One event on July 26, 2018 at 3:00pm
One event on August 7, 2018 at 3:00pm
A series of three webinars for hospice personnel!
This series will tackle tough issues from the unique viewpoint of social workers and chaplains. It will look at the art and science of differentiating grief from depression, which have very different pathways for intervention and treatment. Learn about ethical challenges, including how palliative sedation and other end-of-life decisions affect chaplains and social workers. Personal/professional boundaries, supervision, burnout, and self-care will be addressed from an ethics perspective. Case studies will be used to apply skills, interventions, and concepts to common situations.
You may register for the entire series or individual sessions.
Social workers and chaplains play a vital role in distinguishing between grief and depression. Is the person sad because of a recent terminal diagnosis? Are there other cognitive or behavioral manifestations to address? Has there been an earlier diagnosis of depression? If so, does your team know how to integrate the diagnosis into the treatment plan? Grief and depression have different management strategies. This webinar will explain how to differentiate them, explore potential interventions by social workers and chaplains, and recommend how to include and guide team members.
Sometimes the source of someone’s suffering is that they continue to live – also called “existential suffering.” Can you recognize existential suffering? Has your team determined how to address this dynamic? Sedation (whether palliative, controlled, total, or respite) is a process that is often uncomfortable for team members to contemplate. The conflicting mandates of controlling suffering and “do no harm” may be difficult to reconcile. This webinar will delve into the challenges and dynamics existential suffering brings, including patient/family requests that present personal, professional, and ethical struggles.
Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” While this may sound simple enough, chaplains and social workers tend to become personally and emotionally vested in issues such as boundaries, self-care, and supervision, which often leads to burnout and/or compassion fatigue. Personal and professional commitment to producing specific outcomes can be the source of our own suffering when we perceive a lack of control. This webinar will discuss ways to address these challenges and feelings when they arise.