Whole Health Action Management Training

Des Moines, IA US
November 11, 2019 to November 12, 2019

This is a closed course. Registrations are not being accepted.

Target Audience

The target audience for this conference is community service providers and health professionals who would benefit from behavioral health education.

WHAM is a training for participants who agree to (1) create and work toward a person-centered goal for new health behavior and/or (2) participate in peer support to reach their whole health goal.


Currently there is no specialized training for peer support specialists focused on whole health of the patient, which leads to overall poor health outcomes. After this two-day training, participants will be able to identify strengths, develop weekly action plans and use positive reinforcement to meet a goal. Rather than work alone, WHAM encourages participants to collaborate and support the patient.

Learning Objectives

WHAM is easy to use and implement in health care settings. This train-the-facilitator program gives peers 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors to identify strengths and supports:

  • Identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors.
  • Write a concise whole health goal based on person centered planning.
  • Create and log a weekly action plan.
  • Create new health behavior.
  • Elicit the Relaxation Response.
  • Engage in cognitive skills to avoid negative thinking.
  • Prepare for basic whole health screenings.
  • Use shared-decision making skills and tools for engaging with doctors.


Monday, November 11, 2019
8 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:30 am


  • Ten Health and Resiliency Factors
  • A Person-Centered Planning Process
  • Five Keys to Success
9 am

The Science of Stress

  • The Relaxation Response
  • Stress Management

Why Do You Want to Improve your Health?

  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Restful Sleep
10:45 amBreak
11 am

The Power of Human Connections

  • Service to Others
  • Support Network
12 pmLunch
1 pmThe Importance of Attitude
  • Optimism Based on Positive Expectations
  • Cognitive Skills to Avoid Negative Thinking

Connecting with that Which is More than Self

  • Spiritual Beliefs and Practices
  • A Sense of Meaning and Purpose
2:45 pmBreak
2:30 pmDemonstrating Some Practical Screening Tasks
  • Health Risk, Screening 
  • Shared Decision-Making
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Health Screening Resources
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Glucose
4 pmAdjourn
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
9 amKeys to Success 1: Setting an Overall Health/Resiliency Goal
  • Review and Prioritization
  • Setting a Person-Centered Goal
  • Applying the IMPACT Criteria

Keys to Success 2 & 3

  • Weekly Action Plan
  • Daily/Weekly Personal Log

Keys to Success 4 & 5

  • One-to-One Peer Support
  • Peer Support Group
12 pmLunch
1 pm

Delivering WHAM Locally

4 pmAdjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 12.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 12.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/11/2019 - 8:30am CST
Event ends: 
11/12/2019 - 4:00pm CST
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
United States

Jean Dukarski is an ACG Senior Trainer who has trained more than 800 Peer Support Specialists in Michigan and served as a Program Director for the Justice in Mental Health Organization (JIMHO). JIMHO is the state’s oldest peer-run center providing services to more than 1,200 individuals a year including the operation of a nine bed short-term emergency shelter, a four bed transitional house and a nine bed apartment subsidized housing project. She has also provided technical assistance for the development and sustainability of other non-profit peer-run organizations throughout Michigan as Associate Director of Project Doors.

Ike Powell is the Director of Training of ACG. He has 50 years experience helping people get in touch with the mystery, depth and greatness of their lives. The first 25 years were spent in community development working with the poorest of the poor in India, Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, and urban slums and rural pockets of poverty in the USA. During the last 25 years, he has developed strength-based, person-centered recovery curriculum in the mental health field. He has degrees in Psychology from Duke University and Religion and Personality from Emory University Candler School of Theology and graduate work in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the planning committee members and speaker indicated they have no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statements

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Primary Care Association. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 12.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 12.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

This training is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Behavioral Health. Funding for this conference was made possible by Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Healthcare PIPBHC) grant from SAMHSA No. SM-17-008.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 12.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 12.00 IBON


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