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Palliative Care Conference Starting Soon

When the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos teamed with the San Diego Chapter of the Coalition for Compassionate Care, the groups launched a much-needed plan to host a conference on all things palliative for San Diego-area health professionals. As a result, a one-day conference, the first in a prospective series of similar events, is being held on the Cal State San Marcos campus on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Throughout the day, participants will explore a wide range of palliative care topics. Health professionals whose work includes care for the chronically ill and those with life-threatening illnesses will be able to not only discuss and learn more about palliative care, but will be enabled to craft plans to integrate palliative care into their specific settings. Health care providers including chaplains, nurses, social workers, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more are welcome to this event providing 7 continuing education hours.*

Agenda Frames Work to be Done

A continental breakfast starting at 7:30 am will refresh arriving professionals in the spacious University Student Union Ballroom. Dr. Karl Steinberg, Medical Director of Hospice by the Sea and Board Chair of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will lay the groundwork for the day’s agenda at 8:30 am.

Jennifer Ballentine, President of The Iris Project, will be the general session featured speaker at 9 am. Her topic will be, “Our Covenant to Care: Conversations on Goals of Care, Options, and Plans,” which will give a common framework for the day’s discussion and action planning around the mission of palliative care.

Breakout sessions in the morning will host a variety of topics including POLST, Advance Care Planning, challenges in advance care planning with Alzheimer’s and dementia clients and families, and a panel discussion of difficult cases that Ethics committee members have experienced.

Prior to luncheon, participants will engage in personal action step planning, using a hands-on method, interacting with each other for ideas and support.

Models and Settings for Palliative Care Will be Featured

The afternoon’s sessions turn the focus to care settings in which palliative care is offered, models, and best practices. Hospital-based, home-based, outpatient, and long term care facility models will be presented by area providers active in these areas.

Palliative care programs don’t just happen, they need to be planned, built, implemented, and integrated into the organization’s fabric. Helen McNeal, Executive Director of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care, will present a general session on the work of “Building a Sustainable Palliative Care Program.”

TEDx Presenter Concludes Speakers

Michael Fratkin, M.D., founder of ResolutionCare in California, will be the final general session presenter. Dr. Fratkin, a true visionary and a featured TEDx Talk presenter, will highlight and capsulize the conference’s mission. Participants will depart the conference with a call to action, to carry out the plans that they, individually and collectively, created throughout the day.

Networking opportunities will abound and the reception following the conference, concluding a day visiting new topics as well as the familiar.

For full details of the conference, or to register, click here.

* For medical professionals, 7 Continuing Medical Education hours have been approved by the Doctors Company, a CME provider. For Social Work Professionals (MSW/LCSW) the 7 CE contact hours are provided through California State University San Marcos, Extended Learning. CSUSM Extended Learning is a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for social work hours, (Provider #PCE-3405). All other attendees may opt in for Continuing Education Units provided by CSUSM Extended Learning. CSUSM is a WASC accredited university. If you working outside the state of California, we recommend that you check with your licensing board or employer to see if they will accept our CME/CE hours. Those wishing to earn CME/CE’s will sign in and sign out

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