Empowering Faith Communities through Palliative Care Education
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Workshop Level: Beginner*
NACC Certification Competencies: ITP4.1, PIC5.1, PPS9, OL5
Diane G. McCarthy, MA, BCC
Parish Education Coordinator, Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning
Vincent Nguyen, DO, CMD
Program Director, CARES/Palliative Care Program
Newport Beach, CA
The presenters of this workshop are members of the Supportive Care Coalition, “…a coalition of Catholic Health ministries…advancing excellence in palliative care.” Diane and Dr. Nguyen are collaborating to present this workshop about their experiences in providing palliative care education to their faith communities in the Archdiocese of Boston and the Diocese of Orange respectively. Palliative care is generally misunderstood. These education initiatives dispel misconceptions about what palliative care is and also demonstrate how Catholic Church teaching supports the provision of palliative care.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Learn about well-established programs to educate faith communities about palliative care, with the goals that this education will lead to better outcomes for patients with serious illness and their families and also that these educated health care consumers could effect the more widespread provision and support of palliative care in the health care provider, payor and legislative sectors.
- Learn how these programs provide education to refute the provision/legislation of Physician Assisted Suicide.
- Acquire a model/template for palliative care education that can be replicated in the attendees’ faith communities.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
- “Education about advance directives can pay dividends later”, Diane McCarthy, Vision, Jan/Feb 2019
- America Magazine, 6/29/2018: “Faith Communities are reclaiming their role in preparing us for death”. Ira Byock
- Pew Charitable Trusts, September 2017: “How Faith Communities facilitate conversations around end-of-life concerns”
- The following books do not need to be read prior to the conference but are good resources on palliative and end-of-life care:
– Life After the Diagnosis. Steven Pantilat, MD
– With the End in Mind. Kathryn Mannix, MD
– Extreme Measures. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD
– The Best Care Possible. Ira Byock, MD
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
SA2 ~ Empowering Faith Communities 3 Slides Per Page
SA2 ~ Empowering Faith Communities PCE V5
The NACC categorizes workshops on three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The definitions of each level are provided below.
Beginner: Basic information on the topic for those with little background in the area.
Intermediate: Basic plus additional information on the topic for those with some background in the area.
Advanced: Specialized information on the topic for those with extensive experience and/or knowledge in the area.
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