Collaborative Care Systems Finland offers consultancy in
designing and implementing cost-effective, empowering models for disease
prevention and management as well as for promotion of health and wellbeing.
We also train professionals in
intrinsic motivational and empowering coaching methods. They will help you get the best out of every encounter whether you are working with patients,
clients or employees, in groups or as individuals.
Our work draws from vast
experience in development of theory- and evidence-based interventions, with
established adaptability and scalability to different cultures and ”real
have proven helpful in improving chronic care, disease prevention, and health
promotion, as well as in development of motivational practices and leadership
at the workplace. Well-designed structures and processes with the right
tools can make a real difference!
OUR KEY WORDS:
Our working methods and programs are participatory and appreciative
of all stakeholders’ needs and capacities in all stages: Design, Execution,
Evaluation, and Development.
We help you in designing and implementing empowering methods for all your care processes - disease prevention and
management, promotion of health and wellbeing - covering medical care,
co-management, self-management and lifestyle change.
We apply a systematic approach to ensure
optimal reach of target population, highest quality implementation, and high
impact on health and wellbeing.
Every person has skills,
knowledge and will to promote his or her wellbeing. One important task for
health professionals is to help and support in detecting and identifying these
strengths. The collaborative ”strength seeking” process can lead to a fantastic
expedition for both. Equally importantly, the same applies for other settings
such as school and work.
Most good things are created in
collaboration between people, and the very best things are born when the
collaboration is fun. Luckily, this is something we can influence
A good group empowers all its
members by actively listening to and appreciating each other's ideas, by bringing
strengths and capabilities into the open, and by showing trust in each other.
In a good group, the good things start to multiply. That’s why it is worth
investing in building a good group.
In all our training, whether a
one-hour lecture or a sequence of workshops, our aim is to help find and
develop strengths and provide tools that can be directly put into
practice. Besides having high practical value, our training is energizing
and fun for the participants!
The director of Collaborative Care Systems Finland,
Dr Pilvikki Absetz, is a behavioral scientist and a leading expert in real world
implementation of Type 2 diabetes prevention and self-management programs as
well as lifestyle change programs for health promotion in different real world
settings. She has a doctorate
degree in health psychology and an adjunct professorship of health promotion at
the University of Tampere, School of Health Sciences.
After a 20-year research
career at the National Public Health Institute and the Institute for Health and
Welfare, Pilvikki now dedicates most of her work to closing the gap between research
and practice. Her continuing role as an associate investigator in several
major real world intervention trials in Finland and other countries
guarantees that CCSF is able to apply leading edge innovative solutions to the
benefit of its clients. To learn more about the research, visit:
CCSF and Pilvikki
collaborate with other experts and enterprises across the globe. These include
e.g., Dr Raisa Valve (University of Helsinki), Professor Brian Oldenburg
(Monash University, Australia), Interaction designer Simo Routarinne (ProImpro Ltd),
Chief Physician for Medical Professional Development, MD Risto Kuronen, RN Sari
Hokkanen and MHSc Anna Päätalo (Päijät-Häme Primary Care Development Unit), Adjunct
Professor, Director, MD Kristiina Patja (The Association for Medical Continuous
Professional Development in Finland, ProMedico), Adjunct Professor Nelli Hankonen (University of Helsinki), Professor
Paul Lillrank (Aalto University), Senior Lecturer Sara Routarinne (University
of Helsinki), Adjunct Professor Piia Jallinoja (National Consumer Research
Centre), Professor Britta Renner (University of Konstanz, Germany), Professor James
Dunbar (Greater Green Triangle University, Australia), MD Meena Daivadanam and
Professor K.R. Thankappan (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences
and Technology, India) and Professor Arja R. Aro (University of Southern Denmark).
Collaborative Care Systems Finland draws from the experience of its founder, Dr Pilvikki Absetz, from more than a decade of behavioral intervention research. Pilvikki has developed intrinsic motivational and empowering coaching methods in lifestyle change interventions as an innovator, researcher, trainer, mentor and
work supervisor, group facilitator, workshop facilitator…
motivational and empowering coaching combines positive psychology with
motivation and self-regulation theories and motivational interviewing
techniques in a practical manner that is easy to absorb. Some of the key
coaching tools can be adopted and put into practice immediately. Even for the
shortest half-a-day training sessions, our goals are to build willingness and
confidence in exploring, experimenting and evaluating – and not just during the
session, but also in practical work situations.
of professionals are using these methods for diabetes prevention and improved
self-management of chronic diseases in Finland and in Australia. In addition,
peer leaders are adapting the same techniques in Australia and India. Find the
utilising intrinsic motivational and empowering coaching:
interventions to prevent Type 2 diabetes (GOAL Lifestyle Change Program in
Finland, Greater Green Triangle DPP and Life! Program in Australia).
groups to prevent Type 2 diabetes and support self-management of the disease (GOAL
Keepers, Kerala DPP and Australian
Peers for Progress).
