When

Friday May 12, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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LCCC Educational Conference Center 
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634-3899
 

 
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Contact

Bonnie Lauer 
LCCC Alumni Association 
570-740-0734 
blauer@luzerne.edu 
   

2017 Dental Health Alumni Day 
May 12, 2017

featuring

 

Catrice Opichka, RDH, BS


Join us on May 12, 2017 for the 18th annual Dental Health Alumni Day featuring Catrice Opichka RDH, BS.  Registration and a continental breakfast will be available from 7:30am - 8:20am. The course will start promptly at 8:30am and will conclude at 3:30pm.  We have applied for 6 CEU's through the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association (PDHA).

This seminar is intended for all graduates of LCCC's Dental Assisting, EFDA and Dental Hygiene Programs. However, all medical professionals, including dentists and staff members are encouraged to attend.



 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Sex, Drugs and Alcohol: The 21st Century Dental Therapist

The role of the dental clinician 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.

About our Presenter:

Catrice Opichka, RDH, BS

Catrice has been active in the field of dentistry for twenty-six years, practicing as a registered dental hygienist for the last nineteen years.  Catrice's passion is education. Whether inspiring patients to get invested in their oral health, building relevant education for dental professionals, or teaching clinicians how to better care for complex patients; Catrice believes in excellence through education.

Catrice provides education to dental professionals on the risks, diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients.  She is also on the front line in addressing difficult topics such as HPV and addiction and their effects on our patient’s oral health.  She lectures internationally and facilitates workshops to help better care for complex patients.

Catrice’s programs take relevant, evidence-based data and combine it with real-world situations to help us create a dialog with our patients to make a lasting difference in their lives.

Catrice is a member of the National Speakers Association, American Dental Education Association, Washington State Department of Health – Dental Hygiene Examining Committee Board Member, American Dental Hygienists Association, and is a Seattle Study Club Education Advisory Board Member.

For more information on Catrice visit: www.pureducation.org


Program Agenda and Details

7:30 - 8:20 am: Registration; continental breakfast
8:30 - 11:30am: Catrice Opichka program
11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  lunch
12:30 - 3:30 pm: Program continuation

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, course materials and a CEU Certificate  for 6 CEU's will be awarded.  To receive your certificate you must submit your completed Program Evaluation and PDHA Continuing Education Credit forms at the conclusion of the program. Please make every effort to attend the entire day - certificates will be issued for 6 CEU's and will not be issued prior to the end of the day. 

LCCC first-year dental hygiene students will be fund raising for PDHA proior to the start of the program and during lunch. Proceeds with offset their expenses to attend the PDHA annual conference.


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IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR LICENSE NUMBER WITH YOUR REGISTRATION YOU MUST BRING IT WITH YOU THE DAY OF THE PROGRAM TO BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR COURSE PAPERWORK. WE WILL NOT SUBMIT REGISTRANT NAMES TO PDHA WITH MISSING LICENSE NUMBERS.

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Continuing Education Credits:  Mandatory continuing education is the law in Pennsylvania.  Dentists must obtain 30 hours every two years; registered dental hygienists (RDH) must obtain 20 hours every two years; expanded function dental assistants (EFDA's) must obtain 10 hours every two years; and nationally certified dental assistants (CDA's) must obtain 12 hourse every year.  For this program, six hours of continuing education credits (CEU's) have been applied for from the Pennsylvania Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies. 

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Cancellation Policy: No refund will be issued to anyone who cancels after
April 28th or is a "no show".

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Lost / Misplaced Certificates: To receive a copy of a lost or misplaced CEU certificate following the program, you must contact the PDHA State Office. As recommended by the PDHA State Office, replacement certificates will no longer be supplied by the LCCC Alumni Office.

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Alumni in the Workplace Photos: If your dental practice employs a large percentage of LCCC graduates we'd like to come to your office and take a photo!  Please contact Bonnie Lauer for more information 570-740-0734 or blauer@luzerne.edu.