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12th Annual Electrophysiology & Heart Failure Symposium
    A patient presenting to the provider with symptomatic heart failure and/or arrhythmias can be a challenge to diagnose and treat. It is often difficult to distinguish whether heart failure or arrhythmias precipitated the symptoms. This conference will explore multiple aspects in the workup and management of these patients and provide guidelines and new information that are not commonly appreciated by the medical community.
13th Annual BrainDance Awards
    BrainDance Awards for Student Projects on Mental Illness
2 day Intermediate Printmaking
    Prerequisite: Must have taken the previous Beginner Class or have prior experience in printmaking.. This workshop will explore additional techniques utilizing safe water based inks and acrylic paints. Brief demos incorporating printing, collage, stenciling and hand-made stamp designs will leave plenty of time for individual experimentation. Materials provided; Do bring sketches or other reference for a rapid start.
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Alcoholics Anonymous
    Join us for coffee and a one hour A.A. topic discussion.
Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
    Get a basic understanding of anxiety disorders, its treatments and receive specific suggestions to help better cope with the illness.
Are Nutritional Supplements Safe?
    Dietary & Nutritional Supplements are the most commonly used integrative medicine therapy with 50-75% of patients using at least one supplement every day. In this lecture we will discuss the types and forms of supplements, how they are regulated by the food and drug association, how to ensure that products are safe, have good quality control and how best to engage in collaborative discussions with your team of medical providers.
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Baby Care Class - CANCELED FOR 2/8 AND RESCHEDULED FOR 2/22
    Understand the unique needs of your newborn and learn great tips on diapering, bathing and general care.
Baby Care for Adopting Parents
    Adopting parents will understand the unique needs of their baby and provide information on injury prevention, feeding, diapering, bathing and general care.
Baby Signing: An Introduction for Infants and Toddlers
    Learn how to begin teaching your baby or toddler basic signs.
Bipolar: An Introduction to the Disorder
    
Brain Tumor Support
    Hartford Hospital invites you to a free educational seminar for patients being treated for brain tumors and their caretakers.
Breast Cancer Support Group
    A support group offering emotional and educational support for women with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer: Hormone Therapies and their Side Effects
    Learn about hormone blockers, medication side effects and the role of hormone therapies in treating breast cancer.
Breastfeeding Support Group
    Free, weekly casual gathering for new moms, babies, and family members. Group is led by a lactation consultant who can answer your questions and offer tips and advice on breastfeeding. A scale is available so moms can track baby's weight.
Breastfeeding With Success
    Learn the basics and benefits of breastfeeding before your baby arrives.
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Car Seat Safety
    Hartford Hospital’s Parent Education Program is proud to offer a free Car Seat Safety Class.
Cesarean Birth Class
    Learn what to expect if you are anticipating a Cesarean birth.
Childbirth Class (One-Day Class)
    This one-day Saturday program provides you with the essential information you need for labor and birth of your baby.
Childbirth Class (Two-Day Saturday Program)
    This two-day program provides you with the essential information you need for labor and birth of your baby.
Childbirth Class (Two-Night Program)
    This two night program provides you with the essential information you need for labor and birth of your baby.
Comfort Measures for Labor
    Hands-on techniques to address the discomforts of labor.
CPR Family & Friends: Infants & Children
    Recommended for new parents, babysitters, and anyone who cares for infants and children.
Creating an Envelope Book
    Transform common envelopes into a book that can be used to organize notes, as a mini scrapbook, or as a gift of keepsakes or inspirational messages. This book uses a "no sew" binding so it is easy for all to complete. We will be using colored ink and adhesives during the creating process. Materials will be supplied. Absolutely no previous experience required.
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Dementia Educational & Support Group
    An educational and support group that brings together those who want guidance, direction and support through this journey.
Dementia: An Introduction
    This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have dementia or a related disorder.
Depression - An Introduction to the Disorder
    For family members and friends of individuals who suffer from depression.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Group (DBSA)
    Peer run support group for those who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder.
Divorced Women's Empowerment Group
    Come join us and be with other women who are single again. Learn tips for self esteem, coping mechanisms, and discovering individuality.
Don’t let headaches rule your life
    
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Enjoying Infants Together (6-Week Series)
    Learn fun developmental activities for infants and participate in discussions on various parenting issues.
Epidural Anesthesia for Labor
    Learn what an epidural is, how it is done, the risks it involves and what to expect for pain relief.
Expectant Grandparents Class
    Gives grandparents the opportunity to talk with a trained professional RN (who is a grandparent herself!) about birthing changes.
