Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentThe Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) offers educational opportunities for professionals on a variety of topics, often in partnership with medical and academic partners. Many of the professional development courses offered through LFM provide Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits. CEU’s enable education, medical, nursing, mental health, social work and other professionals the education hours required to maintain their licensure. Some on-going professional development opportunities currently include:

Ethics and Working with Chronic Disease

As chronic disease diagnosis’ rise, service providers find themselves facing ever changing dilemmas as to how best to address the psychosocial impacts and on-going medical complications faced by their clients.  This workshop focuses on communication paths and decision making techniques that will empower clients and aid in ethical working relationships grounded in a shared purpose. Offered twice annually, the course provides 2 hours of CEU credits.

Creating a New Normal with Chronic Disease:  Helping Your Client through Transition

To some, having a chronic disease can come to represent living with loss.  Helping clients manage the grief, loss and stigma of illness can be essential to managing and minimalizing its impact on everyday life.  This workshop for professionals is complementary with the curricula of the client support program and is focused on knowledge and empowerment through a cognitive approach. Offered twice annually, the course provides three (3) hours of CEU credits.

Managing Chronic Disease: Professional Partnering with Patients through the Building Block Approach

Offered in conjunction with the Century College and its Continuing Education Department, this course examines the patient/provider relationship and identifies steps for building a collaborative partnership. Content is applicable for any professional working with individuals affected by chronic disease. Offered twice annually,  the course provides 6 hours of CEU credits.

LFM Support Group Leader Certification

Individuals interested in becoming certified to lead LFM support groups can complete our certification training program. Certification entails completion of 12 hours of training that incorporates instructive, interactive and experiential learning to develop effective facilitator skills. Once certified, leaders receive ongoing mentorship including telephone support, an education materials budget, annual site visits by their LFM trainer, and participation in an annual education event held with other support group leaders throughout the state.

Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Training Program (CDSMP)

LFM partners with the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (MAFP) to provide funding and support for individuals in order to participate in  trainer certification as part of the CDSMP Program. The 4-day interactive training  is offered by certified health and non-profit organizations throughout the state of Minnesota and in multiple languages.

For details or questions on participating in any of the above programs contact Client Services. For a listing of upcoming professional development opportunities, be sure and check the Calendar.

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