2017-05-18 / Healthy Living


The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida and Hodges University present “Who’s Taking Care of the Caregiver?” for parents of children with special needs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Hodges U. in Naples, 2647 Professional Way. One CE is available for psychologists and mental health and social workers.

Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated. To sign up or for more information, call Brian Follweiler at the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida at 261-5405 or email bfollweiler@mhaswfl.org.

The Southwest Florida chapter of the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association invites area health-care professionals and students along with those in civic and faith-based organizations to a program about “soul injury” from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, at Keiser University in Fort Myers.

Soul injury is defined as a spectrum of penetrating wounds caused by unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/ shame that causes one to become separated from his sense of self. As a hospice worker with the Veterans Administration for 30 years, presenter Deborah Grassman cared for more than 10,000 dying veterans. Today she is the CEO of Opus Peace. Her two-hour program, presented via webcast, will be followed by a one-hour presentation by local hospice workers Louise Kenny and John King.

Three CEs are available for nurses, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors. Two CEs are available for nursing home administrators and psychologists.

For registration or more information, email swflhpna@gmail.com or visit www.swflhpna.nursingnetwork.com.

Hodges University hosts information sessions for those who are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, June 22, at 2647 Professional Way, Naples. Each session will provide an overview of what a career as a physical therapist assistant entails and the requirements for applying to the program within the Hodges U. School of Allied Health.

For more information, call program director Cynthia Vaccarino at 938-7718 or visit www.hodgesedu/soah/. ¦

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