2016 Social Workers & Chaplains Series

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A series of 3 webinars for Hospice personnel!

By definition, true hospice care means that we are all responsible for all of the patient and family goals. That means if social workers focus on just the psychosocial goals and chaplains on the spiritual goals, then we are not practicing true holistic and interdisciplinary care. In doing so, we diminish our value as vital team members.

This three-part series will focus on challenges facing today’s social workers and chaplains and explore skills and methods to elevate their roles on the team.

You may register for the entire series or for individual sessions.

3-Part Hospice Social Workers & Chaplains Series Topics

Session Dates & Descriptions

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Mountain
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Central
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

Meet the Presenter: Gary Gardia, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW, CT, Gary Gardia, Inc.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Part 1: Beyond Emotional Support: We are the Counselors!

Emotional support is an important and useful technique to be used by all team members, yet it shouldn’t be confused with “counseling.” Clearly, Medicare requires that we provide counseling, but what exactly does this mean and who are the counselors? This webinar will explore the many variables inherent in our role as counselors and present useful theoretical frameworks and skills that can be used to move well beyond supportive interventions.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016
Part 2: Our Role in Pain & Symptom Management

A core principle of hospice care is that people are multidimensional beings. An important part of this concept is that physical pain is also a multidimensional experience and is best managed by a skilled interdisciplinary team. Are you a social worker or chaplain who thinks pain management is outside your scope of practice? It’s not! This second webinar of the series will present the areas of pain and symptom management that call for skillful assessment and intervention of both social workers and chaplains. It will also examine the necessary skills for comprehensive team interventions.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Part 3: Stepping Up as Leaders in Ensuring High-Level Interdisciplinary Psychosocial-Spiritual Care

The pathway to elevating our role on the team is a combination of showing up with value and leadership. It may be tempting to focus on our own work with minimal team involvement, but that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy… our value is not recognized or appreciated. Leadership in this context means taking ownership of how you and your discipline are perceived by others. This final webinar of the series will focus on identifying and overcoming common obstacles that interfere with higher level inclusion of social workers and chaplains. It will also address the fine art of differentiating between aggressive and assertive in our approach to leadership.

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