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.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Our “paradigm changing” programs educate communities about the patient’s role in opening difficult and meaningful conversations with family and healthcare providers. Learn More

A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
Doctors Have a Hard Job
January 30, 2019 at 1:12 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
“Few patients realize how deeply they can affect their doctors,” notes Dr. Scott Haig. In his Time Magazine article (10/5/2007) he goes on to say, “That is a big secret in medicine, which doctors hate to admit. ...
The Illusion of Caring—is That Enough?
January 6, 2019 at 10:20 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

I recently stumbled upon a writing exercise completed by a patient who participated in the “Writing is Good Medicine”TM, program, which I created to help patients put words to their experience of living with illness. Participants were encouraged to share their writing with family and healthcare providers in order to open communication about issues and concerns. For one exercise I posed the question, “What do you expect from your doctors?” ...

“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6pm at the Hoosick Falls Central School in Hoosick Falls, NY, we will present a SpeakSooner community education program “When the Doctor Becomes a Patient”. Exclusive Screening of the acclaimed film, The Doctor followed by a panel discussion with local healthcare providers Dr. Marcus Martinez, Dr. James Carroll, Dr. Matthew Pender and nurse, Patty Ryan, who will share their personal experiences as patients. A Q&A and dessert will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

RESERVE TICKETS here or call CCM 802 442-5800

The most important questions don't seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power once they are shared.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Kitchen Table Wisdom