Seminar Detail

2-Day: Understanding the Needs of The Dying AND David Kessler On Grief and Grieving
2-Day: Understanding the Needs of The Dying AND David Kessler On Grief and Grieving

Where:   HONOLULU, HI

When:  Monday, February 12, 2018 - Tuesday, February 13, 2018






Course Description:

Day 1: Understanding the Needs of the Dying

David Kessler, best-selling author, collaborator with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and well-known expert on palliative care, hospice and end-of-life issues will provide you the newest information on death, grief and deathbed phenomena …. Real, tested, engaging information you will not find anywhere else.

Delve deeper into the mysteries of life and death exploring key topics
  • New studies on deathbed visions, and the role they play in end-of-life care
  • Tools for sensitivity and discretion for balancing wishes of the dying and family with medical, ethical and legal considerations
  • Communication strategies for necessary difficult and emotional conversations
  • Deeper insights on how anticipatory grief shapes end-of-life experiences
  • Understand why children are often the forgotten grievers, and how to help
  • Cultural differences and new sensitivity to care
  • Assisted suicide
It’s guaranteed to be a day that will enhance your work as a caregiver and David will provide so much insight, tools, strategies and inspiring information, you’ll look forward to the next day at your work … so you can immediately begin to use all you have learned.

Day 2: David Kessler on Grief & Grieving

IF EVER THERE WAS A CAREER-CHANGING, LIFE-CHANGING SEMINAR IT’S A DAY WITH DAVID KESSLER

Grief and grieving. It’s traumatic. It’s awkward. It’s painful.

How often do you walk into the session or the client’s room knowing that your education did not prepare you for this? How often do you miss having the right words, phrases and the right actions to console?

As professionals we are expected to have the right words at hand, the right actions to recommend, and the right response. Most of us fail shamefully due to a lack of grief emphasis in our training. Every client we will see will experience loss in their life.

Join David Kessler, international grief expert, author and practitioner and transform your practice, your life, and learn the art of caring for the grieving. You will then know the right words and actions to truly be of help to the dying and grieving.

David’s personal experiencing of witnessing a mass shooting as a child and its aftermath helped him begin his journey as a grief healer. Through his work with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Mother Teresa, he has helped thousands of people face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. From working with Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Landon, and Anthony Perkins to seeing up-close the devastation and heroic response of so many at 9/11, Ground Zero, and Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedies, David lives the work he teaches.

Don’t let more time go by feeling unprepared to help your clients process their trauma, their grief and heal. Sign up today for this life-altering day.
Register for one or both days:

2/12/18
Day 1: Understanding the Needs of The Dying

2/13/18
Day 2: David Kessler on Grief and Grieving
Objectives:

Day 1: Understanding the Needs of the Dying
  1. Articulate ways to meet common needs of the dying across many health care settings.
  2. Discriminate the differences and commonalities of palliative and hospice care models.
  3. Ascertain the meaning of anticipatory grief and how it shapes the end of life experience for patients and families.
  4. Evaluate and resolve conflict regarding advance directives and code status.
  5. Develop tools to help children cope with a loved one dying.
  6. Articulate the role of spirituality in the last years of life.

Day 2: David Kessler on Grief & Grieving
  1. Explore the dynamics of different types of grief and the healing processes associated with each.
  2. Specify age appropriate grieving milestones that occur across the lifespan.
  3. Articulate the somatic response to grief and identify how to manage residual grief in the body.
  4. Consider why children are often the “forgotten grievers” and identify strategies for helping this population.
  5. Analyze the efficacy of positive psychology interventions in treating grief.
  6. Ascertain the relationship between traumatic events and grief as it relates to the healing process.
OUTLINE

