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Healing Arts Program Offers Continuing Ed Credit

Media Contact: Whitney Hale, 859-257-1754, x229 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2008) - The University of Kentucky College of Social Work in partnership with the UK College of Nursing and the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center will host "Body, Mind, Heart and Environment: Making the Healing Connection" Oct. 17-18, at the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, in Prestonsburg, Ky. The two-day workshop on integrative medicine will offer health professionals an opportunity to learn the value of complementary approaches to health care that include music, poetry and other experiential practices.

Using music, discussion, poetry, and experiential learning, this two-day workshop on integrative medicine will offer participants the opportunity to consider "good health" not as a one-dimensional outcome of the right medications or treatments, but rather an ongoing appreciation of the many ways to wellness.

Experienced clinicians will share evidence-based information on complementary approaches to common conditions and health maintenance, as well as provide participants with practical information to share with their patients and clients. This workshop includes presentations in massage, acupuncture, poetry, music, yoga, holistic nursing, environmental influences on one's health, and writing.

Continuing education credits in medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, and social work will be available to health care professionals and social workers participating in the workshop. Continuing medical education credits are available through Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center, which is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association. A maximum of five credits in AMA PRA Category 1can be earned at this workshop and will be awarded commensurate with the extent of participation in the various educational activities. A maximum of eight continuing education credits in nursing and 5.75 continuing education credits in occupational and physical therapy will be awarded commensurate with the extent of participation through the UK College of Medicine. Finally, a maximum of 5.75 credits continuing social work education credits are available for social workers from Kentucky and Ohio participating in the two-day workshop through the UK College of Social Work.

Featured presenters at "Body, Mind, Heart and Environment" are family physician Dr. Maureen A. Flannery; internal medicine physician and educator Dr. Randy Litman; and holistic nurse consultant and educator Hunter Purdy.

Flannery is a family physician who is also board certified in medical acupuncture. After 26 years as a primary care physician, she began a medical acupuncture practice in Berea in 2004. Since 2007, Community Acupuncture Berea has offered acupuncture in group settings, which makes treatments affordable and accessible to individuals who wish to utilize acupuncture to address a wide variety of health conditions. Flannery's particular interests include helping people with chronic pain and complex problems and assisting patients in dealing with cancer symptoms and treatment side-effects.

Litman, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is residency trained in internal medicine and is board certified. Prior to joining the faculty at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky., he was in private practice in Philadelphia, where he also served in adjunct faculty positions at five medical schools, three nursing schools and two schools for physician assistant training.

Purdy serves as a holistic nurse consultant and educator at WaysMeet. She offers her clients a Holistic Health Assessment and Plan that focuses on the balanced integration of conventional, as well as complementary health care approaches. After a comprehensive evaluation, Hunter and the client together develop individualized health care plans based on research and evidence and specifically directed to meet the client's chosen needs.

The cost of the "Body, Mind, Heart and Environment: Making the Healing Connection" two-day workshop is $75. For more information on this workshop contact the UK colleges of Nursing and Social Work. To register, nurses should visit the website for the UK College of Nursing.  All other interested participants should register through the UK College of Social Work online at

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