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 Need Support More Than We Think
February 24, 2020 at 3:17 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
We expect doctors to provide state of the art care and help us get better from whatever ails us. By nature, patients are self-centered and believe that doctors should only be concerned about our problems. ...
Patient Portal: The Good & the Bad
February 10, 2020 at 3:22 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patient Advocacy, Patients
In my previous blog “Waiting for Test Results” I shared a conversation from the early 2000’s that I had with a receptionist at the cancer center about responding to inquiries for test results. ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

The second annual Facilitator Training Workshop is coming up! Using CCM's signature tool, SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations (Guide), this one day workshop offers hands-on training in introducing SpeakSooner® materials; strategies to address resistance/challenges one may encounter with the Guide’s content; and approaches for building collaborative relationships with healthcare and community organizations. For more information call 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