support groupspresented by Dorothy Larkin, PhD, RN; Toni Russo, RN; and Abby Robin, MSN, CNS

This recorded session describes the pilot partnership project of Hope Community Services and the Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s program of The College of New Rochelle. Three advanced practice holistic nurses have been providing health promoting support groups for mothers and children living in poverty who utilize the soup kitchen and services offered at the Hope Community Center in New Rochelle, NY. These biweekly support groups were initiated as part of the clinical component for the curriculum requirements in the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing program at The College of New Rochelle. The support groups provide opportunity for mothers and children to engage in meaningful dialogue, and receive education in stress management, assertive communication and constructive conflict resolution, nutrition, healthful activities/lifestyles and mindful parenting strategies. Holistic modalities such as relaxation techniques, imagery, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, chair yoga, music, and aromatherapy relaxation are integrated in the groups. The faculty and two graduates from CNR’s program are expanding the program to include research examining self-defined health promoting goals for the mothers as well as mother/child defined health goals for the children.

Recorded: February 2015