Building a Therapeutic Relationship with Medically Complex Patients

presented by Carolyn Tague

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Understanding clients’ emotional responses and strategies for coping under stress, especially from illness or chronic pain, presents a unique challenge. In this course, massage therapist Carolyn Tague will present a unique assessment model for gathering this information and will consider different philosophies of healing so practitioners may effectively support clients’ own internal powers for self-healing. Guidelines for how to remain in one’s scope of practice while building a therapeutic relationship will be offered for consideration. Preventing caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue through understanding and self-care practices are important goals for this course.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT

    Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT

    Carolyn Tague brings over 18 years of adult education and training development to her teaching and consulting work. For six years, Carolyn served as clinical faculty and supervisor in integrative medicine, specializing in massage therapy. She has trained professional CAM practitioners to work effectively and safely within a hospital setting and beyond. In addition to being clinical faculty, Carolyn served as an administrative supervisor overseeing the operation of a six-track, hospital-based integrative medicine education program in San Francisco. Tague Consulting courses and consulting services have been provided locally, nationally, and internationally. Courses include oncology, neurological challenges, and hospital-based massage therapy. Her consulting services include policies and procedures, forms, and staff development. Carolyn works in the pain clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital, a long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, and maintains a private practice of somatic integrative bodywork. Carolyn serves on the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Task Force of ACIH, and the Education Committee of the Society for Oncology Massage.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Stress Relief - What Works for You

    1. Stress Relief - What Works for You

    In order to help other people heal, it’s beneficial to know where you as a therapist come from under stress and illness. Understanding how emotional assessments are beneficial and how they can be utilized in any discipline is the focus of this chapter.

  2. How Does Healing Happen?

    2. How Does Healing Happen?

    Carolyn Tague introduces Ken Wilber’s “Integral Model” of strategies for stress management. Gaining insight into how patients cope and what support systems they prefer are key steps in the intake process.

  3. Guidelines for Partners in Healing

    3. Guidelines for Partners in Healing

    There are many different healing philosophies that a practitioner will come across when working with different patients. Recognizing these differences, as well as acknowledging your own beliefs, will allow practitioners to tailor their care.

  4. Self-Care

    4. Self-Care

    The Compassion Spectrum is a self-care practice that benefits both the practitioner and the patient. Carolyn Tague outlines the benefits of moving toward the center of the spectrum and provides skillful questions for holding a balanced compassion approach.

  5. Question and Answer

    5. Question and Answer

    Carolyn Tague answers questions from another massage therapist about the scope of practice when working with medically complex patients.