Overview of Psychosocial Issues in the Rehabilitation Setting

presented by Julie Brandy PhD

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The powerful relationship between an individual’s physical wellbeing and his/her emotional wellbeing has been clearly described. Addressing both aspects of care should be a priority for all healthcare providers working with patients in the rehabilitation setting. This course will provide an overview of psychosocial issues in the rehabilitation setting, a theoretical examination of stress and coping, an in-depth look at depression and anxiety in rehabilitation patients, as well as information on mindfulness interventions that can be utilized by all healthcare professionals.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Julie Brandy PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

    Julie Brandy PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

    Dr. Brandy is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Valparaiso University. She holds a PhD in Nursing Science from Loyola University, Chicago; as well as a Master’s Degree as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing and a Post-Graduate Certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Valparaiso University. Dr. Brandy is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. Her clinical background includes experience in critical care, surgery, acute and residential psychiatric care, family practice. She currently practices as a nurse practitioner overseeing the care of rehabilitation and extended care patients at a residential facility. Dr. Brandy’s work has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services and Jacob’s Journal of Gerontology. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, National Gerontological Nursing Association, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She has been invited to serve as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Her research interests include spirituality and mental health.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Why are Psychosocial Issues Important in the Rehabilitation Setting?

    1. Why are Psychosocial Issues Important in the Rehabilitation Setting?

    The importance for all healthcare providers working in the rehabilitation setting to view patients in a holistic manner, with equal emphasis on addressing both physical and psychosocial issues, will be discussed.

  2. Stress and Coping:  A Theoretical View

    2. Stress and Coping: A Theoretical View

    A theoretical view of how individuals respond and cope with stress will be discussed. This discussion will provide an overview of the theory presented by Lazarus and Folkman.

  3. Depression in the Rehabilitation Setting

    3. Depression in the Rehabilitation Setting

    The incidence of depression in the rehabilitation setting, symptoms which may be unique to this setting, the use of screening tools, common interventions and identifying the need for specialized referral will be presented.

  4. Anxiety in the Rehabilitation Setting

    4. Anxiety in the Rehabilitation Setting

    The incidence of anxiety in the rehabilitation setting, symptoms which may be unique to this setting, the use of screening tools, common interventions and identifying the need for specialized referral will be presented.

  5. Mindfulness Interventions for all Patients in the Rehabilitation Setting

    5. Mindfulness Interventions for all Patients in the Rehabilitation Setting

    Developing ways to cope with stressors in a positive way has been shown to improve physical outcomes for rehabilitation patients. Mindfulness interventions for stress management that can be easily implemented in the rehabilitation setting will be presented.