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Presentations & Workshops

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • "End of Life Conversations: Having the Talk"

    Talking about end-of-life choices and conversations with persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Understanding that non-verbal does not mean lack of capacity to understand or communicate.

    UCSF Developmental Disabilities Conference, March 7, 2014

  • "Think Ahead: Having the Conversation with Persons with Developmental Disabilities"

    In-service, teaching counselors, care providers, self-advocates and loved ones to discuss end-of-life choices with persons with Developmental Disabilities. Five pilot presentations of new curriculum at Regional Centers in Fresno, San Jose and STEP, (an agency providing supportive services in Sacramento) Fall of 2012

    Representing: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
    Sponsored by a grant from Special Hope

Nursing Homes/Hospitals/Senior Care

  • "Finding Hope: New ways to understand End of Life in Skilled Nursing Facilities"

    Defining goals of care and supportive approaches at the end-of-life. Practical tools and tips for changing staff attitudes, improving quality of care and reducing avoidable readmissions.

    With Jocelyn Montgomery, RN, Director of Clinical Affairs CAHF
    Representing: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
    Sponsored by a Cy Près Fund grant
    CAHF Annual Convention, November 11, 2013

  • "Talking About Death"

    Presentation to discuss the barriers and benefits of talking about death and dying with patients and their families.

    Vista Health Center, Waukegan, IL 2009
    Medical Staff

  • "Understanding Decision Making Capacity"

    In-service to teach physicians, nurses, and chaplains to determine a patient’s decision making capacity.

    Hospitalist in-service, Northwest Community Hospital, November, 2011
    Association of Professional Chaplains, April, 2007; March, 2008
    Presbyterian Homes: The Moorings Ethics, Committee, March, 2008

  • "Alternate World Views in Geriatric Care"

    In-service raising awareness of our own world views and encountering and respecting the world-views of others, specifically focused on issues in Geriatric Care.

    Illinois Annual Conference of Life Services Network

  • "Wrongful Life?"

    An in-service to discuss the ramifications of not honoring Advance Directives

    Critical Care Grand Rounds, Northwest Community Hospital, September, 2010

  • "Understanding Quality-of-Life"

    A presentation and discussion about the challenges and questions raised in determining a person’s "quality-of-life" and the wide variety of meanings which may be given to those words.

    Presbyterian Homes: The Moorings, Ethics Committee

  • "An Ethics Committee in a Community Agency: The Development and Implementation of a Multi-disciplinary Ethics Process"

    American Society on Aging Annual Conference

  • "Medical Ethics in Geriatric Care"

    Life Services Network, Illinois Annual Conference
    California Assisted Living Association, Annual Conference
    Indiana Homes and Services for the Aging, Annual Conference

Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives

  • "Where Advance Directives Meet the Clinical World"

    A Panel Discussion focused on helping attorneys to understand Advance Care Planning.

    Death with Dignity Series (Panel)
    Chicago Bar Association - June, 2012

  • "The Impact of Family Values on Healthcare Decisions"

    Educational program helping participants to understand the diversity of beliefs and values that impact the health care decisions and in particular treatment decision at the end-of-life.

    National Health Care Decisions Day
    Northwest Community Hospital Community Program April, 2012
    Midwest Palliative Care & Hospice Center, April, 2011
    Emmanuel Methodist Church, Arlington Heights, IL., September, 2011

  • "Deconstructing Illinois’ New Power of Attorney for Health Care: The Good the Bad and the Ugly"

    Helping chaplains understand the changes that have been made in Illinois’s POAHC and how these impact discussion with patient’s and family and the documentation of preferences in medical treatment at the end of life.

    Chicago Jewish Chaplains, November, 2011

  • "Advance Directives and Organ Donation"

    Church on the Park, Arlington Heights, IL, January, 2010

  • "Making Difficult Medical Decisions"

    Faith Community Forums, Arlington Heights, IL, November 2010

  • "Talking About Death"

    Presentation to discuss the barriers and benefits of talking about death and dying with patients and their families.

    Vista Health Center, Waukegan, IL 2009

  • "Empowering Women’s Health Care Choices"

    Na’amat USA, February

Clinical Ethics and End-of-Life for Professionals

  • "Understanding & Decision Making Capacity"

    In-service to teach physicians, nurses, and chaplains to determine a patient’s Decision Making Capacity.

    Hospitalist in-service, Northwest Community Hospital, November, 2010
    Association of Professional Chaplains, April, 2007; March, 2008
    Presbyterian Homes: The Moorings, Ethics Committee, March, 2008

  • "End-of-Life Issues and Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders"

    This in-service provided information about how to address end-of-life issues with those you represent, and physicians. Questions to be raised, goals of treatment, anticipated outcomes and Illinois DNR law.

    Office of Illinois State Guardians, September, 2010

  • "DNR in the OR"

    A series of in-service programs for hospital departments as part of the implementation of a comprehensive DNR in the OR policy and procedure.

    Department of Surgery, GI Center, Interventional Radiology, Interventional Cardiology, Northwest Community Hospital, February, 2010

  • "Wrongful Life?"

    An in-service to discuss the ramifications of not honoring Advance Directives

    Critical Care Grand Rounds, Northwest Community Hospital, September, 2010

  • "Talking About Death"

    Presentation to discuss the barriers and benefits of talking about death and dying with patients and their families.

    Vista Health Center, Waukegan, IL 2009

  • "Protecting Those You Care For, Protecting Yourself: Clergy Privilege"

    Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Conference

  • "Interdisciplinary Approach to End of Life Care"

    Rush System Network Meeting
    College of Chaplains Annual Conference: Pre-conference workshop, & Conference workshop
    Chicago Medical Society: Annual Midwest Clinical Conference
    6th Annual Conference on Ethics in Health Care Institutions, Chicago: Plenary Keynote

  • "Practical Aspects of Ethics Committees"

    Mt. Sinai Ethics Committee

  • ""High Cost Illness - Decision Making"

    Northwestern University (Panel)

Diverse Perspectives Alternate World Views

  • "Attention Must be Paid: Diverse Faith Perspectives on Healthcare"

    In-service raising awareness of our own world views and encountering and respecting the world-views of others.

    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

  • "Alternate World Views in Geriatric Care"

    In-service raising awareness of our own world views and encountering and respecting the world-views of others, specifically focused on issues in Geriatric Care.

    Illinois Annual Conference of Life Services Network

  • "Belief Systems: Their Influence on Health"

    First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, (6 part series)
    Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Conference
    Brandies University National Women’s Committee

  • "Diverse World Views: Multi-cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics"

    Association of Professional Chaplains, Annual Conference
    Ingalls Hospital, Harvey, IL
    Holy Family Medical Center, Des Plaines, IL
    Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Grand Rounds, Chicago, IL

  • "Medical Ethics through the Lifespan: Multi-cultural Perspectives"

    Wisconsin Chaplain’s Conference, Plenary

  • "Medical Ethics in Judaism and other Religious Traditions"

    De Paul University Law School