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Empathy and Patient Care, When Working with People with Life-Threatening Illness

Empathy and Patient Care, When Working with People with Life-Threatening Illness

Continuing Education Credit for social workers, psychologists and counselors: 3 credit hours

Participants will learn about research based clinical interventions to help those facing a  life-threatening illness cope with complicated medical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Medical advances and information will be presented including the importance of assembling an eective medical/behavioral health team and the shifting historical perspective in the role a healthcare team plays in providing patient support, empathy, and palliative care. Presenters will address seasons of survivorship and principles of grief, loss, and healing as well as the possibility for post-traumatic growth faced by people with a life-threatening illness. Participants will learn how to support and empower people with a life-threatening illness who are coping with the ‘emotional roller coaster,’ managing complicated challenges, overcoming obstacles, and making dicult treatment choices.

Guest presenters: Dr. Ken Miller, an oncologist, Dr. Sarah Staley, a psychologist, and Joan Miller, a bereavement facilitator who will also share her personal story as a cancer survivor.

For more information including presenter bios, see attached flier.  Click on this link for easy, online registration:  http://www.hospicecaring.org/empathy-in-patient-care.html

This program is jointly sponsored by Aspire Counseling; Hospice Caring, Inc.; and The Universities at Shady Grove. A special thank you to all three of our presenters, who fully donated their time and expertise – and to The Universities at Shady Grove.

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