Using breath-body-mind techniques for the support and management of hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care
Helping patients to live well with illness and holistic care are core remits of supportive and palliative care, yet “hard-to reach’ symptoms including breathlessness, anxiety and psycho-social-spiritual suffering are under-researched and managed in life limiting and advanced disease. This is increasingly relevant with an ageing population and a growing need for the spread of the principles and practices of palliative care across services, in order to ‘help people achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives” (Atul Gawande, Being Mortal).
This course is for healthcare professionals and therapists interested in broadening their skill set and developing a practical holistic approach to helping patients with common and difficult symptom “clusters” that are acknowledged to be bi-directionally affected by emotion and suffering (eg breathlessness-anxiety and pain-depression-fatigue).
The skills taught may be used to support patients and families with self-awareness and self-management of stress and aim to improve professionals’ confidence to rely on themselves as a vital clinical tool.
The use of body-mind techniques for self-care will also be addressed so that attendees leave the day feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired!
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Location: Online Webinar
KATE BINNIE is an HCPC registered music therapist, yoga and mindfulness teacher. She combines these approaches (Western, creative psychodynamic training with mind-body modalities) in clinical practice within supportive and palliative care settings. In 2015 Kate completed an MSc in palliative care at the Cicely Saunders Institute (King’s College London) for which was awarded the Samuel Sebba scholarship for research on mind-body interventions for “total” pain. She is a guest lecturer at the CSI and at Oxford Brookes (psycho-spiritual care). From 2016-20 Kate was a senior research associate on the Wellcome-funded www.lifeofbeath.org project at the University of Bristol exploring breathing and breathlessness. Currently, she is doing her PhD at the Wolfson Centre for Palliative Care research, Hull York medical school, funded by UKRI (i3), investigating breathlessness, emotion and mind-body practices in advanced disease.
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This course will
• Explain how working with the breath and body affects the emotions and down-regulates symptoms
• Via a tour of the current evidence base, show how BBMI can help with the management of symptoms in various settings where there are patients with supportive and palliative care needs (eg rehabilitative, primary, secondary and palliative care settings) with a special emphasis on breathlessness (a growing issue in an ageing population with multiple morbidities)
• Explain how self-regulation techniques and breath-body-mind awareness can enhance and support the therapeutic relationship and compassionate communication
• Teach practical, simple techniques that can be added to your professional tool-kit, especially when under stress
• Teach practices to promote “active” self-care and self-compassion, which in turn enhances clinical empathy and compassionate communication