Expressive Art 2-Day Retreat
    Join us for this truly expressive-based experience as we play with paint to explore the spiritual essence of our own nature. . Painting one stroke at a time gives pause for our inner voice to ask the questions that lead us into the mysteries of what we really need and want. Light the fire of your creative flame by joining us in this spontaneous weekend of encounters to connect our spirit to the miracles waiting within. Anything goes. No previous art experience necessary. Materials and lunch included. Must commit to the full 2-days.
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Grief Support Group
    Grief can be a very confusing and difficult road. Come join others who are traveling the journey of grief.
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Happiest Baby
    New babies are such a blessing, but they can also bring on sleepless nights, crying, and sometimes quite a bit of extra stress. Learn an extraordinary approach to keeping your baby happy.
Hartford HealthCare Connect to Healthier Hearts
    Come celebrate National Heart Month with Westfarms and Hartford HealthCare!
Holistic Birthing
    Join this 3-week class for expectant parents (mother and birthing companion). Class includes techniques to help parents to relax and experience a calm and serene birthing. These techniques include breathing, meditation, gentle movement, self-hypnosis, and guided imagery. They give parents the knowledge and skills to allow them to have the extraordinary experience of birthing their child with joy, peace, and comfort.
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Inaugural Advanced Practitioner Symposium
    Hartford HealthCare is sponsoring a symposium designed for and by advanced practitioners.
Introduction to Mental Health Benefits and Services
    An overview of benefit programs available for individuals with mental health disabilities.
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Joint Replacement Pre-Operative Patient Education
    This class is for patients who will undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, providing education on how to prepare for the surgery and recovery. This class is NOT for patients undergoing a shoulder replacement surgery.
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Learn About Oncoplastic Surgery for Breast Cancer
    Learn how oncoplastic surgery incorporates plastic and breast conserving surgery techniques to preserve aesthetical outcomes.
Let’s talk about colonoscopies. Really.
    Hartford Hospital invites you to a free educational seminar about colonoscopy.
Life After Prostate Cancer
    Annually in Connecticut, about 850 men are treated surgically for prostate cancer. Another 800 to 1,000 are treated with radiation. Although cancer cure is the goal, many of these patients sustain damage to two important body functions-bladder control and erectile ability.
Look Good, Feel Better
    Cosmetology professionals help cancer patients with makeup, skin and nail care, wigs, scarves and hats.
Look Good, Feel Better (Spanish)
    Cosmetology professionals help cancer patients with makeup, skin and nail care, wigs, scarves and hats. Class in Spanish.
Lung Cancer Support Group
    Lung cancer education and peer support group for patients and caregivers living with lung cancer.
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Managing Schizophrenia
    Information and discussion about how to handle and manage the difficulties that arise with schizophrenia.
Maternity Tours
    A guided tour to help you get acquainted with our facility and maternity services.
Medical/Psychiatric Young Adult Services Psychotherapy Group
    The supportive psychotherapy group is designed for young adults age 17-26 struggling with a new diagnosis, chronic medical conditions or physical symptoms or limitations.
Mental Health First Aid
    Hartford Hospital invites you to an 8 hour course designed to teach you the signs and symptoms of mental illness and then how to get someone help using an action plan.
Mind-Body Relaxation
    Come unwind and rejuvenate with complementary instruction in breathing, gentle movement and relaxation. Limited yoga mats. Please bring your own if you have one.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-Week Series
    Stressed by life events, illness, pain, worry? Then, this course is for you! This 8-week course is modeled after the original, acclaimed program by Jon Kabat Zinn at UMass Medical Center.
Multidisciplinary Neurovascular Symposium
    This multidisciplinary symposium will cover all clinical aspects of diagnosis and management of stroke and carotid artery disease. A concise, evidence based up-to-date review will address carotid artery disease relevant to primary care providers, neurologists, radiologists and vascular surgeons. High-yield topics have been handpicked that would enhance patient care in all these settings.
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Origami for Beginners
    Join us inthis ancient Japanese creative process known as Origam.. We will learn to make folded paper figurines used for many forms of decoration or gift giving. This process is both entertaining and therapeutic. You may bring your own left over wrapping paper or patterned pages, but additional origami papers and other supplies will be provided. Diagrams will also be provided for your future use. Feel free to bring yourown lunch or snacks.
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Paint Your Favorite Flower (for Cancer Survivors/Thrivers)
    Spring is here!! The daffodils are up....but the tulips, phlox, irises and lilies, and are just not popping out fast enough. Join us as we learn simple techniques to create lovely flowers on stretched canvas – you may just go home and create your own flower garden (without the dirt!).
Prenatal Yoga
    This four-week program strengthens and tones muscles, making you more comfortable during pregnancy and better prepared for the delivery of your baby.
