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Teleconference on spirituality, end-of-life care to be offered

RELEASED: Feb. 25, 2011

News editors: For more information or to arrange an interview about the "Spirituality and End-of-Life Care" program, contact Nikki Andrews, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at 715-836-3636 or andrewns@uwec.edu.

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will offer the Hospice Foundation of America's 2011 Living with Grief program "Spirituality and End-of-Life Care" May 4 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

The teleconference, to be held from 12:40-4:30 p.m., is designed for clergy, counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, case managers, psychologists, physicians, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, caregivers and others whose work deals with death, dying, grief or bereavement. The program is appropriate for those at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels of experience.

The teleconference will focus on:

  • Spirituality and how it differs from religion.
  • Ways that spiritual issues and spiritual coping may emerge throughout an illness.
  • How spirituality can complicate and facilitate end-of-life care and grief.
  • The importance of spiritual assessment.
  • Approaches to meaning-making at the end of life, including reminiscence and life review, and dignity enhancement approaches.
  • Approaches for helping clients utilize and enhance spiritual coping as they cope with end-of life issues and acknowledge spiritual countertransference.
  • Concerns of major faith systems toward end-of-life care.

The teleconference fee is $10 per person and includes program materials and refreshments. Licensed professionals will be eligible to apply for continuing education contact hours through the Hospice Foundation of America. There is a $30 online processing fee per certificate, per participant. Online CE instructions will be provided during the program.

Participants are welcome to purchase lunch in the Luther Hospital cafeteria or deli and eat in the new atrium area prior to the program.

To register, obtain additional program information or request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), send e-mail to ce@uwec.edu or visit the Continuing Education website.

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