PURE EDUCATION

Catrice Opichka, Founder
PO BOX 1092
Lake Stevens, WA 98258


p: 920.246.4165
e: catrice@pureeducation.org








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HPV and Oral Cancer - Saving Lives Through Early Detection and Improved Communication
Do you remember when smoking cessation discussions were the most difficult conversations we had with our patients? Do you recall the first battles we had discussing the harmful effects of chewing tobacco? The discussion of smoking and chewing as risk factors for oral cancer have become, for many of us, as common as discussing the effects of bacteria in periodontal disease. In the 21st Century, smoking and chewing are among the easier topics we have to discuss with our patients. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has changed the way we look at cancer risk and detection and has made patient education a bit more complicated.

Discussing the cause and effect relationship between sexual behaviors and oral cancer is not easy for anyone. However, since nearly every person who is sexually active will have an HPV infection in their lifetime, and since HPV is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer, it has become a topic worth investigating and sharing with our patients.

In this course we will explore how to improve cancer detection in our dental practice. We will uncover ways to create protocol for patient education that can be customized to fit the culture of any practice. We will discover methods to encourage involvement of the entire dental team by providing the tools necessary for effective HPV communication.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Identify the risk factors associated with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.
2.  Recognize the obstacles clinicians face in providing HPV education in the dental practice.
3.  Discover the tools necessary for patient education and discussing HPV with our adult and adolescent patients.




Sex, Drugs & Alcohol - The 21st Century Dental Hygiene Therapist
The role of the dental hygienist has changed significantly in the last 100 years. From dental technician to dental therapist, the face of our daily interactions with patients has taken on new challenges and created new responsibilities.

Every day we are faced with difficult conversations that go far beyond the dental health of our patients. We have always faced the challenges of discussing issues like smoking and chewing tobacco with our patients. However, these are no longer the only addictions we need to be prepared to deal with in our practice. We need to be ready to address the effects of alcohol and drug abuse as well. The increase in oral cancer related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) has forced us to look at the way we address oral sex as one of the new risk factors of oral cancer. We also fight the impact of today's society in the increased incidence of bulimia, which was traditionally prevalent in women but is now also occurring more frequently in our male patients. To add to these complex conversations – these challenges are being seen in our teen and young adult patients as well as adults.

This course takes an interactive approach to dealing with these complex conversations. We will uncover relevant statistics and valuable information to use as a foundation to bring into the workshop. Participants will then work together to discuss the best ways to start a dialogue with our patients on these challenging topics.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Recognize situations and opportunities to help patients with complex problems that affect dental health.
2.  Understand dental complications that are associated with smoking, drugs, marijuana, alcohol, oral sex, bulimia and other socially influenced patient issues.
3.  Provide valuable information to patients on complex topics through effective communication.

Attendees: Hygienists / Length of program: Evening or Half Day



Back To School – PSYCH 101 for the Dental Hygienist
Welcome to PSYCH 101 for the Dental Hygienist! This full day program will cover four classes that will improve our patient education techniques, enhance our leadership abilities, and expand our understanding of the effect of cultural nuances on our profession.

DH 101 – Influence and Persuasion Techniques for Patient Compliance
As a dental hygienist, we use influence and persuasion in many aspects of our patient communication. Whether we are encouraging our patients incorporate better home care techniques, or empowering them to quit smoking, we practice these important techniques. We will explore influence and persuasion techniques and learn to integrate them in routine patient scenarios.

DH 102 – Identifying and Managing Patient Emotion
Our patient’s emotions can affect everything from their ability to process information to our ability to achieve successful pain management. We will address ways to manage emotions that become roadblocks to patient care.

DH 103 – Understanding Cultural Differences for Improved Patient Care
The twenty-first century has brought a new generation of patients, with unique personalities and motivations. We are also living in a diverse world where cultural differences impact the relevance of dental healthcare. We will explore cultural differences that include gender, generational, societal, and socioeconomic nuances that affect our ability to provide patient care.