Pups and Babies
    Helpful tips on preparing your dog for your baby's arrival and introducing your baby to your pet
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Qigong for Patients with Cancer
    The Chinese have been using Qigong for thousands of years to promote healing and strengthen their bodies. In these comprehensive 3-hour classes, you will learn evidence-based self-healing techniques including Qigong exercises designed specifically for fighting cancer, acupressure points to relieve pain and other symptoms, and tools to help you maintain a positive and confident attitude in dealing with your illness.
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Reiki Healing Touch - Level 1
    Learn a gentle hands-on relaxation technique that can reduce stress, muscle tension/pain and accelerate the healing process.
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Schizophrenia - An Introduction to the Disorder
    A program for family members and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia or a related disorder.
Sibling Preparation (All ages)
    Help your children prepare for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister. This class includes hands on diapering, creation of a birthday card for baby, a short video and a visit to the maternity floor for a look at mom’s maternity room.
Social Support Group for LGBTQ Issues
    A support group for 16-23 year-olds who identify LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning) issues as being prominent in their lives.
Soul Collage for Everyone: Love Is A Verb
    Every act of love we create in our community illustrates the power of this little verb. The SoulCollage® process assists us in finding those gifts and acts of compassion within ourselves that we may weave into our personal relationships, as well as the various communities that support us.
SoulCollage®: Birthing Our Creative Selves
    As spring and new beginnings approach, creating with the SoulCollage® process (authored/originated by Seena Frost) assists us in discovering what is original, unique and ready to emerge from the many layers of our creative spirit. This unique process heightens our awareness through images that inspire us with the insight and energy to re-create our lives. No previous experience or class attendance necessary. Materials included - bring a magazine or two.
SoulCollage®: Birthing Our Creative Selves
    As spring and new beginnings approach, creating with the SoulCollage® process (authored/originated by Seena Frost) assists us in discovering what is original, unique and ready to emerge from the many layers of our creative spirit. This unique process heightens our awareness through images that inspire us with the insight and energy to re-create our lives. No previous experience or class attendance necessary. Materials included - bring a magazine or two.
SoulCollage®: The Wisdom of the Shadow
    As we approach the Summer Solstice we are aware of the balance of light and dark. One is totally dependant on the other. We will be creating a SoulCollage® card (a process authored/originated by Seena Frost) to examine the shadow aspects that may appear among some of our images. There is energy within the dark that holds insight and the vision of the new. No previous experience or class attendance necessary. Materials included - bring a magazine or two.
Substance Use Educational and Support Group
    For family members impacted by loved ones with substance abuse.
Suffering from Knee or Hip Pain?
    Hartford Hospital invites you to a free educational seminar on joint replacement care and robotic surgery.
Suffering from Knee or Hip Pain? (April 7th)
    Hartford Hospital invites you to a free educational seminar on joint replacement care and robotic surgery.
Support Group for Families Dealing with Major Mental Illness
    A program for family and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia, bipolar or other related mental illnesses. Share your struggles. Learn to care for yourself while you are caring for others.
Surgical Weight Loss: General Education Session
    A comprehensive, educational session focused on patients who are ready to start the program or just want to learn more about surgical weight loss. The program is presented from the first step to post-operative follow-up. An open question and answer session with the surgeons follows the presentation.
Surgical Weight Loss: Support Group Meetings
    Join the Surgical Weight Loss Team for an evening of discussion, support, and education. Open to all who desire more information on Bariatric surgery.
Survivors of Suicide Group
    A support group for those who have lost someone close to them to suicide.
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Time for Toddlers (6-week series)
    Learn fun, developmental activities for toddlers and participate in discussions on various parenting issues.
Toastmasters Club 2300
    A Lunchtime Club
Twin Preparation Class
    This three part series will prepare families expecting multiples for late pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum, infant care and safety, and managing at home.
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Understanding Bladder Cancer
    Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Hartford Hospital’s Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute invite you to a free educational seminar on Understanding Bladder Cancer.
Understanding Kidney Cancer
    Hartford Hospital’s Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute and the Hartford HealthCare Cancer institute invite you to a free educational seminar on understanding kidney cancer.
Understanding Lung Cancer Surgery
    
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Walk to Wellness
    Join us at the Hartford HealthCare Wellness at Westfarms Rest and Relaxation Lounge (Lower Level of Westfarms near Nordstrom).
Writing from Collage: Word and Picture Fusion
    In this workshop we will compose a collage with pictures and then begin the processof writing from images. Once pictures are in place, a guided meditation will support a period of silence and reflection. Writing prompts will be used to illicit information and description of the collage which will ultimately be used to create a poem, narrative or story. Work can be shared or spoken aloud to further process the surfaced images. No previos experience necessary!
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Youth Mental Health First Aid
    Learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness and then how to get someone help using an action plan.
Youth Psychosis Family Support Group
    Join us to receive support, guidance and education on how to cope with and help your young person.