Full course description
Target Audience: Athletic Trainers, OT, PT, Nurses, Chiropractors, and other allied health professionals
This continuing education course is on-demand/self-paced and must be completed within 30 days of registration. All content is available online - there are no synchronous sessions. Content consists of 3 Modules containing written and video instruction, as well as review quizzes.
Successful completion earns 2 'Category A' continuing education credits from the BOC for Athletic Trainers.
Stress can have a negative impact on healthcare workers ability to show empathy and provide proficient patient care. In addition, perceived stress has been associated with an increased risk for developing disease/disorders. The practice of mindfulness has demonstrated to decrease stress, increase empathy among healthcare workers, and may be able to assist with providing better patient care. This course explores the concept of mindfulness and how it can reduce stress among healthcare practitioners.
The following terms will be defined: mindfulness, meditation, mindfulness meditation, and stress. We will discuss the relationship between stress and increase risk for chronic disease, burnout, and its impact on patient care. In addition, this course investigates the connection between mindfulness practice, empathy, and providing an optimal healing and caring environment for patients. By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify and explain terms and participant in their own mindfulness practice; as well as reflect on how their own personal mindfulness practice may reduce work-related stress and improve their ability to provide optimal patient care.
- Define mindfulness, meditation, mindfulness meditation, stress, and discuss physiological responses to mindfulness practices.
- Discuss how stress impacts may impact a healthcare practitioner’s work performance and interpersonal communication; as well as how stress may negatively impact the caring relationship and healing environment for a patient.
- Identify best practices in mindfulness-based stress reduction and engage in a mindfulness demonstration. Review the stress response and how mindfulness practices may reduce perceived stress and improve empathy and self-compassion. The decrease in perceived stress and improved self-compassion may improve the overall health and well-being of the healthcare practitioner and their ability to provide compassionate patient care.
Cenell Boch, MS, AT
Cenell is a Licensed Certified Athletic Trainer, a Health Professional, and Health Educator. Currently, she is Founder & President of C&C Wellness, Inc. a non-profit organization which promotes health and wellness by offering wellness programs in the community. In addition, she works in a clinical physical therapy private practice working as a Muscle Activation Specialist doing muscle work and providing therapeutic exercises. She enjoyed a twelve year teaching career as an Assistant Professor in the fields of health, exercise science and athletic training in the Department of Human Performance and Sports Business at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. She earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Akron and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Mount Union. Cenell completed doctoral coursework in both Exercise Science and Public Health and then decided to redirect her career and is now completing her Ph.D. in Health Sciences at Rocky Mountain University in Provo, UT.
Recently Cenell started her second business Wellness with Cenell, LLC (2019) where she focuses on providing Health and Wellness Coaching for her clients and is certified to provide a specialized body work called Muscle Activation. These muscle treatments help improve body function and ease pain. Wellness with Cenell provides both physical and emotional support for clients with an emphasis on improving the mind, body, and spirit.
Cenell is also the Founder and President of C&C Wellness, Inc. (2008), a non-profit organization which focuses on providing health and wellness resources to the community. Cenell co-produced Losing Baby Fat a wellness video for women (Copyright 2004) and co-hosted a local television show in Stark County Ohio titled Fit & Well. In addition to being featured in Pregnancy Magazine (2004), Cenell has also enjoyed being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show (2007) and was inducted into the Stark County YWCA Women’s Hall of Fame for her commitment to community health and fitness promotion. Cenell counts it a blessing to be the wife of her loving husband Wayne Boch, mother of two teenage sons Daniel and Fendrich “Richy” Clark Jr; and stepmom to three charismatic adult children (Lindsey, William, and Samantha). Cenell is a native of Canton, Ohio and enjoyed participating in the 2005 Mrs. Ohio America Pageant in Columbus, Ohio and was awarded the title Mrs. Fitness Ohio America 2005. As a licensed certified athletic trainer, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. She practices what she preaches and truly believes wellness involves the mind, body, and spirit.
Cenell has spoken at several seminars for individuals of all ages from young athletes (male and female athletes) to special populations (i.e. diabetics, those with heart disease, high blood pressure etc). Cenell brings over 20 years of professional, clinical, and teaching experience as a Licensed Certified Athletic Trainer and Health Professional to her audiences. Cenell has also taken her health and wellness promotion international by speaking and doing health and wellness research in Japan with young women in college.