2019 Hospice Foundation of America Webinars

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Throughout 2019, Center for Education & Advance Care Planning is offering webinars to the community through Hospice Foundation of America. While the events are free to attend, there is a $5 fee for anyone who would like to receive Continuing Education credits. For your convenience we are offering the webinars at different locations and times. 

Funerals and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth

One of the most common questions parents ask is, “Should I take my child to the funeral?” This program explores the importance of ritual in helping young people cope with grief and offers creative ways to develop meaningful rituals for children and adolescents.

Tuesday, February 19 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, February 26 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, February 28 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life

America is aging at a rapid rate with 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 every day. Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees by 2040. How can mental health professionals, healthcare providers, clergy, bereavement counselors, and the wider community support the growing number of aging Americans through their losses, grief, and healthcare challenges in later life?

Tuesday, March 12 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, March 19 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, March 21 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

Managing Difficult Family Dynamics During Illness and Death

Death and dying is a challenging time for any family; for families who already have ongoing conflict or difficulties in communicating, these challenges can directly impact the dying and grieving process. This program examines ways in which hospice caregivers and other professionals can best work with these families to find opportunities for growth and meaning making even in the face of difficult dynamics.

Tuesday, May 21 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, May 28 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, May 30 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

Best Practices in Counseling Survivors of Sudden and Traumatic Loss

Sudden and traumatic loss brings particular challenges and difficulties to grievers. This program explores the most current thinking about how the grief process can be impacted when the loss is sudden and how best to support these survivors.

Tuesday, June 18 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, June 25 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, June 27 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

#grief: Social Media and Mourning

Both adolescents and adults are using social media both to explore and to cope with grief. This webinar reviews the strengths and limitations of social media – offering sage advice to counselors on ways to monitor and utilize social media with their clients.

Tuesday, July 16 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, July 23 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, July 25 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

Exploring Complementary Pain Management

Individuals seek non-pharmacological interventions such as complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for end-of-life care as an adjunct to conventional medicine to assist in symptom management and improve quality of life. This webinar focuses on the concept of “total pain” and highlights techniques such as aromatherapy and massage, to further support dying patients.

Tuesday, August 20 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, August 27 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, August 29 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

Supporting Disenfranchised Grievers

This presentation describes disenfranchised grief as grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned. The presentation explores the contexts and causes of disenfranchised grief as well as complications arising from disenfranchisement. The seminar emphasizes the cultural factors that can disenfranchise grief. A strong emphasis of the presentation is on interventive strategies that can enfranchise grief.

Tuesday, September 17 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, September 24 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, September 26 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: Self-care for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals

Who cares for the caregiver? In this webinar, participants explore individual and systemic sources of stress that they may experience as they deal with clients who are dying as well as individual and organizational strategies for self-care.

Tuesday, October 15 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Mishawaka
Tuesday, October 22 5:30pm – 7:00pm  – Mishawaka
Thursday, October 24 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhart