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 Celiane Camargo-Borges(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.
#2 - Qualitative and mixed method systematic reviews: What, why and how to make sense of them,with Alexander M. Clark (An IIQM workshop)
How can qualitative and mixed methods reviews influence practice more? How do systematic reviews fit within a social constructionist worldview? In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the main qualitative and mixed method systematic review methodologies and understand how and why they can be used to better understand healthcare phenomena. Participants will gain vital insights into the systematic review process and how to make sense of qualitative systematic reviews in their own contexts. Ideal for all healthcare practitioners who want to better understand systematic reviews. Drawing on his experience leading reviews for Cochrane, the Joanne Briggs Institute and the Agency for Health Research and Quality (USA), our facilitator will help you gain the vital skills you need for success. Alex Clark been first / senior author on reviews published since 2009 in Heart, American Heart Journal, Clinical Rehabilitation, Nature: Cardiology, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and International Journal of Nursing Studies and Journal of Advanced Nursing.
#3 - Making sense of qualitative data, with Jude Spiers(An IIQM workshop)
Qualitative data analysis is a craft that has core systematic as well as significant creative dimensions and critical standards of rigor. Each researcher’s style and process is unique which makes learning how to approach analysis confusing. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and practice making sense of data and the key cognitive processes underlying the activities and strategies you may use. We will focus on how to move from superficial description of surface characteristics and explore the deeper, richer possibilities and strengths of a variety of strategies for making sense of qualitative data.
#4 - Patient Centered Facility Design; Bridging Silos of Tradition and Meaning, with Ron Smith and Bernard Mohr(A Taos Institute workshop)
Relational healthcare is opening up new ways for clinicians to engage with patients as partners. It is bringing patients and experts together across disciplines in collaborative practice, fostering the move toward collaborative team care. Simultaneously, the places where people give and receive care - the clinics, hospitals, and offices are changing too. Collaborative, relational healthcare needs physical space with characteristics quite different from the old ‘exam / diagnosis / treatment / process / throughput’ model. And… the process of designing such spaces must itself be much more collaborative and relational. What happens when a Facilities Architect and an Organization Architect team up to support Patient Centered Facility Design Can they engage clients as partners, bring experts together across disciplines in collaborative practice, fosters collaborative team design? What are the obstacles and how can they be overcome? Who else needs to be part of this collaboration and how? Join us for an engaging dialogue in which we explore and co-construct new ways of working with the challenges of culture, organization and the physical work environment - across professional silos.
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.
#6 - Imagining and living qualitative interviewing, with Jude Spiers(An IIQM workshop)
Interviewing in any form is a core strategy to generate qualitative data. This session is designed to help participants reflect on the theoretical and pragmatic dimensions of interviewing as a research technique. Topics will include: Moving from “researcher-based" theoretical questions to "research-participant" friendly interview questions, guiding principles of good interviewing, contingency planning for unexpected challenges in interviews, and ethical issues. Participants will be encouraged to identify their main concerns about interviewing and strategize ways to respond to these concerns.#7 - ‘What works for whom, when and why?”: A guide to realist evaluation and critical realism for everyone, with Alexander M. Clark(An IIQM workshop)
Critical realism and realist evaluations are being used increasingly to address why complex interventions work for whom and when. This workshop is for anyone seeking to understand or use these approaches for their own projects. Particularly, this workshop will explore critical realism from a social constructionist perspective with an aim of making meaning about complex health interventions. Our participatory workshop provides participants with a clear understanding of the thinking underpinning these realist approaches, how they have been used by different disciplines, and what possibilities they offer for health research. Facilitated by a researcher with 16 years of experience leading realist research, with relevant publications in the British Medical Journal, Social Science & Medicine, Heart and Journal of Advanced Nursing, no philosophical or specialist knowledge is assumed, needed or necessary.
# 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.#10 - Evidence-based Practice and Practice-based Evidence: Using the Best of Both to Improve Healthcare,with Sandra Davidson(An IIQM workshop)
Understanding, relationships, and responsiveness are integral to effective healthcare. Participate in this interactive workshop to learn how to find, appraise and make sense of qualitative research studies in order to improve patient care outcomes and enhance their own practice. This workshop aims to provide healthcare practitioners with skills and strategies to bridge the gap between published health research and local emergent best practices. In this half day session, we will re-imagine evidence-based practice from a social construction lens.#11 - Introduction to principles of qualitative inquiry, with Jude Spiers(An IIQM workshop)
This workshop offers an introduction to the principles of qualitative inquiry and how these principles underlie different methods and approaches in qualitative inquiry as well as to standards and processes to ensure quality in qualitative research. This workshop is idea for participants new to qualitative research and who want to learn how qualitative inquiry is suited to addressing practical problems in health care practice and relationships.#12 - Developing and writing exceptional qualitative proposals for grant funding success, with Alexander M. Clark(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 maximise the persuasiveness of your research proposal. Particular attention will be given to how to best present social constructionist health research in ways that resonate with diverse funding bodies. 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.
#13 - Introduction to Qualitative Ethology, with Jude Spiers(An IIQM workshop)
Qualitative Ethology is a method designed to systematically explore, analyze and describe naturally occurring behavior and its context. From its origins in research on animal behavior, it has been used in health disciplines, education, psychology and cross cultural studies to describe verbal and nonverbal behaviors as well as interactional and communication processes. In this workshop we will explore the originals and principles of qualitative ethology and research strategies and practice description and identification of videotaped behavior.#14 - The effective student: Improve your prospects, skills and success, with Alexander M. Clark and Bailey J. Sousa(An IIQM workshop)
How can you improve your academic performance and outputs…? Achieve success in research, build a career portfolio, and attain work-life balance? Join this interactive workshop to learn the best ways to maximize your academic productivity and quality while managing your time, energy and broader life. With world-renowned work published on academic effectiveness in the Guardian, Times Higher Education Supplement, Journal of Advanced Nursing and Nursing Forum – join our facilitators to be provided with vital tools to stay acutely focused on the right work, strategically maximize your chances of success, and build the right foundation for your career. Applying the best thinking from research, theory, approaches - this workshop is for full or part time students from any discipline or stage or anyone supporting them.#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 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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