Conversations with Carmen... A Monthly Webinar 


Friday, February 21, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM CDT

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Marsha Poulsen
Action Pact

Carmen Bowman is  owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change turning her former role of regulator into educator.  Carmen was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years, a policy analyst with CMS Central Office where she taught the national Basic Surveyor Course and was the first certified activity professional to be a surveyor. Carmen has a Master's degree in Healthcare Systems, a Bachelor's in Social Work and German, is a Certified Eden Associate and Eden Mentor, Certified Validation Worker and Group Practitioner.

Carmen co-developed the Artifacts of Culture Change measurement tool and is the author of several Action Pact workbooks.


You too can join the conversations by asking questions of Carmen and her guests. Carmen's smart look at culture change focuses on a wide variety of topics. She brings an insider's view of regulations, and reports on little changes happening in government, in attitude, in practice. Each month she will share culture change news and updates, amusing and heartwarming stories, and interview a guest on a relevant and timely topic.

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  Can We Do Better? Part 2 - How to Get Real

HOST:  Carmen Bowman

GUEST: Sonya Barsness, Gerontologist

Starting with "Something is better than nothing" is backwards. We have to start with the person and with real. Rather than starting with what people can't have, i.e. "We can’t have a real baby 24/7," start with SHE LOVES BABIES. Leaders in the culture change movement have cautioned, "What is lacking is real life. Real life is not found in programs. Real life is in the give and take of everyday life," and that our goal should be "rampant normalcy." Hear how real life leads to less depression, less need for medications, fewer falls and great quality of life. Together we'll think through how to become facilitators of real life. We'll consider the gamut of possibilities from disingenuous to authentic. Do you offer true choice or just token choice causing elders to "settle," and think, "Well, it’s better than nothing."?  

We can do better. Join us in realizing it’s not that hard to get real.

As always, registration for the webinar allows you to attend the live show and/or to watch the recorded show. Learn at your convenience!

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Carmen's webinars are usually held the third Friday of each month except December, and run about an hour.  

$99 fee for a group viewing/site. Fit as many as you can around your computer monitor, or project it on the wall and fill a room.


STEP ONE: Payment

  PLEASE NOTE: After completing the payment step, you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to REGISTRATION (step two). Your payment followed by your registration will allow you to join the live broadcast and/or view it later, at your convenience.