the buzz, and explore the concepts and practices germane to innovation. Participants will explore strategies and tools to foster innovation throughout the research process; from framing a research question to the dissemination of findings. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas or problems to “play with” in this active and engaging session.
#16 - Appreciative Leadership in Healthcare, with Diana Whitney, Charles Cambell and Ralph Weickel(A Taos Institute workshop)
Healthcare leadership today is challenged to design and facilitate social innovation: from patient-centered care to inter-professional collaboration to organization wide culture change. We are frequently asked, “How do we create a highly engaged, professional and caring organization culture?” What will it take for our physicians to collaborate with each other?” “How do we balance our desire to have time for patients and their families with the need for efficiency?” These questions suggest that the success of healthcare today depends not on working harder, doing more with less, or even upon technology advances; but rather, upon building relational capacity throughout the healthcare system.
In this workshop we will introduce Appreciative Leadership as an array of relational practices to stimulate collaboration and innovation. Participants will be invited to explore how Appreciative Leadership practices apply to their real-time challenges: Inquiry, asking positively powerful questions; Illumination, bringing out the best of others; Inclusion, engaging with others; Inspiration, awakening the creative spirit; and Integrity, making decisions for the good of the whole.
We will share the story of Appreciative Leadership training and research with Erlanger Health Systems’ Cardiology group as well as stories of our work with in academic health centers, private, community based and public health care organizations.
Special offering – Free workshop - Thursday, Nov. 10, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wisdom 102: Designing a Course for the Futureat the Globe - Designing a Course for the Future with Peter Whitehouse, Brian Amkraut, Kurt Stange and Kristin Bodiford
To register for this workshop, go to: www.taosinstitute.net/wisdom-102-workshop-registration
Registration for this workshop is done in a different way than for the conference. If you also wish to register for the conference, be sure to click on this link: www.taosinstitute.net/healthcare-conf-register
Intergenerational learning can facilitate wisdom seeking. In this workshop we will engage diverse participants to consider what the components of a university-wide and community course might be to enhance collective and practical wisdom necessary to address the great challenges we face as a species, such as social inequity and climate change. We will explore concepts like life-long learning, systems thinking, brain science, relationship leadership. positive aging, global ethics, the art and the humanities, digital storytelling, organizational development, as well as participant developed topics. This interactive workshop will produce an outline for a syllabus that will describe both the content and pedagogical processes, like experiential and service learning, of a course that will be future oriented and intergenerative.
Supported by a grant from the Spitz Foundation in collaboration with University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Brain Health Collaborative.
The Spitz Foundation
University Hospital of Cleveland - Neurological Institute
Case Western Reserve University - Brain Health Collaborative
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