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Karen Mueller

PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC, is a clinical professor and professor emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She also holds certifications as a Professional Health and Well-Being Coach (Wellcoaches) and a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. As a physical therapist for 44 years and an academician for 36, Karen has focused her career largely on the development and presentation of content related to communication, professionalism (she served on the APTA Professionalism Task Force), and factors supporting health and well-being. She is the author of Communication from the Inside Out: Strategies for the Engaged Professionals. Karen has published and presented extensively on these topics.

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Health Coaching Interventions for the Older Adult With Chronic Disease

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Health Coaching Interventions for the Older Adult With Chronic Disease

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Video Runtime: 62 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Chronic, lifestyle-related disease is an epidemic in the US. Adults 65 and over are disproportionally affected, with 85% living with multiple conditions. Health coaching has significant evidence supporting its value in chronic disease management. This course will enable physical therapists and occupational therapists to apply evidence-based coaching strategies, especially the emerging strategy of capacity coaching, to improve the quality of life in older persons living with multiple conditions.

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Health Coaching Interventions for the Older Adult

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Health Coaching Interventions for the Older Adult

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

Health coaching has been shown to improve wellness outcomes for patients in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation. The skills of health coaching typically require practice and training beyond PT and OT entry-level education. This course will provide an overview of the scope of practice, training, and relational skills involved in successful health coaching, focusing on interventions among the older adult population.

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Death and Dying: Attitudes, Causes, Process, & Measures

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Death and Dying: Attitudes, Causes, Process, & Measures

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

Each day of our lives, 250,000 people die in the world. Although the circumstances are unique for each individual, certain commonalities exist with respect to the ways in which our lives come to an end. Despite the inevitability of our eventual death, prevailing attitudes and societal customs shelter us from the realities of this natural process, possibly preventing us from engaging authentically with our patients as they face the end of life. This course will explore the attitudes, causes, and trajectories of the dying process, emphasizing the clinical manifestations associated with the shutting down of body systems and physiologic processes. Finally, this course will explore objective measures which can be used for prognosis of mortality, measurement of symptoms, and assessment of function. It is hoped that this course will promote awareness, understanding and empowerment as we support our patients and their families through this ultimate journey.

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Palliative & Hospice Care: Late to End Stage Neurodegenerative Disease

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Palliative & Hospice Care: Late to End Stage Neurodegenerative Disease

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

Dr. Mueller will help us get a better understanding of what palliative care is and how patients will benefit from following a program. We'll investigate different precautionary needs for those who suffer from Neurodegenerative diseases, and end with efficent methods that are commonly used by Physical Therapists in Palliative and Hospice care.

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Palliative Care & Hospice Spectrum: Opportunities to Transform Care

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Palliative Care & Hospice Spectrum: Opportunities to Transform Care

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

As increasing numbers of our population face the challenges of living with severe, chronic and life threatening disease, the effective utilization of healthcare resources is a growing concern. Palliative care and Hospice are well recognized settings in which such care is provided, yet misconceptions abound regarding their appropriate use. These misconceptions prevent timely referrals, compelling patients to seek unnecessary, often painful treatments which limit their quality of life. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of palliative care and hospice, including the indications for admission, the services provided and the outcomes affected. In addition, end of life planning through advanced directives will be discussed. A primary goal of this course is empowering clinicians with the skills to provide appropriate end of life education to families and other healthcare providers, and most of all, to promote patient access to palliative care and hospice programs when indicated. Finally, this course will provide a brief overview of the physical therapist's role in end of life care.

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Mindfulness to Cultivate Empathy, Resilience, & Therapeutic Presence

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Mindfulness to Cultivate Empathy, Resilience, & Therapeutic Presence

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The current system of healthcare delivery requires the ability to effectively manage multiple, continuous, and often conflicting demands, resulting in emotional and physiologic reactivity, disengagement and burnout. Accordingly, increasing attention is now being directed towards the identification of interventions to support resilience and engagement among healthcare providers. Significant evidence suggests that mindfulness based strategies are effective tools for empowering healthcare providers in the compassionate care of the patients they are called to serve. This course will explore the use of mindfulness based tools for promoting empathy, supporting resilience, and enhancing therapeutic presence among health care providers. Suggestions for the development of both formal and informal mindfulness based practices will be provided.

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The Impact of Generational Differences in Physical Therapy Practice

Presented by Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

The Impact of Generational Differences in Physical Therapy Practice

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

How do generational differences impact our communication with colleagues and patients? How are these differences manifested in terms of patient/colleague perceptions, expectations and preferences? This course will explore the characteristics of the four generations comprising the current workforce; Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. In addition we'll provide strategies to enhance effective communication with patients and colleagues from different generations.

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May 26, 2016

Mindful Practices in Health, Illness, and Dying

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