Webinar: Coaching for Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Coaching for Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes
January 27, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

For this webinar, the team of coaches and diabetes specialists will present the study rationale, new data, and conclusions from the first study to examine the impact of coaching for parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition requiring intensive daily medical management, family support, and ongoing learning. It is imperative to promote positive health outcomes in this population by facilitating improved self-management skills during the childhood and adolescent years. This study was a randomized controlled trial exploring the effect of a bi-weekly 6-month telephone coaching intervention for parents of children with T1D on the primary outcome of the children’s health-related quality of life.

During the webinar, learning objectives will include:

  • To develop an understanding of the reasons for embarking on a study of coaching for families with children who have type 1 diabetes
  • To learn about the coaching philosophy embedded in the study
  • To understand the impact that these coaching sessions had on participating families
  • To discuss implications of our study findings for coaching more generally: how does this study advance coaching, change our practice, and encourage future work

Presenters – Brenden Hursh, Dori Howard, Sandy Tatla

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Brenden Hursh, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Pediatric Endocrinologist, BC Children’s Hospital and University of British Columbia

Dr. Hursh is a pediatric endocrinologist and diabetes specialist. He has been involved in the development and planning for research on coaching for families with children with type 1 diabetes since 2014. In addition to this work, a main focus of Dr. Hursh’s academic work involves the development and assessment of clinical programs for children with type 1 diabetes. This includes the development of a diabetes telehealth program to provide improved access to specialist care for children across the province. He is also engaged in provincial planning for type 1 diabetes care, and has a specific interest in the development and assessment of diabetes care for children in the school setting.


Dori Howard, BScN, MA, CEC, PCC.  Chief Experience Officer, ensoLearning & Retreats

Dori Howard has a passion for learning that has illuminated the path of her life. Dori views learning not just in the definitive sense of a formal education, but also in the deeper, broader understanding of human relationships that shape all aspects of our lives – our work, our families, our communities.  Dori believes that to imagine, define, manifest, and sustain resiliency in our professional and personal lives, we must be willing to examine ourselves with honesty, curiosity, and compassion. We must also be willing to embrace the “sometimes-unsettling-but-ultimately-rewarding” journey towards transformation.

In 30+ years of clinical and leadership experience in the field of healthcare, Dori created, developed and facilitated many employee development programs that integrated coaching.

By helping to forge a path towards healthier healthcare, Dori recognized that skilled leadership, planning, communication, and coaching could help other individuals, groups and workplaces to optimize their potential. She expanded her executive coaching portfolio to provide services for healthcare professionals, business leaders and educators in addition to those with chronic pain, illness or disease.

Dori holds a BScN, an MA in Leadership and Training and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, Institute of Coaching and the NeuroLeadership Institute. Dori is a facilitator for Coaching out of the Box, and a licensed practitioner for  The Leadership Circle and Learning in Action Emotional Intelligence Assessment.

Sandy Tatla is a trained Occupational Therapist with experience in paediatric rehabilitation. She is the Director of the department of New Knowledge and Innovation, with a primary focus on supporting clinical education across BC Children’s and Women’s hospitals. Sandy’s research interests explore factors that influence patient, family, and clinician engagement in the care process, as well as knowledge translation.