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All Programs


All of HFA's current educational offerings are listed below. Click on a program to learn more about the course objectives, CEs, and presentation method. To sort the list by webinar or self study, click the buttons on the right.

  • Supporting the LGBT Community Through Illness and Loss

    Live on April 12 at noon ET
    This webinar explores the unique issues that LGBT individuals, spouses, partners and families may face as they death with illness, death, and grief and offers both strategies and sensitivities essential in offering support.
    CEs: 1.5 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Format: Live webinar progam with archive.
    Active through: April 12, 2017.

  • Traumatic and Sudden Loss

    Live on May 10, 2016 at noon ET
    This webinar emphasizes the ways that sudden and traumatic deaths – experiences in accident, suicide, or combat—can complicate loss. There is a strong emphasis on interventive techniques focused on assisting survivors in coping with such losses.
    Panelists: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Reverend Wanda H. Jenkins, MHS and Kim Ruocco, MCSW
    CEs: 1.5 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Format: Live webinar program with archive.
    Active through: May 10, 2017.

  • Respecting Client Spirituality

    Available now
    This edition of HFA's Professional Conversations series features a discussion about issues and challenges surrounding spirituality at the end of life. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation.
    Panelists: Rev. Brandon Brewer, MDiv and Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only
    Format: Live conference call
    Active through: June 30, 2016 

  • Paranormal Experiences at the End of Life and After a Death

    Available Now
    This presentation explores the paranormal phenomena associated with death, dying, and grief.  It will address a variety of phenomena that may be experienced in the dying process and in bereavement, including terminal lucidity, near death experiences, nearing-death experiences, and extraordinary experiences in grief, including experiencing the presence of the deceased. While respectful of such experiences, presenters consider counseling implications and connections to current grief concepts, such as continuing bonds.
    Expert: Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv
    CEs: 1.5 hours. View the approved boards. $7 per certificate.
    Format: archived webinar program
    Active through: August 10, 2016

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  • Talking about Funerals with Families

    Available now
    This edition of HFA's Professional Conversations series features a discussion about how end-of-life professionals can work more closely with funeral directors in their communities to support families through the difficult but important process of planning funerals and memorials. 
    Panelists: Laura Macho and Alan Musicant; moderated by JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, ACHPN
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only
    Format: Recorded
    Active through: July 27, 2016 

  • The Longest Loss: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

    Available Now
    HFA’s 2015 Living with Grief® program explores the issues of loss for patients, families  and caregivers throughout the course of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
    Panelists: Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW; Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH;  Nancy Pearce, LISW-CP; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, and Charles Corr, PhD. Panelist bios.
    CEs: 3 hours continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD
    Active through: April 21, 2016.
     

  • Managing Conflict, Finding Meaning--Supporting Families at Life's End


    HFA’s 2016 Living with Grief® program explores best practices in supporting patients and families during the end of life. This live event will be interactive, providing opportunities to ask questions of the presenters. The LIVE, two-hour program begins at 12:30pm ET on January 28, 2016.
    PanelistsBetty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN; Betty J. Kramer, PhD, MSSW; and Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv. JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, ACHPN, a veteran panelist of several Living with Grief® programs, will serve as moderator.
    CEs: 2.5 hours (with 30-minute local panel) continuing education. View the board approvals.
    Formats: Online (streaming video)
    Active through: June 30, 2016.

    1/28/2016 12:30:00 PM

  • Ethics and End-of-Life Care

    Available Now
    Join the experts to get answers on disclosure and other ethically vexing issues that occur every day in the work of end-of-life care professionals. 
    Experts:Timothy Kirk, PhD and JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, ACHPN
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only.
    Format: mp3 recorded LIVE
    Active through: May 25, 2016

  • Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    This two-hour educational program focuses on the critical challenges of providing and accessing optimal end-of-life care and bereavement support for this population.

  • Remembrance and Life Review

    Available NOW
    This webinar reviews the theory and techniques behind life review and reminiscence therapies focusing on the ways that such a technique can assist meaning-making at the end-of-life.  The webinar also discusses strategies that can be utilized in cases where life reviews may be problematic or psychologically threatening.
    Panelists: Paul A. Metzler, DMin, and Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv.
    CEs: 1.5 hours of continuing education. View the board approvals
    Format: Archived version recorded live.
    Active through: July 13, 2016

  • Supporting Volunteers

    Available Now
    This edition of HFA's Professional Conversations series features a discussion on supporting hospice volunteers.
    Panelists: Robin Fiorelli, MSW, LCSW; Alex Silva, CVA, CRT; Suzi Barnes, and Rev. Paul Metzler, DMin. Panelist bios.
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only
    Format: mp3 recording
    Active through: February 24, 2016. 

