Support for Families With A Child Having Heart Surgery

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Sue Carroll Duffy, Psy.D. is fully trained and certified to present Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Workshop™With medical verification of scheduled heart surgery for a child, families may request an hour long over-the-phone workshop with Dr. Duffy.  Workshops are also offered the first Saturday of the month at the Cobscook Learning Center in Trescott, Maine.  Stronghearts will pay the tuition for families caring for a child with a heart defect.

The Prepare for Surgery Workshop is for the parents of the child having surgery. When parents learn to reduce their anxiety about their child’s surgery, their child will be peaceful about it also.  If the child is 14 years or older, he or she can join their parents taking the workshop by the phone to learn how to reduce their anxiety.

The donated workshop will teach the 5 steps to prepare for surgery developed by Peggy Huddleston.  Research shows following these steps reduces anxiety, use of pain medication and speeds healing.

After the workshop, participants will practice the relaxation and visualization skills 2 times a day for 20 minutes using Peggy Huddleston’s CD.  Stronghearts will provide participants with Peggy Huddleston’s book, “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster” and its companion relaxation CD.