Caring Together Webinars

Every quarter AALNA and NCAL collaborate to provide an educational opportunity at no cost to our members. Caring Together Webinars give you a chance to learn about some of the latest issues in the assisted living profession to stimulate awareness and discussion.

The AALNA/NCAL Caring Together initiative is being supported this year by Succeed Management Solutions, LLC, the recognized leader in enterprise risk management software.  These four conferences will be part of the Succeed University course offerings, a comprehensive set of free, web-based seminars that focus on trends and issues in risk management, compliance, safety best practices, and employee development and management.  Succeed now offers a Long-Term Care industry solution called Aging Services Rx®.

Schedule of Webinars                                                    July 19, 2018

Talking the Talk: Having Difficult Conversation on LGBT-Related Topics

Caring for older adults often involves having difficult conversations, and these talks can be even more stressful when they touch on issues related to a person’s sexual activity, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Many care providers are hesitant to raise issues related to same-sex sexual contact, gender expression, and LGBT relationships. Interacting with family members can add an additional layer of stress, especially if they are not comfortable with the older adult’s LGBT identity, sexual behavior, gender identity, or gender expression.
This session is a safe and supportive space for participants to work through our tips for discussing LGBT identity in a respectful manner. We will work through conversations like: how to conduct LGBT affirming intake, how to apologize if you inadvertently use a disrespectful term, how to discuss a resident’s sexual behavior with their family members, how to advocate for a resident’s right to express their gender in the manner of their choosing, how to advocate for a resident’s right to control who can visit them, and how to address instances of bias between community members.
Learning Objectives:
1. After this presentation, participants will be able to identify LGBT-affirming conversational techniques, including respectful terminology and how to avoid making assumptions about a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
2. After this presentation, participants will be able to use techniques to make potentially awkward, aggressive, hurtful, or difficult conversations productive for staff, residents, and family members.
3. After this presentation, participants will be able to identify key policies and procedures to both prevent and address instances of bias or aggression between residents, with a particular focus on bias based on LGBT identity.

Tim Johnston, Ph.D. Director of National Projects, SAGE

Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., is the Director of National Projects at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). He is responsible for directing SAGE’s national training initiatives, developing training curricula and providing consulting services to both aging and LGBT service providers.
In addition to training, Tim oversees key national grants and projects, such as SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the US Administration for Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol Integration project, and elements of SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative.

Before coming to SAGE, Tim taught Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. He has written scholarly and popular articles on gender and LGBT identity, and his first book, Affirmation, Care Ethics and LGBT Identity was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Tim is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and meetings.

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