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Palliative Care Symposium

Contact: Mary Lois Martin
Contact phone: 270-706-5490
Contact email:

Registration Required: Yes

Available Dates

Registration Deadline: Day prior to class

Contact Hours: 3.5

Fee: No Fee

Course Description:
This program will provide an overview of palliative care and individuals who may benefit from these integrative services. Discussion will include therapeutic communication and crucial patient decision-making conversations.

At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1) Identify the goals of Palliative Care 2) Discuss symptom management 3) Explain why the conversation is important 4) Identify opportune times for the conversation 5) Apply “SPIKES”: A tool to help us with the conversation 6) Recognize how to put this conversation into our culture 7) Identify how communication takes place in various situations 8) Demonstrate increased personal awareness of experiencing messages in various contexts 9) Appreciate how presence can help bring meaning to a client’s lived experience 10) List ways to increase personal skills and strategies to be more effectively present with clients


7:45 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am: Welcome

8:05 am: Palliative Care: A Personal Safari. Paul Gerard, MD

8:15 am: Goals of Palliative Care. Paul Gerard, MD

9:45 am: Break

10:00 am: Symptom Management for the Palliative Care Patient. Paul Gerard, MD

11:00 am: Navigating the Conversation. Kristin Skees, LCSW

11:45 am: The Gift of Presence. Barry Christensen, M.Div., B.C.C

12:15 pm: Questions / Comments

12:30 pm: Evaluations / Certificates