Professional Development Events

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Berkshire AHEC inter-professional trainings are evidence based and include best practices in the most current patient and client centered care.  We feel that the successful delivery of healthcare needs to be interdependent and inter-professional education and communication is an excellent place to start.  Berkshire AHEC facilitates continuing professional development that seeks to enhance the knowledge, skills, competence and/or performance of health and human service providers and professionals.

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Memory Matters 2017

Thursday. October 5, 2017

Berkshire Hills Country Club, Pittsfield, MA


8:00 – 8:30: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00: The “ME” in Dementia, Donna Brazee

                    The Crooked Path of a Dementia Caregiver, Bobbie Orsi, MS, RN

9:00:  9:45: New Frontiers in Alzheimer’s Research – Genetics and Risk, Jonathan Jackson, PhD

9:45 – 10:30: Perspectives on Family Dementia Care, Alexander Kloman, MD

10:40- 11:40: 7 Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not and What to Do About It, Andrew Budson, MD

11:40-12:30:  Panel Discussion with the Speakers

12:30- 12:40: Concluding Written Exercise

12:30 – 12:45: Optional “Caregiver Chat” with the Specialists

12:40: Program Evaluation, Sign Out, Certificates



      (Ann, Sugar Hill Senior Living, Presenter: Jane Fleishman, PhD, CSE, Suzette, Berkshire AHEC)

Challenges in Responding to Emotional and Sexual Intimacy Among Residents in Continuing Care Facilities

Registration & Refreshments:  12:30pm – 1:00pm  & Program:  1:00 – 4:40pm

Sugar Hill Senior Living, 45 Main Street, Dalton, MA

Overall Program Goal:

Many professionals in the field of nursing care, gerontology, social work, and others invested in the care of elderly clients and patients have very little knowledge, skills, or awareness of the emotional and sexual intimacy needs of their clients.  This training will help dispel the myths about sexuality and aging and address the variety of challenges that many practitioners face when tackling the difficult world of emotional and sexual intimacy for residents in continuing care communities.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

Define three (3) types of sexual intimacy challenges faced in continuing care facilities

Describe one (1) type of response to emotional and sexual intimacy challenges.

Apply one aspect of the training to your work with older adults.

Presenter Bio:

Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, CSE, is a certified sexuality educator, researcher, and writer with more than 30 years’ experience. She travels the country leading pre-conference seminars and workshops for professionals and scholars, continuing care communities for aging adults and their caregivers, and for teachers, parents, and youth. For her PhD dissertation, she assessed the sexual satisfaction of aging adults in same-sex relationships. Jane serves on the Leadership Team for the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University, and she is the Eastern Region Representative for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She does presentations on topics such as the policy implications of sexuality among older adults in continuing care facilities, consensual sexuality for clinicians who work with adolescents with sexual behavior problems, the intersections of privilege and sexuality, and she has conducted evaluation and organizational change programs for a wide variety of social change organizations in the US and abroad. In 2000, Jane received Governor’s Service Award in Healing of Racism, in 2015, she received a Graduate Scholar Award from the Aging and Society Knowledge Community and in 2016, Dr. Fleishman received the William R. Stayton Award for Leadership in the field of human sexuality.

What Are Participants Saying About Berkshire AHEC Trainings?

Great content & discussion- much needed “come together” of diverse health professionals to discuss challenges of actionable solutions to improve care transitions.  All front line providers must do this!

Excellent program, very relevant to what the future of health care will become and it will take a team approach across many disciplines.

The information provided today was pertinent to today’s health care industry and will empower each individual to help provide patient centered care and provide leadership to our peers.

This was essential knowledge for nurses on the front lines in creating safe patient transitions and was not available in our area.

This was an excellent program on MS and the presenters were fantastic!

Berkshire AHEC does an excellent job of putting together speakers with a wealth of information and knowledge. Berkshire AHEC coordinates excellent programs with experts that provide the best information to audiences. Staff mange each detail from initiation to the conclusion of the program.  I am very impressed with Berkshire AHEC.

“The trainer presented the material in a variety of different ways which helps the learner to retain the information and apply it to practice.”

” An interactive training makes a huge difference…listening to other people’s stories and background reinforces the importance of the material taught.”

“Excellent presenter…A+rated!”

” Beautiful venue and excellent topic!  Thank you for the experience and the education!”

“I learned so much from every presenter.  Truly excellent symposium!  Kudos!”

“The speakers today sent a profound message that has touched me both personally and professionally!”

We Want to Meet Your Continuing Education and Professional Development Needs.  Please contact or email:  Suzette Naylor, Director of Education & Training at (413) 447-2417 or


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use

to change the world.   Nelson Mandela

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