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Hospice Spirituality and End-of-Life Care educational program scheduled

The Hospice Foundation of Americaˇ¦s 18th Annual Living with Grief„µ educational program, Spirituality and End-of-Life Care will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 8:30 ˇV 11:00 am in Petrie Room West at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. The public is invited to the program co-sponsored by the St. Josephˇ¦s and the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Pastoral Care departments and Southern Tier Hospice and Pallative Care. Continuing education units (CEU) are available for social workers, grief counselors, chaplains, nursing, caseworkers, counselors, and other practitioners.

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:
Define spirituality and differentiate it from religion;
Describe the ways that spiritual issues and spiritual coping may emerge throughout an illness and assess the ways that spirituality can complicate and facilitate end-of-life care and grief;
Describe the importance of spiritual assessment and demonstrate competency in spiritual assessment by describing varied approaches to spiritual assessment as well as sensitivities that should be considered in doing assessments, and themes that might emerge from a spiritual assessment;
Discuss and evaluate approaches to meaning-making the end of life including reminiscence and life review, and dignity enhancement approaches;
Describe approaches toward helping clients utilize and enhance spiritual coping as they cope with end-of-life issues, including spiritual practices, rituals, beliefs, and faith communities;
Define and acknowledge spiritual counter-transference;
Demonstrate sensitivities to the particular concerns of major faith systems toward end-of-life care.

St. Joseph's Hospital, Arnot Health and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital provide diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. The three-hospital regional healthcare system, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has a total of 809 licensed beds, including 493 acute care, 231 long term care, 40 physical medicine rehabilitation, 25 psychiatric, and 20 substance abuse rehabilitation. The system currently has more than 300 physicians from 50+ specialties. Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, along with several community leaders, St. Josephˇ¦s is a not-for-profit Catholic acute care hospital with a capacity of 295 beds and over 150 physicians from over 40 specialties.

This program is offered to the general public free of charge. To make a reservation or for more information on the teleconference, please contact St. Joseph's Pastoral Care Department at 607-733-6541 Ext. 2425 or e-mail
George Welch.

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