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Riding Waves of Change – Sixth Annual Palliative Social Work Conference – Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reimbursement cuts, the Affordable Care Act, staffing changes, mergers, consolidations, new ownership. If you work in healthcare, change is everywhere!

Life Quality Institute and Kaiser Permanente invite you to attend our Sixth Annual Palliative Social Work Conference, “Riding Waves of Change,” Thursday, April 10, 2014, Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills, CO 80113.

Conference Schedule

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks and “Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy,” a skills-based workshop with Teri Pichot, LCSW, MAC, LAC
10:15 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m.  – 11:50 a.m. “Fascination or Fear – Choosing a Response to Change,” Jane Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA
11:50 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m.  – 1:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • “It’s Not All About the Numbers: Sustaining Mission in a Time of Change,” Susan Conceicao, LCSW, ACHP-SW, and Amanda Berger, LCSW
  • “The Allegory of the Disabled Couple: What Does Love Look Like?” Brian Polovoy, MS, MSW Candidate
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • “Stories from the Road: Integrating the Hospice Heart into a Collaborative Model of Geriatric Dementia Care,” Kay Adams, LCSW
  • “Suicide in Patients with Advanced or Terminal Illness,” Todd Chambers, LCSW, and Roseanne Collison, MA
3:00 p.m. Break
3:05 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. “Compassion Fatigue – Addressing Secondary or Vicarious Trauma,” Elena Davis, LCSW

Conference registration is $89/person ($104 after March 25, 2014); $79/person for students, volunteers, or groups of five or more registrations from the same organization paid at the same time ($94 after March 25, 2014). The fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Attendees will qualify for 6 continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers-Colorado Chapter.

Featured Presenters

Teri Pichot, LCSW, MAC, LAC, will open the April 10th conference with a skills-based workshop on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Teri is the founder of the Denver Center for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She provides training and consultation both nationally and internationally to agencies and professionals. She has published numerous journal articles and books, and serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Jane Barton a well known Denver area speaker, author, and LQI alumna, will present, “Fascination or Fear: Choosing a Response to Change.” 

Jane began her career in hospice and palliative care at The Denver Hospice in 2004 as a chaplain intern. She served as LQI’s Director of Education from 2005 to 2011. Jane earned a Master of Theological Studies at Iliff School of Theology in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry (Pastoral Care) in 2008. Additionally, she is certified as a spiritual director through the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program.

Elena Davis, LCSW, will conduct the closing session for the conference, offering not-to-be-missed practical techniques for: “Compassion Fatigue: Addressing Secondary or Vicarious Trauma.”

Elena has had a private psychotherapy practice for 10 years. She serves as Primary Care Liaison for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network and a trainer with Vital Hearts-The Resiliency Training Initiative. She has more than 20 years of experience including community mental health, palliative care and hospice, animal-assisted therapy, victim rights and empowerment, vocational rehabilitation, and residential treatment.

Exhibit Tables Available! Download our Exhibit Sign Up Form…or contact: Nancy Hallowell, 303-398-6226 for more information.

This conference is a great way to reach an audience that serves as a primary referral source for products and services assisting seniors, family caregivers, and people with advancing illness.

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Summarized below are summaries of some of our most recent professional conferences.

2013 Palliative Social Work Conference

Life Quality Institute’s Fifth Annual Palliative Social Work Conference, April 29 and 30, 2013, focused on “Family Conflict at End-of-Life” and featured Dr. Betty Kramer, a nationally recognized gerontology researcher, scholar, and palliative care educator, and Dr. Amy Boelk, assistant professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Workshops held the evening before gave conference attendees the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Family group conferencing and family-focused communication interventions
  • Working with siblings of terminally ill children
  • Managing their own compassion fatigue.

2012 Voices of Palliative Care

Our 2012 Voices of Palliative Care Conference was held September 20, 2012, and featured Dr. Richard Payne, Duke Institute at End of Life. Dr. Payne addressed, “Palliative Care as Ministry – Healing without Curing.”

2012 Palliative Social Work Conference

Our Fourth Annual Palliative Social Work Conference, February 20 and 21, 2012, focused on Social Work Interventions Across the Palliative Care Continuum. Jenny Nate, MSW, Director of Policy and Planning at the Center for improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), gave a keynote address on “Change Agents: The Role of Social Workers in a New Culture of Health Care. Grace Christ, DSW, a Professor of Social Work at Columbia University and Co-Founder of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) facilitated a daylong session on “Family Focused Intervention in Serious Illness.”

2011 Palliative Social Work Conference

Our Third Annual Palliative Social Work Conference, March 24, 2011, featured Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Senior Research Specialist in Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. The focus of our 2011 conference was “Addressing Suffering, Discovering Strengths” and included breakout sessions on  Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment, Moral Distress, and Cultural Factors.

2011 Voices of Palliative Care

Our 2011 Voices of Palliative Care Conference brought Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, from the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles, to Denver to talk about “Compassionate Communication in Palliative Care.”

2010 Palliative Social Work Conference

Our Second Annual Palliative Social Work Conference was held February 10, 2010, and focused on “Elevating the Role of Social Work in Palliative Care.” Mary Raymer, LMSW, ACSW, DPNAP was the featured speaker.

2010 Voices in Palliative Care Conference

Our 2010 Voices in Palliative Care (VOPC) Conference was held September 16, 2010, and featured Richard Goves, JCI, MA, MDiv, co-director of the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend, OR. The focus of the 2010 VOPC Conference was “We Are the Medicine: Assessing and Healing Spiritual Pain.”

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Carl’s Story

Carl, an amiable Vietnam War veteran, was very ill. He had been diagnosed with aggressive cancer and had spent a week in an East Coast hospital being treated for the side effects of chemotherapy. He had been told he had less than a year to live. Weak and depressed, the widower moved to Colorado to be with his only daughter and son-in-law and their two young children. His daughter suggested they meet with a palliative care specialist. Carl, however, wasn’t sure. He thought palliative care meant hospice, and he wasn’t ready for that. Rather than disappoint his daughter, he agreed to go to one appointment.

The palliative care doctor put Carl at ease immediately. She answered his many questions, listened intently, and explained his options for care. Carl was especially surprised when early in their meeting the doctor inquired, “What are your goals?” No one else had bothered to ask. With tears in his eyes, Carl told the doctor that he’d like to live as long as he could with the best quality of life possible. He wanted to get to know his grandkids. For the first time since being diagnosed, Carl felt like someone saw him as a person – not a disease.

With Carl’s goals in mind, the doctor developed a care plan to get Carl’s symptoms under control. She streamlined his medications and worked with Carl’s oncologist to adjust his chemotherapy regime and to introduce palliative radiation treatments to address Carl’s pain. She also introduced counseling services to support Carl and his family through the emotional challenges of Carl’s advancing illness.

Carl lived another two years with the best quality of life possible. He clearly benefitted from good palliative care.

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