COVID-19

COVID-19 is causing widespread disruption to daily life for people across the world. While supporting social distancing restrictions to keep our communities safe, we also need to be mindful of how these current changes can impact on other aspects of health: including our mental health, fitness and occupational health. This guide discusses aspects of daily life — things that you probably always took for granted and now are having to re-think. An occupational therapy framework is used to consider how productivity, leisure, self-care, your space, routine and roles may be impacted and to present suggestions and examples of how to adapt and manage the disruptions. This has been designed to help everyday people adapt to the changes. A poster is also available for use in clinics or other public spaces. The links and/or pdf guide and poster may be shared freely.

Guide: English or French

Poster: https://bit.ly/2xVuUEu

We also remind you to keep updated with the latest information and suggestion issued by WHO Europe – http://www.euro.who.int/en/home

Call for Abstracts: 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Bucharest, Romania

Alzheimer Europe and Societatea Română Alzheimer are calling for abstracts for the upcoming 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Bucharest, Romania.
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations in English are welcome in the following categories:
    • People
      • Carers of people with dementia
      • Minority ethnic groups
      • Dementia and sexuality
      • Involving people with dementia
    • Care approaches
      • Post-diagnostic support
      • Psychosocial interventions
      • Assistive technologies
      • Palliative care
    • Care services
      • Memory clinics and centres
      • Acute and hospital care
      • Day and respite care
      • Training of care professionals
    • Medical and public health aspects
      • Diagnosis
      • Risk factors and prevention
      • Young onset dementia
      • Genetics
    • Policy
      • Awareness campaigns
      • National dementia strategies
      • Supporting family carers
      • Legal and ethical issues
The call for abstracts will close on 15 May 2020. Click here for more information.

New Publication by OT-Europe Experts

This book focuses on evidence-based occupational therapy in the care of older adults in different clinical settings, from home to acute hospital, from intensive care unit to rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Occupational therapy has progressively developed as a new discipline aiming to improve the daily life of individuals of different ages, from children to older adults. 

The book first reviews the interaction between occupational therapy and geriatrics and then discusses in depth how occupational therapy interventions are applied in the community, in the acute hospital and in the nursing home. It highlights the key role of occupational therapy in the management of frail patients, including critically ill older patients and persons with dementia, and describes in detail how to maintain occupational therapy interventions across different settings to avoid the fragmentation of care.

The ageing population requires new innovative approaches to improve the quality of life, and as such this book provides clinicians with handy, key information on how to implement occupational therapy in the daily clinical care of older adults based on the current scientific evidence. 

For more information: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030357306#aboutBook

2019 EPA Online Course

The second EPA online course on an “Introduction to Motivational Interviewing”, or MI, aims to give professionals techniques and ideas that can be used straight away in the workplace.

What is the new course about?
This course is called “Introduction to Motivational Interviewing” or “MI”. Through the videos, learners will be able to understand MI from the ground up: the spirit of MI, the crucial relational foundation, the key techniques and how to use the techniques to steer consultations in the direction of positive change.

Who is the course instructor?
The instructor for this course is Dr. Guy Undrill, a psychiatrist and MI instructor working for 2gether NHS Trust, in Gloucestershire, UK. Backed by his 15-year experience as an MI instructor for psychiatrists and other professionals, Dr. Undrill and his three trainees will be accompanying you throughout the lessons.

What is in the course?
The course is composed of mini-lectures, discussions, role plays and interviews with experts in the field. You will also have access to a list of recommended readings to enrich your knowledge and weekly quizzes. You will also be able to engage with fellow learners in interactive forum discussions.

How long is the course?
The course is composed of 4 Chapters divided into several lessons. Each lesson is meant to give you more information on a specific topic or technique and will help you master the knowledge and skills of the related chapter.

Will there be exercises and assessments?
Yes, we will have weekly quizzes in place plus a final quiz to unlock your Certificate of Completion.

Who can follow this course?
The course is designed for psychiatrists and all interested mental health professionals and has been created to allow professionals to train whenever and wherever they want on key mental health topics. All you need to start is an internet connection.

For more information visit https://www.europsy.net/e-learning/2019-epa-online-course/ 

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