  • Helping Hospice Clinicians and Volunteers Cope with Difficult Deaths

    Available now
    In the next edition of HFA's Professional Conversations series, the one hour discussion will focus on assisting clinicians and volunteers to manage their own grief when the patient's hospice experience was less than optimal due to such things as intractable pain, late admission, family conflict, or extraordinary circumstance. Presenters will take questons via email, text and telephone.
    Panelists:Gary Fink, DMin, MAHL, Linda Tebelman, LCSW, and Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv.
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only.
    Format: archived conference call
    Active through: April 28, 2016

  • Pain Management and Morphine Fears

    Available Now
    This edition of HFA's Professional Conversations series features a discussion of pain management and morphine fears. Participants were encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation.
    Panelists: Hank Willner, MD; John Cagle, MSW, PhD; and Joanne Reifsnyder, PhD, ACHPN Panelist bios.  
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only
    Format: mp3 recording
    Active through: January 26, 2016. 

  • Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life

    Available Now
    This medical treatment has been identified as one of the most common ethical dilemmas to arise in end-of-life care.
    Panelists: Terry Altilio, LCSW, ACSW; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Rabbi Gary Fink, DMin, MAHL; Thomas E. Finucane, MD; and JoAnne Reifsynder, PhD, ACHPN.
    CEs: 2 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Format: Online (streaming video) or DVD self-study.
    Active through: No expiration date.



     

  • End-of-Life Ethics: A Case Study Approach

    Available Now
    This program examines, using a case study approach, the ethical issues and dilemmas that emerge at the end-of-life, the principles of ethical decision-making and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. Case studies will be used to illustrate ethical issues that will be addressed by the program panel.
    Panelists: Timothy R. Arsenault, MA; Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW; Eileen R. Chichin, PhD, RN; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; and Bruce Jennings, MA.
    CEs: 3 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.

  • Beyond Kubler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief

    Available Now
    This program explores the most current theoretical perspectives on dying, death, and grief, emphasizing areas where understandings of dying, death, and grief have been challenged and developed since the 1969 publication of K├╝bler-Ross’ epochal work, On Death and Dying.
    Panelists: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Sherry Schachter, PhD, FT, RN; Dale G. Larson, PhD; Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH; George A. Bonanno, PhD; and Steven L. Thomason, MD, MDiv.
    CEs: 2.5 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.

  • Spirituality and End-of-Life Care

    Available Now
    This program discusses the differences and relationship between spirituality and religion, while also addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief; spiritual assessment and empowerment, and life review. 
    Panelists: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Gary S. Fink, DMin; Carolyn Jacobs, Phd, MSW; Betty Kramer, PhD, MSW; Reinette Powers Murray, MSN, CNS, RN; and Martha Rutland, DMin, BCC, ACPE.
    CEs: 3 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.

  • Cancer and End-of-Life Care

    Available Now
    This program will address care options related to cancer diagnoses as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families and professional caregivers. The course will also examine psychosocial aspects of cancer, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease.
    Panelists: Yvette Colon, PhD, MSW; Malene Davis, MBA, CHPN; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Richard Payne, MD; Sherry Schachter, PhD, FT; and Brad Stuart, MD.
    CEs: 3 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.

     

  • Diversity and End-of-Life Care

    Available Now
    This program will examine how diversity influences end-of-life decision making and the impact that culture has at the time of death and during bereavement.
    Panelists: Samira K Beckwith, LCSW, FACHE; Sandy Chen Stokes, RN, PHN, MSN; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Wanda H. Jenkins, MHS; Richard Payne, MD; Paul Rosenblatt, PhD; and Carlos Sandoval-Cros.
    CEs: 3 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.
     

  • Children and Adolescents

    Available Now
    This program focus on the experience of grieving children and adolescents and the ways that all hospice professionals, educators and counselors, parents, social workers, physicians, grief counselors, funeral directors, and clergy can best support these populations as they cope with loss and grief. 
    Panelists: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Nancy Hogan, PhD, RN, PAAN; Rita Milburn-Dobson, MA, RNC, FT; Laura Olague, MEd, CT; Stacy Orloff, EdD; and J. William Worden, PhD, ABPP.
    CEs: 3 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.

  • Before and After the Death

    Available Now
    This program explores the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief as experienced by persons throughout a life-limiting illness and by survivors after the death, and a particular focus will be on areas where understandings of grief have been challenged.
    Panelists: Scott W. Bradley, MSW, CT, CFSP; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Lorraine Hedtke, MSW, ACSW, LCSW; Patricia Murphy, PhD, APN, FAAN; Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD; and Robert Washington, PhD, MDiv.
    CEs: 3 hours of continuing education. View the approved boards.
    Formats: Online (streaming video) and DVD self-studies.
    Active through: No expiration date.

  • Methods of Managing Family Conflict

    Available Now
    The very definition of hospice care centers on family-centered care. Yet this can be complicated when dealing with difficult or dysfunctional families during the crisis of a terminal illness.  Join grief expert Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, and Elizabeth Clark, PhD, MPH, ASCW, former executive director of NASW, for a discussion about Methods of Managing Family ConflictRead the case studies that are discussed.
    Panelists: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDIv, and Elizabeth Clark, PhD, MPH, ASCW.
    CEs: Certificate of attendance only.
    Format: Recorded conference call
    Active through: November 24, 2015

  • Serving Diverse Populations

    Available Now
    Professional Conversations is the newest offering from HFA to enhance your professional development.
    Panelists: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, and Nora Luna, MEd.

    CEs: Certificate of attendance only
    Format: Recorded conference call
    Active through: December 15, 2015

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