DH 104 – Psychology of Leadership for Maximum Team Collaboration
The dental practice is a unique culture where leaders and followers can change by the minute. We often rely on the dentist or office manager to provide leadership for the dental practice; however, the dental hygienist is in the ultimate position to provide leadership to the entire practice. We will discuss the opportunities for the dental hygienist to provide practice leadership, to maximize team collaboration.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Recognize how to use influence and persuasion to improve patient education.
2.  Understand how patient emotions affect processing information and pain control, and how to minimize emotional patient responses.
3.  Learn how to become an effective leader in your dental practice.


Attendees: Hygienists
Length of program: Half Day or Full Day



Treating the Cancer Patient: Improving the Journey Through Patient Care
As healthcare advances and becomes more accessible for people living with cancer, we are seeing an increased number of patients who are facing the many side effects of treatment and the intraoral implications. It is now more important than ever to understand the treatments our patients are receiving so we can help them avoid or reduce many of the common side effects.

This course will explore our role as dental health care providers in helping our patients through their cancer treatment. We will discuss aspects of many commonly used cancer therapies and how they affect our patients from the initial diagnosis and preparation for treatment all the way through the post-treatment effects. We will look at each treatment individually to determine the best course of action for each patient. We will discuss ways to reduce the risk of oral disease, including a review of products available to ease discomfort involved with treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Recognize the important steps involved in preparing patients for their cancer journey through proper treatment planning.
2.  Learn the common types of cancer treatment and the oral implications of these treatments as well as the products available to lessen these effects.
3.  Understand the specific needs of cancer patients to provide better patient education.

This program is ideal for an evening or half-day session.



HPV and Oral Cancer: A New Paradigm in Cancer Risk
HPV is forcing us to change the way we look at cancer risk. HPV is now the largest growing cause of reported oropharyngeal cancer. We need to have a better understanding of the nuances of the cause, risk, location, and treatment of cancer related to HPV.

This course will explore our role as dental health care providers in the prevention of HPV-related oral cancer by addressing patient education. We will discuss risk assessment and early detection of cancer related to HPV. We will focus on common cancer treatments for oropharyngeal cancers and determine the best course of action for oral care before, during, and after cancer treatment.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Identify the risk factors associated with HPV-related cancer.
2.  Create a protocol for patient education and discussing HPV with young adult patients.
3.  Understand the treatments for oropharyngeal cancer and the associated side effects.

This program is ideal for an evening or half-day session.



The Cancer Patient: Understanding Risk, Improving Diagnosis, Mastering Care
The diagnosis of cancer affects every aspect of an individuals' life. To effectively treat cancer patients, we need to fully understand every aspect of their journey from diagnosis through remission and survivorship.

This course will take a comprehensive look at the oncology patient. We will discuss the changing risk factors due to HPV-related cancer and evaluate our risk assessment. We will explore methods and devices that assist in early detection of oral cancers. We will take a thorough look at common cancer treatments and their side effects to aid in determining the best course of action for oral care before, during, and after cancer treatment.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Recognize the important steps involved in preparing patients for their cancer journey before, during, and after cancer treatment.
2.  Understand risk factors associated with head and neck cancers.
3.  Learn the common types of cancer treatment and their corresponding oral implications as well as products available to lessen the effects.

This program is ideal for half-day or full-day session.



SOS - Hygiene Interactive Session
Remember the days of Dental Hygiene School? We had good days, bad days, we were brilliant and had moments of failure. We experienced the stress, hardship, fulfillment and success of hygiene school - and we did it together. We always had our fellow hygiene students to bounce ideas off of, problem solve with and share or successful breakthroughs.

Now that we work in private dental practice, it is even more important to have these opportunities to share with other hygienists.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to problem solve specific issues of hygiene practice. We will work together to break down each situation to create solutions that can be implemented instantly in your office. We will wrap up the session with the sharing of our success (SOS). We will share our clinical, product, education and practice management successes to provide ideas that will allow us to grow as hygienists, educators, and members of a successful dental team.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
1.  Recognize the steps required for problem solving every day dental hygiene practice issues.
2.  Understand the importance of sharing our practice successes in the development of new protocol we can implement in our offices.
3.  Learn the value of sharing our knowledge with each other to renew our passion in dental hygiene.


Attendees: Hygienists
Length of program: Evening
Program format: Workshop

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