Aging Program to elderly community dwellers with impaired functional capacity.
coaching for chronic disease self-management (Päijät-Häme and South Karelia
to promote health in occupational settings (Preve / Mawell Care).
empowering Care Plan (Potku-project).
RoKKi – Encouragement
and support in writing, a pilot intervention in primary schools.
Valtit – development
and implementation of CVD care processes in Päijät-Häme health care
Defence Nutri – Nutrition
and health among military conscripts.
Tempest – Self-regulation and eating among
children and adolescents.
- Founding member
of EHPS Synergy in 2003 with Britta Renner.
- Synergy Board
member in 2003-2004.
- EHPS Conference Scientific
Program Committee co-chair in 2004.
- EHPS Conference Scientific
Program Committee member in 2013
- EHPS Conference Scientific
Program Track chair in 2011-2013.
How to give the
patient a focal role in preventive and care processes? How to build and
reinforce elements that motivate and empower both the patient and the
professionals into every encounter? How to apply the strength-seeking approach
also in social work, when working with
individuals or groups, with elderly or unemployed people, in schools, or as a leader
Consultancy in designing and
implementing improved practices
organization need help in designing and adopting motivating and empowering
practices? Let’s tailor together a package that meets your organization’s
specific needs with processes and tools as well as implementation workshops and
Do you need
further training and support in putting empowerment into practice? All our training
workshops are tailor-made to fit our clients’ needs. Ensure that
empowermental practices are maintained with high quality also in the long term with our mentoring and work supervision.
What are your
expectations for training outcomes?
As a general
rule, a one-day training will inspire half of the participants to start observing and reflecting on their work practices, while the other half will already experiment with the acquired methods in their daily lives and/or at work. Two days of
training and most participants will be making observations about their work practices,
trial the methods, and witness positive outcomes. With three days, everyone has an improved ability to observe, reflect upon and modify their working practices. Everyone will have experienced the benefits of at
least some of the key methods. Whether a short or a longer training, participants report experiencing it as empowering and energizing.
Our favorite training
motivational and empowering coaching of individuals: key aspects and basic
tools (0.5-1 day).
motivational and empowering group facilitation: key aspects and basic tools (1 day).
motivational and empowering coaching of individuals: key aspects, basic tools
and practical application (3 days, in collaboration with ProImpro Ltd.).
- GOAL Lifestyle
Change group program (3 + 1 day, in collaboration with University of Helsinki).
- GOAL Healthy
Aging group program (3 + 1 day, in collaboration with University of Helsinki)
motivational and empowering leadership (8 days, in collaboration with ProImpro Ltd.).
- Let’s build
a good group of our team! One-day
workshop for any team that wants to function better and have fun while doing it.
needs to have proper tools for each task, and skills for using them."
This applies also
for intrinsic motivational and empowering coaching: with the proper tools and
techniques, and the appropriate skills, every encounter can become motivating
and empowering for all those who are involved.
acquinted with the group – and learn to know ourselves a little better, too
game includes around 40 exercises for warm-up, recovery, and closure of group
sessions – some are fun, others a bit more serious, none will take more than
five minutes. Players report: ”This is a fun way of getting to know each other
real quickly.” ”The game also helped me find new sides of myself”. Artwork by the
Finnish painter Raija Heikkilä.
facilitators benefit from coaching cards that guide through the whole
lifecourse of an empowering group. Exercises cover all group phases from
forming the group with learning to know each other and setting the agenda, to
working through a wide variety of topics related to lifestyle and wellbeing, and
finally to completing the group work and adjourning.
won’t need more than a sheet of paper and a good idea!
Around the table
people are drawing their Physical activity lifelines or circles. The drawings
are helpful for making observations and gaining insight about one’s own habits
and preferences at different life stages
On the table you
can also see the colorful Strength cards (Vahvuuskortit by Pesäpuu) and GOAL
cards for healthy aging and Lifestyle GOAL cards.
would recommend our training to their colleagues.
(99%) tells they got new ideas and stronger motivation for their work, most
participants also tell they got new methods and tools.
Pilvikki as a
trainer and a workshop facilitator is described as “calm, positive, cheerful, easy
to understand, encouraging, makes you really dig ideas and thoughts from deep inside your
brain, skillful group facilitator, expert, pays attention to everyone, considerate,
good listener, grabs your interest and attention, is extremely talented in
running effective workshops and structuring the output”.