DAY ONE: Understanding the Needs of the Dying

Signs of Impending Death
  • Preparing family for physical changes
  • Interventions for coping with emotional changes in the family
  • Using near death awareness as a predictor in clinical settings
Palliative Care Model
  • Academic settings vs community
  • Physician led vs non physician led
  • Roles of physician, nurse, social worker, case manager, discharge planner, clergy
  • What’s best – hospital, home health, hospice, skilled nursing facility
  • Joint commission certification
Hospice
  • Removing barriers
  • How hospice can increase length of stay while decreasing hospital time
  • Bereavement services to enhance community partnerships
Death Related Sensory Experiences (Death Bed Visions)
  • Effective and ineffective models for family coping and integration
  • Religion in patients’ deathbed visions
  • Using the law to normalize the dying experience
  • Clinical/palliative care studies, research of near death awareness
Advance Directives
  • Physician order for life sustaining treatment
  • Make advance directives useful and medically effective
  • D.N.R. (do not resuscitate) vs. A.N.D. (allow natural death)
  • Code status and impact on the grieving process
Anticipatory Grief
  • Treatment strategies for hospice, palliative care and mental health care professionals
  • Tools for normalizing
Helping the Dying Patient’s Children
  • How the media shapes a child’s view of death
  • Tools for preparing a child for loss
  • Interventions for coping with funerals
  • Why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help
The Ethics Committee and End of Life
  • How and when to use your ethics committee
  • How and why members of the end of life team can participate
  • Techniques for helping families get the most out of the ethics meetings
  • Avoid the common pitfalls of ethics committees at the end of life
Hope and Miracles
  • How to help families integrate desire for miracles at the end of life
  • Techniques for honoring hope without fostering denial
Cultural Differences
  • Affecting care of the dying
  • Tools for successfully bridging the gap with healthcare providers and families
The Question of Assisted Suicide
  • Understanding the current debate
  • The realities of withdrawing care vs assisted suicide
  • Learn techniques for addressing patient’s requests for assisted suicide within the facilities and health care provider’s beliefs system

DAY TWO: David Kessler on Grief & Griefing

Interventions that can Shape Grief

Anticipatory Grief
  • Treatment strategies
  • Tools for normalizing anticipatory grief for the client
Children in Grief
  • Tools for preparing for the loss
  • Intervention for coping enhancement for funerals
  • The forgotten grievers
  • Learn the truth about children going to funerals and open caskets
Complicated Grief
  • Simplifying the model
  • Murder, multiple losses, sudden death, suicide, Alzheimer’s
Explanations of Types of Grief
  • Delayed
  • Disenfranchised
  • Ambiguous
  • Inconclusive
  • Complicated
  • Average response
  • Resilience
Forgiveness
  • Learn alternatives to forgiveness
  • Understand when it works and why it doesn’t
  • Learn techniques your client can use to actually find forgiveness
The Grief of Suicide
  • Understand how grief of suicide is different
  • Learn techniques for releasing feelings of responsibility
  • Tools for healing grief after a suicide
The Body and Grief
  • Help understand how we hold grief in our body
  • Learn techniques your client can use to get in touch with residual grief in the body
  • Understand the ways the body remembers
Trauma
  • How we often re-traumatize ourselves in grief
  • Learn the difference between releasing grief and replaying traumatic events
  • How vicarious trauma can affect the clinician
Positive Psychology and Grief
  • Learn how positive psychology can be used in healing grief
  • Understand why clients may treat themselves harshly in grief
  • Learn new ways to decrease suffering after a loss
Pet Loss
  • Learn why pet loss is just as significant as other losses
  • Understand why clients may not reveal loss of a pet
  • Learn new ways to help with feelings of exaggerated responsibility
Self-care for Clinician Working with Loss
  • Learn how to take care of ourselves when being surrounded by loss
  • Understand why we sometimes over identify with clients
  • Understand if it’s helpful to self-disclose about the clinicians losses
Successfully Supporting Friends and Family Members in Grief
  • Learn what to say and what not to say
  • Understand proven strategies that will help clients heal themselves while not getting lost in others’ grief
  • Tools for normalizing anticipatory grief for the client
Tools for the Clinician to Help Clients Cope with
  • Bullycide
  • Anniversaries
  • Holidays – the seen and unseen
  • Birthdays
Disasters and How We Cope
  • Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist acts
  • Techniques for approaching horrific crimes and/or disaster scenes
  • The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters

DAVID KESSLER

David Kessler, is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of five bestselling books. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons.. His latest book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on Oprah.com, Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is president of David Kessler, Inc. He is an author for Simon & Schuster – New York and receives royalties. Mr. Kessler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Kessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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