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Consulting Services

Consulting Services

Threading inclusivity into your organization and/or company can make the difference between excellence and mediocrity.

Employee satisfaction, productivity of company goals, and client relationship establishment and retention are ALL a priority when individuals and teams feel respected and known for who they are and what they bring to any group. Our ICCS team can assist with culturally-competent inclusive training that enhances self-assessment, increases morale, and sparks excitement and creativity in the workplace.

 

Sexual Health

Satisfying intimate relationships are essential for better overall physical health, positive mood, stress reduction, and improved quality of life. Addressing intimacy and sexuality issues within outpatient, primary care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other integrated healthcare settings can be challenging for most healthcare professionals. ICCS consultants address the importance of assessing sexual health and intimate relationships within your practice settings as a tool to better understand mood, health behaviors, and treatment adherence, resulting in decreased costs, attrition, and difficult patient interactions and increased client satisfaction. Healthcare providers will be given knowledge and resources to accurately assess, treat, and/or triage sexual concerns in an accurate and comprehensive manner. Topics areas include:

  • Importance of sexual health within the context of healthy life styles
  • Understanding how personal world view influences healthcare providers’ assessment and treatment of sexuality and intimacy
  • Brief assessment measures and treatment approaches appropriate for any healthcare setting
  • Overview of sexuality, chronic illness/disability, and quality of life
  • Sexual functioning across the life span
  • Sexuality and intimate relationship resources designed for dissemination for patients/clients
  • Assisting patients/clients with developing a sexual wellness plan designed for anticipating aging and health changes within intimate relationships
  • Knowing when to consult with other providers and/or how and when to refer

 

Reproductive Health

Reproductive health and mental health interact in complex ways for women. Women are at greatest risk of mental health difficulties during the perinatal period and perimenopause, and trying to conceive, fertility, and other health issues can all impact a women’s mental health and vice versa. Addressing the interplay between reproductive health and mental health within primary care, OB/GYN, and fertility clinic settings can be challenging for most healthcare professionals. ICCS consultants address the importance of assessing mental health and behavioral health within your practice settings as a tool to better understand mood effects on health, health behaviors (such as diet, etc.), and treatment adherence, resulting in decreased costs, attrition, and difficult patient interactions and increased client satisfaction. Healthcare providers will be given knowledge and resources to accurately assess, treat, and/or triage mental health concerns as they related to reproductive health in an accurate and comprehensive manner. Topics areas include:

    • How to assess whether mental health issues are impacting fertility, or if fertility is impacting mental health, for the purposes of maximizing fertility, treatment outcomes, and client satisfaction
    • How to make services more accessible and approachable for clients with mental health issues, thereby improving recruitment and retention
    • Strategies to efficiently and effectively screen for mental health problems that may be impacting client health
    • Addressing shame and identity for women struggling with reproductive health (i.e. blaming self for infertility or miscarriage and feeling like a failure as a woman)
    • Respectful ways of referring clients to mental health care when needed
    • Behavioral health interventions for coping with perimenopause

 

Wellness and Body Image

Interventions aimed at improving physical health often neglect or minimize the role of psychology in making long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes. Factors such as body image, mental health, cultural variables, and motivation all impact how successful people are as they attempt to improve their diet or level of fitness. Further, traditional models of nutrition and fitness intervention may inadvertently make sustaining such improvements difficult by failing to address these factors. Moreover, there can be many psychological barriers to implementing such changes. The ICCS team understands fitness and nutrition from psychological and multicultural perspectives and trains health-related professionals to incorporate psychological science into their interventions to maximize client success. Topics include:

  • Strategies to enhance client motivation and assist with goal setting
  • How to make services more accessible and approachable for diverse clients, thereby improving recruitment and retention
  • Reducing barriers to improving nutrition and fitness
  • The role of shame in maintaining a cycle of binging and dieting
  • How to work effectively with clients with mental health issues
  • Respectful ways of referring clients to mental health care when needed

 

Disability

People with disabilities enrich the workplace in ways that facilitate better team dynamics, increase company productivity, and improved inclusion of disability world view. Talking about disability in workplace settings has traditionally focused on the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the legal requirements necessary to accommodate employees with disabilities. Yet, discussing disability as a diversity factor at work is typically under discussed or ignored. The ICCS team understands disability from a multicultural perspective and sheds light on the social experience of disability through their training. Topics included in this training include:

  • How disability world view enhances work team progress
  • Definitions of disability community and culture
  • Disability frequently asked questions
  • Respectful ways of addressing disability in workplace settings
  • Strategies to increase recruitment and retention of people with disabilities
  • Facilitating inclusive discussions around disability workplace accommodations
  • Refining company policy through the addition of disability affirming business practices

We look forward to challenging your team to reach an optimal level of self-awareness and power to change themselves and their work energy. Show your employees that you do not simply believe in diversity and inclusion principles by moving forward with action and providing training that includes their voices and identities to make important change.