Alan Lorenz, MD was born in Madison, Wisconsin, migrated west for college at Stanford, and then worked at the nearby Palo Alto VA Hospital as a psychiatric nursing assistant, while doing graduate work in psychology. He returned to Madison for Medical School, then moved to Rochester, New York for residency in Family Medicine, fellowship in Family Systems, and training as a Family Therapist. After finishing training, he worked in a small, rural, upstate practice in Palmyra, New York. Active with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, he chaired the Families & Health Conference, then taught in the residency for ten years seeing medical patients and teaching psychosocial skills. Following this, he worked at the University of Rochester University Health Service seeing the students, faculty, and staff – including many health professionals. He now sees patients at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He helped found the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, is a Wingspread Honoree of that organization, and is the incoming Chair of the Mental Health Section of the American College Health Association. He has co-authored two books: Models of Collaboration, and the acclaimed Family-Oriented Primary Care. He has authored dozens of articles, book chapters, and made numerous presentations to local, national and international audiences. For fun, he likes to read, travel, play ultimate Frisbee and do extreme skiing.
IIBHN 2020 Presentation(s):
Core Concepts for Family-Oriented Integrated Care
- Attendees will be able to locate themselves on Doherty and Baird’s levels of family involvement, and set a goal for where they would like to be.
- Attendees will be able to define core concepts in family-oriented integrated care, including: hierarchy, boundaries, roles, triangulation, enmeshment, disengagement, coalitions, and alliances, along with family patterns.
- Attendees will improve their skill at obtaining family information and doing family assessment.
Engaging Family for Family-Oriented Integrated Care
- Attendees will engage in an exercise that promotes cultural competence and awareness of family of origin.
- Attendees will learn specific questions that promote family engagement, review strategies to enlist families as allies, and have an opportunity to practice these questions and build these skills.
Medical Family Therapy
- Attendees will be able to describe both accelerating and inhibiting influences of the interaction between family life cycle and illness life cycle in terms of centripetal and centrifugal forces.
- Attendees will learn to apply these concepts to a family consultation generated by an attendee.
Case Consultations for Family-Oriented Integrated Care
- Attendees will learn to apply sophisticated systems concepts to patients and families struggling with complex medical problems.
- Attendees will diversify their skills in the care of high utilizers, somatization, child behavioral problems, and end of life.