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Wellness Conference on Achieving Balance Between Work and Home on November 11

Does work tend to overflow into your personal life? If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, you may want to attend “Taking Control in the Face of Life’s Challenge: A Conference on Achieving Personal Balance” on Thursday, November 11 at Jefferson Community College. This wellness conference is open to the public and is of interest to anyone striving for a healthy balance between work and home life, particularly those in the human services, healthcare, emergency medical services, and criminal justice fields. It is sponsored by Jefferson Community College, Carthage Area Hospital, and Samaritan Medical Center, with support from the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and Jefferson Community College Foundation.

The morning conference runs from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and includes a keynote address and choice of five breakout sessions. The keynote will be given by Dr. Ann Ziegler Sedore, director of Crouse Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse. Dr. Sedore draws upon her experiences as a NYS registered nurse, coordinator of nursing education and staff development, thirteen years as a senior leader at Upstate University Hospital, and many more as a nurse educator. She will share tips on staying healthy in the face of adversity while dealing with daily pressures.

Following the keynote address, attendees may attend one of following five breakout sessions:

Domestic Violence: Might Someone You Know Be in a Violent Relationship?

Andrea Peck, community education prevention specialist and victim advocate, has worked with families on crises caused by abuse for many years. She will share the backgrounds of abusers and victims and insights into the cycle of violence to help you manage the trauma of domestic abuse.

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Challenges of Caring for A Family Member

Tricia Bannister, regional director of the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will speak on what is known about the disease and how to manage your role as caregiver or friend.

Grandparents Who Have Become Parents to Their Grandchildren

Amy Babineau, a licensed mental health counselor at Family Counseling Service of NNY, will help with issues of authority and emotional support and discuss future challenges for those who have taken on this difficult responsibility.

Emotional Stress: Do You Face Traumatic Events As Part Of Your Job?

Dan McGuire, president of CISM Perspectives Inc. in Rochester, will provide information on surviving in a stressful professional environment. Learn to balance detachment with caring in this special session for social workers, police and fire personnel, paramedics, and healthcare workers.

Workplace Conflict: Are You Finding the ‘Team’ Has Gone Out of Teamwork?

Ann Ziegler Sedore, Ph.D., will talk about the fundamentals of a high functioning team and provide tips on how to manage when you are part of a dysfunctional unit. Bullying behavior by colleagues will be addressed.


Registration for this conference is required and must be received with payment by November 8, 2010. The cost is $30.00 per person or $15.00 for college or high school students. Registration forms (PDF) and informational flyers (PDF) are available from Gail W. Miller in JCC’s college outreach office at 315-786-2257.