Trauma & Hospice: Awareness & Community Responses

Date/Time: 09/18/2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Provider: FHPCA

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

9:00 am – 10:30 am HST
11:00 am – 12:30 pm AKT
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PT
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MT
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CT
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines trauma as “…an emotional response to a terrible event” and these responses can include “unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.”  Hospice and palliative care providers often witness these symptoms from patients and family members upon hearing an illness is terminal.

This webinar will explore the various forms of trauma, from sudden preoccupations with certain events to varying degrees of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  We will discuss the critical role of social workers and chaplains as team coaches and guides in the treatment of patients and families, as well as all team members’ roles in providing support to colleagues, staff, and our communities when traumatizing or horrific events occur.


  • Define and differentiate trauma, psychological trauma, PTSD, shock, complex-trauma,
    re-traumatization, and traumatic stress
  • Discuss the connection of trauma and trauma-informed care in hospice and palliative care
  • Explore counseling interventions related to various forms of trauma specific to the work of social workers and chaplains
  • Methods and concepts related to Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
  • Crisis intervention and debriefing for hospice team members following the death or suicide of a patient or family member, sudden loss of a co-worker, etc.
  • The critical role hospice programs play in the community following national or international traumatic events
    • Self-assessment exercise
    • Debriefing guides following tragedies
    • Counseling skills outline that delineates specific interventions from evidence-based theoretical frameworks
    • Model guideline for a community response to tragedy
    • Handout with additional lecture notes
    • Extensive list of resources


This informative webinar is designed for social workers, chaplains, and all hospice team members responsible for dealing with trauma. Hospice and palliative care managers will also benefit from this important information.

PLEASE NOTE: Webinar content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual organization’s use only.

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