The Avila Institute hosts a number of webinars to offer a convenient opportunity to earn continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Catholic Chaplains and Recreation Therapists while staying current in the field of compassionate care.

The Avila Institute also cosponsors four webinars a year with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO). These quarterly webinars focus on long-term care issues experienced by religious communities, congregations and their community members. The co-hosted webinars do not offer continuing education credit. Watch past recordings here.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 1:00 PM ET, 60 mins

Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative

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This presentation will focus on the meaning of compassion and distinctions between burnout and compassion fatigue. It will also outline some concrete steps that are available to all to help restore and heal the mind, body and spirit that are impacted by compassion fatigue, at any time, but particularly in this time of COVID-19.

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Past Webinars

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 60 mins

Well-Being and Dementia (NRRO)

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During this presentation Mr. Owen will discuss the pattern of the progression of Dementia and the five basic psychological and spiritual needs of people with dementia. Additionally, he will discuss the essential components of person-centered care, along with the utilization of visual and experiential arts in facilitating a sense of well-being in the person with dementia.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 60 minutes

The Spiritual Journey of Caregiving: Finding Compassion for Ourselves and Others

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With over 43 million caregivers in the US, it is very likely that many of us will experience the joys and challenges of providing care for a loved one at some point in our lives. Caregivers consistently report that caregiving can be one of the most stressful, yet also the most meaningful roles they have ever undertaken. Approaching caregiving as a spiritual endeavor can increase the likelihood that the role will be fulfilling, nourishing, and possibly transformative. This webinar will look at the caregiving landscape in the US and then take a close look at one of the best spiritual guides for the transformative power of caregiving, author and Catholic priest Henri Nouwen. After exploring Nouwen’s unique vision for caregiving, we will focus on the necessity of self-compassion to avoid caregiver burnout. Webinar participants will learn a self-compassion practice for use in their own caregiving roles.

This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

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Recorded on November 12, 2019, 60 mins

Beads, Bells and Blessings: Understanding why the Mass and Other Catholic Practices are Essential (NRRO)

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This 1-hour webinar, presented by Sr. Ginger Downey, OLVM, will look at the many different Catholic practices that are important to men and women religious and how staff can assist in their living their religious life, no matter their mental or physical circumstance.

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Recorded on May 14, 2019, 60 mins

What Does Canon and Civil Law Have to Say About Health Issues?

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All Americans, including members of religious institutes, are living longer due to medical advances, better nutritional habits, and improved living conditions generally. People who reached age 65 in 2011 had an average remaining life expectancy of 17.8 years for males and 20.4 years for females. As a consequence, there are more people attaining ages that have historically been characterized as “old.” According to NRRO, in the year 2018, the median age of sixty-eight percent of religious in the US was 70 or greater.

This presentation with Sister Sharon Euart, RSM, Executive Director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, and Associate Director Christopher J. Fusco, Esq., will briefly explore some canon and civil law issues that might accompany religious during these years: guardianship and its alternatives, such as durable powers of attorney; health care decision making; the role of the institute and leadership; member issues - psychological and behavioral; financial considerations; and, considerations surrounding operation of a motor vehicle. Sister Sharon and Chris will be available for questions following the presentation.

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Recorded on February 12, 2019, 60 minutes

How to provide for the social and emotional needs of those living with dementia through person-centered care

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In this presentation, Clare Horn will discuss person-centered care concepts as it relates to memory impairment and how it benefits both caregivers and community members. This presentation will discuss:

  • what person-centered care looks like including examples and outcome
  • how person-centered care differs from traditional medical care
  • how to build and sustain a person-centered care approach among team members
  • the importance of having resources (education, consultative work) to support and be supported as the dementia progresses, etc.

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