DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
Finding A Path Through Illness


There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
NURSES AT THE CROSSROADS…
May 13, 2016 at 11:09 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  During my tenure as a medical humanist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (2002-2005) I was an eyewitness to the complexities of communication between doctors, nurses, patients, and family members. ...
To Attend or Not to Attend, That is the Question
April 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
  As we ready ourselves for the first in our 2016 SpeakSooner community education series I ask myself how does one decide whether or not to attend a play, movie, or, in this instance, a community program. Is it the subject matter, panel of experts, a friend’s invite, a colleague’s suggestion or the reviews? ...
Small Town—Not So Small Talk
March 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals
  I recently ran into a friend at the Price Chopper, a local supermarket and frequent meeting place. “I love reading your blogs. Sorry I missed your community program last November on dealing with illness,” he said. “But you know me,” he continued, “I don’t want to talk about it.” ...
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BREAKING NEWS

SpeakSooner was featured on WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont. Watch the interview with Center for Communication in Medicine founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman here.